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Atmospheric Sciences

University of Innsbruck

24 months
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The Master’s Programme Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Innsbruck provides an in-depth understanding of atmospheric processes and their interactions with land, oceans, ice and biosphere from the molecular to the global scale and from short-term phenomena such as turbulences and storms to long-term climate changes.

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Why to study

The Atmospheric Sciences programme at the University of Innsbruck focuses on snow and ice, climate and global change, applied meteorology (environment, energy, glaciology), the application of advanced observation systems (satellite technology) for data assimilation and process modelling in the area of environment and forecasting, or the analysis of the significance of complex orography in the dynamics of atmospheric flows. A special focus of the education in Innsbruck refers to mountain aspects. The entry requirement for the Master’s Programme Atmospheric Sciences is a bachelor’s degree in a related field with basic skills in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer languages. Alongside a deeper comprehension of the basic knowledge acquired in the bachelor’s programme, students learn to independently apply scientific methods to the interpretation of weather maps, to prepare large-scale and local weather forecasts based on the comprehension of the workings of current operational forecasting models. Besides providing technical expertise in the field of meteorology, the programme additionally teaches students to evaluate scientific topics of meteorology and atmospheric physics in an interdisciplinary context, and to autonomously apply them to new areas of study, incorporating the university’s research specialities.

Expected Learning Outcomes - Graduates possess highly specialized knowledge in the field of atmospheric sciences. They are able to integrate, transfer and implement scientific methods and knowledge at the intersections of other related nature sciences.

The career fields for graduates of the master’s programme range from meteorological and hydrological services, weather consulting companies, avalanche warning services, environmental agencies, domestic and foreign research institutions and operational centres, to interdisciplinary areas of responsibility where meteorology plays a key role. The Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences prepares students for relevant doctoral studies as well as careers beyond the academic area in national and international research institutions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Atmospheric Radiation and Remote Sensing 
  • Physics of the Climate System 
  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics 
  • Mountain Meteorology 
  • Boundary Layer Meteorology 
  • Numerical Methods for Models in Atmospheric Sciences 
  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Biogeochemistry 
  • The Cryosphere as Part of the Climate System 
  • Advanced Weather Forecasting 
  • Geostatistics 
  • Scientific Programming 
  • Field Course Atmospheric Sciences 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck - Bachelor's Programme Atmospheric Sciences or, Bachelor's Programme Geo- and Atmospheric Science, or Bachelor's Programme Physics 
  • Admission to the master's degree programme may also be possible if a student has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant related field
  • Apply online for your intended study programme
  • In order to be admitted to a study programme you have to register in person at the Admission Department and bring along the official “Letter of Acceptance” (Mitteilung) of the Universität Innsbruck, your photo ID and everything asked for in the “Letter of Acceptance”
  • At the moment for Non-EEA-citizens it is not possible to apply online

Tuition Fee

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  • All students must pay the Austrian Students’ Union fee.
  • Non-EU/EEA-citizens who want to get equal status must present proof of this equality

Living costs for Innsbruck

800 - 1300 EUR /month
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