The curriculum of the MSc Integrated Life Sciences is research-oriented and is closely connected to current research of the participating research groups at FAU and at the MPI for the Physics of Light. Building on a solid foundation in Biology, Physics, and Mathematics, it intensifies education in selected modern biophysical methods in small groups of 2-6 students, providing a fluent passage to cutting edge research within the master thesis in the second year of the master programme.
Within the first year of the 2-year MSc programme in Integrated Life Sciences, students select two out of the three focal areas or module groups:
- Mathematical Modeling and Systems Biology,
- Bioimaging and Biophysics,
- Biological Structures and Processes.
Each of these subjects is associated with mandatory and elective theoretical courses and advanced hands-on trainings (see below). The master thesis in an active research environment in the second year completes the MSc programme. In total, 120 ECTS are required for the successful completion of the Master in Integrated Life Sciences.
Every student selects at the beginning of the Master programme a mentor. The chosen study programme needs to be approved by the mentor.
- Mathematical Modeling and Systems Biology
- Bioimaging and Biophysics
- Biological Structures and Processes
During the second year, education in one of these focal areas is intensified in lectures, seminars, or hands-on practicals, followed by a research-driven master thesis.
Module Group 1: Mathematical Modeling and Systems Biology
- Metabolic Networks, Spatial Modeling of Metabolic Processes, Partial Differential Equations for Life Sciences, Complex Systems, Bioanalytics
Module Group 2: Bioimaging and Biophysics
- Bioimaging & Biophysics A + B
- Advanced Optics, Mathematical Image Processing, Biological Physics, Molecular Neurophysiology, Confocal Light Microscopy
Module Group 3: Biological Structures and Processes
- Interaction of Biological Macromolecules A + B
- Structural Biology, X-ray and Neutron Scattering, Ion Transport and Signal Transduction, Developmental Biology, Python Programming
The advanced module can be chosen from courses and lectures of the Departments of Biology, Mathematics or Physics. It is designated to be a preparation for the Master thesis. Beside the work on a scientific project, the module can include advanced lectures or special seminars from the respective Department which will be recommended by the advisor.