Biophysics Specialization

In the post-genomic era, the development of experimental tools traditionally from the field of physics and its application to study biological processes, the accumulation of genomic and molecular data of unprecedented accuracy and the advancement of single-cell and single-molecule experimental techniques, place Biophysics as a privileged discipline to understand the function and organization of biological systems at different levels of complexity.

The Biophysics specialization, integrated in a Master of high academic standards and multidisciplinary character, will offer the interested students of different disciplines (Physics, Biology and Biochemistry, Engineering, Biotechnology…) the background and skills necessary to understand and perform both theoretical and experimental research in any Biophysics related subject or in any area seeking a quantitative understanding of biological processes.

During the first semester, the Biophysics specialization will share three common subjects with Nanophysics (Experimental Techniques, Physical Foundations and Professional Skills), and will offer two compulsory and specific subjects where the students will split according to previous background, to learn the most relevant theoretical, experimental and computational methods in physics, or cell/molecular biology (Experimental and Theoretical Methods in Biophysics).

During the second semester, the students will choose three elective subjects either specific from the Biophysics specialization (Systems Biology, Neuroscience, Bioinformatics and Image processing and analysis) or two from Biophysics and one offered as eligible from Nanophysics (Computational Methods in Condensed Matter and Biomolecules, Near field microscopies).

For detailed information about each subject: contents, faculty and evaluation procedures, see the corresponding teaching guides (Guías docentes) at the Science Faculty web.


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