Biophysicists are interested in the physics of biological processes; they study and attempt to explain the biophysical environment and the complex chemical processes of the organisms within it. Possible areas of interest in biophysics include the makeup of the human genome system and the functions and processes of plants. This is a field which integrates knowledge and approaches not only from physics but maths, chemistry and biology to study biological processes at a molecular level.

Almost all professionals within this discipline complete post-graduate qualifications - even entry level positions often require this. Specialisation is also possible, current areas of interest include neurotransmission, ion channels, nanotechnology and tissue engineering. Employment opportunities often exist in research or teaching roles in the following types of organisations:

  • Private biological technology companies
  • Government research laboratories or policy agencies
  • Universities
  • Medical research centres