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Study programme

Biophysics and Biophotonics (MSc Physics and Astronomy)

This Master's track was formerly known as Physics of Life and Health.

In this two-year Master’s programme you  tailor your own study programme according to your academic interests, in consultation with the Programme Manager and with your research thesis supervisors. The programme is then submitted to the examination committee for approval.


In the first year, you follow courses in physics, biophysics, and biomedical physics. Some courses are approached from a fundamental perspective, whereas others offer  deeper insights in real-world examples extracted from the experience of the participating research departments. Choosing the elective courses, students can build a profile focused on biophysics (mainly addressing the physics of molecules and cells), on preclinical research (often combining cutting-edge technology expertise with the physics behind cells and tissues), or on biomedical physics (concentrating more on medical imaging techniques and/or computational imaging algorithm).  If you are interested in keeping a broader profile, you can alternatively opt for a less focused selection as well.

​Compulsory courses

Every student must follow Light Tissue Interaction (6 EC) and Soft Condensed Matter and Biological Physics (6 EC). 

You will choose at least 18 EC from the following list of courses:

  • Statistical Physics of Soft and Living Matter
  • Dynamics of Biomolecules and Cells
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Nanophotonics
  • Mathematica for Physicists
  • Parameter Estimation in Medical and Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Modelling and Simulation
  • Stochastic Simulation
  • Advanced Medical Technology
  • Physics of Organs 1: Cardio-pulmonary Physics
  • Physics of Organs 2: Sensory Organs and Bioelectricity
  • Advanced Medical Image Processing
  • Advanced 3D & 4D Medical Imaging

Academic Skills and Project Based Courses

You must follow one or two courses (for a total of 6 EC) on Academic Skills and one or two courses (for a total of 6 EC) on personal or laboratory projects, such as the Laboratory Challenge project, Advanced MRI training, Advanced Spectroscopy training, or a literature review study.

Research Project

The programme includes an extensive one-year research project, which is usually conducted in one of the associated research groups. The results of the project are then summarized in a thesis and discussed in a public presentation in front of field experts.

Bring your own device

All students enrolled in the Physics and Astronomy Master's programme are requested to bring their own laptop. More information on specific system requirements can be found here.