Radiation Biology

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Der Master „Radiation Biology“ ist ein interdisziplinärer Studiengang an der Schnittstelle zwischen Biologie, Physik und Medizin, der eine Brücke zwischen strahlenverwandten präklinischen und klinischen Disziplinen schlägt, um zukünftige Wissenschaftler in der medizinischen Forschung auszubilden.

Fakultät für Medizin


Art des Studiums
  • Vollzeit
  • 4 (Vollzeit)
Credits Hauptstandorte

Wintersemester: 01.01. – 31.05.

Art der Zulassung Beginn des Studiums
  • Nur zum Wintersemester möglich
Kosten Erforderlicher Sprachnachweis

Infos zum Studium

The program is designed as an interdisciplinary course and covers the following relevant and related disciplines to the field Radiation Biology:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Immunology
  • Tumor Biology and Pathophysiology
  • Physics
  • Imaging
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiation Protection
  • Research Management

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

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. 

  • Course Structure
  • Module Descriptions

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.

Students develop and strengthen their ability and competence to critically evaluate scientific evidence describing the actions of ionizing radiation in man and the environment. They are able to understand and integrate the complexities of the social, medical and political implications of both existing and new scientific knowledge. They acquire the knowledge and practical experience to enable them to create and manage scientific research projects, to apply the appropriate technical and methodological strategies, and to critically evaluate and interpret the experimental results. The multidisciplinary nature of the course gives the students the competence to integrate knowledge from different fields of radiation science, specifically in the disciplines of radiation biology, radiation oncology, radiation protection and radiation physics. This competence is strengthened by their ability to apply knowledge from basic research into the translational aspects of radiation biology, in particular in the fields of nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, physical and biological dosimetry and radiology. The students are qualified to bridge the gap between preclinical and clinical research as medical scientists.

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. The successful graduate also acquired the skill set necessary to enter advanced postgraduate training and is well qualified for PhD programs.

Bewerbung und Zulassung

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:

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.

Application period for winter semester: 01.01. – 31.05.

Information about applying for a higher subject semester

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.

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

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

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.

Wie kann es nach dem Studiengang weitergehen?

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.