Master of Science Biochemistry and Biophysics
The main idea of biochemistry is to study the molecular bases of living systems. Biochemistry offers a fascinating scientific diversity; from analyzing chemical structures in nature to investigating biological functions. Originating from the study of metabolic reactions, enzymology and energetics, modern biochemistry has split into many different and to some extent technology-oriented fields.
The main idea of biophysics is a quantitative understanding of biological processes using physical methods. Biophysics offers fascinating tools to unravel the fundamental mechanisms underlying such processes. An important example is the study of forces that drive the dynamics of cells, organelles or proteins.
Fundamental principles to understand molecular functions of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids are elucidated using many complementary methods. For example protein crystallography, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, absorption and fluorescence and force spectroscopy, in combination with computer simulations. Altogether such methods provide detailed insight into mechanisms of enzymatic catalysis, energy metabolism, signal transduction, proteostasis, intercellular communication, and nano-mechanics of molecular structures.
Perspective after graduation
In the field of life sciences, biochemistry and biophysics are essential links between the basic scientific disciplines, biology, chemistry and physics, on one side and medicine on the other. At the same time, they provide good career prospects on an innovative job market. Opportunities include qualified positions in research and production in biochemical and biotechnological fields of industry, but also at research facilities and public authorities.