International Forensics

In this programme you will focus on international casework and the consequences of an international setting for the collection of biological or chemical information. Is DNA evidence treated differently in Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) from national crime? What evidence can be used to prove the trade in illegal wildlife products? These are just 2 of the many questions to explore in International Forensics. Intercultural communication and different regulations are of course important topics in this programme.

The programme

The programme includes the courses International Law, Evidence in Forensic Biology and Evidence in Forensic Chemistry as well as training in intercultural sensitivity and scientific English. In addition to this, you can tailor a small part of the programme to your needs and interests by choosing electives. For instance, you can opt for courses from the Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology study programme.

The programme is offered in combination with the specialisations Forensic Biology and Forensic Chemistry. Combining courses allows you to compile a 1-year programme. For instance as a sandwich year or international year. If you have less than 200 clock hours of hands-on laboratory experience under your belt, you will take part in our lab skills programme.


In addition to taking part in the courses and training sessions, you will carry out a research project. This involves investigating a described case. You will work in small groups and each of you will collect information on a particular aspect of the case, such as DVI, failure analysis, ballistics or sports doping. You will use desk research, literature reviews and interviews to collect information and write an expert review and a case report. Examples of potential cases are: airplane crash or ferry disaster, smuggling, wildlife poaching, sports doping and the Olympic Games.

If you have sufficient laboratory experience you will attend 5 lab sessions of approximately 4 hours each. These will offer you the chance to investigate evidence, such as DNA, or to perform instrumental analysis.


The entire programme is worth 30 ECTS credits. This equals a study load of 30 times 28 study hours, or 20 calendar weeks.

International Forensics is part of the Forensic Laboratory Investigation major, which in turn is part of the Chemistry study programme and the Biomedical Research programme, both taught in Breda.