I started the master’s in Forensic Science in 2019, after getting my bachelor in chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). During my bachelor, I did an internship in forensic toxicology and subsequently decided to focus my bachelor thesis on that topic. I became more curious about the forensic world and decided to look for a master in this field. When I found the Forensic Science programme I applied with excitement and prepared for a challenge: Forty students with different backgrounds learning the same topics? But once I started, I learned that our different fields of expertise were more an advantage than an issue.
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.