Master of Science in Biophysics

Biophysics research at Ulm University!

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Dr. Rachele Fermani

Coordinator M. Sc. "Physics" and M. Sc. "Biophysics"

Room N25/3101
Office hours: Mo-Thu 9 am - 12 am

Department of Physics 
Ulm University
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm, Germany

Tel.: ++49 (0) 731-50-22292


Quick Guide

  • Degree: Master of Science
  • Duration: 4 semesters (2 years)
  • Application period:
    Winter semester: 15.01. - 15.03.
  • Start of programme: late August
  • Language: English
  • Tuition Fees: 1500 Euro each semester - only for non-EU students
  • Administrative fees:
    166.50 Euro each semester

Why Biophysics?


What is Biophysics? as explained by the Biophysics Society

Biophysics is a very exciting and rapidly expanding research field exploring new areas between physics and biology. The complexity of life is investigated at every level and analysed with physical methods. Here at Ulm University, we strive to understand these molecular interactions and the mechanisms that control them, to learn more about life processes, their underlying physical principles and the bases of disease in case of malfunction.

Why? ...ask the biochemist/biologist

Prologue, Bustamante - extract from Carlos Bustamante et al., "Mechanical Processes in Biochemistry", Ann. Rev. Biochem. 2004, 73:705-48.

Why? ... ask the chemist

... 10 out of the last 13 Nobel prizes in chemistry are related to Biophysics!!


  • 2017 J. Dubochet, J. Frank and R. henderson: "Cryon-electron micrscopy"
  • 2014 S. Hell, W.E. Moerner and E. Betzig: "Super-resolution microscopy"
  • 2013: M. Karplus, M. Levitt and A. Warshel: "for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems"
  • 2012: R. J. Lefkowitz and B. K. Kobilka "for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors"
  • 2009: V. Ramakrishnan, T. A. Steitz and A. E. Yonath: "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome"
  • 2008: O. Shimomura, M. Chalfie and R. Y. Tsien: "for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP"
  • 2006: R. D. Kornberg: "for his studies of the molecular basis of eukaryotic transcription"
  • 2004: A. Ciechanover, A. Hershko and I. Rose: "for the discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation"
  • 2003 P. Agre and R. MacKinnon: "Channels in membranes"
  • 2002: J. B. Fenn, K. Tanaka and K. Wüthrich: "structure analyses of biological macromolecules"

Why?... ask the physicist

It is very easy to answer many of these fundamental biological questions; You just look at the thing! You will see the order of bases in the chain; you will see the structure of the micro-cosm. Unfortunately, the present microscope sees at a scale which is just a bit too crude. Make the microscope one hundred times more powerful, and many problems of biology would be made very much easier. I exaggerate, of course, but the biologists would surely be very thankful to you---and they would prefer that to the criticism that they should use more mathematics.

"There is plenty of room at the bottom" Richard Feynman, APS meeting, Caltech, 1959



Our Master Programme in Biophysics

The aim of this Master programme is to

  • provide a comprehensive education and hands-on research in modern Biophysics,
  • prepare students for the interdisciplinary nature of modern-day Life Sciences,
  • train the students in quantitative thinking and in state-of-the-art experimental techniques close to current research.

Students enrolling in the two-year Master programme may choose in addition to core lectures in Biophysics, specialisation courses from the vast offer of Life Sciences departments, such as in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine and Biology. During the second year, students have the opportunity to carry out research at the academic level by completing two independent research projects, or they can choose to do an internship to fullfill one of the research projects. Our programme offers a highly flexible choice of subjects and the course syllabus is intimately connected to the ongoing research within the Life Sciences at our university. 

Information on the Programme

  • Timetable

    Please find the timetable for the current semester at the link below:

    (link re-directs to the Physics Department website - please switch to English)

  • Study plan

    Students have to complete 120 credits in order to obtain the degree M. Sc. Biophysics. Find out how the study plan is structured at the following link:

    Study plan 

  • Courses

    An overview and a detailed description of the courses available can be found in the 

    Module Handbook

  • Specialization and reasearch areas

    For a complete list of the specialization and research areas available, please check the Biophysics at UULM page.

How to apply

  • Application

  • Admission

  • Ulm Students

    Graduates of the University of Ulm with a BSc degree in Physics or Econophysics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology and Molecular Medicine, should use the application form "Antrag auf Studiengangwechsel / Umschreibung vom Bachelor in den Master" and bring it to the Studiensekretariat together with a letter of motivation. For more information please read here.

    Please contact the coordinator or the head of the M. Sc. Biophysics programme for more information on the English requirements.

General Information for students