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Background: Computer Science

Rick Cents (2015), Digital Forensic Investigator Police

Before starting the master Forensic Science in 2013, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science. When I read about the master Forensic Science I thought it would be really interesting to apply the knowledge I learned during my Bachelor into the forensic field. What I really liked was the wide variety of topics and the possibility to specialize using elective courses and the research project.

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Background: Physics

Nick Laan (2011), Forensic PhD student at the University of Amsterdam

Before starting the Forensic Science programme, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics. When I saw that there was a master in Forensic Science, I just knew I wanted to do that. It is an appealing field of work and not so abstract. For me the master’s programme became really challenging when I started the research project.

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Background: Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences

Jeltje van Esch (2016), criminal department of the courts of appeal in The Hague and in Den Bosch

Before starting the Forensic Science programme, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics. When I saw that there was a master in Forensic Science, I just knew I wanted to do that. It is an appealing field of work and not so abstract. For me the master’s programme became really challenging when I started the research project.

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Background: Biomedical Engineering

Asim Q. Akbani (2016), PhD Student Neuro-epigenetics at ETH Zürich

I started the master in Forensic Science in 2014 after completing a bachelor in Biomedical Engineering from Karachi, Pakistan. Forensic Science in Amsterdam was my first choice because it offers a unique opportunity of a multidisciplinary education together with a research specialization according to the students’ backgrounds. Fortunately, I was accepted and awarded Amsterdam Merit Scholarship for the entire duration of the programme.

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Background: Mathematics

Remi Wieten (2014), PhD student at Utrecht University

I started the Master in Forensic Science in 2012 after completing my Bachelor in Mathematics. Though I liked the formality and rigor of theoretical mathematics, in the end I preferred to apply math to solve specific practical problems. When I found out about the Master I was immediately enthusiastic; I never knew such a Master existed, it combined many different disciplines and covered a variety of exciting subjects.

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Background: Psychobiology

Anna Mapes (2012), Forensic PhD student at Amsterdam University for Applied Sciences

As a child I always wanted to be a detective one day, solving mysteries. During high school this grew into a great interest in biology and the human body so I decided to try and pursue a career as a forensic pathologist. For this career you need to study medicine, but unfortunately I didn’t want to be a doctor. So first I finished a bachelor in Biopsychology. Then I discovered Forensic Science, where all the different aspects, biology, science and solving puzzles in a forensic context, were integrated in one study.

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Background: Chemistry

Steffan Jonkers (2016), Netherlands Forensic Intitute

I graduated from the MSc Forensic Science in July 2016 with a chemometrics research project on fire debris data. During the master I was a member of the Programme Committee. Now I am working at the Netherlands Forensic Institute, mainly on the NFiDENT project, which aims to massively reduce the turnaround time for drug measurements.

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