Course Work

The course work of QBM is designed to bridge the gap between quantitative and qualitative approaches in biosciences and provide students with cross- and interdisciplinary training.


1st Year:

  • Data analysis: A 3-day workshop designed to introduce the programming language R to non-programmers and programmers without R knowledge.
  • Core Course: This year-long weekly course covers major biological questions relevant to QBM in a fashion that introduces and connects the entire spectrum of methods and concepts used to address them in different disciplines. The course comprises lectures taught by PIs, and tutorials taught by PIs / postdocs / QBM lecturers, in which the QBM graduate students obtain hands-on experience with analysis of data derived from the day’s lecture.
  • Primer Courses: To support the work in the Core Course, and build a stronger foundation in the disciplines outside a student’s primary field of training, we offer targeted feeder courses that are specifically designed to teach relevant basics to non-specialists. Depending on their background, life science students take primers in biophysics and statistics/bioinformatics, math/physics students take primers in life sciences and bioinformatics, and bioinformatics students take primers in biophysics and statistics.


Subsequent Years:

  • Lecture Series: QBM students suggest, invite and host external speakers at this monthly event. The lectures on QBM-relevant topics  are complemented with a journal club with the guest speaker.
  • QBM retreat: This annual event brings all QBM students together in an informal scientific environment where they present their research in brief talks and posters, and attend lectures of invited speakers.


External events:

We also encourage and financially support the students to attend international conferences, workshops, summer schools at LMU or other institutions, as well as advanced courses relevant to their research work. Additionally, the students have various opportunities to participate in events within the Munich scientific community, following their own research interests. These events include lecture series, symposia, and workshops offered by five collaborative research centers (SFBs) represented within QBM, the Center for NanoScience (CeNS), and the excellence clusters Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) and the Center for Integrated Protein Science Munich (CIPSM), the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry and the Helmholtz Center Munich.