M.Sc. On Campus

Forensic Science

University of Amsterdam

24 months
16060 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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The Forensic Science programme of the University of Amsterdam 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 study programme

The Forensic Science programme of the University of Amsterdam provides students with the theoretical foundation of forensic science: the forensic process from crime scene to court, including the players and their roles, the judicial context and the quality requirements within the process. And in the first year we will go on a study trip to meet other Forensic institutions in Europe. In the second year students deepen their knowledge in their bachelor’s discipline by following advanced forensic courses and courses from other master ‘s programmes at the Faculty of Science as part of a specialisation. Furthermore, students write a literature thesis and conduct a research project of six months.

After graduation

After a year of learning about the forensic framework followed by a year of specialisation in your own scientific background you have the knowledge and skills to continue as a researcher (doing a forensic PhD) at the university, or as a forensic expert at forensic institutes or police force, or as a forensic advisor/coordinator/consultant at court, police force or IT companies. Your disciplinary specialisation also gives you the opportunity to continue with a PhD in a particular scientific discipline, or to work as a researcher at research institutes and companies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Criminalistics and Analytical Chemistry
  • Statistics for Forensic Science
  • Research and Innovation in Forensic Biophysics
  • Logic and the Human Factor in Forensic Reasoning
  • Complex Crime Scences
  • Forensic Statistics and DNA Evidence

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General 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.
  • 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)
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16060 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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