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Radiation Biology

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The interdisciplinary master's degree program in Radiation Biology covers all the relvant aspects of radiation as a central discipline of modern oncology.

TUM School of Medicine

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • English
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

The Master of Science Programme 4 semesters: Semester 1 and 2 cover the foundations of Radiation Biology; each semester consists of 3 modules. The modules are supplemented by research practical work and research internships, where students are placed for several weeks with scientists working in experimental radiation biology. In Semester 3 two out of three alternative modules can be selected for specialization into different application areas of radiobiological research (Clinical and experimental radiooncology, advanced molecular radiation biology, advanced radiation protection research. The module abooutresearch management will prepare students for their 6-month research project in Semester 4. The research project may be conducted in one of the affiliated Munich research organizations or within another European radiobiological laboratory.

How is the program structured?

The Master of Science Programme is Bologna-process compliant and comprises 4 semesters (2 years): Semester 1 and 2 (1st year) Semester 1 and 2 cover the foundations of Radiation Biology; each semester consists of 3 modules. The modules are supplemented by research practical work and research internships, where students are placed for several weeks with scientists working in experimental radiation biology. Semester 3 and 4 (2nd year) In Semester 3 two out of three alternative modules can be selected for specialization into different application areas of radiobiological research (Clinical radiation biology, experimental radiation biology and radiological protection. The module “research management” will prepare students for their 6-month research project in Semester 4, to complete the MSc course. The research project may be conducted in one of the affi liated Munich research organizations or within another European radiobiological laboratory. 

What is the language of instruction?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient English language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your English language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.  

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is English.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

The Master degree course in radiation biology is an interdisciplinary study covering all the relevant aspects of radiation and includes molecular biology, genetics, cancer biology, immunology, radiation-induced early and late morbidities epidemiology, radiation physics and dosimetry as well as radiation protection. The medical uses of radiation, as well as the broad societal and political implications of radiation, will be at the forefront of our teaching. In the last decade, radiation biology has undergone a shift away from biophysical models of radiation interaction with DNA and is now more closely allied with molecular studies of cellular regulation and cell-cell interaction. These exciting new areas will be highlighted in teaching and research work.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

The comprehensive approach we take to teaching will establish a wide range of competences for the Master in Radiation Biology. These can form the basis of a successful career in fundamental or translational research in radiation oncology, cancer biology, cell biology, environmental sciences, radiation medicine and other related disciplines. The competences acquired also qualify the successful graduate for a career with a range of NGOs and local or national radiological protection organizations.

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply?

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

Which documents do I need to submit for enrollment?

We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

What application deadlines do I need to meet?

Application period for winter semester: 01.01. - 31.05.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.

In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admittedrejected or invited to an admissions interview

Where can I find the online application portal?

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.

Do I have to complete an internship?

Practicals before starting the program are not necessary. Students need to choose two out of four elective modules for research practicals, which are scheduled during the lecture free period.

What are my options after earning this degree?

You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

If you are interested in continuing your studies, you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.

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