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Forensic Science

Online 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 will be given a short presentation about the programme and will be able to ask all your questions live, together with other prospective students. The next Meet & Ask will take place fall 2022.


  • With which bachelor can I apply for the master 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 related fields.

    Please check the list of recommended bachelor's under 'Entry requirements'. If your bachelor (or an equivalent programme) is not in the list, you can send an email to 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 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’s population.

    Please note that we do not offer a premaster 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 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 an 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 that you use 12 or 18 EC from your (other) 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:

    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 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.

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!"
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"During my Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, I already knew that I wanted to do something more for society than just 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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