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Forensic Science

Application and admission

If you have obtained or will obtain a diploma or degree certificate from an educational institution outside the Netherlands or an international school in the Netherlands, please follow the steps below to apply for this programme.

Contact details International Team

If you have any questions throughout the application process, please don't hesitate to contact the International Team. 

Application process

  • 1. Check the deadlines

    To apply for this Master’s programme you will need to register in Studielink AND apply for the programme at the Faculty of Science through DataNose before the mentioned dates, even if you have not completed your Bachelor’s programme yet.

    Start your application procedure on time

    We strongly advise international students to apply as early as possible, at least a week before the deadline as the registrations in Studielink and DataNose and getting all documents ready will take several days. Additionally, affordable accommodation is scarce in Amsterdam. Although the University of Amsterdam can assist in finding accommodation but cannot give any guarantees regarding housing, early applicants do have a slightly bigger chance in finding a room through the UvA than late applicants.


    Starting in September EU/EEA students 30 April 23:59 CEST
      Non-EU/EEA students 31 January 23:59 CEST

    Deadline with a UvA Scholarship

    Please note that if you want to apply for a UvA Scholarship, other deadlines for application to the Master's programme apply.

  • 2. Check entry requirements
    • Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree in life sciences, exact sciences, natural sciences, computer sciences, engineering or other beta related fields (see overview below for examples).
    • Admissibility depends on the composition of the programmes and the type of courses, academic level, motivation and grade point average.
    • Statistics and preferably probability theory must be part of your Bachelor’s programme.
    • The master’s programme Forensic Science does not offer a Pre-Master’s programme as the programme is suitable to follow for all bèta science backgrounds.
    • Please note that admission is not automatically granted to all candidates fulfilling the above criteria. In former years, about 40% of the candidates have finally been admitted to the Master’s programme.

    Bachelors University

    Any degree in life sciences, exact sciences, natural sciences, computer sciences, engineering or other beta related field is in principal eligible, such as:

    • Applied Mathematics
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Biology
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Econometrics
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Health Science
    • Information Sciences
    • Material Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Neurosciences
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Physics and Astronomy
    • Psychobiology

    Bachelors Applied Science

    • Higher Laboratory Education (Hoger Laboratorium Onderwijs, HLO) Bachelors degree: applicants are qualified to apply for the Master Forensic Science without the need to complete an additional programme.
    • Other HBO science (Beta-Bachelor) degree: eligibility depends on nature of programme and curriculum.

    Masters University

    Candidates with a MSc degree in the backgrounds mentioned above can also apply. The Examinations Board can decide to give exemptions for part of the Forensic Science programme (e.g. specialisation courses).

    Grade point average and additional requirements

    In addition to the admission requirements referred to above, the student has to comply with the following requirements.

    You have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalent to at least:

    • 3.0 (American system)
    • 2.1 (a second class upper/division one degree in the British system)
    • C (ECTS-system)
    • 7.0 (Dutch BSc)
    • 7.0 (Dutch Bachelor of Higher professional education)

    The GPA is the average of the Bachelor’s course grades weighed by course/study load.

    Admission will not be granted based on a sufficient grade point average alone. Applicants are also assessed on the basis of their motivation and the content of their prior coursework.

    Additional remarks

    The second year of the Master's programme involves a professional internship in an organisation in which forensics plays a role. A Certificate of Good Conduct (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag) is required for the majority of these internships, in particular for projects with the Dutch police force or the Netherlands Forensic Institute.

    English language proficiency

    Your ability to write and speak in English must be at an academic level. To prove your level of English please provide us with your scores of one of the following tests:

    • the TOEFL Test
    • the TOEFL iBT Home Edition
    • the test of the International English Language Testing Service (Academic IELTS)
    • a Cambridge Examination Score  (C1 Advanced (CAE) and C2 Proficiency (CPE).

    Other tests will not be accepted.

    Students with a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university and students who successfully finished a full academic programme at an esteemed institute in one of the following countries are exempt: UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

    Please be informed that the application file from students who need a visa will be put on hold until we receive a sufficient English proficiency test.

    For more details about the English language test and required scores, please visit English language proficiency.

    Deadlines for test results

    • For Non-EU/EEA students the required English test result should be received by the International Team at the Faculty of Science before on or before 1 February in the year of application. If this is not possible, contact the International Team before applying.
    • For EU/EEA students the deadline of submitting the test results is 1 July.

    Note that if you want to apply for a scholarship other deadlines apply.

    Admission during COVID-19

    Due to the Corona pandemic, the UvA will allow you to start your Master’s programme before having fully completed your Bachelor’s degree. For information on how to submit your request for admission with study delay, check under Step 8.

  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink
  • 4. Activate your UvAnetID

    Within 48 hours after submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID and an email with instructions for the next step of the application process. You need your UvAnetID to continue with your application. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your UvAnetID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    Only after activating your UvAnetID, you can submit your UvA online application via DataNose. Please make sure to upload the required documents in PDF format. Applicants who (will) hold more than one academic degree must merge copies of both (or more) academic transcripts into one PDF.

    In DataNose we expect you to upload the following documents:

    1. A motivation letter in English (max. 500 words)
    2. Your Curriculum Vitae in English
    3. A copy of your high school grade list and diploma
    4. A copy of your Bachelor’s transcript, including an explanation of your university’s grading system.
    5. A copy of your Bachelor’s diploma/certificate (or, if you have not yet finished your current academic programme, a list of courses of your final year)
    6. An abstract of your bachelorthesis/project (max. 200 words)
    7. Two academic reference letters
    8. Proof of English proficiency

    NOTE: all items need to be in English in order for the selection committee to assess the application


    Motivation is assessed on the basis of a written letter of intent. In this letter, please describe in max. 500 words your motivation for studying the Master's Forensic science. Please go into the following questions:

    • What is your motivation to apply for the master Forensic science?
    • What kind of forensic topics are you interested in?
    • Please describe your interest in interdisciplinary thinking and give some examples to proof that.
    • Which of your personal strengths makes you suitable to follow our master?

    Reference letters

    Applicants must submit two letters of reference from an academic staff member at their degree institution testifying to the applicant's ability to perform in a multidisciplinary environment. During the online application procedure, students have to provide the contact information of the referees. The referees will then receive a link where he/she can fill in the reference letter online.

    If you have any questions about these documents as a foreign student, please contact master-science@uva.nl.

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    As soon as you have submitted the (sufficiently) complete online form in DataNose, your application file will be acknowledged. It differs per programme how long it takes before you are informed via email about the decision on admission. However it will not take longer than 6 weeks. An admission will always be conditional as we must still verify your documents (consult step 8).  You can track the status of your admission using the checklist in DataNose.

    Based on the contents of your application file you hear whether you are:

    1. Directly eligible: you receive an admission letter with instructions for further processing of your admission.
    2. Invited for an assessment interview: you receive a letter with the date and time of the assessment interview.
    3. Not eligible: you receive a letter with a reason for the rejection.

    Please note that in former years, about 40% of the applicants have been admitted to the Master’s  programme.

    Assessment interview

    Applicants may be invited to an assessment interview with the programme manager. This interview is used to determine students' motivation, academic potential and progress and ambition. Applicants can be assessed on behavioural characteristics required for working in the forensic field, such as: analytical skills, communication skills, entrepreneurship, organisational sensitivity and ability to perform under pressure.

After (conditional) admission

  • 7. Accept or decline offer

    If you are conditionally admitted to the Master’s programme you will receive an admissions letter by means of email. In the letter you will find a link to DataNose to accept or decline your place in the programme. This has to be done within two weeks. If you have questions about this, please contact the International Team

  • 8. Request for admission with study delay

    Between 1 July and 31 August you can submit your request for admission to the Master’s programme with an unfinished Bachelor’s in DataNose (link will become available in due course). To submit this request, you should meet all the requirements listed below. In addition, you should have completed all the exams and resits in your Bachelor’s programme and know for sure that you cannot complete your Bachelor’s before 1 September. You will need to complete any missing courses during the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Please note: in order to complete your Bachelor’s you will have to re-enroll in your Bachelor’s programme! 

    Admission requirements with unfinished Bachelor’s

    • You have applied for the Master’s programme in Studielink and Datanose before the deadline
    • You have received a (conditional) offer of admission to the Master’s programme
    • The deficiency in your Bachelor’s programme does not exceed 15 ECTS. This may comprise courses or your Bachelor’s thesis
    • In case the deficiency does exceed 15 ECTS due to a larger Bachelor’s thesis, you should have completed a large part of the project and the remaining workload should not exceed 15 ECTS

    If you wish to make use of the option to start your Master’s programme with an unfinished Bachelor’s degree, you will need to seriously consider the overall achievability of your combined study programme. Unfortunately, we are not able to make provisions for any overlaps in planning concerning exams, classes, etc.

    This regulation applies to Dutch/EU students who want to start their Master’s at the UvA in September 2022 and are enrolled in a Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s programme at the UvA in 2021-2022, or in a Bachelor’s at another university in the Netherlands or in the EU/EEA.

  • 9. Submit certified documents

    If you are conditionally admitted please consult DataNose for details on which exact documents are required and when and how to send them.

  • 10. Register for immigration, housing, start appointment

    You will need to arrange a variety of practical matters before starting your studies. This includes your visa or residence permit, insurance and housing.

    After your application you will receive information by means of email on how to complete your registration and how to apply for a visa or residence permit, if needed. 

  • 11. Request student ID card

    A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations or borrowing library books. You will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card.