The principles and methods of physics are increasingly being used to study biological processes. The scientific methodologies and strategies that are common to physics are now providing a means of obtaining a comprehensive understanding of complex biological processes. By introducing its Master's degree programme in Biophysics, Saarland University has taken on a pioneering role in the education and training of qualified scientists in this key interdisciplinary field at the interface of the physical and life sciences. The M.Sc. programme at Saarland University is primarily focused on the biophysics of cellular systems.

Students on the programme learn to apply advanced mathematical, computer-assisted and experimental methods to finding solutions to complex questions in biophysics. Graduates from the programme are in a position to solve the technical and scientific problems that arise at the boundary between physics and biology. Students acquire a broad general understanding of biophysics and neighbouring scientific disciplines while also having the opportunity to undertake specialist courses that enable them to develop a specific career profile. The curriculum of the M.Sc. programme includes modules in theoretical and experimental biophysics, as well as modules in selected non-biophysical subjects and key world-of-work skills. The interdisciplinary nature of the programme makes the M.Sc. in biophysics a demanding but rewarding course of study.

Biophysicists have excellent career prospects. The M.Sc. programme prepares graduates for careers in industry, research organizations and public institutions. Graduates from the programme work in areas such as the natural and engineering sciences, laser technology and medicine. Many biophysicists work in universities and public research organizations. Graduates who complete their Master's degree with excellent grades can join a doctoral research programme with the aim of pursuing an academic career.

Read more about the Master's programme in Biophysics (in German)

Course of study Biophysics
Type of programme Consecutive Master's degree programme
Accreditation Quality assurance system accredited by the Accreditation Council
Language of instruction German
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Degree qualification Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Start of programme Winter semester or summer semester
Restricted entry No
Application period Mid June until 30.09.2019 for winter semester 2019/20
Where to apply Online application portal
Tuition fees Not applicable
Semester fee See current fee structure
Study counselling Central Student Advisory Service
Course advisers Contact the course adviser
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