Biophysics: Study Track - Biophysics

The Biophysics study track forms part of the Biophysics specialisation. You can also design your own study track by choosing elective or restricted elective courses other than the ones proposed here.

Through the Biophysics study track, you will acquire knowledge of the quantitative physics of life's processes and building blocks. You can either choose a more theoretical study track where you will learn to develop testable mathematical-physical models for how the individual components interact to form functional feedback systems, or you can choose a more experimental specialisation where you will learn about the latest biophysical experimental techniques – such as single-molecule techniques and super-resolution microscopy or X-rays and neutron scattering used for conducting quantitative and structural studies of biological systems from single-molecule level to cellular level.

The study track particularly focuses on:

  • Stem cells, quantitative understanding of stem cell development and differentiation processes
  • Structural biophysics where, for instance, x-rays and neutron scattering are used to examine the structure of molecular and cellular building blocks
  • Complex biological systems, network formation and epidemiology
  • Membrane biophysics and thermodynamics
  • Biophotonics at nanoscale and plasmonic nanoparticles.

A master's degree with a specialisation in Bio- and Medical Physics typically allows you to pursue a research career or leads to employment in the rapidly evolving pharmaceutical industry, which also offers plenty of career opportunities in research and development.

Biophysics is closely linked to the physics of complex systems.

In the table below, you can find the elective and restricted elective subjects which we propose you take to focus your specialisation on biophysics: 

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Biophysics of Cells and Single Molecules Dynamical Models in Molecular Biology Physics of Biological Nonequilibrium Systems Diffusive and Stochastic Processes

Choose 1 of the following:

Complex Physics

Elective course

Project outside the course scope

Choose 1 of the following:

Applied Statistics: From Data to Results

Elective course

Project outside the course scope

Choose 1 of the following:

Continuum Mechanics

Experimental X-ray Physics

Choose 1 of the following:

Physics of Molecular Diseases

Neutron Scattering

Applied Programming

Particle Detectors and Beams

Year 2 Thesis