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Master
Forensic Science
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Open Day

The programme in 3 minutes

What makes this programme unique? Which courses do you take? And how is it to study Forensic Science? Programme director Arian van Arian and student Meike Kombrink will answer these questions in this video.

Meet & Ask

Have a chat with a student, lecturer and/or student advisor. You'll get a short presentation about the programme and can ask all your questions live, together with other prospective students. The next Meet & Ask will take place between 11-17 February 2023. 

FAQ

  • With which Bachelor's can I apply for the Master's in Forensic Science?

    Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree (university or applied sciences) in:

    • life sciences
    • exact sciences
    • natural sciences
    • computer sciences
    • engineering
    • or other bèta (science) related fields.

    Please check the list of recommended bachelor's under 'Entry requirements'. If your Bachelor's (or an equivalent programme) is not on the list, you can email our study adviser (studieadviseur-iis@uva.nl) to make enquiries. To be able to give you advice, we need the details of your programme.

    Bachelor's programmes without a substantial science component are not suitable for our Master, e.g. law, psychology, medicine, 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 population.

    Please note that we do not offer a pre-master programme. If you have a Bachelor’s which is included in the list of recommended Bachelor’s, the programme is suitable for you.

  • What does the study programme look like?

    Here you can learn more about the content of the programme.

  • What kind of jobs do your graduates end up in?

    Here you can learn more about the career prospects after finishing the Master's in Forensic Science.

  • I have already completed a Master's or I am planning to do two masters, can I apply for an adapted or shorter programme?

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

    1. Please provide information on the application form about the Master's as well as the Bachelor's that you completed.
    2. Indicate on the form that you want to discuss the possibility of an adapted programme (dispensation).
  • 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 do not have all marks yet. 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 please note that your motivation has to compensate for your low grades.

Stijn
Student Forensic Science
"With a background in Artificial Intelligence, I wasn't sure what to expect from the forensic field and what the Master would be like for me. However, I really enjoy learning about forensics and I am surprised by how much I like working with people from other disciplines. You learn from other students and at the same time you tell them about your own expertise which is interesting and fun! I have so many ideas for how I could use my AI knowledge to contribute to the forensic field and I can't wait to start doing that!"
Meet the Master

Want to know if Forensic Science suits you? Accompany a Master's student in their daily study routine and find out! 

Student testimonials

"During my Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, I already knew that I wanted to do something more for society than working for a big corporation. One of the many interesting aspects of the Master's programme, is that you learn from working together with other disciplines while extending your prior knowledge from your Bachelor’s degree." - Sander 

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