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Physics of Life

24 months
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The Physics of Life degree program at TU Dresden comprises an interdisciplinary education in molecular, cellular and tissue-specific biophysics from the particular point of view of an experimental, theoretical and nanotechnological approach.


Students will use a broad range of modern methods of measurement (e.g. single-molecule measurements), analysis methods (e.g. quantitative image analysis) and theoretical methods (e.g. biological, statistical physics) to gain a sound foundation in physics, biology and materials science from the molecular, cellular and tissue-specific perspective. 


  • This will enable them to quantitatively understand the physics of living systems as well as refine and adapt them for technical processes. 
  • Students in the Physics of Life degree at TU Dresden will familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of experimental biophysics, theoretical biophysics and nanobiotechnology. 

Programme Structure


  • The curriculum is divided into three semesters. 
  • The first and second semesters are dedicated to compulsory courses in biological physics, physical chemistry and experimental methods, principles of statistics, biochemistry and molecular biology, nanobiotechnology, molecular and cellular biophysics as well as molecular nanostructures and nanomachines in theory and experiment. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A university degree that qualifies the applicant for a specific profession, or a degree from a state or state-recognized vocational academy in a natural science field (preferably physics, biophysics or quantitative biology), an engineering field (preferably nanotechnology), or a subject area with comparable content, in particular with regard to advanced mathematics.
  • Proficiency in English at B2+ level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language.
  • Proof of proficiency in an aptitude assessment procedure.

Tuition Fee

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  • No tuition fee. Students have to pay an administrative charge of about 270 EUR per term.

Living costs for Dresden

756 - 1107 EUR /month
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