We have lectures where we learn and practice concepts in fingerprints, DNA or legal documentation, among others. Often also guest lecturers are invited, and they give us an actual reflection of their current positions and projects. Every course includes several assignments and presentations, part of them in groups. This gives you the opportunity to work together, to agree or to disagree on some results and to train how to work in an interdisciplinary team, as an actual forensic team would do. Also, at times we visit forensic institutes, such as the Netherlands Forensic Institute, or the Dutch Police Academy
Life at the UvA is very easy and comfortable. There is usually some free time in between lectures where you can use the library, meet in groups for assignments, do sports at the USC or simply rest and chill around Science Park – including the worth-mentioning ‘vrijmibo’s’ all together after Friday’s lectures, one of my favourite Dutch activities. For my second year, I would like to keep focusing on toxicology. In order to gain more knowledge on that area, I decided to take specialisation courses like Bioanalytical Sciences and Chemical Analysis for Forensic Evidences next year, and I would like to research new drugs’ toxicity and metabolism for my final project.