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.
It actually combined real hard-core physics with forensics. I investigated whether the volume of bloodstains could be measured by means of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). The project was a collaboration between the NFI and the AMC. It was a success and this opened up a large range of applications we could investigate. Moreover, we have a publication about this project in press right now. Eventually, this project led to my PhD. A PhD is a lot of fun, but it also requires hard work and discipline. Only a small portion of my time I spend in the lab doing actual experiments with blood droplets. But I also get to travel. I am not sure yet what I will be doing after this, but I got a range of options. I could start working at a company, find a job in a bank or work as a consultant, as they often like the skills we have learned during physics and having a PhD won’t hurt. I could also try finding a Post Doc position somewhere, thus staying in academia for a while. Preparing for a career after this master can be really difficult. Many people start this master with a biological background and get stuck because there are no job opportunities. One solution can be to find a good internship, which can often lead towards a job. My advice: