International Study Programs at the Faculty of Science

Applied and Environmental Geoscience (Master of Science)

The M.Sc. program "Applied & Environmental Geoscience" is an international research-oriented two-year study program targeting at the evaluation of environmental problems and the development of ecologically and economically sound mitigation measures. Special emphasis is given on environmental problems in the subsurface such as industrial, urban and agricultural pollution of drinking water supplies from groundwater resources, the non-sustainable use of natural resources, the impact of short and long term waste disposal, use of geothermal energy, impact of climate and land-use change on soil and water quality, among others.


Contact: Monika Jekelius


Archaeological Sciences MSc (Master of Science)

This two-year, in-depth interdisciplinary program provides students with a detailed understanding of the human past, focusing on a combination of disciplines in the natural sciences. Students specialize in one of six subfields and tailor courses and research with top scientists on staff. Students acquire practical and theoretical knowledge using cutting-edge tools and gain experience in the lab and the field. An early integration in ongoing research projects and the development of scientific skills allows students to undertake projects of their choice, in consultation with their advisors, to investigate current questions in any field of archaeology.


Contact: Dr. Michael Francken


Astro and Particle Physics (Master of Science)

The focus of the master program Astro and Particle Physics is put on a distinct quantiative approach as usual in physics, along with the acquisition of essential practical skills with respect to problem sets in the field of Astro and Particle Physics.

The Master Astro and Particle Physics is an international research-oriented two year program established by the Kepler-Center. This programme connects science from the fields of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology and combines different disciplines in experimental and theoretical physics, astronomy and astrophysics. The education will be in English throughout which prepares the students for the increasing internationalization in industry and modern society. 


Contact: Christoph Schäfer


Biochemistry (Master of Science)

The 2-year degree in English will provide you with knowledge of the very latest developments in biochemical, molecular and cellular biology as well as with cutting edge laboratory and bioinformatics skills.

What sets this program apart is its broad approach. It offers you an in-depth look at many aspects of molecular life science without early specialization, while allowing you to dig deeper in areas of your choice. Topics range from biochemical, structural, cellular and molecular biology to neuroscience, cell signalling, plant physiology as well as cancer biology.


Contact: Dr. Klaus Möschel


Bioinformatics (Master of Science)

This program offers a wide choice of courses in computer science and life sciences and allows students to choose their subjects according to interest. Students will attend lectures, seminars, and project lab courses under the supervision of scientists who introduce them to basic and applied research and current topics in bioinformatics. As interdisciplinarity is an important aspect, the Master’s thesis will be supervised by both a professor of bioinformatics or computer science and a professor or faculty member of the life sciences.

This program can be studied completely in English by students with a Bachelor’s degree in bioinformatics.


Contact: apl. Prof. Dr. Kay Nieselt


Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience (Master of Science)

The Graduate School of Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience started in the fall of 2008 and, amongst other topics, it brings neurodegenerative diseases, the neurosensory systems and molecular imaging techniques and transgenic mouse technology into focus.

The major partners of this graduate school are the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience – CIN, the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research – HIH, and the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases – DZNE-Tübingen, which provide – in addition to financial support – scientists who make a considerable contribution to teaching and laboratory training.


Teaching Program - Curricular Focus

  • molecular and cell biology of neurons and glia,
  • sensory systems neuroscience and their pathology
  • neurophysiology, neurochemistry and neurotransmitters,
  • cellular and molecular mechanisms of learning and memory,
  • microscopy/cell and molecular imaging techniques,
  • genetic and molecular basis of neural diseases,
  • neural plasticity and neuroregeneration,
  • model organisms in neurobiology,
  • developmental neurobiology. 


Contact: Prof. Dr. Horst Herbert


Mathematical Physics (Master of Science)

In the Tübingen master's program in Mathematical Physics, students will learn advanced mathematical concepts and fundamental physical theories in a specific interdisciplinary study program. The main areas are Quantum Theory, General Relativity, and Statistical Physics, reflecting the main research areas present in Tübingen's Mathematics and Physics Departments. So if you are interested in understanding our most successful physical theories on the most fundamental level, this master program is tailor made for you.

Apart from the mandatory core modules Geometry in Physics, Mathematical Quantum Theory, Mathematical Relativity, and Mathematical Statistical Physics, students can choose from a wide variety of advanced courses in Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, and Mathematical Physics. Thereby they can specialize according to their personal preferences in certain areas of Mathematics and/or Physics. During the second year, we offer a Mathematical Physics Colloquium where students learn about recent developments in Mathematical Physics and also present the results of their own master thesis Research.


Contact: Prof. Dr. Stefan Teufel


Medical Informatics (Master of Science)

Medical informatics is the interdisciplinary science of systematic exploitation, management, storage, processing and provision of data, information and knowledge in medicine and healthcare. Apart from the basic principles, concepts and methods of computer science, the Master’s degree course in medical informatics teaches basic principles, concepts and methods of human medicine and natural sciences. Graduates will be trained to work closely with healthcare professionals to develop, apply and manage computational tools to address a wide range of medical questions.

By appropriate selection of modules from the various fields of study, students may complete the entire degree course in English.


Contact: Prof. Dr. Thomas Walter


Nano-Science (Master of Science)

The Nano-Science Master’s program is offered by the three Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which all have a long tradition and a good reputation in Germany. For teaching, we use modern course and lab facilities and offer a broad spectrum of methods, as well as cutting edge technologies.

In the first two semesters knowledge on the core subjects biology, chemistry, and physics is deepened on a broad basis. The third semester is devoted to the module Independent Studies. At this stage of study students receive the opportunity to discover and to study their areas of special interest within the subject of Nano-Science. For example, studies within this module may include internships abroad or industrial training. The last semester is reserved for the Master’s thesis.


Contact: Dr. Üner Kolukisaoglu


Neural & Behavioural Sciences (Master of Science)

The Graduate School of Neural & Behavioural Sciences has been educating students since 1999. The masters program has its focus on systems, behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, as well as on brain imaging techniques, both with respect to their physiological and technological basis and their application in neurology, psychiatry and neurocognition.

The major partners of this graduate school are the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience – CIN, the MPI for Biological Cybernetics with it’s IMPRS, which provide – in addition to financial support – scientists who make a considerable contribution to teaching and laboratory Training.


Teaching Program - Curricular Focus 

  • functional neuroanatomy,
  • essential maths, statistics and programming and basics in computational neuroscience,
  • physical and physiological basis of brain imaging and recording,
  • motor and sensory systems neuroscience,
  • cognitive neuroscience and psychophysics,
  • neurophysiology and neuropsychology,
  • mechanisms of learning and Memory.


Contact: Prof. Dr. Horst Herbert


Neural Information Processing (Master of Education)

The latest offshoot, the Graduate School of Neural Information Processing, started teaching in the winter term of 2011. This school covers theoretical and computational aspects of neuroscience, a field of research that has become increasingly important in the past years.

Apart from the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience – CIN,  major partners of this graduate school are the Tübingen Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience – BCCN and the newly established MPI for Intelligent Systems, which provide – in addition to financial support – scientists who make a considerable contribution to teaching and laboratory training.


Teaching Program - Curricular Focus

  • neural data analysis and models of neural coding and computation,
  • computational motor control and computational vision,
  • rehabilitation robotics and brain-computer interfaces,
  • physical and physiological basis of neural recordings and brain imaging,
  • systems neuroscience and neurophysiology,
  • basic mechanisms of learning and memory,
  • mathematics, statistics and programming,
  • machine learning for neuroscience,
  • theoretical neuroscience,
  • behaviour and cognition.


Contact: Prof. Dr. Horst Herbert


Physics (Master of Science)

The Master’s Degree program (2 semesters) in the department’s groups is research-oriented. The aim is to develop skills for independent scientific work. The program requires the completion of a Master’s thesis.

We offer a double degree program in which students of the universities of Tübingen and Trento (Italy) spend 2 semesters at the partner institution to broaden their education and experience. The Double Master Program provides a framework for international cooperation between both universities. Inspired by the idea of mutual recognition of studies abroad characteristic of the SOCRATES (ERASMUS) program of the European Community, the proposed curriculum involves a first period spent at the home institution followed by a stay abroad in order to extend the acquired competences in a specific scientific field. For the thesis, a research project involving supervisors from both institutions is envisaged.


Contact: PD Dr. Thomas Gutsche (Physics Master)

                Prof. Dr Sabine Andergassen (Double Degree)