Physical Biology of Cells and Cell Interactions
(Master of Science)

Conditions of admission



Course content and focus areas 

Since the winter semester 2011/12 the Faculty of Biology has offered the Master of Science in "Cell Biology and Physiology". In the winter semester 2015/16, this was reissued as new Master of Science in "Physical Biology of Cells and Cell Interactions".

The two-year Master's program Physical Biology of Cells and Cell Interactions is research-oriented and educates students in modern concepts and methods of cell biology and physical biology. Scientific questions in the fields of cell biology and physical biology will be combined with developmental biology, cellular structure biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, immunology, neuro-and plant physiology.
The Master's program provides students with an understanding of fundamental life processes from cell growth, cell-cell communication and differentiation to hormonal, inflammatory, angiogenic signaling and aging. These processes are studied in context of cells, individual tissues and model organisms. The experimental and conceptual approaches of the program include modern cell biological, molecular, biochemical, bioinformatical, immunological and genetic methods, combined with various microscopical techniques and applications, molecular imaging, data analysis as well as morphological and physiological technologies.  

Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations


Master of Science Physical Biology of Cells and Cell Interactions


The standard length of study for the Master of Science is 4 semesters.

Languages of instruction  


Start of study programme

The study programme starts in the winter semester.

Student advisory service

Dr. Isabell Smyrek
Institut für Zellbiologie & Neurowissenschaft
Max-von-Laue-Str. 13, Room 2.122, Flügel A
60438 Frankfurt
Tel.: +49 (0)69/798-42018

Prof. Dr. Stefan Eimer
Institut für Zellbiologie & Neurowissenschaft
Biologicum Max-von-Laue-Str. 13, Room 2.118
60438 Frankfurt
Tel.: +49 (0)69/798-42012


Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • B.A. in the same or a related subject, or at least an equivalent degree from another university of applied sciences in the same or similar subject, or a Master’s degree at another university that has not been passed and the examination claim has not been forfeited;
  • Letter of motivation in English language + grade of Bachelor's degree (The letter of motivation should not exceed two pages in length. Fontsize should be 12pt, 1.5 line spacing ). It should contain:

    1. What is your motivation to study in the Master program Physical Biology of Cells and Cell Interactions?
    2. In which topics, scientific fields of the program are you mainly interested in?
    3. What are your previous practical experiences in the lab (lab work) / professional experiences?
    4. Which aims do you follow with the study program, what are your occupational career plans?
    5. Title and summary of your bachelor thesis?
    6. Which experimental methods did you perform in your bachelor thesis?

  • Proof of English language skills: If you are not a native speaker have to provide a proof of sufficient knowledge of the English language on C1 level  - at least B2 level - of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, e.g.:
    - TOEFL  100
    - IELTS 6.5
    -  A certificate of proficiency which was issued by the relevant departments on the basis of a written in English thesis is also suitable
    - Applicants with a minimum one-year study or work stay in an English speaking country within the last three years before application are excepted.

Provisional admission

Provisional admission is possible if the Bachelor’s program has not yet been completed; this requires a transcript of records stating at least 80% of the required for the bachelor's degree CP. In case the required degree has not been awarded by the time of application, you can still apply if you provide:

  • Proof of matriculation
  • A detailed certificate of the present status of your studies and the anticipated date of completion of the Bachelor's programme.
Mode of admission Admission is restricted. 
Selection procedure Admission is based on selection interviews which will be held in July (estimated in week 27-29)

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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 you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University Frankfurt:
         a university entrance qualification (e.g. A-Levels)
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate
  • If the Bachelor's degree has not yet been completed:
         - a transcript of records or equivalent document listing the content of the study programe and average grade
  • Letter of motivation
  • Declaration of examination claim (Download)
  • Proof of English language skills
  • APS certificate for applicants from Vietnam, China and Mongolia (original)

Deadline for applications

01.04. - 31.05.

Address for applications

Central on-line portal for Master's programmes