Master in Geosciences: Meteorology and Oceanography programme option

General information

The master studies in Geosciences cover specializations within geology, physical geography, hydrology, geophysics, geomatics, meteorology and oceanography. Field work, laboratory analysis and computer modeling are an integrated part of the study in most disciplines. The study consists of advanced courses and of an individual thesis work. You will get a thesis advisor, who will help you to choose the right courses and will guide you in choosing a subject and completing your thesis work.

Meteorology and Oceanography
The course curriculum includes such topics as atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric and ocean dynamics, dispersion of pollutants, atmospheric predictability, satellite remote sensing, cloud physics, aerosol physics, weather systems, climate modelling, radiative processes, analysis of climate data, ocean currents, wind generated waves, tides, and marine optics related to remote sensing. Students make use of advanced computational models and observational data to study climate change, weather prediction and pollution and environmental monitoring.

This option offers two types of structures:

  1. A one-year course program with a full-length, one-year thesis, and
  2. A 1 1/2 year course program, with a shorter thesis (30 ECTS = one semester)

The first is the normal structure for students specializing in meteorology or oceanography during the bachelor’s study. The second program is designed especially for national and international students with a bachelor’s degree in other geoscience specializations than those offered in the Department for Geosciences at the University of Oslo. At the beginning of the first semester, you have to attend three required intensive courses in Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) as follows: Introduction to Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)In-depth Laboratory SafetyIntroduction to Field Safety.

Complementary MSc courses can be selected from a range of courses offered at the Department of Geosciences as well as from other departments at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. In addition courses from other Norwegian and foreign universities can be accepted, e.g. the University Centre in Svalbard - UNIS. The following courses are currently taught:

  • Predictability of weather and climate
  • Cloud physics
  • Radiation and remote sensing
  • Dispersion of air pollutions
  • Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics
  • Atmosphere and Oceans on Computers: Fundamentals
  • Turbulence in the atmosphere and ocean
  • Methods in physical oceanography
  • Dynamic oceanography: Waves and wave-induced mass transport in the ocean
  • Estuaries
  • Fortran 2003 programming
  • C++ and C programming
Learning outcome:

The masters program in meteorology and oceanography provides students with a knowledge of processes important for weather, in climate and in the atmospheric and oceanic environments. Students have the opportunity to use numerical atmospheric and/or oceanic models, and to study observational data, both from the deparment’s field experiments or from available sources (e.g. satellite data). Students will learn to analyze such data in a critical way to achieve specific scientific objectives.

Meteorology focuses on:

  • Modelling and use of observations to understand processes in the atmospheric part of the climate system
  • Modelling of atmospheric chemistry in relation to climate change and air pollution
  • Cloud physics and relations between aerosols and clouds
  • Modelling of radiation processes in relation to climate change
  • Numerical weather forecasting and studies of processes governing weather at mid and high latitudes

Oceanography focuses on:

  • Numerical modelling of ocean currents and transport
  • Analytical models of physical processes in the ocean, as e.g. wave driven surface currents
  • Formation of deepwater
  • Field observations of currents, internal waves and optical conditions
  • Optical models related to monitoring of water quality based on satellite data
  • Atmosphere-ocean exchange
Contact Person: (studieinfo@geo.uio.no)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0588 - Scientific modelling

Venue

Venue: University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway

Application


Cost:

Since the University of Oslo is a state university and therefore publicly funded, the students here do not pay tuition fees. Most students must pay a small semester registration fee of NOK 550 (approx. 70 euro). This fee gives you the benefit of the services of the Foundation for Student Life (SiO).


Prerequisites:

Degree Requirements

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. 
  • A specialization defined by the programme/study option.
  • A minimum grade average of C (in Norwegian scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.

Language Requirements
Norwegian and English language requirement OR special enhanced requirement in English specified below:

  • Passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) in Norwegian upper secondary school with a minimum grade of 4 (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or alternatively passed examination in English from second and/or third school year, or
  • An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.

         - TOEFL with a minimum score of 500 on paperbased test or 60 on Internet test.
         - IELTS (academic) with a score of 5.0 or better. 
         - University of Cambridge exams: First Certificate in English, Certificate in Advanced English or Certificate of Proficiency in English.


Application Procedure:

When seeking admission to this programme, you apply for admission directly to the preferred study option. For the Meteorology and Oceanography programme option please apply through SøknadsWeb, the University of Oslo's online application system. You must upload scanned copies of your supporting documents into SøknadsWeb:

  • Copy of foreign passport or ID card
  • Documentation of name change (if applicable)
  • Documentation of English language proficiency
  • Documentation of completed secondary education
  • Final bachelor's degree diploma(s)/certificate(s) and transcript of records for your bachelor's degree
  • Courses to be completed (if you are completing your degree in the same semester as the application deadline)
  • Documentation of financing (if applicable)
  • Documentation of linkage to a partner institution (if applicable)

Application Deadlines

  • EU/EEA/Swiss applicants: from 1 February until 1 March  
  • Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway: from 1 February until 15 April 
  • Non-EU/EEA applicants: from 1 October until 1 December ​

How to apply

  • EU/EEA/Swiss applicants: Application procedure
  • Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway: Application procedure
  • Non-EU/EEA applicants:​ Application procedure

Admission requirements

Admission to this master's degree programme / study option requires:

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. Applicants with foreign education, please refer to the country list.
  • a specialization defined by the programme/study option
  • a minimum grade average of C (in the Norwegian grading scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.
  • Norwegian and English language requirement OR special enhanced requirement in English specified below:
  • a) Passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) with a minimum grade of 4 in Norwegian upper secondary school (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or passed examination in English from second and/or third school year in Norwegian upper secondary school, or
  • b) An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.

All information on the application process

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

Credits:
Scheme: 
ECTS
Value: 
120
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