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Master
Forensic Science

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 due to the corona virus. 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 fs-iis-science@uva.nl.
  • Will teaching activities resume in September?

    The Master’s Forensic Science aims to reinstate teaching on location as per the new academic year (starting September 1st), if conditions surrounding the corona crisis allow for this and following the guidelines of te Dutch Government. In case the coronavirus measures will not (immediately) allow for this, however, we intend to continue online teaching activities and assessments from September onwards for as long as needed. This way, teaching will be made accessible to international students, if they are not able to travel to Amsterdam by the start of the academic year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact fs-iis-science@uva.nl.

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

  • 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 2020-2021, even if the Bachelor’s has not yet been fully completed. The following conditions apply :

    1. your delay may not exceed 15 EC*;
    2. your delay is related to courses in the second semester of the 2019-2020 academic year (blocks 4, 5 and 6);
    3. your delay is caused by the corona measures.

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

    You have one academic year to complete your Bachelor’s.
    The 15 EC limit is to ensure a manageable and achievable workload in the 2020-2021 academic year.

    International prior education

    These conditions also apply to EU/EEA students, but only if the international Bachelors 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 exemption?

    It will be made possible in the application process to hand in a request for exemption to start the Master’s if the Bachelor’s is not completed. This is now under construction, most likely the exemption request can be done in August. You need to provide an official grade list and if necessary a statement from your bachelor project supervisor or examiner.

    Further information will be made available as soon as possible.

    Please visit the UvA coronavirus application and admission FAQ for the most up-to-date information.

  • 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 2020, 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 are not able to come to Amsterdam in time for the start of your programme due to corona-related restrictions or other reasons. 

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

    To provide applicants enough time to provide the required documents under these exceptional circumstances, the application deadline has been postponed to June 1st and our application procedure will last until the end of June. Therefore, we will inform you later than usual about the start of the master (books to acquire, introduction day, etc.), namely halfway July.

Regular FAQ

  • With which bachelor can I apply for the master Forensic science?

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

    However, bachelor's 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 student’s population.

  • 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 and not all marks are yet known. If you expect to obtain 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 notice that your motivation has to compensate for your low grades.

  • What are the extra costs associated with the master programme?

    Costs associated with the master programme 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. Return ticket Amsterdam Science Park – Den Haag Laan van Ypenburg approx. € 30,- 
      (you can expect to be visiting the NFI approx. 2 times during the masters.)
    • Travel expenses to the Dutch Police Academy (Mock Crime Scene). Return ticket Amsterdam Science Park – Apeldoorn Arnhemseweg) approx. € 33,-
      (you can expect to be visiting the Police Academy approx. 1 time during the masters)

    Optional:

    • 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 an MSc programme in one of the (bèta) sciences it is possible to follow a shorter programme. Part of the programme - approximately 21 EC - 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 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 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 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 be able to choose a forensic specialisation during the master’s and be able to carry out the research project on a master’s level.

    So, when the examination board reviews your file, they will assess (among other things) whether you indeed have the required scientific background to be able to choose a specialization.

    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 take only certain courses from the master's programme?

    Yes, only a few courses are open for other students with a maximum of 12 EC.  If you are thinking about following one of these two courses as an elective, always first contact our study adviser for more information (studieadviseur-iis@uva.nl). 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 building 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 is a full time programme. Each student is expected to spend at least 40 hours a week to his or her studies. During weekdays you will need to be available at varying times (all between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.).

  • 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.