TU Dresden

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500 EUR/year
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Molecules in our cells are genetically encoded nanomachines with amazing functionalities, and they work together in fascinating ways to provide the capabilities that make all life on earth possible. We offer a master degree in Nanobiophysics at TU Dresden. 


On the one hand it is essential that we describe, harness and engineer cellular machines, and on the other hand we need to understand the dynamics and activities that emerge when many such machines are put together to function in cells and tissues.

This goal can best be reached by providing interdisciplinary training and introducing students with a thorough education in physics or related quantitative subjects to the fascinating fields of molecular biology, quantitative cell and developmental biology, polymer science, biophysics and biophysical theory, bionanotechnology, and the amazing world of single molecule approaches.

A graduate in Nanobiophysics is qualified to work in R&D labs/departments in an interdisciplinary context and is able to assess the economic aspects and relevance of his work.

The programme in Nanobiophysics at TU Dresden intends to teach students the physics of life. Our aim is to provide fundamentals in biophysics, biology and bionanotechnology in order to a) better characterize molecular machines, b) discover and understand emergent properties of molecular machines in cells and tissues, and c) harness these molecules in technological systems for bottom-up nanotechnology.

Professional Field

A nanobiophysicist will have the possibility to
  • continue in basic research, conduct research in institutions of higher education, or occupy a research position in a biotech company
  • work in health biotechnology companies (for the design of new devices and medical therapeutics)
  • develop new materials using cellular machines (e.g. in chemical industry)
  • develop new ways of sustainable energy production by using the molecular machinery of the cells

Programme Structure

  • The curriculum consists of introductory courses (Fundamentals of Biophysics, Structural and Computational Biology, Introduction to Biochemistry, Elements of Nanobiotechnology, Concepts of Molecular Modelling) and core courses (Advanced Biophysics, Applied Nanotechnology, Nanostructured Materials, Molecular Cell Biology). 
  • The core courses focus on biophysics and nanophysics. Students gain an in-depth overview of molecular and cellular biophysics as well as molecular nanostructures and nanomachines in theory and experiments. 
  • Special emphasis is placed on modern single molecule techniques (single molecule optics, scanning probe microscopy techniques) which are of fundamental practical importance both in nanophysics and biophysics.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a higher degree in a natural or engineering (usually nanotechnology) or comparable area,
  • mathematical skills marked with at least "good",
  • English language proficiency (IELTS: level 6.5 or TOEFL 92 points (internet-based test)),
  • sound knowledge of the basics of classical physics with mechanics, electrodynamics, optics and thermodynamics and quantum theory, as well as basic knowledge of chemistry and biology.
  • The assessment can be made by an aptitude interview.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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