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Master's Program in Atmospheric Sciences, Oceanography and Climate Physics

Climate is an overarching theme of this programme. Processes that are important in the climate system are research focuses for the Department of Meteorology, whose teachers are active scientists and frequently participate in the public debate on climate change.

The programme provides an integrated view of the components of the climate system in the atmosphere and the ocean. A central theme is the large-scale wind and current patterns that redistribute heat globally. Another is the physical and chemical processes that regulate cloud formation and the Earth's radiative balance. The programme provides students with knowledge about how feedback and interactions between different sub-components determine the sensitivity and the response of the Earth's climate to changes in the boundary conditions.

  • Programme overview

    The design of the programme allows for a high degree of specialisation. We offer optional courses with a focus on dynamical meteorology and oceanography, where modelling is an important element. Other elective courses deal with physical and chemical atmospheric processes, examined from both theoretical and experimental standpoints. An elective course in practical meteorology provides the basis for professional work within prognosis meteorology. The programme is finalized with an independent project.

    The only mandatory course in the programme is Global Climate System, 15 hp.

    Our master's courses can be taken as separate courses.

    The programme is in English.

    Year 1

    Autumn semester

    • MO8009, Geophysical fluid dynamics, 7.5 hp
    • MO8010, Turbulent boundary layer in the atmosphere and ocean, 7.5 hp
    • MO8005, Mesoscale meteorology, 7.5 hp
    • MO8011, Cloud micro- and macrophysics, 7.5 hp

    Students without sufficient knowledge in meteorology from their bachelor's studies, are provided introductory courses. These are compulsory and included in the first semester of the MSc program.

    • MO8001, Meteorology I, 15 credits - basics of atmospheric thermodynamics, radiation and chemistry
    • MO8002, Meteorology II, 7.5 credits - basics of dynamic meteorology

    Spring semester

    • MO7003, Global Climate System 15 hp
    • MO8003, Practical meteorology, 15 hp (in Swedish)
    • MO7013, Biogeochemical cycles, 7.5 hp
    • MO7019, Statistical methods for climate science, 7.5 hp

    Year 2

    Autumn semester

    • MO8007, Numerical methods in meteorology and oceanography, 7.5 hp
    • MO8004, Modelling of largescale circulation in the atmosphere and ocean, 7.5 hp
    • MO8013, Physical oceanography
    • MO8008, Remote sensing in atmosphere and ocean, 7.5 hp
    • MO8014, Atmospheric chemistry in a changing world, 7.5 hp (given every other year)

    Spring semester

    • MO9001, Degree project, 30 hp
    • MO9002, Degree project, 45 hp
    • MO9003, Degree project, 60 hp


  • How to apply

    Follow the link below to a step-by-step guide on how to apply.
    Note: Course MO9001 is an exception. For this course, you apply via the study advisor.

  • Contact

    Study counselor