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Physics & Life for M.Sc. Students

Module PH1532

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.

Basic Information

PH1532 is a semester module in language at which is offered irregularly.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of student seminars for Biophysics

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

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
120 h 60 h 4 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH1532 is Karen Alim.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Seminar talks by students on physics in life. Biological physics focusses on: What are the physics problems that organisms need to solve? How do living systems represent and process information? How do macroscopic functions of life emerge from interaction among many microscopic constituents? And how do living systems navigate parameter space? Students will choose for their presentation among original research articles that not only show novel physics concepts in the living world but are also exemplary for pedagogical and inspiring scientific writing.

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the module the student can use the basic methods of literature retrieval, condense their knowlegde from scientific papers into a presentation and obtain presentation skills.

They have learned about the broad scope of biological physics.


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Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

HS 2 Physics & Life Alim, K. singular or moved dates
RE 2 Revision Course to Physics & Life
Responsible/Coordination: Alim, K.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Each student is assigned an individual tutor that will guide the student to find relevant literature, understand the topic of choice and condense it into a presentation. Feedback to presentation slides is given prior to the final presentation.




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Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In the course of the seminar each student individually prepares a talk on a topic of current research. Based on this talk the learning outcome is tested.

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