MSc Climate Physics: Meteorology and physical oceanography

General information

The Climate Physics Master's Program: Meteorology and Physical Oceanography is divided into three parts: Compulsory, Compulsory Elective and Comprehensive / Comprehensive Contents.

The program has a modular structure, ie the students must cover the corresponding sub-areas by choosing modules (= related groups of courses). Participation in the compulsory courses is compulsory for the students. The compulsory area includes courses amounting to 55 credit points. In elective courses, modules amounting to 30 credits have to be completed. The area Specialization / Comprehensive Content contains 35 credits. This results in a total volume of the proper study Climate Physics: Meteorology and Physical Oceanography of 120 credit points including the preparation of the Master of Science Thesis.

By studying, the students should 
acquire the prerequisites for a professional activity , familiarize themselves in particular with the state of science and the methods in important subareas, recognize correlations of the subject and learn to apply the methods and findings independently. Due to the choices, there is a greater diversification into the chosen emphases.

The examinations take place accompanying the studies in the individual modules, either orally or in the context of seminar lectures, depending on the module.

The module examination determines whether the student has achieved the learning objectives of a module. The module examinations take place during the course of studies and can consist of one or more examinations. The type and number of examinations to be performed are based on the subject examination regulations.

The Master's examination is passed if all the module examinations and the work required by the subject examination regulations have been passed and the required number of credit points have been earned.

The standard period of study for the one-subject Master's program Climate Physics: Meteorology and Physical Oceanography is 4 semesters.

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Learning outcome:

The study of climate physics (meteorology and physical oceanography) will provide students with advanced knowledge and skills using the terms and laws of physics in atmosphere, ocean and the climate system. Students will become familiar with experimental and theoretical methods, and will be guided toward current research. The courses will provide instruction on how to present physical context, how to critically assess scientific problems, and how to apply modern methodology in experimental and theoretical climate physics. Mathematical methods are an indispensable tool for processing physical relations, and they are essential for the comprehension of physical context.


Meteorologists find limited employment opportunities as civil servants or employees of the German Weather Service or the Geophysical Advisory Service of the Bundeswehr. In addition, they work in federal, provincial and local authorities, in environmental-oriented large-scale research institutes and at universities in research and teaching. The establishment of private weather services has increasingly improved the job opportunities for meteorologists in recent years. In a small number they find employment with insurance companies or technical inspection associations. Even in the industry, there are only a few jobs for her. Outside their actual field of employment, meteorologists are 
predominantly involved in EDP.

Oceanographers find limited employment opportunities as civil servants or employees of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency or the Bundeswehr Geophysical Advisory Service or Fleet Command. In addition, they work at the universities and the research institutes of the federal government, the federal states and also abroad. There is little need for oceanographers in German industry, which means that the number of jobs is relatively low.

The activities of oceanographers include the performance of on-board measurement programs (including the development of new measurement methods) and the analysis of acquired data, as well as the development of computer models and their application to simulate various oceanic processes.

A large part of the possible jobs at German institutions is financed with the help of third-party funds, ie with the funds raised from the project. For legal reasons, however, the employment is currently limited in such places to 12 years.

Contact Person: Prof. Dr. Peter Brandt (


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

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


Venue: University of Kiel
Kiel , Germany

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel 
Wischhofstr. 1-3, 24148 Kiel


Open from
1 May 2019 to 31 May 2019


Semester fee:

Total amount in the summer semester 2019: € ​​134.00

It consists of the following amounts: Contribution for tasks of the Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein and the student body as well as the contribution for the Semesterticket (in case of questions about the Semesterticket please contact the AStA of Kiel University).


The requirement for admission to the Master's program is a completed Bachelor's degree in the relevant field or equivalent.

For the enrollment it must be proven by a certificate that the prerequisites for the admission of a master's program according to the examination regulations and the study qualification statutes are fulfilled.

Language Requirements

According to the study qualification statute, the following linguistic requirements apply, which must be proven at enrollment:

sufficient English proficiency, to be proven by TOEFL® ITP (paper-based test): 550 points or equivalent or completion of an English-language bachelor's program

What else should I bring with me?

  • Gift for mathematical-abstract thinking
  • Open-mindedness to the natural world
  • Technical interests and computer literacy are desirable
  • good knowledge of English
  • very good mathematical and physical school knowledge

Application Procedure:

Applicants for the course will have to apply via an online application portal.

Application period for winter term 2019/2020  will be May 1-31, 2019.

Only applications via online application portal (portal is active only during application period) will be accepted!


Documents expected to be uploaded will include: 

  • Curriculum vitae (not more than 2 pages) 
  • Letter of motivation for choosing this programme (not more than 1 page) 
  • Please provide a table with SWS or ECTS points of courses you have had in 
    • Physics and
    • applied or pure Mathematics. 
  • Certified copies of the following: 
  • School graduation certificate 
  • Certificate of the university entrance qualification (if taken) 
  • Certificates of academic diplomas (Bachelor etc.) 
  • Official academic transcripts from all universities attended

 For transcripts in languages other than German or English, please upload an officially certified translation.

  • Proof of proficiency in English (unless you are a native English speaker): 
    • TOEFL (paper based score 550, computer based score 213, ibT score 80 at minimum), IELTS (Band 6 at minimum), University of Cambridge (Certificate in Advanced English at minimum), or similar proof of proficiency, e.g. DAAD Language Certificate Test C1


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science
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