Forensic Genetics and Massively Parallel Sequencing

Taking this summer, you have the option of receiving a comprehensive insight into forensic genetics and a broad introduction to massively parallel sequencing (MPS) work including data analysis.

Join our summer course and learn more about the fascinating work in forensic genetics, MPS, and get hands-on experience with data analysis within MPS. 

The course focuses on relevant forensic topics such as:

  • MPS of forensic genetic markers (SNPs and STRs).
  • Molecular autopsy (sudden cardiac death).
  • Complete mitochondria sequencing.
  • Prediction of the suspect’s externally visible characteristics and ancestry.
  • Age determination using methylation patterns (metDNA).
  • Tissue identification

After completing this course, you will be able to understand, analyse, and interpret forensic genetic data. You will be able to understand the latest research and advantages with forensic genetics and MPS work and data analysis. Finally, you will be able to work with command line and understand the common way of analysing MPS data.

Preparation/self-study 17 - 21 June 2024
On-campus module 12 - 23 August 2024
Exam (participation) 23 August 2024

Credit points: 5 ECTS




The summer course is composed of three modules: a 1-week preparation/self-study and, 2-week on-campus module in Copenhagen.

Week 1
The self-study in the first week includes review of papers that will give an overview of forensic genetics. You can do this self-study from week 1 and should just be done by the start of week 2.

Week 2 + 3
During the second week, forensic geneticists will explain the use of DNA-analysis in crime case work and paternity and relationship testing and share their latest research within forensic genetics.

The third week is dedicated to MPS with focus on data analysis and computer exercises. The exercises are supplemented by lectures by invited researchers that will share their latest research using MPS methods.


  • Jeppe Dyrberg Andersen
  • Marie-Louise Kampmann
  • Niels Morling
  • other guest lecturers

For more details, please read the course description in UCPH's course database.






The application deadline was 1 April 23:59 (CEST). Please note, that we do not accept late applications.

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You will receive the result of your application 3 - 4 weeks after the application deadline.

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You are exempted from payment, if:

You are enrolled at a Danish university and the course is part of your master's programme. Danish students must provide a pre-approval of credit transfer from their home institution upon application.

You are a student at UCPH enrolled in one of the following programmes, you do not need to apply for pre-approval of credit transfer:

  • MSc in Human Biology

You are an exchange student and attend the course as part of the autumn exchange semester (min. 3 months stay).

You are an exchange student nominated through Nordplus express or Nordlys.

Fee-paying participants:

All other participants (students, working professionals, etc.) must pay tuition fee according to the information below.

EU/EEA citizens 5,000 DKK
Non-EU/EEA citizens 9,000 DKK

The fee covers participation in the course. It does not cover course materials, travel, accommodation and living expenses during the course.

Full payment of course fees must be transferred in May. Payment details will be forwarded upon acceptance.

Refund policy

You can only get a refund of your tuition fee, if you cancel at least two month prior to the beginning of the course including e-learning modules.












If you have questions about the course content, please write to

Course directors: Jeppe Dyrberg Andersen and Marie-Louise Kampmann



Accommodation: Please note that the summer courses are non-residential. Participants are responsible for finding and funding accommodation during their stay in Copenhagen.

You can use different online portals to search for accommodation, such as:

Copenhagen has an international airport, and the city centre can be reached within 30 minutes. If you want additional information read Arriving in Copenhagen.

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