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Master program Physics (Biophysics)

Our graduates possess extensive knowledge of discipline-specific fundamentals concerning the physics of soft matter, ranging from nanometers to the microscopic scale. Furthermore, they also acquire essential insights into current research from across the entire spectrum of modern biophysics: from molecular and cellular biophysics, system biophysics and biomedical biophysics, to molecular nanotechnology.

Master student at IMETUM
Master student at the Munich School of Bioengineering (MSB, formerly IMETUM). Bild: TUM.

Biophysics deals with the physical description of biological materials. This involves examining the elementary molecular components of a cell, as well as the interaction of these components at a systemic level. The aim of research is to establish a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental mechanisms that ultimately make life possible, but which also cause diseases. The findings can, by way of example, contribute to the diagnosis and remedying of diseases, or give rise to new technologies inspired by biology. In the process, the complexity of living matter offers a fascinating opportunity to discover entirely new physical laws that are far removed from chemical or thermodynamic equilibrium.

With ten leading international task forces, biophysics research at the Technische Universität München covers nearly every aspect of this modern and intensely interdisciplinary research area. Our research groups within this field are therefore uniquely positioned in Germany.

Specialization Areas

In the context of the Master program in biophysics, students have the opportunity to specialize in a particular area:

  • Molecular Biophysics
  • Cellular Biophysics
  • Theoretical Biophysics
  • System Biophysics
  • Biomedical Physics

Typical Study Program

The study program of the first year of studies can be organized individually. A mentor can give you advice in choosing the specific courses. If you are interested in a given research area, it may be helpful to choose a mentor working in it (e.g. see the lecturers of the courses).

Direct Track into the Ph. D. program

Talented students can continue the Master's research phase seamlessly with a doctoral project, speeding up their academic career. Already during their research phase these students may join the Department Graduate Center Physics and participate in the program of TUM Graduate School.

The "Direct Track" combines the advantages of the traditional model with the speed of a "Fast Track" – without the disadvantages like a (formally) missing Master’s degree.

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