Biophysik (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 (incl. Curriculum)


Master of Science in Biophysics


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 program of study can be admitted to in the winter and the summer semester.

Student advisory service

Dr. Georg Wille
Tel.: 069-798-46413

Prof. Dr. Jens Bredenbeck
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)
  • English language skills on the level of at least B2, proven by:
    - TOEFL-Test (Internet-based Score at least 72) or
    - UNIcert II or
    - IELTS with a score of at least 5,5 or
    - high school diploma or different school certificate that proves English classes of at least 5 consecutive years or
    - an equivalent test on the level of B2

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.

Provisional admission

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. Provisional admission is valid until the end of the first semester of the master’s program. The bachelor’s degree must thus be handed in by March 31 (winter intake) or September 30 (summer intake) the latest.

Mode of admission

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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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
  • Proof of English language skill (B2)
  • 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.
  • APS certificate for applicants from India, Vietnam and China (original)

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.

Application period

01.04. - 31.08. for the winter semester
01.12. - the 28.02. for the summer semester

Address for applications

Online application portal for Master's study programs

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