Study plan for MAMN-GFMET Meteorology, fall 2021

Name of qualification

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

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.

Required Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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
  • PHYS113 Mechanics 2 and Thermodynamics, STAT110 Basic Course in Statistics or KJEM110 Chemistry and Energy
  • 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.

You also need to document:

Recommended previous knowledge

You will need to have a completed BSc in meteorology and oceanography or in an equivalent field. You need competence in meteorology, including basics in climate and atmospheric physics. You should have basic knowledge about theoretical and experimental aspect of meteorology as well as in computer programming and data analysis.

Compulsory units

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

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.

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.

Recommended electives

30 course credits in the Master's programme are elective and have to be chosen in agreement with the supervisor. The courses GEOF345 (autumn), GEOF328(autumn), GEOF211 (spring), GEOF348 (spring), GEOF347 (autumn) and VIT212 are among the most relevant

Master thesis credits

The Master's thesis is a scientific study of a problem defined in collaboration with your academic supervisor. The problem may be addressed by theoretical modelling in combination with analyses of observational data. The individual research project will be 60 ETCS credits and courses or special topics worth 60 ECTS credits. The study must be finalized by writing a Master's thesis and by giving an oral presentation. Both will be evaluated by a scientific panel.

Sequential Requirements, courses

The recommended sequence of the courses in the programme can be found under the heading "Compulsory units".

Study period abroad

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

Teaching and learning methods

A combination of teaching and learning methods is used in the various courses, including lectures, visits to companies producing meteorological instrumentation, exercise seminars, weekly article discussions and student presentation, field work; discussions, presentations and analyses of theory, measurements and model data. More information is provided in the course description.

The Master's thesis is an independently scientific work, under supervision of an academic supervisor.

Assessment methods

The assessment methods in the courses are written and oral examinations, reports, approved participation and report, and oral presentations.

The assessment methods for the courses are given in the course descriptions.

The program is concluded by an oral examination. The examination is held after submission, evaluation and approval of the master's thesis.


Traditionally, the largest employers of meteorologists have been governmental forecasting centers, such as the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. Other governmental agencies, for example in energy, hydrology, agriculture and air quality also employ meteorologists. Some of these institutions also carry out research. Furthermore, a MSc might also give competence to enroll in a pedagogical training to become a teacher at secondary school, please see http://www.uib.no/matnat/89294/hva-kreves-opptak-til-ppu-innen-de-ulike-realfagene, for more information. A growing area for meteorologists is the private sector. There are employment opportunities for meteorologists in industry, private consulting firms, and research organizations, including the energy sector.

Private sector meteorologists provide a variety of services to industries and other organizations.

Private sector meteorologists also provide local weather forecasts to radio and television stations that do not employ their own meteorologists.

Meteorologists at the university teach and work in atmospheric research programs. In addition to holding a faculty or teaching position, university and college professors perform research, supported by government or foundation grants.

A MSc in meteorology will make you formally eligible for admission for a PhD within the field of meteorology, atmospheric sciences, and climate, please see «Access to further studies» for more information.


The master programme will continuously be evaluated according to the guidelines for quality assurance at UiB. Please find more information about evaluating of course units in the course description.

Programme committee

The programme committee is responsible for the academic content, the structure and the quality of the program.

Administrative responsibility

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences by the Geophysical Department, holds the administrative responsibility for the programme.

Contact information

Please contact the academic adviser for the program if you have any questions:

studieveileder@gfi.uib.no or phone: + 47 55 58 26 04.