Master Integrated Life Sciences

International Master Program Integrated Life Sciences

The international master program in Integrated Life Sciences was jointly initiated by the Departments of Biology, Physics, and Mathematics at the Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) of Erlangen-Nürnberg. With both theoretical and practical courses in modern techniques at the interface between Biology and the neighbouring life science disciplines the program accounts for the rapidly developing research in molecular biology, biophysics, systems biology or synthetic biology. All of these modern fields necessitate the integration of techniques and methods from different disciplines at different length- and timescales, e.g. the function of single biomolecules may be studied using X-ray diffraction and computer simulations, novel high-resolution microscopy methods are used to follow individual molecules in cells,  the wealth of data generated e.g. in modern genomics and metabolomics is processed developing modern computer codes.

Research in Integrated Life Sciences at the FAU covers fields ranging from single molecule analysis to intact cells and organisms to describe and design biological systems.

Aims of the International Master program Integrated Life Sciences

  • provide a comprehensive education at the interface between biology and the neighbouring disciplines in natural sciences in the fields Mathematical Modeling and Systems Biology, Bioimaging and Biophysics, Biological Structures and Processes, both in lectures as well as in hands-on practical courses in participating research groups
  • train students in state-of-the-art computational and experimental methods close to current research

Curriculum of MSc Integrated Life Sciences

During the first year of the 2-year MSc program students choose two of the three major fields

  • Mathematical Modeling and Systems Biology,
  • Bioimaging and Biophysics,
  • Biological Structures and Processes.

During the second year the students perform an independent research project within one of the participating research groups at the University or the collaborating Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Light.

Quick Information

  • Degree: Master of Science
  • Teaching language: English
  • Duration: 4 semesters (2 years)
  • Application deadline: 15th of July
  • Start: Winter semester
  • Tuition fees: None
  • Administrative fees: 107 Euro/semester

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Subject advisor and degree programme coordination

Prof. Dr. Rainer Böckmann