Syllabus for Applied Molecular Biophysics

Tillämpad molekylär biofysik


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1MB518
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Technology A1F, Biophysics A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2018-03-06
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2021-10-26
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements: Alternative 1: 210 credits within the Master's Programme in Molecular Biotechnology Engineering including 25 credits from completed profile courses: Experimental Methods in Structural Biology, Macromolecular Machines, Molecular and Statistical Mechanics, Physical Molecular Biology, Microbial Regulatory Mechanisms, Computer-Assisted Image Analysis I, Biosensors. At least two of the following courses must be included: Experimental Methods in Structural Biology, Physical Molecular Biology, Molecular and Statistical Mechanics. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.
    Alternative 2: Bachelor's degree and 25 credits in biophysics (from the courses Experimental Methods in Biophysics, Molecular and Statistical Mechanics, Physical Molecular Biology or Biophotonics). Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.
  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to apply previously acquired knowledge in a biotechnical project.

After completing the course the student should be able to:

  • plan and carry out a biotechnical project with aim to decide the dynamics, interactions and/or structures of biomolecules
  • critically analyse, value and summarise the obtained results and present those in writing as well as orally for different target groups
  • make well founded scientific, social and ethical assessments of all parts of the project
  • search, value and use scientific literature in subjects that lie within the scope of the course and implement this knowledge in the project.


The studies are carried out in the form of project work. The projects are designed in consultation with employers in the industry or the academia and include development and application of biophysical analytical methods to solve biological/biotechnical problems on molecular level. The projects can for example be about dynamic interactions of biomolecules, and much of focus is on analysis of data from advanced biophysical technologies, such as electron microscopy, molecular dynamics and single-molecule fluorescence microscopy. The course contains teaching components in for the projects relevant biophysical methods. The course also includes practicing to critically analyse and account for strengths and weaknesses in his own and others' oral and written presentations as well as in the project work (engineering skills, scientific approach and experimental ability).


Lectures, project work, seminars and demonstration labs.


Seminars (3 credits). Written and oral presentation of project work (12 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Vetenskaplig och teknisk litteratur

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Last modified: 2022-04-26