The Maastricht Forensic Institute (tMFI) combines all forensic knowledge within Maastricht University in one centre for forensic education and research. This expertise lies mostly in legal psychology and forensic psychology. tMFI is the only institute in the Netherlands combines technical forensic research into material evidence with expertise in psychology of law and behavioural science. The main purpose of the institute is to make a socially relevant contribution to the legal system.
The forensic science research of tMFI focuses on relevant issues for the criminal justice system. Our research lines include:
The expertise of tMFI researchers is used in various education programmes in both the bachelor and master level. In the Project Reasonable Doubt (Project Gerede Twijfel), students work under supervision of researchers on real criminal justice cases where there are possible miscarriages of justice. The Forensic Psychology master is unique in the Netherlands. tMFI also develops courses for professionals working in the criminal justice system.
“We want to create quality in forensic psychology – to train young people to work in the field of criminal law."
"Scientists are good at drawing up clear, well founded reports in which all hypotheses have been examined and rejected as false.”
"I see that, though the relationship between UM and tMFI, there is increasing interest in forensics, also in relation to epidemiology. There are PhD programmes being designed to help advance this field."