Foundations and Methods of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Module PH2139

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

PH2139 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

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

  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses

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

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 83 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2139 is Günther Woehlke.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology Fundamentals and Methods (DNA, RNA, recombinant DNA, microbiological basis, "cloning" and other methods in molecular cell biology, computer approaches to molecular biology data management, molecular evolution)

Learning Outcome

Theoretical basis for laboratory work (cloning, recombinant expression of proteins, protein purification, etc.); understanding of working principles in molecular biology and biochemistry; selected in-depth subjects; deeper and wider knowledge of subjects introduced in module "biophysics" (0020);


recommended: biophysics (module 0020)

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Listen, think, apply


lecture, seminar


Phillips et al. "Physical Biology of the Cell"
Schartl et al. "Biochemie und Molekularbiologie des Menschen"
Pollard & Earnshaw "Cell Biology"

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

Condensed Matter

When atoms interact things can get interesting. Fundamental research on the underlying properties of materials and nanostructures and exploration of the potential they provide for applications.

Nuclei, Particles, Astrophysics

A journey of discovery to understanding our world at the subatomic scale, from the nuclei inside atoms down to the most elementary building blocks of matter. Are you ready for the adventure?


Biological systems, from proteins to living cells and organisms, obey physical principles. Our research groups in biophysics shape one of Germany's largest scientific clusters in this area.