This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit or a Standalone Short Course.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

You must have completed the DNA (Forensic Biology) module as a pre-requisite before undertaking this course


This module discusses the scientific background to body fluids as evidence types within the criminal justice system and associated investigative and evaluation methods.


At a glance

What you will learn

The course enables you to:

  • Categorise different types of body fluids and critically appraise the different body fluid forensic detection methods
  • Evaluate the role of body fluids as tools within a forensic investigation
  • Appraise the different ways to interpret body fluids evidence in accordance with Bayesian frameworks by use of casework examples
  • Synthesize a systematic body fluids search using appropriate detection and collection techniques
  • Construct a clear expert witness report

Core content

The teaching includes the following topics:

  • Different types of body fluids
  • Body fluid detection methods
  • Transfer and persistence of body fluids
  • Body fluids as an investigative tool
  • Interpretation within Bayesian frameworks
  • Recording of experimental results
  • Current research
  • Understanding of body fluid interpretation within a forensic context by the layperson

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course For Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Forensic Biology MSc

Find out more about short course credit points.


Concessions are available for Cranfield alumni and multiple bookings from the same organisation, please contact us to discuss.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.