The Forensic Investigation of Sexual Offences

The Forensic Investigation of Sexual Offences

Forensic science interpretations in sexual offences cases are amongst the most complex and difficult interpretations faced by forensic scientists. This short course aims to highlight the challenges and provide some solutions to delivering a transparent interpretation of the scientific evidence in a sexual assault or rape case. Taught by practicing a forensic scientist.

Entry and Admissions

LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Full time



SCHOOL: School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: No set date

Entry Requirements:

Relevant operational experience.

Course Content

Contrary to popular belief, forensic science is not definitive. In addition to identifying the type of evidence recovered, a more pertinent question might be, “How did it get there?” This is particularly relevant in dealing with the forensic evidence in a sexual offence case. In this short course, the issues of transfer and persistence of evidence will be discussed, considering various areas of the body of both the complainant and perpetrator. The factors limiting persistence of evidence will be explored in detail with the aid of case studies, and the impact of body fluid test limitations and attribution issues on interpretation will be demonstrated.

Highlights of the course

  • Rape and the law
  • Transfer and persistence of biological evidence
  • The forensic medical examination
  • Laboratory strategy
  • Interpretation of complex evidence

Learning outcome & aims

On completion of this course, delegates will have a thorough understanding of effective forensic strategy setting in sexual offence cases and will better understand persistence data and how to apply this to the interpretation of complex biological evidence.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

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For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

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