Forensic Genetics and Massively Parallel Sequencing

Testing knife for DNA

This summer, you have the chance 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 20 - 25 June 2022
On-campus module 8 - 19 August 2022
Exam (written assignment & participation) 19 August 2022

Credit points: 7.5 ECTS




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

Week 1
The self-study in the first week includes review of papers that will give an overview of forensic genetics.

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.

Written assignment
During the third week, the students will asked to write an individual assignment (3-4 pages) based on the MPS project carried out.

The assignment is due two weeks after the third week. The final evaluation will be based on attendance in class and the written assignment.


  • Niels Morling
  • Jeppe Dyrberg Andersen
  • Marie-Louise Kampmann
  • 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). We do not receive applications at this time.

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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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