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Master's Thesis (BIO)

Module PH1083

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2018/9 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2018/9WS 2011/2

Basic Information

PH1083 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
900 h  h 30 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH1083 is the Dean of Studies at Physics Department.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The Master's thesis is is part of the research phase in which the students work on a current topic in the field of biophysics. The topic and methodology characterize the qualification profile of the study program in a special way. Possible areas of research are based on the main research areas of the Department of Physics and the special offer of the professors. Topics are e.g.molecular or cellular biophysics and theoretical biophysics. Both experimental and theoretical topics are possible, ranging from the physical basics to physical issues in manufacturing and measurement processes.

In the Master's thesis, the students apply the knowledge acquired during their studies. The Master's Thesis includes the carrying-out of experiments or simulations/calculations and the written presentation of the results on the basis of a scientific elaboration.

In the written elaboration, the methods chosen for the project and the results obtained are described and discussed in the context of the subject area based on the current state of research.

Learning Outcome

After passing the Master's thesis, the students are able

  1. to independently work on a question from the field of biophysics within a given period according to scientific methods under guidance and to summarize it in a scientific paper,
  2. apply learned theoretical and/or experimental background knowledge to the given problem in order to obtain results on the problem,
  3. analyse their own scientific results and classify them with regard to their significance in the subject area.


Admission requirements for the module are the passed modules PH1063 and PH1073 and the certificate of mentor counseling.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

Students study a scientific topic independently, i.e. they carry out scientific experiments or theoretical calculations, evaluate the results independently, carry out literature research and summarise this in a written paper at the end. They receive the necessary support by regular discussions with the supervisor and other members of the working group.


Scientific measurement setups, use of own recordings, topic- and discipline-specific media, computers


Current scientific publications on the specific topic, depending on the research area

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The module Master's Thesis includes the practical and/or theoretical study of a scientific topic with a resulting scientific elaboration. The scientific elaboration includes

  • a theoretical part based on a literature search,
  • the carrying out of the experiments or the simulations/calculations,
  • the analysis of the conducted experiments or simulations / calculations
  • the classification and discussion of the results within the scope of the subject area.

The students show that they are able to examine a scientific topic independently and to classify their own results in the context of the subject.

A repetition of the Master´s thesis is possible according to the relevant regulations of the FPSO.

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