New Master's program Physics of Life: Application period opens 1st April

The newly designed international Master of Science Physics of Life was jointly developed by the like-named Cluster of Excellence Physics of Life (PoL) and the Center for Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering (CMCB) at TU Dresden and will start for the first time in fall 2022. Beginning 1st April 2022, students with backgrounds in physics, applied mathematics, quantitative biology, or closely related fields are invited to apply for the degree program for the winter term 2022/2023.

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You always wanted to delve into the organization of life and get to the bottom of how cells interact to form tissues? You want to explore how a fertilized egg self-organizes into the complex pattern of a living organism? And find out how genes and molecules as well as fluxes of energy and matter orchestrate this process?

The newly developed international Master of Science Physics of Life offers a broad skillset for the study of living systems and provides a unique training at the crossroads of physics and biology in a rapidly growing field, with a strong focus on research and problem-solving skills. The two-year interdisciplinary program intends to teach fundamentals in biophysics, quantitative biology and bionanotechnology in order to

  • a) characterize biological processes at the molecular, cellular and tissue level,
  • b) discover and understand emergent properties of biological systems, and
  • c) harness novel analytical and experimental tools for both academic research and biotechnological applications.

The teaching in the master program is covered by the professors and group leaders of the Cluster of Excellence Physics of Life as well as colleagues from the life science institutes of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC, B CUBE, CRTD) and partners from the DRESDEN-concept alliance, including the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS), the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), the Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials (MBZ), the Leibniz Institutes of Polymer Research (IPF) and for Solid State and Materials Research (IFW).

The master course is highly research-oriented. A graduate in the Physics of Life will have the possibility to continue in academic or industrial research (e.g., as a researcher in a biotechnology company), or in research administration and scientific publishing.

  • The Master's course will be exclusively taught in English.
  • No tuition fees apply.
  • Selected students have a Fast Track option into the Dresden International PhD Program (DIPP).
  • The application period starts 1st April and closes 31st May 2022 for the winter term 2022/2023.

For further information about the master’s program and how to apply, visit the website of PoL and the CMCB.

On 8th April 2022, from 2-5 p.m., the Information Day of the CMCB will take (as hybrid event). Potential applicants can find out more details about the study program on site or online, ask the coordinators and the student council questions, take part in a (virtual) lab tour and, if interested, participate in the PhD/PostDoc seminar. Registration is possible until 31st March. Further details can be found in the Info Day flyer.