Master in Forensic Science at the UvA

Seeing the big picture - a sharp eye for detail

The Master's programme in Forensic Science is unique in the Netherlands. The programme distinguishes itself from most international Master's programmes in Forensic Science by building on a range of scientific backgrounds and disciplines. The goal of the programme is to train students to answer forensic questions based on a sound scientific basis, to stimulate innovation in forensic science, and to value and strengthen the role of forensic evidence in the forensic chain.

The Master’s in Forensic Science offers an interdisciplinary programme to students with a background in life science, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics and others. You study the fundamentals of forensic science together and will learn to understand the forensic process and the role of forensic evidence herein, dealing with topics such as hypothesis formation, data collection and analysis, integrity of science, and quality management. You will be trained in understanding the relevancy of different traces, the methods used to analyse those traces and the value of evidence they can provide.
Criminalistic reasoning and critical thinking are two skills that are essential to solve ‘the puzzle’ of a crime scene. These skills are trained explicitly within the Master’s. Next to that, the Master’s programme in Forensic Science teaches you to understand and communicate with all partners in the forensic chain. In order to fulfil  the demands of the field, interdisciplinary team work is of great importance in the curriculum.
With a master in Forensic Science you become more than an average scientist. The master’s trains you to be able to make contributions to the forensic field by applying specialist knowledge in a forensic context, whether as an researcher at the university, a forensic expert, or as a forensic advisor.
Do you want to make your scientific knowledge socially relevant within the context of law and order? Then you should apply for Forensic Science.

research skull

Research on skull. Photo: NFI.

18 February 2016