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  • Years2 years
  • ECTS credits120

Introduction

Objectives and content

The Master's programme in Meteorology and Oceanography with specialization in Meteorology provides a broad foundation and a good understanding within actual topics in meteorology and atmospheric physics.

Emphasis is given to understanding the physical and mathematical descriptions of various atmospheric phenomena in conjunction with observations and numerical modelling. Thus, the Master's programmes cover the theoretical basis for various weather phenomena, the use of numerical models to simulate the development of weather systems, boundary layer processes near the ocean, sea ice or land, local weather and climate conditions, and studies of radiation processes in the atmosphere.

Programme profile

In the Master program in meteorology and oceanography - meteorology, physics and mathematics are used to study the physical processes in the atmosphere and weather phenomena on different scales.

The Degree

The master's programme leads to the degree Master of Science in Meteorology and Oceanography. It is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits).

What you Learn

Learning Outcomes

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

Knowledge

The candidate

- has advanced knowledge of atmospheric dynamics, physics and thermodynamics and their interrelations

- knows common and advanced scientific instruments in meteorology and understands the underlying measurement principles

- knows the latest state of meteorological research and debate in several selected topics

- knows about the societal relevance and challenges of meteorology in operational forecasting

- has advanced knowledge of statistical and computational methods for the analysis of geophysical data

- knows about cross-cutting problems with related disciplines such as climate, oceanography, computer sciences and geosciences

- has knowledge of and respects scientific values such as transparency, precision and accountability, and knows the difference between scientific knowledge and opinion

Skills

The candidate

- can use common and advanced meteorological instruments to obtain valid measurements including appropriate error and uncertainty estimates

- can apply advanced mathematical, computational and statistical methods to meteorological problems

- can read and write program code in common programming languages

- can analyse and present data from numerical models and measurements with common analysis software

- can analyse, interpret and discuss meteorological problems in the context of established research

- can write scientific reports in line with formal and ethical standards in meteorology

General competence

The candidate

- is able to formulate and discuss analytical strategies and conduct the analyses

- is able to critically assess data quality, methods and information sources used in meteorology

- is able to work individually and in a team to solve a complex problem

- is able to analyse, interpret and discuss his/her own results in a scientifically sound and critical way

- is able to use acquired knowledge on new scientific problems in meteorology and related disciplines

- is able to orally present, explain and discuss complex problems with experts and laymen

Structure

Programme structure

The MSc programme consists of two components: coursework consisting of 60 credits and an individual research project (MSc thesis) comprising 60 credits.

For students starting in the autumn 2015:

Courses: The courses GEOF213, GEOF321, GEOF322, GEOF311, GEOF351 and GEOF352 are compulsory. In addition, there are 20 credits of elective courses, chosen in agreement with the academic supervisor.

For students starting in the autumn 2016:

Courses: The courses GEOF311, GEOF321, GEOF322, GEOF351, and GEOF352 are compulsory. In addition, there are 30 credits of elective courses, chosen in agreement with the academic supervisor.

For students starting in the autumn 2018:

The courses GEOF311, GEOF321, GEOF322, GEOF351, and GEOF352 are compulsory. In addition, there are 30 credits of elective courses, chosen in agreement with the academic supervisor. If one of the courses GEOF213 or GEOF220 has not been taken before admission to the master, the relevant course will be mandatory in the master.

For students starting in the autumn 2015:

4. semester Master's thesis

3. semester GEOF352/Choice Master's thesis

2. semester GEOF321 GEOF322/Choice Master's thesis

1. semester GEOF311/GEOF351 GEOF213 Choice

For students starting in the autumn 2016:

4. semester Master's thesis

3. semester Choice Master's thesis

2. semester GEOF321 GEOF322/Choice Master's thesis

1. semester GEOF311/GEOF351 GEOF352/Choice Choice

For students starting from the autumn 2018 

4. semester Master's thesis

3. semester Choice, Master's thesis

2. semester GEOF321 GEOF322/GEOF351, Master's thesis

1. semester GEOF311/GEOF352, Choice, Choice

If one of the courses GEOF213 or GEOF220 has not been taken before admission to the master, the relevant course will be mandatory in the master. The course GEOF213 has to be taken in the first semester, and GEOF220 in the second semester.

MSc thesis: GEOF399 MSc thesis in meteorology and oceanography comprises 60 credits. The student may, in consultation with the supervisor, choose to write a thesis comprising 30 credits while expanding the amount of coursework correspondingly. It is recommended that the MSc thesis is started in the second semester. The MSc thesis must be submitted within a deadline at the end of the fourth semester of the MSc program, i.e., either 20 November or 1 June.

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
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
Meteorology (requirement 60 SP)
Compulsory subjects (requirement 30 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
GEOF311Turbulence in the Atmospheric Boundary Layer51–41
GEOF321Models and Methods in Numerical Weather and Climate Prediction101–42
GEOF322Field Course in Meteorology51–42
GEOF351Seminar in Atmospheric Sciences51–42
GEOF352Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics51–41
Optional subject (requirement 30 SP)
You should choose subjects in consultation with your academic supervisor.
Elective course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
GEOF211Numerical Modelling101–4
GEOF327Atmospheric general circulation101–4
GEOF328Mesoscale Dynamics101–4
GEOF345Satellite Remote Sensing in Meteorology and Oceanography101–4
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

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 Meteorology 

Bachelor in meteorology and oceanography, Bachelor's degree in Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Physics bachelor in mathematics, bachelor in physics, or equivalent. Admission to the Master Programme in Meteorology and Oceanography with spesialisation in meteorology, requires fulfillment of courses equivalent to GEOF105, GEOF110, GEOF210 and GEOF212. In addition, at least one of the courses GEOF213 and GEOF220 (both at best), or equivalent, has to be passed in order to qualify for admission to the master's programme with specialization in Meteorology. If one of the courses GEOF213 or GEOF220 is not completed before the admission, the course will be made mandatory in the master.

To qualify for admission to the master's programme the average grade for the specialisation 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

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