Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Regular program length: 4 semester (full-time program)

Credit points (ECTS): 120 credit points

Language of instruction: English

Limited capacity:
First semester: no
Higher semester: no
Application possible for:
First semester: winter and summer term
Higher semester: winter and summer term
Application deadline:
German and EU nationals
First semester: September 30 for winter term, March 31 for summer term
Higher semester: September 30 for winter term, March 31 for summer term
Non-EU nationals
First semester: July 15 for winter term, January 15 for summer term
Higher semester: July 15 for winter term, January 15 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.

Program structure

The English master's program is divided into the following subjects and moduls:


Atmosphere and Climate Processes
Components of the Climate System (12 CP), Atmospheric Processes (12 CP)

Elective 1 (4 CP)
Elective 2 (4 CP)

Transferable skills
Interdisciplinary qualifications (4 CP)


Applied and Experimental Meteorology
Experimental Meteorology (14 CP),
Applied Meteoroloy (10 CP)


Scientific work
Specialization Phase: Scientific Concept Development (30 CP)


Master’s thesis
Master’s thesis (30 CP)

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.

Excerpt from the diploma supplement of the study program

With a master's degree in Meteorology and Climate Physics, a wide range of career opportunities present itself for you. These include:

  • research and doctoral studies with a focus on an academic career or
  • employment in one of the following fields:
    • public weather services such as the German Weather Service (DWD) or private weather companies
    • the insurance sector, assessing risks due to weather hazards
    • the energy sector, providing reliable forecasts and predicting critical situations
    • climate services which provide information resources and platforms for decision-makers to adapt and prepare for climate change
  • Comprehensive education in meteorology and climate physics
  • Studying at one of the largest and most renowned institutions for atmospheric research in Germany
  • Study work in small, well-supervised groups
  • Large percentage of practical experience (exercises, project work)
  • Research-oriented teaching and high potential of active involvements in research projects
  • For prospective doctoral candidates: Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)
  • Campus in the city center of Karlsruhe, known for its warm and intercultural climate

Admission requirements

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:
    1. meteorology and climate physics of at least 24 credit points
    2. physics of at least 24 credit points
    3. mathematics of at least 12 credit points
    Should these prerequisites not be mt, admission may be granted under the provision that certain exams are to be completed until the end of the second semester.
  • excellent English language skills of at least B2 level. Further details can be found in the admission regulations of the master's degree program.

Application for the 1st semester

Application for a higher semester

Carmen Reck
Student advisor
Student advisory services (ZSB)

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Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
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76131 Karlsruhe



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  • From 12-24 to 01-06
  • the week after Pentecost
  • on all public holidays in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg