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Master Forensic Science

Frequently Asked Questions about Forensic Science

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.

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 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 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.

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 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 follow the master Forensic science part-time?

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

Is it possible to start the master in February?

No, all students start in September with the master programme.

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.).

What are the contents of the curriculum?

Please follow the link below for more details of the curriculum. Please note that this describes the current programme.

Course catalogue Forensic Science

Is it possible to apply after the deadline, may 1st?

If you want to start the programme in September you have to apply before the deadline. You can also apply if you have not completed your bachelor's programma yet but expect to be finished before the 1st of September.

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 has been completed abroad, you need to apply for this master’s via the International Office, more information on this 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.