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Short course

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.


Course overview

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

Award: CPD
Level: Short Course
Delivery: Campus
Study Mode: Full time
Duration: 3 Days
Campus: Preston
Start Date: Start dates are varied

Entry requirements

Relevant operational experience.


This course is based in the School of Natural Sciences located in the Faculty of Science and Technology

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