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Master programme Biophysics

Contents and focus of the degree programme:

The focus of the master’s programme “Biophysics” is on the examination of biological systems. Especially on the molecular and cellular level and by using modern methods of physics and biosciences biophysicists are able to explore the interface of biology and physics. Here the focus is on the development of sound knowledge in selected areas of physics, especially biophysics, but also molecular biology and biochemistry. Especially as regards the transmission of stimuli (brain) but also in various signal actions (reflexes, etc.) biology more and more often avails itself of physics. Current developments in the field of nanotechnology we mainly owe to graduates of this discipline.

Higher education institution:
University of Linz
Group of fields of study:
Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences
Degree programme:
Master programme
Academic degree:
4 Semester / 120 ECTS*

Further information:

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Student Union fee: EUR 19,70
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published in the:
MBl. 2013/14, Stk. 24 (Nr. 169)

Definition of the field of studies

The biophysics programme enables students to understand the world and its smallest parts by means of logics and the already defined constants of nature. On the basis of mathematical models and experiments fundamental connexions and fundamental answers to physics issues are to be found. Thus the main aim of the discipline is the training of logical thinking and the learning of problem resolution methods.


Compulsory examination subjects of this master’s programme include “Microscopy of biomolecules”, “Molecular biology of cells I”, Characterisation of bio-nanostructures”, “Biological signalling I”, “Theoretical biophysics I”, Biochemistry and specialisations in biophysics (II-IV). Moreover, the “Biophysics placement II” must be done. Towards the end of the programme a master’s thesis must be written. The topic of the thesis must be chosen from the core areas of the programme (compulsory and subject-specific elective courses). The programme concludes with a one-hour oral examination about the whole programme contents.

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