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

Conditions of admission



Course content and focus areas 

The two-year Master's program Physical Biology of Cells and Cell Interactions (PBioC) is based on the mission statement of the Goethe University. Research and teaching take place at an international level and promote the acquisition of an in-depth research-oriented education in the fields of cell biology and physical biology. Scientific questions from the fields of cell biology and physical biology are combined with developmental biology, cellular structure biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, immunology, neuro- and plant physiology.
The Master's programme 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, tissues and model organisms. The experimental and conceptual approaches of the program include cutting-edge methods in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, immunology and genetics, combined with various advanced microscopy techniques and applications, data analysis as well as physiology and morphological analysis.   

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 Schmitz
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 (e.g. medicine, chemistry, physics or mathematics) 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: If you are not a native speaker, you have to provide a proof of sufficient knowledge of the English language on at least B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) by one of the following:
    - TOEFL (ibT)  minimum 87
    - IELTS minimum 5.5
    - a certificate of proficiency which has been issued by the relevant departments on the basis of a Bachelor thesis written in English language
    - 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.
Mode of admission Admission is restricted. 
Selection procedure Admission is based on selection interviews which will be held in July (estimated in week 26-29)

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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)

Deadline for applications

01.04. - 31.05.

Address for applications

Central on-line portal for Master's programmes