Master of Science in Forensic Science

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

Master of Science in Forensic Science

University of Amsterdam

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, such as computer science, physics, chemistry, biological sciences and mathematics.

The goal of the programme is to train good scientists, armed with forensic knowledge and professional skills. Do you want to make your scientific knowledge socially relevant within the context of law and order? Then you should apply for Forensic Science.

The forensic field is complex and becoming more so every day. Forensic science is the area of science that deals with the analysis of traces left behind at a (crime) scene. To reconstruct events from the past, forensic questions have to be answered using information that can be obtained from a wide variety of traces, e.g. DNA, digital traces, fingerprints, explosives, etc. The evidential value of these traces is determined by the use of statistical methods. The number of disciplines that come together, both at the crime scene and during the subsequent investigation, is widening and the competencies required are becoming ever more specialised. The need for overview and guidance of the overall process is growing proportionally.

High standards

As methods and techniques become increasingly refined, progressively higher standards are set for specialists. Not only must they continually deepen their own specialism, but they must also interact with other specialists in a creative and driven way. The development of new scientific methods that can be applied to help solve crimes demands well- educated scientists who are specialists in their own discipline combined with knowledge of the forensic context. Therefore, forensic scientists must be able to combine forensic expertise with sophisticated technologies in an interdisciplinary environment.

Studying Forensic Science at the UvA

The Master’s in Forensic Science offers an interdisciplinary programme to students with a background in life science, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and others. Our lecturers are not only university professors, but also experts from the forensic field, as well as from the Dutch Police Force and the Netherlands Forensic Institute. Students 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, the integrity of science, and quality management. They will be trained in understanding the relevance of different traces, the methods used to analyse those traces and the value of the evidence they can provide.

Criminalistic reasoning and critical thinking are two skills that are essential to solving ‘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 students to understand and communicate with all partners in the forensic chain. In order to fulfil the demands of the field, interdisciplinary communication and cooperation is of great importance in the curriculum.

In our Master’s programme, we train students to become more than an average scientist. We train them to be able to make a contribution to the forensic field by applying specialist knowledge in a forensic context, whether as a researcher at the university, a forensic expert, or as a forensic advisor.

Accreditation and degree

The Master's programme in Forensic Science has been legally accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in Forensic Science and the title of Master of Science (MSc).

Career prospects and your background

As a graduate of the Master’s Forensic Science, you have obtained what can be called ‘forensic awareness’ and you are equipped to support the process of criminal investigation. No matter what your position in the chain of evidence is, as a forensic scientist you are working at the service of the judicial system, in an interdisciplinary field which develops rapidly and where the stakes are high.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 11, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
24 months
Full time
Price
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2,060 EUR
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Netherlands - Amsterdam, North Holland
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