This course 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.

This course is taught to introduce you to a broad introduction to DNA as evidence, its forensic examination and interpretation.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,925 Concessions available

What you will learn

The course enables you to:

  • Discuss the role of DNA as genetic material,
  • Evaluate the role of DNA evidence within the criminal justice system,
  • Appraise a broad range of current DNA technologies used within industry,
  • Interpret modern DNA profiles and assess DNA profile reporting styles,
  • Distinguish and apply model approaches to the evaluation of DNA evidence within Bayesian frameworks.

Core content

The teaching includes the following topics:

  • DNA - structure and function,
  • Awareness of different sources of DNA (crime scene, references and elimination samples),
  • Direct and indirect DNA transfer,
  • Stages of DNA profiling,
  • Modern DNA profiling methods, including DNA 17 and DNA 24,
  • Alternative DNA profiling methods, e.g., Mitochondria DNA analysis and Y-STRs,
  • Next generation forensic DNA analysis,
  • Familial DNA,
  • Evaluation of DNA evidence – statistical and non-statistical.

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.