If you have obtained or will obtain a diploma or degree certificate from an educational institution outside the Netherlands or an international school in the Netherlands, please follow the steps below to apply for this programme.
If you have any questions throughout the application process, please don't hesitate to contact the International Team.
To apply for this Master’s programme you will need to register in Studielink AND apply for the programme at the Faculty of Science through DataNose before the mentioned dates, even if you have not completed your Bachelor’s programme yet.
We strongly advise international students to apply as early as possible, at least a week before the deadline as the registrations in Studielink and DataNose and getting all documents ready will take several days. Additionally, affordable accommodation is scarce in Amsterdam. Although the University of Amsterdam can assist in finding accommodation but cannot give any guarantees regarding housing, early applicants do have a slightly bigger chance in finding a room through the UvA than late applicants.
|Starting in September||EU/EEA students||31 May 23:59 CEST|
|Non-EU/EEA students||31 January 23:59 CEST|
Please note that if you want to apply for a UvA Scholarship, other deadlines for application to the Master's programme apply.
Admission during COVID-19
In exceptional cases, the UvA will allow you to start your Master’s programme before having fully completed your Bachelor’s degree. The study delay must be COVID-19 related and concern courses from the second semester of the 2019-2020 academic year (February through June 2020). For information on how to submit your request for admission with study delay, check under Step 8.
Any degree in life sciences, exact sciences, natural sciences, computer sciences, engineering or other beta related field is in principal eligible, such as:
Bachelors Applied Science
Candidates with a MSc degree in the backgrounds mentioned above can also apply. The Examinations Board can decide to give exemptions for part of the Forensic Science programme (e.g. specialisation courses).
In addition to the admission requirements referred to above, the student has to comply with the following requirements.
You have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalent to at least:
The GPA is the average of the Bachelor’s course grades weighed by course/study load.
Admission will not be granted based on a sufficient grade point average alone. Applicants are also assessed on the basis of their motivation and the content of their prior coursework.
The second year of the Master's programme involves a professional internship in an organisation in which forensics plays a role. A Certificate of Good Conduct (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag) is required for the majority of these internships, in particular for projects with the Dutch police force or the Netherlands Forensic Institute.
Your ability to write and speak in English must be at an academic level. To prove your level of English please provide us with your scores of one of the following tests:
Other tests will not be accepted.
For more details about the English language test and required scores, please visit the link below.
Note that if you want to apply for a scholarship other deadlines apply.
Students with a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university and students who successfully finished a full academic programme at an esteemed institute in one of the following countries are exempt: UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Please be informed that the application file from students who need a visa will be put on hold until we receive a sufficient English proficiency test.
Within 48 hours after submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID and an email with instructions for the next step of the application process. You need your UvAnetID to continue with your application. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your UvAnetID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.
Only after activating your UvAnetID, you can submit your UvA online application via DataNose. Please make sure to upload the required documents in PDF format. Applicants who (will) hold more than one academic degree must merge copies of both (or more) academic transcripts into one PDF.
In DataNose we expect you to upload the following documents:
NOTE: all items need to be in English in order for the selection committee to assess the application
Motivation is assessed on the basis of a written letter of intent. In this letter, please describe in max. 500 words your motivation for studying the Master's Forensic science. Please go into the following questions:
Applicants must submit two letters of reference from an academic staff member at their degree institution testifying to the applicant's ability to perform in a multidisciplinary environment. During the online application procedure, students have to provide the contact information of the referees. The referees will then receive a link where he/she can fill in the reference letter online.
If you have any questions about these documents as a foreign student, please contact email@example.com.
As soon as you have submitted the (sufficiently) complete online form in DataNose, your application file will be acknowledged. It differs per programme how long it takes before you are informed via email about the decision on admission. However it will not take longer than 6 weeks. An admission will always be conditional as we must still verify your documents (consult step 8). You can track the status of your admission using the checklist in DataNose.
Based on the contents of your application file you hear whether you are:
Please note that in former years, about 40% of the applicants have been admitted to the Master’s programme.
Applicants may be invited to an assessment interview with the programme manager. This interview is used to determine students' motivation, academic potential and progress and ambition. Applicants can be assessed on behavioural characteristics required for working in the forensic field, such as: analytical skills, communication skills, entrepreneurship, organisational sensitivity and ability to perform under pressure.
If you are conditionally admitted to the Master’s programme you will receive an admissions letter by means of email. In the letter you will find a link to DataNose to accept or decline your place in the programme. This has to be done within two weeks. If you have questions about this, please contact the International Team
Between 1 July and 31 August you can submit your request for admission to the Master’s programme with an unfinished Bachelor’s in DataNose (link will become available in due course). To submit this request, you should meet all the requirements listed below. In addition, you should have completed all the exams and resits in your Bachelor’s programme and know for sure that you cannot complete your Bachelor’s before 1 September. You will need to complete any missing courses during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Please note: in order to complete your Bachelor’s you will have to re-enroll in your Bachelor’s programme!
Admission requirements with unfinished Bachelor’s
If you wish to make use of the option to start your Master’s programme with an unfinished Bachelor’s degree, you will need to seriously consider the overall achievability of your combined study programme. Unfortunately, we are not able to make provisions for any overlaps in planning concerning exams, classes, etc.
This regulation applies to students who want to start their Master’s at the UvA in September 2020 and are enrolled in a Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s programme at the UvA in 2019-2020, or in a Bachelor’s at another university in the Netherlands or in the EU/EEA.
If you are conditionally admitted please consult DataNose for details on which exact documents are required and when and how to send them.
You will need to arrange a variety of practical matters before starting your studies. This includes your visa or residence permit, insurance and housing.
After your application you will receive information by means of email on how to complete your registration and how to apply for a visa or residence permit, if needed.
A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations or borrowing library books. You will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card.
In order to complete your enrolment for a degree programme at the UvA, you will need to pay the tuition fee.