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Lydia Jochems

I started the master Forensic Science in 2016 after finishing my bachelor’s in Biology. Already during my bachelor’s I knew I wanted to do this master. I did like biology as well, but did not see my future in fundamental research, because I like to know the purpose I am working towards. I think this is what interests me the most about forensics, the purpose you are working for motivates me. I expected to learn the general aspects of the different fields within forensics to later decide in what field to specialise. This was actually the case, but if you really want to specialise in a specific field you need to make sure to combine your specialisation courses with a suitable research project to learn the details. 

Learn from each other’s experiences

During this master’s we usually get different topics per week, on which you need to read literature to be prepared. Then there is a group assignment on this topic, which can be writing a proposal or preparing a presentation. In these assignments you really learn about your role in a group and what you can contribute. Because of the different backgrounds you can also learn a lot from each other’s experiences. For example, I learned a lot from a classmate about writing proposals and reviews, which were not covered in my bachelor’s.

Rearch project

For my own research project, I will go to the NFI to investigate the implementation process of the NFIdent project. This is not really a beta lab research project, but still very interesting because I will get to see the whole process from the police to the NFI to the public prosecutor. One of the reasons I applied for this project is because I discovered during this master’s, I do not see myself working in a lab anymore. I would rather work as an advisor for the court, or on innovative projects like NFIdent.