Philip Houldsworth

Couse Leader for MSc Forensic Toxicology

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB130

+44 (0) 1772 89 5689

Subject Areas: Forensic Science

Philip currently delivers lectures in forensic toxicology on various modules at both BSc and MSc level. His current area of interest in forensic toxicology is the analysis of synthetic cannabinoids. He is also conducting research into the role of sulpha genic bacteria in the decomposition process as part of a PhD program of study.

Full Profile

Philip qualified as a multi-disciplinary biomedical scientist and then specialised in Clinical Chemistry and Forensic Toxicology whilst serving in the RAMC. He gained his MSc in Chemical Analysis (Forensic Toxicology) from the University of Greenwich in 1993. After serving 15yrs in HM Forces he then worked as a consultant to various laboratories, companies and organisations in the field of forensic toxicology and analytical sciences. In 1998 he started as long association with HM Prison Service and the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and is currently their advisor on all aspects of custodial drug testing.

In 2009 he became the Directorate Manager for pathology at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and was successful in maintaining the laboratories CPA accreditation and building a new post mortem facility. In 2013 he retired from this post and then went on to complete an MSc in Forensic Anthropology (Distinction) here at UCLAN in 2014.

He is currently the module tutor for FZ3024 Forensic Toxicology and delivers forensic toxicology lecturers on FZ4608 Analytical Forensic Toxicology and FZ4607 Forensic Toxicology. His also carrying out research into the mapping of volatile organic sulphur compounds (VOSC) during the putrefaction process as part of a programme of study towards a PhD in Forensic anthropology.

Teaching activities and responsibilities

  • Couse Leader for MSc Forensic Toxicology.
  • Module Tutor FZ3024
  • Lecturer on FZ4608 and FZ4607




Role of sulpha genic bacteria in the decomposition process. 


Membership of professional and learned bodies

Institute Of Biomedical Sciences - Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute- Fellow, LTG - Member, American Academy Forensic Sciences – Trainee Affiliate, BAHID – Member. 

Research Activities

Mapping of VOSC decomposition gases.

Analysis of synthetic cannabinoids 


Presented at AAFS conference –Las Vegas 2016