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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

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

The Master Programme in Meteorology and Oceanography with specialization in Meteorology requires a bachelor degree with 110 ECTS specialization from the Bachelor degree in Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Physics or the Bachelor degree in Meteorology and Oceanography, or equivalent.

Bachelor degrees from UiB that qualify:

Bachelor degree in Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Physics, Bachelor degree in Meteorology and Oceanography with the following courses or equivalent:

  • MAT112 Calculus II
  • MAT121 Linear Algebra
  • MAT131 Differential Equations
  • MAT212 Functions of Several Variables
  • GEOF105 Physics of the Atmosphere and Ocean
  • GEOF110 Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics
  • GEOF210 Data Analysis in Meteorology and Oceanography
  • GEOF212 Physical Climatology
  • PHYS111 Mechanics 1
  • PHYS112 Electromagnetism I or PHYS113 Mechanics 2 and Thermodynamics
  • GEOF213 Dynamics of the Atmosphere or Ocean or GEOF220 Physical Meteorology (both at best)

Other bachelor degrees that qualify:

Other bachelor degrees might qualify if the degree has a solid background in mathematics, physics and informatics, and in addition continues courses equivalent to GEOF105 (Physics of the Atmosphere and Ocean), GEOF110 (Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics), GEOF210 (Data Analysis in Meteorology and Oceanography) and GEOF212 (Physical Climatology). In addition, at least one of the courses GEOF213 (Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean) or GEOF220 (Physical Meteorology) (both at best), or equivalent, has to be passed.

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