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  • Years2 years
  • ECTS credits120

Introduction

Objectives and content

The Master's programme in Meteorology and Oceanography with study specialization in Physical Oceanography gives the student a thorough understanding of the physics and especially the dynamics of the ocean; e.g. the tides, upwelling, mixing processes, and interactions with the atmosphere and the biosphere.

The Master's Programme in Meteorology and Oceanography with study specialization in Physical Oceanography provides a broad foundation and a good understanding of current issues in the field. The programme covers topics from local (fjord, coastal and shelf circulation) to global scale. The study also covers the use of statistical and numerical methods, oceanographic observations, and theoretical analysis

Programme profile

The master's programme in Meteorology and Oceanography at the University of Bergen is unique, because you will be introduced to both meteorology and oceanography, irrespective of which of the four directions you choose.

What you Learn

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme the candidate will have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The candidate

- knows the main features of physical oceanography and related subjects such as climate and meteorology, and has a thorough knowledge of a specialized subject in physical oceanography

- knows the most common instruments used in oceanographic field surveys, their limitations and how to carry out related data analysis

- knows how to apply statistical time-space methods used in analyses of geophysical data

- knows how to analyse and interpret geophysical problems and interaction between the various components in the climate system

- knows how oceanography connects to relevant areas of mathematics, physics, computer science, geosciences, chemistry and meteorology.

Skills

The candidate

- can use modern field instrumentation

- can collect and analyse large data sets and discuss limitations

- can use programming tools to process, analyse and visualize data

- can apply developed skills in mathematics and statistics on oceanographic problems

- can do numerical calculations using knowledge from hydrodynamics, classical mechanics, and thermodynamics.

- is able to plan and conduct an ocean research project with guidance from an academic supervisor, but with a large degree of independence and in accordance with good scientific practices

- can interpret and discuss his/her own results in a scientifically sound and critical way and in light of data and theories in the field

General competence

The candidate

- can disseminate results as an oral presentation

- can summarize field and laboratory work in a written report

- can search relevant scientific literature, and cite appropriately

- can formulate, analyse, interpret and discuss his/her own results in a scientifically sound and critical way using data and theories from oceanography and related research fields

- is able to write a scientific dissertation that adds new knowledge to a topic

- is able to analyse scientific problems in general and participate in discussions about different ways of addressing and solving problems

- demonstrates an understanding of and respect for scientific values such as transparency, precision and accountability

- can analyse and reflect upon relevant ethical problems related to the research

Structure

Programme structure

A master's programme in meteorology and oceaongraphy consists of an individual research project (master's thesis) of 60 ECTS credits, and courses or special topics of 60 ECTS credits. Some of the courses are compulsory within the specialisations. You will choose the other courses in agreement with the academic supervisor.

Master's Programme in Meteorology and Oceanography (requirement 120 SP)
Spesialization
When applying for admission to the Master's program, you apply directly to a programme
Physical Oceanography (requirement 60 SP)
Compulsory subject (requirement 35 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
GEOF310Turbulence in the Atmospheric and Ocean Boundary Layer101–41
GEOF337Physical Oceanography in Fjords101–42
GEOF339Advanced Ocean Dynamics51–41
GEOF346Tidal dynamics and sea level variations101–41
Optional subjects (requirement 25 SP)
You should choose subjects in consultation with your academic supervisor.
Elective course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
GEOF211Numerical Modelling101–4
GEOF301An Introduction to Master's Studies51–4
GEOF334Microwave Satellite Remote Sensing51–4
GEOF338Polar Oceanography101–4
GEOF343Wind Generated Surface Waves101–4
GEOF345Satellite Remote Sensing in Meteorology and Oceanography101–4
GEOF347Seminar on "Earth system science for sustainability studies"51–4
VIT212Major Issues in Research and Society: Climate: What Do We Know? What Should We Do?51–4
Marine biogeochemistry (requirement 60 SP)
Compulsory subject (requirement 25 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
GEOF310Turbulence in the Atmospheric and Ocean Boundary Layer101–41
GEOF336Advanced Chemical Oceanography101–42
GEOF347Seminar on "Earth system science for sustainability studies"51–41
Optional subject (requirement 35 SP)
You should choose subjects in consultation with your academic supervisor.
Elective course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
GEOF211Numerical Modelling101–4
GEOF337Physical Oceanography in Fjords101–4
GEOF338Polar Oceanography101–4
GEOV331Palaeoceanography51–4
VIT212Major Issues in Research and Society: Climate: What Do We Know? What Should We Do?51–4
Master thesis in Geophysics (requirement 60 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
GEOF399Master's Thesis in Meteorology and Oceanography603
SP = ECTS credits, S = Semester, R = Recommended semester

Study Period Abroad

Study period abroad

You can plan study periods abroad in consultation with your supervisor as a part of the master agreement.

How to Apply

Semester

Autumn.

Admission Requirements

Application procedure

For more information about the application procedure please see:
http://www.uib.no/en/education/48766/how-apply-masters-degree

Admission Requirements for specialization in Physical Oceanography:

Bachelor's degree in Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Physics, BS in meteorology and oceanography, , physics, mathematics, informatics or equivalent, including courses equivalent to GEOF105, GEOF110 and GEOF210 and GEOF212. In addition GEOF213 or an equivalent course has to be passed in order to qualify for admission to the study specialization physical oceanography.

To qualify for admission to the master's programme the average grade for the specialization in the bachelor's degree should be at least C in the Norwegian grading system. For the Master's Programme in Meteorology and Oceanography the admission is based on the specialization part of the Bachelor's Programme in Meteorology and Oceanography (or Bachelor's Programme in Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Physics) included the specialization for the different specializations or equivalent.

If there is shortage of seats, the applicants will become ranked for admission. At the last admission all qualified applicants were admitted.

More information

About the programme

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Contact

Geophysical Institute

Geophysical Institute

http://www.uib.no/gfi 

Contact: studieveileder@gfi.uib.no