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Master Forensic Science

Application and admission

For applicants with international prior education

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.

Contact details International Team

If you have any questions throughout the application process, please don't hesitate to contact the International Team. 



Application process

  • 1. Check the deadlines

    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.

    Start your application procedure on time

    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 30 April 23:59 CEST
      Non-EU/EEA students 31 January 23:59 CEST

    Deadline with a UvA Scholarship

    Please note that if you want to apply for a UvA Scholarship, other deadlines for application to the Master's programme apply.

    Read more about UvA Scholarships

  • 2. Check entry requirements
    • Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree in the field of exact sciences, computer sciences or life sciences.
    • Applicants with Bachelor's degrees in other fields may also be admitted. Eligibility depends on the nature of the programme and curriculum.
    • Please note that Statistics must be part of your Bachelor’s programme
    • Please note that admission is not automatically granted to all candidates fulfilling the above criteria. In former years, about 40% of the candidates have finally been admitted to the Master’s programme.

    2. Grade point average and additional requirements

    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:

    • 3.0 (American system)
    • 2.1 (a second class upper/division one degree in the British system)
    • C (ECTS-system)
    • 7.0 (Dutch BSc)
    • 7.0 (Dutch Bachelor of Higher professional education)

    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.

    Additional remarks

    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.

    3. English language proficiency

    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:

    • the TOEFL Test,
    • the test of the International English Language Testing Service (Academic IELTS)
    • a Cambridge Examination Score.

    Other tests will not be accepted.

    For more details about the English language test and required scores, please visit the link below.

    English language proficiency

    Deadlines for test results

    • For Non-EU/EEA students the required English test result should be received by the International Team at the Faculty of Science on or before 1 February in the year of application. If this is not possible, contact the International Team before applying.
    • For EU/EEA students the deadline of submitting the test results is 1 July.

    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.


  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink

    Before you can apply to the UvA, you will need to submit an enrolment application in Studielink. Studielink is the national online system for students who would like to pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university.

    Check your DigiD (before starting in Studielink)

    A DigiD (Digital Identification) is an online ID that provides access to government administration websites.

    • Students who do not live in the Netherlands can use Studielink without a DigiD.
    • Students who currently live in the Netherlands will need their DigiD to use Studielink. We strongly recommend you to apply for your DigiD at least three weeks before registering in Studielink.

    Read the step-by-step guide to Studielink

    Before starting your enrolment application in Studielink, read the 'Step-by-step guide to Studielink'.

    Step-by-step guide to Studielink

    Important! While selecting the Master’s programme of your interest in Studielink, make sure to select the regular programme (option 1). Do not select option 2 (after a temporary termination of enrolment) or option 3 (elective) if you are a degree seeking student.


  • 4. Activate your UvAnetID

    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.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    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:

    1. A motivation letter in English (max. 500 words)
    2. Your Curriculum Vitae in English
    3. A copy of your high school grade list and diploma
    4. A copy of your Bachelor’s transcript, including an explanation of your university’s grading system.
    5. A copy of your Bachelor’s diploma/certificate (or, if you have not yet finished your current academic programme, a list of courses of your final year)
    6. An abstract of your bachelorthesis/project (max. 200 words)
    7. Two academic reference letters
    8. Proof of English proficiency


    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:

    • What is your motivation to apply for the master Forensic science?
    • What kind of forensic topics are you interested in?
    • Please describe your interest in interdisciplinary thinking and give some examples to proof that.
    • Which of your personal strengths makes you suitable to follow our master?

    Reference letters

    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

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    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:

    1. Directly eligible: you receive an admission letter with instructions for further processing of your admission.
    2. Invited for an assessment interview: you receive a letter with the date and time of the assessment interview.
    3. Not eligible: you receive a letter with a reason for the rejection.

    Please note that in former years, about 40% of the applicants have been admitted to the Master’s  programme.

    Assessment interview

    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.

After (conditional) admission

  • 7. Accept or decline offer

    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

  • 10. Request student ID card

    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.