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Physics: Experimental Biophysics

Course · 15 credits


The course contains three main parts:

Part 1, Theory, 4.5 credits: This part of the course consists of lectures and seminars. During this part, relevant subjects according to the list below are treated and current articles are discussed. Especially during the seminar exercises, it is required that the students take active part in the discussions. An important aspect is to train efficient reading and extraction of information from scientific articles. A consistent theme within the course is micro- and nanostructures within biology and technology and their mutual connection.
Specific subjects that are included in the course:

Magnitudes in biology and physics

Micro- & nanofluidics: Separation and analysis of molecules and cells, soft lithography

Detection of single molecules: Optical, electronic and mechanical detection methods including sensor principles based on SERS, fluorescence, evanescent waves.

Surface phenomena and surface sensors: SPR, QCM, lipid bilayer

The interaction of proteins and cells with nano-structured surfaces: manipulation and control of motor proteins, outgrowth of axons, antibody-antigen reactions for protein chip applications.

Imaging of biological structures: AFM & STM technologies.

Using low-dimensional electronic materials within life science.

System aspects: Methods for communication with the nervous system, lab-on-a-chip applications.

Part 2, Laboratory exercises, 4.5 credits: This part consists of laboratory exercises, mainly in our research laboratories. The students will get aquainted with equipment that is actively used within the biophysics research at the division.

Specific laboratory parts that are included:

Basic fluorescence microscopy including optical tweezers.

The use of total internal reflection for detection and imaging of single molecules.

Soft lithography and microfluidics.

Surface based sensors.


Part 3, Project, 6.0 credits: This part of the course is a project, where the students work individually or in small groups doing, preferably innovative but at the same time simple, experiments in a scientific environment somewhere within or outside the university. The projects are defined jointly by course responsible, supervisor and student.

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Study advisor

Johanna Nilsson Onsberg

Email: studievagledning [at] fysik [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Admission to the course requires 120 credits scientific or technical studies, or a scientific or Degree of Bachelor of Science - in both cases including knowledge equivalent to at least the Physics of the upper-secondary school 2/B and English 6/B.

Selection criteria

Seats are allocated according to: ECTS (HPAV): 100 %.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

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Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.

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Start Spring Semester 2023

Day-time Lund, part time 50%

In English

Study period

16 January 2023 - 4 June 2023


Will open for applications 2022-09-15

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

When to apply for studies

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
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  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
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  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants)
    - passport/ID (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 36 250

First payment: SEK 36 250

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Paying your application fee –

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*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations