Forensic Chemistry

Exchange programme

You will focus on the use of instrumental analysis to identify and characterise pieces of evidence. Skills ranging from sample collection and presumptive testing to confirmative tests will be developed, optimised and applied. Other subjects include statistics and toxicology.

Courses and training sessions

The programme includes courses in “Forensic Chemistry”, “Chemical profiling”, “Mass Spectrometry” and “Advanced Forensic Toxicology”. Hand-on laboratory training will be provided in Mass Spectrometry and a training session will be held on the application of statistics in forensic chemistry.


In addition to the courses and training sessions, you will carry out a research project. You will work in small groups to stimulate the exchange of ideas and co-operation. Once you have carried out literature research and produced a practical project proposal, you will spend at least ten full working days in the laboratory; twenty 4-hour time blocks. Examples of past research subjects include: metal and organic traces in gunshot residue, illicit drug laboratory waste dumping, colorants in accelerants and dating of blood stains.


The total minor programme is worth 30 ECTS credits, equivalent to a study load of 30 times 28 study hours, or 20 calendar weeks. The minor is part of the major in “Forensic Laboratory Investigation”, which is part of the “Chemistry” study programme at the Avans School of Life Sciences and Environmental Technology in Breda, the Netherlands.

The minor is part of the Medical Research and Biotechnology programme at the Avans School of Life Sciences and Environmental Technology in Breda.