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

Conditions of admission



Course content and focus areas 

The two-year Master's programme Physical Biology of Cells and Cell Interactions (PBioC) takes place at an international level and promotes the acquisition of an in-depth research-oriented education in the fields of eukaryotic and organismal cell biology and physical biology.
The Master's programme provides students with an understanding of fundamental eukaryotic life processes from cell growth, cell-cell communication and differentiation to hormonal, inflammatory, angiogenic signalling and aging. These processes are studied in different animal and plant model systems in context of cellstissues and entire model organisms. The experimental and conceptual approaches of the programme include cutting-edge methods in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, immunology, genetics, (neuro-)physiology and morphological analysis. A strong focus is placed on various advanced microscopy techniques and applications to analyze tissues and multicellular model systems in vivo as well as data analysis.
The programme offers a combination of theoretical courses and own experimental activities from the first semester on. In addition to the basics of the sub-disciplines, students are introduced to the current state of international research and acquire occupational skills that enable interdisciplinary research, independent scientific thinking and responsible action   

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

Fabian Reinisch
Institute of Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Max-von-Laue-Str. 13, Room 2.122
60438 Frankfurt
Tel.: +49 (0)69/798-42018

Prof. Dr. Stefan Eimer
Institute of Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Max-von-Laue-Str. 13, Room 2.118
60438 Frankfurt
Tel.: +49 (0)69/798-42012


Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • Bachelor degree in the same or a related subject, or at least an equivalent degree from an university of applied sciences in the same or similar subject with a standard period of study of six semesters
  • Letter of motivation in English language (letter of motivation should not exceed two pages in length. Font size 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. 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 (B2):
    - TOEFL (ibT)  minimum 87
    - IELTS minimum 6.0
    - a BA thesis that was completely written in English
    - a minimum one-year study or occupational stay in an English-speaking country within the last three years

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 CP for the bachelor's degree. 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.

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 Admission is restricted. 
Selection procedure Admission is based on selection interviews which will be held in July.

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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 (incl. Transcript of Records)
  • if the Bachelor's degree has not yet been completed:
    - a Transcript of Records or equivalent document listing the content of the study programme and average grade
    - proof of matriculation
  • Letter of motivation
  • Proof of English language skills
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of an identity document
  • Declaration of examination claim (Download)
  • APS certificate for applicants from India, Vietnam and PR of China (original)

Application period

 01.04. - 31.05.

Address for applications

Central on-line portal for Master's programmes