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Miss Emily Horrocks

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Forensic Science (UWE), MSc Advanced Forensic Analysis (UWE)
  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am currently working towards a PhD in underwater forensic investigation. My research is examining the methodology used to recover touch DNA and fingermark from objects recovered from different water environments as well as looking at crime scene procedure for underwater crime scenes. My research will be conducted in stages, beginning with laboratory studies in micro environments and ending with field research.

Prior to joining the University, I was a Laboratory Technician for Acheson & Acheson (Wiltshire); a cosmetics company where I was part of the research and development lab.

I received my BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science in 2013, from the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol, taking modules in genetics, forensic analysis, analytical sciences, environmental forensics and basic law. My dissertation was titled “DNA recovery from Fired Gun Cartridges” and received a First. In 2014, I achieved a Merit in MSc Advanced Forensic Analysis from the UWE. I took modules in Advanced Crime Scene Science, Forensic Biology and Genetics, Forensic Analysis and Toxicology and Research Methods. My dissertation was titled “Evidential Value of DNA and Fingermarks Recovered from Submerged Cartridges” and received a Merit. I presented this work at the Chartered Society of Forensic Science’s Autumn Conference in 2015 and received the award for Best Poster Presentation. I also passed the The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences Pre-Employment Assessment of Competence (PEAC) award in 2015.


  • Underwater Investigation
  • Wildlife Crime
  • Ballistics
  • DNA analysis – especially methods to recover DNA
  • Fingermark recovery

PhD Title

Investigation into the evidential value of fingermarks and DNA recovered from submerged items in underwater investigations.

Previous Research projects

DNA recovery from Fired Gun Cartridges.Evidential Value of DNA and Fingermarks Recovered from Submerged Cartridges.

Research Cluster

  • Policing, Crime and Forensic Investigation