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Frequently Asked Questions about Forensic Science

Questions in relation to COVID-19

We are aware of the difficulties that might occur in your application process because of the coronavirus. We are monitoring the situation closely and will act when needed, following the guidelines of the Dutch government.

  • On this page, we have provided an overview that will help you prepare as best as possible and will also answer frequently asked questions.
  • Please visit the UvA coronavirus application and admission FAQ and check out the information for the most up-to-date situation.
  • If you can’t find your answer here of have other questions, please contact us on
  • Has the application deadline been postponed?

    No, the application deadline remains 1 May.

  • Where can I get information about the Master's? Is there anywhere I can ask questions?

    Besides the information on our master’s page, these are additional sources of information you can use to orientate yourself on the Master's programme:

    • Contact our (International) Student Ambassadors on Unibuddy. Here, you can also find a Forensic Science student who will answer your questions.
    • Course catalogue. Please note that this describes the current programme.
  • What if I’m not able to complete my Bachelor’s before the start of the Master’s? What conditions are there for continuing from a Bachelor’s to a Master’s?

    Dutch prior education

    The UvA will make it possible for students with a Dutch prior education to start with a Master’s in the academic year 2022-2023, even if they have not completed their Bachelor’s entirely. The following conditions apply:

    1. your delay may not exceed 15 ECTS*;
    2. your delay is caused by the corona measures.

    * An exception to the 15 ECTS rule applies if you are missing max 30 ECTS and part of this 30 ECTS is due to delay of your Bachelor's project/thesis because of the corona crisis. If your supervisor or examiner provides a statement clarifying how much workload (expressed in ECTS) is remaining in your Bachelor's project and this results in an remaining overall workload that does not exceed 15 ECTS, you can also be admitted to the MSc programme.

    You have one academic year to complete your Bachelor’s. The 15 ECTS limit is to ensure a manageable and achievable workload in the 2022-2023 academic year.

    International prior education

    These conditions also apply to EU/EEA students, but only if the international Bachelor's programme can be finished online.

    Non-EU/EEA students will need to complete their Bachelor’s before the start of the Master’s.

    How do you apply for an exemption?

    It will be possible in the application process to hand in a request for exemption to start the Master’s if you haven't completed your Bachelor’s. Please see step 8 in the Application process. You need to provide an official grade list and a statement from your Bachelor's project supervisor or examiner.

  • What if I cannot start the programme?

    If you cannot make the 1 September start, you can cancel your application any time even if you have previously accepted the offer of admission. If you cancel before 1 September, you will also be reimbursed for any tuition fees already paid. You might also consider deferring your application to the next available start date of your programme.

    Please contact us as soon as possible if you cannot come to Amsterdam in time for the start of your programme because of corona-related restrictions or other reasons. 

  • If I’m admitted, when will I receive information about the start of the Master's?

    If you are admitted to the programme, we will inform you in mid-June about the start of the Master's such as a list of books to buy, information on the introduction day, etc.

Regular FAQ

  • With which Bachelor's degree can I apply for the Master's programme in Forensic science?

    Please check the list of recommended Bachelor's programmes under 'Entry requirements'. If your programme (or an equivalent) is not on the list, then please fill in our application form. To decide on your admission, we need the details of your programme.

    However, students with a Bachelor's programme without a substantial science component are not suitable for our master, e.g. law, psychology, archeology, anthropology, etc.

    Note that most of our applicants have a background in Life Sciences, so choosing another discipline (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science) will increase your chances to be admitted since we aim for a mixed students population.

  • I have to specialise within my Bachelor's programme. Do you have suggestions for a specialisation?

    Please check the entry requirements. For some Bachelor's programmes, we demand a certain specialisation or emphasis. If no further emphasis is listed, we have no suggestions.

  • Is it possible to be admitted with a GPA lower than 7.0 (university bachelor) or 7.0 (hbo-bachelor)?

    Often, students are still busy finishing their Bachelor's and haven't received all marks. If you expect to get the required GPA with the last marks, please indicate that in your application and we will make our decision awaiting the final GPA. However, even if the GPA will finally be lower than required, it is possible to apply for admission, but note that your motivation has to compensate for your low grades.

  • Do you offer a pre-master programme to prepare for admission into the master?

    No, we do not offer a pre-master programme.

  • What are the extra costs associated with the Master's programme?

    Costs associated with the Master's programme in Forensic Science that you can expect are listed below.

    For all students:

    • Books: approx. €175
    • Syllabi: approx. €25
    • Other various costs: €50

    For those without public transport card:

    • Travel expenses to the Netherlands Forensic Institute (approx. 2 times during the programme). Return ticket Amsterdam Science Park – Den Haag Laan van Ypenburg approx. €30
    • Travel expenses to the Dutch Police Academy (1 time during the programme, for the Mock Crime Scene). Return ticket Amsterdam Science Park – Apeldoorn Arnhemseweg) is approximately €33


    • Study trip: Depending on the destination, the costs can vary between €70 to €140.
    • Book for the elective course Physical and Forensic Anthropology: €33
  • I have already completed a Master's, can I apply for an adapted or shorter programme?

    If you completed a MSc programme in one of the (bèta) sciences it is possible to follow a shorter programme. Part of the programme - approximately 21 ECTS - is devoted to deepening your knowledge of your Bachelor's field of study. If you already obtained a Master's certificate, it is possible that you use 12 or 18 EC from your Master’s as specialisation courses in the second year of the Forensic Science Master's programme. If you wish to do this, you have to get approval from our Examination Board. If you think this might apply to you, then:

    • Please provide information on the application form about the Master's as well as the Bachelor's that you completed.
    • Indicate on the form that you want to discuss the possibility of an adapted programme (dispensation).
  • I am a Dutch hbo student. Can I start this Master’s with my degree in “Forensisch Onderzoek”?

    The first year of the Master’s programme in Forensic Science gives a broad orientation of the forensic field and therefore shows some overlap with the “Forensisch Onderzoek” programme.  
    In the second year, students specialise in one discipline. Their Bachelor's programme provides the background for this specialisation.

    If you are following a HBO “Forensisch Onderzoek”, it is therefore important that you already specialise in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. Biology or Chemistry) during your programme. Without such a specialisation, you lack the background to choose a forensic specialisation during the Master’s and be able to conduct the research project on a Master’s level.

    So, when the examination board reviews your file, they will assess whether you indeed have the required scientific background to choose a specialisation.

    Note that most of our applicants have a background in Life Sciences, so choosing another discipline (e.g. Chemistry, Physics or Computer Science) will increase your chances to be admitted since we aim for a mixed student’s population.

  • I am a Dutch vwo student. What vwo-profile do you recommend?

    If you want to study Forensic Science in the future, you will need to choose a Bachelor's in one of the exact or natural (bèta) sciences. If you wish to enroll in a Bachelor's in mathematics, physics, chemistry, or computer science, the N&T profile would be a good choice. If you wish to do a Bachelor's in biology, then the N&G profile is a good choice too.

  • Is it possible to follow the Master's programme in Forensic science part-time?

    No, the Master's programme is only offered as a full-time programme. All courses are scheduled during the week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Is it possible to start the Master's programme in February?

    No, all students start in September with the Master's programme in Forensic Science.

  • Is it possible to take only certain courses from the Master's programme?

    Yes, only a few courses are open for other students with a maximum of 12 ECTS.  If you are thinking about following one of these two courses as an elective, always first contact our study adviser for more information ( Courses that can be elected are:

    • Forensic Statistics & DNA Evidence
    • Criminal Law and Expert Evidence

    However, the admission criteria still apply. It is not possible to follow more courses. The programme is designed as a coherent and evolving set of courses. All courses are built on those given before.

  • Will I be able to work next to my studies?

    It is not recommended to have a job when enrolling in the MSc Forensic Science. The Master's is a full-time programme. Each student is expected to spend at least 40 hours a week on his or her studies. During weekdays, you will need to be available at varying times (all between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.).

  • I’m a Dutch citizen but I got my Bachelor’s degree from a university abroad, where do I have to apply?

    If the programme that meets the entry requirement of this Master’s programme was completed abroad, you need to apply for this Master’s via the International Office. More information can be found here.

  • In what language is the MSc in Forensic Science taught?

    The MSc in Forensic Science is taught in English. This means all plenary meetings will be in English and all group meetings where one or more participants are non-Dutch will be in English. The reports that you need to write will also be in English.