Bachelor's in Forensic Laboratory Research

VHL University of Applied Sciences
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
English, Dutch

About this program

This programme is partly in Dutch. A 4-week Dutch language course is available for German speaking students.

Bachelors in Forensic Laboratory Research

Do you have the right stuff?

Are you keen to contribute to the gathering of evidence in cases involving food fraud, environmental crimes and animal cruelty, or would you like to be trained as a forensic analyst in the police and judicial system? Then look no further. You have stumbled upon the only degree programme in the Netherlands that can train you for such careers. In addition to government agencies, private investigative agencies, insurance companies and financial institutions are increasingly turning to commercial forensic laboratories. These developments require the forensic analyst to be creative, communicate effectively and think in a customer-oriented manner.

Furthermore, the internationalisation of the professional field requires competence in functioning in multinational partnerships. The mission of your educators is thus to train professionals who are adept at finding truth and who are broadly and internationally employable. This goal is achieved through a uniquely composed, high-quality programme of focused education and innovative applied scientific research. Do you dare fight crime?

Admission requirements

  • One of the general admission requirements for all our 4-year Bachelor study programmes is a secondary school diploma, which is equivalent to the Dutch HAVO diploma. Examples of equivalent levels are the International Baccalaureate diploma, Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or A-Levels.
  • Mathematics and chemistry as a major are highly recommended. Should the condition not be met, the possibility of the appropriate level is to be proven in the first year of study.
  • Dutch at B2 level GER. A language course is available.

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check our website for more information.

Program delivery

During your studies, your desired job is the Focus. We use competency-based instruction that will teach you expertise, skills, and rules of conduct for those at the start of your professional career. You're not just learning books and lectures, but applying your knowledge also in practice. You will be working in a team on projects from professional practice during the course of study to prepare you for your future.

Points of Focus

  • Internships abroad
  • High-tech facilities
  • Field research
  • Practical instruction
  • Real stakes Personal contact


  • Tution fee for EU: € 2314 a year*
  • Tution fee for non-EU: € 8900 a year

    *The Dutch government is halving tuition fees for first-year Bachelor students in higher education. Those who meet the conditions will pay only € 1,157 in the first year.


The conclusion at the end of the degree is the Bachelor of Science, which is recognized throughout Europe. It corresponds qualitatively to the degree in German universities of applied sciences.

Career paths

Possible professions

  • Operational specialized police
  • Fraud Analyst
  • DNA researchers
  • Forensic Advisor
  • Operational investigators
  • Fire Specialist
  • Toxicology Researcher

As a graduate of Forensic Laboratory Research, you have the world at your feet. After studying you can work both in the national and the international market.

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VHL University of Applied Sciences

Larensteinselaan 26a
The Netherlands

Phone no: +31 58 284 6232

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