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MSc Meteorology

General Information

Program: Meteorologie (Master) Period of Study: 4 terms (expected)
Degree: Master  (Master of Science (M.Sc.)) Requirements: Bachelor degree
Start of Program: April or October Qualifying Exam: Yes
Language(s): English Overall ECTS-Points 120 ECTS-Points

The Faculty of Physics at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich offers a four-semester Master of Science degree program in meteorology and atmospheric physics. Studies can be started both in the winter and summer semester. This Master's program is divided into two blocks: In the first and second semesters the Master's students attend courses in the research areas of meteorology and atmospheric Physics. The third and fourth semesters are devoted to the one-year master's thesis. 

Goals of the Master's Degree Program

The Master's students will acquire the following basic knowledge and abilities during their studies:

  • Capability of thinking in physics concepts
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of and the interrelations in meteorology and atmospheric physics, its basic procedures and scientific methods, and, building on this knowledge, the ability to work autonomously,
  • Ability to realize and assimilate recent developments, as well as to judge interdisciplinary meteorological questions.

The Master's students also develop skills in the handling of measurement equipment, as well as knowledge of measuring methods (both in-situ- and remote sensing methods). Mathematics and Physics are the prerequisite and basis for describing and understanding meteorological problems and interrelations. The major part of the courses in the Master's degree program is composed of the research areas of meteorology and atmospheric physics. Great importance is placed on the Practical Phase, which is followed by the phase of writing the Master's thesis. Studying meteorology and atmospheric physics also means to engage with many related sciences. Meteorology and atmospheric physics has an impact on almost all areas of life, and is therefore of great importance for life on earth.


Entry Requirements

You will find details on the application and assessment procedures at Application for Admission to a Master of Science Degree Program.

Degree structure and credit points

You may start studying the Master's program in Meteorology in October as well as in April. In total, students in the Master's program in Meteorology need to achieve 120 ECTS credit points, distributed in the following manner:

1st term2nd term3rd term4th term


(mandatory lectures)

Advanced Physics of the Atmosphere
9 ECTS / graded / winter term only
Advanced Dynamics of the Atmosphere
9 ECTS / graded / winter term only
Specialization Meteorological seminar
3 ECTS / graded
Practical Phase I
15 ECTS / not graded
Master's thesis
30 ECTS / graded
Elective courses (*)
36 ECTS / graded
Practical Phase II
15 ECTS / graded
Key qualifications SQ
Key qualifications
3 ECTS / not graded

(*) Details

Elective courses (lectures, exercises, seminars and/or lab courses) from research areas of Meteorology (altogether 36 ECTS). Please note that

  • at most 12 ECTS points from lab courses may be recognized.
  • one seminar is mandatory. Additionally up to 12 ECTS points from further seminars may be recognized.

Courses are listed in the course catalogue.

Nearly all lectures will be given in English. Some of the courses may be offered in German but the Master programm can be done completely in English. Usually, German courses will be given in English upon request. Please contact the corresponding professor for more specific informations.

Mandatory Lectures

For orientation we define specific focus areas of our lecture programme. Possible focuses are „Weather and data assimulation“ (W+D) und „Atmosphere and Climate“ (A+C). (winter semester = WiSe, summer semester = SoSe)

  • Advanced Dynamics of the Atmosphere (9 ECTS, W+D)
  • Advanced Physics of the Atmosphere (9 ECTS, A+C)

Both courses are offered in the winter semester only.

Elective courses

We recommend the following distribution among the different parts of the lecture programme:

  • central optional lectures including tutorials (each 6 ECTS) at least 18 ECTS
  • small optional lectures (each 3 ECTS) up to 18 ECTS

Central optional lectures (all SoSe)

  • Numerical Weather Prediction with tutorials (6 ECTS, W+D)
  • Data Assimilation with tutorials (6 ECTS, W+D)
  • Clouds: Microphysics and Convection with tutorials ((6 ECTS, A+C)
  • Advanced Observation Methods with tutorials (6 ECTS, A+C)
    Climate (6 ECTS, A+C)

Small optional lectures (WiSe and SoSe)

Eligible from the complete programme of offered lectures. Not all courses are offered each year. The following are the ones usually offered:

  • Advanced Dynamics of the Atmopshere - Part 2 (W+D)
  • Alpine Atmospheric Modelling (W+D)
  • Dynamics of the Stratosphere I and II (W+D)
  • Active Remote Sensing - Radar/Lidar (A+C)
  • Monte Carlo Radiative Transfer (A+C)
  • The Middle Atmosphere as Part of the Climate System (A+C)
  • Aviation and Climate (A+C)
  • Introduction to Global Modelling (A+C)
  • Tropical Cyclones
  • Boundary Layer Meteorology
  • Humanbiometeorologie
  • Statistical Methods for Meteorologists I+II
  • Atmospherical Chemistry

Alle optional lectures are part of all modules P4, P5, P6, P7 which can be found in the official "Studienordnung" (study regulations).

Research Areas of Meteorology

Meteorology is the area of Physics that is concerned with atmospheric processes with regard to weather and climate. To study and understand atmospheric processes, thorough knowledge of several areas of Physics, especially of the fields of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and radiative transfer, is necessary. In Meteorology, the study of fluid dynamics and the physics of radiation processes have top priority. The field of meteorology and atmospheric physics is divided into Theoretical Meteorology, which is mathematically oriented, and Experimental Meteorology, which deals with the observation and interpretation of atmospheric processes.

The atmosphere, with land, ocean, ice and vegetation, is a complex system, which can be described by the laws of Physics. This system includes:

  • Solar and terrestrial radiation as the most important impetus for atmospheric dynamics,
  • Energy transformation in the atmosphere and on the ground,
  • Interaction between the atmosphere and the earth's surface (land, ocean, ice and vegetation), typical patterns of motion in the atmosphere from the centimeter- to the global scale, orographically generated phenomena, turbulences and their interactions,
  • Description and explanation of the climate in the past and present as well as forecasting the future climate,
  • Anthropogenic impacts on the system of the atmosphere - biosphere, numerical simulation and forecasting of weather and climate including data assimilation and verification,
  • Material cycles of micro-elements that are meteorologically significant and environmentally relevant, including water with dispersions, sources, depressions, transports, phase changes, chemical and photochemical reactions.

Study and Examination Regulations

Study and examination regulations for the Master of Science degree program in Physics are currently only available in German. They may be found on the Faculty's German website.

Master's Examination and Academic Degree

The Master's degree is the professional qualification attained by examination after scientific training has been completed.  In addition, the Master's degree enables the graduates to enter a Ph.D. degree program in the field of Physics. The Faculty of Physics awards the graduates the academic degree of „Master of Science“ (M.Sc.).

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