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)

Programme structure


Learning outcome:

Through the Master's programme in Geosciences you will develop a comprehensive understanding together with detailed empirical and theoretical knowledge within a specific area of the subject.

You will get practical experience with scientific methods and models, with carrying out a research project, and inspiration to critical thinking and reflection. The research projects will draw on knowledge from supporting subjects such as chemistry, physics, statistics, mathematics, mechanics, biology and informatics. The master's thesis projects include a combination of fieldwork, laboratory analyses, modelling, experiments and theory. The masters degree thesis will be defined, as far as possible, to fit into the work of an active research community within the field in which you are writing your thesis.

After you have completed a master’s in geoscience, you will have acquired the following knowledge, skills and competence:


You can contribute to advanced knowledge development within a specialised area and its applications.

  • You will have advanced knowledge within the broader subject field and specialised insight in a limited area.
  • You will have a thorough knowledge of the scientific theories and methods that relate to the subject.
  • You can apply your knowledge to new areas within the subject field.
  • You can analyse the professional approach to a problem with your background knowledge of the subject area’s history, tradition, distinctive quality, and place in society.


You can make critical and considered choices between key methods and tools from research and working practice:

  • You can analyse existing theories, methods and interpretations within your subject area and work independently to solve practical and theoretical problems.
  • You can use relevant methods for independent research and development.
  • You can analyse and critically evaluate different sources of information and use these to structure and formulate professional arguments.
  • You can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in keeping with applicable research ethics standards.

General competence

You can contribute to the development of the subject and analyse its potential and also its limitations – professional, ethical and societal:

  • You can analyse relevant professional and research-related ethical problems.
  • You can contribute to re-evaluation and innovation processes.
  • You can explain and communicate complex professional work, both your own and others, to different target groups.
  • You can explain comprehensive independent work and have a good command of the subject’s terminology.
  • You can communicate approaches to a problem, analyses and your conclusions, both to specialists and others.
  • You can apply your knowledge and skills in new areas to carry out advanced work tasks and Projects.
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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: University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway



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).


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:

Get your admissions requirements and application deadline for this programme by following the Admission guide.

Application Deadlines

Applicants residing in Norway and Nordic citizens

Study programmes starting in August:

  • The application portal opens 1 February.
  • The application deadline is 15 April (1 March if you qualify for an early result).
  • You will receive your application results within 5 July.

Study programmes starting in January:

  • The application portal opens 15 September.
  • The application deadline is 15 October.
  • You will receive your application results within 13 December.

Applicants from outside EU/EEA and Switzerland

Admission is once a year. You can apply for up to two programmes or study options.

  • The application portal opens 15 October.
  • The application deadline is 1 December.
  • You will receive the result of your application in April/May.
  • Studies start in August.

Applicants from EU/EEA and Swiss citizens

Study programmes starting in January:

  • The application portal opens 15 September.
  • The application deadline is 15 October.
  • You will receive your application results on 13 December.

Study programmes starting in August:

  • The application portal opens 1 February.
  • The application deadline is 1 March.
  • You will receive your application results on 2 May.


Academic level: Master


Grading scale

The programme consists of both courses using a pass/fail scale and courses using a grading scale with five steps from A to E for pass and F for fail, cf. § 6.1 i Forskrift om studier og eksamener ved Universitetet i Oslo (Norwegian only).

Each course description provides more information about the grading scale in use.

Qualification: Master of Science

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