Study Programme Biophysics M.Sc.
In this two-year Master's programme, you will receive a comprehensive training in modern biophysics, and you will be prepared for the interdisciplinary nature of modern life sciences. Through a variety of elective modules and special courses, you can shape your studies according to your personal inclinations. You will be required to complete a total of 120 credit points (LP) and, at the end of your studies, a master's thesis (30 LP) in which you will be able to apply your creativity and knowledge in solving a current problem.
Biophysics Students will perform most of the exciting experiments available at the Biophysics Institute.
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Dr. Rachele Fermani
Physics Academic Affairs Commitee
Coordinator M. Sc. "Biophysics"
Prof. Dr. Christof Gebhardt
Chairman of the Examination Board
An overview of the Biophysics M. Sc. curriculum in tabular form:
Study Content Biophysics M.Sc.
Complete module description on the Higher Education Portal:
More detailed information on the legal framework of the study programme can be found under the following links:
Subject-specific study and examination regulations (FSPO, 2014)
General framework regulation (2017)
Baden-Württemberg Higher Education Act (LHG)
In the following pages you will find helpful information on the examination procedure:
Forms from the Studiensekretariat
Guidelines for the exam procedures in the Higher education portal
To take an examination and obtain the corresponding credit points, students must register via the Higher Education portal.
Please note that the deadline for registering or deregistering for a written examination is 4 days before the examination date, at midnight at the latest.
- If you fail to appear at an examination date and have not revoked your registration, you will be deemed to have failed the examination.
- If you fall ill in the four days between registration and the examination date and cannot take part in the examination, you should obtain a medical certificate stating the illness. The medical certificate, together with the appropriate form from Studiensekretariat, must be sent to the Studiensekretariat as soon as possible.
- Examinations that have been passed cannot be repeated.
- You can repeat all failed exams twice.
The study plan gives a recommendation on the order in which you should complete the modules. The first two semesters are for the lectures, practicals and seminars and the last two for the one-year research phase with two research projects and the Master's thesis.
Deadlines: the Master's programme must be completed by the end of the 6th semester.
The study programme is divided into several areas, the scope and content of which may depend on whether admission to the Master's programme in Physics is based on a Bachelor in Physics or in a Life Sience area:
Theoretical and experimental foundations as well as advanced methods of biophysics are taught and practiced in the compulsory courses.
Students choose courses from two of the following subject areas:
- Cell Biology and Genetics
- Anorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Molecular Medicine
- Stochastics and Bioinformatics
This area is designed to provide students with diverse backgrounds with the necessary skills to successfully complete the master's degree. Students complete basic courses from a different area than the one in which the bachelor's degree was obtained.
Additive Key Qualifications (ASQ). The courses are offered by the Humboldt Study Center for Philosophy and Humanities and the Center for Languages and Philology.
Students whose native language is not German take examinations from the range of German courses offered in this module.
- Biophysics Research Project
- Selected Research Project
- Master's Thesis
For more information on the final thesis, please check the respective Guidelines "Final Theses" page.