Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Regular program length: 4 semester (full-time program)
Credit points (ECTS): 120 credit points
Language of instruction: English
Higher semester: no
Higher semester: winter and summer term
Higher semester: September 30 für winter term, March 31 for summer term
Degree and duration
Regular program length of 2 years leading to a "Master of Science (M.Sc.)" degree; 120 credit points (corresponding to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System - ECTS) must be completed. Individual prorgram length may differ from regular program length.
The master's degree program is structured into disciplines which are then divided into modules.
|Atmosphere and Climate Processes
|Applied and Experimental Meteorology
Qualification profile of the graduate
The Master program in Meteorology deepens and extends the essential scientific qualifications obtained in the Bachelor program in a research-oriented way. Consolidation occurs in the areas of Theoretical Meteorology and Numerical Weather Prediction, Climatology, Remote Sensing and Data Analysis as well as in Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols, while extensions take place in the area of Applied Meteorology. A comprehensive practical course familiarizes the graduates with methods of modern atmospheric measurements in the laboratory and field. With the completion of the Master thesis, the graduates have demonstrated that they are capable of applying scientific knowledge and methods to independently solve complex research problems. In addition, they acquired detailed skills in an elective from a wide range of other natural sciences.
The graduates possess practical skills to use concepts of theoretical meteorology to, respectively, describe and solve concrete meteorological or climatological problems. On the basis of the obtained knowledge they competently classify facts and thematic areas. They exhibit extensive knowledge in programming, have experience with numerical models and are capable of using modern measurement techniques. Applying statistical methods to observational data they are able to conclude relationships, to estimate uncertainty, to formulate hypotheses, and to derive and validate predictions.
The graduates are proficient in the adequate written account of scientific results and in didactically appealing presentation techniques. They are able to reflect their actions and related scientific and societal ramifications, and to recognise and evaluate ethical aspects.
Master's graduates in Meteorology have a high level of employability across a wide spectrum of interesting and challenging jobs.
Among them are:
- researching and finishing a PhD, focussing on an academic career or
- employment in:
- public weather services such as the German Weather Service (DWD) or private weather companies
- the insurance sector, evaluating risks due to weather hazards
- the energy sector, providing reliable forecasts and predicting critical situations
- climate services, creating information resources and platforms for decision makers to adapt and prepare for climate change
- data science, processing big data in economy and engineering
Requirements for admission to this master's program are:
- a completed bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree issued by a university, university of applied sciences or a university of cooperative education based on a minimum of 180 ECTS credit points (alternatively at least 3 years program length) in meteorology or a related field (such as physics, mathematics, geosciences)
- minimum requirements completed in the following fields:
- meteorology of at least 30 credit points
- physics of at least 30 credit points
- mathematics of at least 12 credit points
- excellent English language skills of at least B2 level. Further details can be found in the admission regulations of the master's degree program.
Contacts for prospective students
Contacts for students
Statutes and regulations
|2018 KIT 008 Satzung für den Zugang zu dem Masterstudiengang Meteorologie am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)||27.02.2018, veröffentlicht 27.02.2018|
|2021 KIT 029 Studien- und Prüfungsordnung des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie (KIT) für den Masterstudiengang Meteorology and Climate Physics||15.06.2021, veröffentlicht 16.06.2021|
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