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Physics of Life Abschluss: Master


Breakthroughs in life science research often occur at the interface between biology and physics, chemistry, mathematics, programming, as well as engineering. In the past, this has led to revolutionary developments of new methodologies, such as super-resolution microscopy, magnetic resonance techniques, and DNA sequencing techniques. Furthermore, scientists with training in physical and mathematical sciences, as well as engineering, have made broadly impactful contributions to the understanding of living systems by introducing quantitative concepts and theoretical models. This has not only led to innumerable discoveries at the atomic and molecular scale but also at the cellular, multicellular, and ecosystems scale, and for the origin of life itself. As recent developments of molecular techniques have led to the rapid acquisition of huge amounts of quantitative data for biological systems, the impact of scientists with training in physics, mathematics, computer science, and engineering is expected to grow. To accelerate future discoveries in life sciences, the MSc Physics of Life therefore trains students with a BSc education in physical sciences, mathematics, computer science, and engineering in the concepts and techniques of frontier research in life sciences.

Course structure

The Master of Science degree program is a postgraduate degree program. To enroll in a Master of Science degree program, a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree is required. The Master’s degree program Physics of Life awards 90 ECTS credits and is a so called «mono-course» consisting of only one core subject.

Master of Science (90 ECTS)

Physics of Life


Combination of subjects

The degree programs at the Faculty of Science are generally mono-courses.

Career opportunities

The Master of Science in Physics of Life opens up diverse career perspectives. These include a research career at a university or in industry, work in the lab or at a school, in a patent attorney firm or in consulting, bioinformatics, or science journalism. With your knowledge of biological processes and your training in quantitative methods, many doors open up for you in biomedicine, biotechnology, the pharmaceutical and food industries, at universities, or in public organizations. For a career in research, a PhD is typically required.

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