Introduction to Body Fluids in Forensic Science

Introduction to Body Fluids in Forensic Science

Body fluid evidence is relevant in a large proportion of criminal cases. The body fluids examiner has a range of techniques at their disposal to enable identification and to document the location and distribution of body fluids on an exhibit. This course provides a thorough background in body fluid characteristics and the application of a variety of search and testing techniques. 

Taught by practicing forensic scientists.

Entry and Admissions


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Full time



SCHOOL: School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

PARTNER COLLEGES: Delivered at West Lancashire College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: No set date

Entry Requirements:

Relevant operational experience.

Course Content

This course provides an overview. It explains the biological characteristics of body fluids and covers the search and identification techniques used in the recovery of body fluid stains including chemical testing, microscopy and lighting conditions.

The course also examines techniques for sampling and preparation for DNA profiling. This course is largely classroom based, with some laboratory demonstrations. 

Course Highlights

  • Characteristics and biology of blood, saliva, semen, urine and faeces
  • Less frequently encountered body fluids (such as vomit and stomach contents)
  • Presumptive tests
  • False positives
  • Search and screening techniques
  • Confirmatory tests
  • Microscopy
  • Lighting techniques
  • Extraction techniques
  • Recording of findings best practice
  • Preparation for DNA testing

Learning Environment & Assessment

By the end of the course, it is anticipated that delegates will have an understanding of the mechanism of body fluid tests, their application in conjunction with searching techniques and their limitations. Delegates will be equipped to apply the appropriate techniques to sample body fluid stains and prepare these for DNA profiling. Delegates will also have a basic awareness of distribution issues and the requirement for BPA interpretation.

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

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