Biophysics (Master of Science)

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas 

The goal of the Master’s study course is deepening of knowledge and specialisation in the subject Biophysics. The courses are no longer strictly oriented within the classical subject boundaries and institute but are now more topic oriented and are offered interdisciplinarily in five areas of focus:

  • Spectroscopy, imaging and structural analysis
  • Membranes, electrophysiology, bioenergetics and cell biophysics
  • Theory, simulations and molecular dynamics
  • Bio-analytical methods
  • Nucleic acids
These areas of focus reflect the areas of focus of research conducted by the university lecturers on campus who represent the biophysical subject areas and attractive and future-oriented fields of research. The necessary breadth of the education is achieved in that the student must select modules from all of the areas of focus as optional compulsory subjects.
The depth of the education is achieved in that the students are introduced to the Master’s thesis over a research and laboratory practical course as well as over a working group seminar and an “academic specialisation“ module in which the student delivers his own work on a current scientific problem.
Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations

Degree Master of Science in Biophysics
Duration The standard period of study to obtain the Master’s degree is 4 semesters.
Languages of instruction German (and English)
Start of the programme The programme of study can be admitted to in the winter and the summer semester.
Student advisory service Prof. Dr. Werner Mäntele;
Tel.: 069-798-46410;

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Conditions of admission

Admission prerequisites
  • A Bachelor in Biophysics or in a closely related subject area (the examination committee will decide about fulfilment of the entrance requirements and the equivalence of the existing degree)
  • Letter of motivation

Applicants to become students with a foreign university entrance qualification and a foreign basic degree must also demonstrate that they have adequate knowledge of German according to the DSH regulations.


In the case of admission on the basis of a closely related subject area the examination committee can associate the admission with a requirement to deliver additional course performances and set time limits for these. 

Mode of
The programme of study is not restricted in the numbers who can enrol. Direct admission takes place upon full fulfilment of the admission conditions.

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Goethe Goes Global Goethe University offers scholarships for this Master programme. Eligible for application are candidates from all over the world who have obtained a degree from a university outside Germany. For details please click here.

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Documents to
be submitted
  • If not already enrolled at the Goethe University:
    A secondary school certificate (for example a general qualification for university entrance )
  • An application to be accepted to take the Master’s study course
  • A Bachelor certificate
  • If a Bachelor certificate is not yet available: 
    - A Transcript of Records or a comparable document with listing of the study contents completed and a given average grade
    - letter of recommendation from the thesis advisor (Download in the online application portal or here)
  • Letter of motivation
  • If you have not obtained your first, basic university degree at a German university: 
    Verification of knowledge of the German language. Further information concerning the required knowledge of the German language can be found here.

You may need other documentation dependent on your country of origin and your previous education level. Please also note the general information required for applying to take a Master’s degree programme.

Deadline for

For external student aplicants: from the 01.04. until the 31.08. for the winter semester and from the 01.12. until the 28.02. for the summer semester.
For student aplicants from Goethe University:  from the 01.04. until 30.09 for the winter semester and from the 01.12. until 31.03. for the summer semester.

Address for
Please contact the faculty:
Prüfungsamt Physik
60438 Frankfurt am Main
Telefon: (069) 798-47200 oder -47224, Fax: (069) 798-47205,

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