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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Biophysics Physics (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This new MSc in biological physics aims to prepare students to enter the field of Biological Physics and Quantitative Biology, and gain an understanding of the application of these disciplines in industrial or academic research settings. Students will gain broad background knowledge of cell and developmental biology, and physical theories and experimental physics techniques applied to biological systems. Students will gain theoretical and working knowledge of techniques from physics and engineering used in biological physics research, including optical microscopy, microfabrication, and data analysis. Students will be further prepared for the research environment with a series of transferable skills classes and seminars.

The multidisciplinary approach of this programme is likely to appeal to suitably qualified graduates who are interested in pursuing a research career across the life sciences and the mathematical and physical sciences. The necessity to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries is particularly true of biology where there is a growing realisation that understanding the physics underlying biological phenomena is critical in order to rationally develop next generation treatments for disease and solutions for food security in a globalised world. Students are immersed in an active research environment from the outset, interacting with experienced researchers in the laboratory and familiarising themselves with state of the art biological and biophysical research techniques. Physics based careers embrace a broad range of areas. Graduates of MSc programmes at UCL go on to a variety of careers as research associates, consultants, and engineers requiring technical and quantitative analysis skills.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Biosciences Research Skills - Core
Microfabrication and Microscopy for Biophysics - Core
Molecular Biophysics - Core
The Scientific Literature - Core
Physical Models of Life - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.