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Open House

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.

FAQ

  • 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.

  • 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.

What is this programme about?
Meet Asim and Romy, both students of the master Forensic Science. Alumnus and PhD student Nick will tell you about his research on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis for the The Netherlands Forensic Institute.

Want to know more? Get in touch with our students

Student vlog
What is it like to be a Forensic Science student at the University of Amsterdam? Anna Knes, first year master student will tell you all about this in her vlog. Follow her to class, study meetings, the gym and see her eat a delicious oliebol (Dutch food).
Foto Mireia
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As a science student, I am interested in the potential of new technologies and their application in society. Not only in how these are developed but also more physophical questions regarding their "meaning" and impact which creates room for discussion . Because of that, I truly enjoy watching TED talks and talking to people from different backgrounds than mine. Well, in fact, talking and most importantly listening to people is one of my hobbies, since you can always learn so much from others. Hopefully, in the foreseeable future, if possible, I would like to contribute to science discussions by reviewing and writing on different emerging tools. Find Mireia on Unibuddy
Foto of Anna
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I was raised in Chicago until I was 18, and then I moved to Connecticut for my bachelor’s degree (Wesleyan University BA ‘19). There, I studied neuroscience and psychology. I stayed a fifth year to get my first master’s in neuroscience (MA ‘19). Now I’m studying forensic science at the University of Amsterdam! I’ve always loved learning about how the human brain works and how and why we make decisions. I’m particularly interested in criminal behavior, so I’m hoping to combine my knowledge of forensic science with my expertise in neuroscience to expand the field of forensic neuroscience! Find Anna on Unibuddy
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