Climate Dynamics, M.Sc.

Climate Dynamics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Master's programme in Meteorology and Oceanography at University of Bergen builds on knowledge about the physical processes of the climate system that govern climate and climate variations in different time scales globally and regionally.


The MS in Climate Dynamics Climate Dynamics program from University of Bergen University of Bergen provides a broad foundation and a thorough understanding of current issues in the field. The study is based on understanding the physical processes that control climate, especially the atmospheric and oceanic impact on regional and global scales. The program provides a broad introduction to the marine and atmospheric physics (meteorology and oceanography) and the mathematical methods used (numerical modelling and statistics). The program provides deep knowledge of the theoretical foundation and the empirical basis of the physical processes that determine the climate mean state and variations thereof. Effects of both natural and anthropogenic factors are studied.

Those graduating will have broad theoretical knowledge about the climate system. The mathematical calculations and statistical analysis used in the study can, in general, be applied to other complex geophysical problems.

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

  • shows advanced knowledge in ocean and atmosphere thermodynamics
  • has advanced knowledge in atmosphere and ocean dynamics
  • shows in depth knowledge of the interactions between the different parts of the climate system (atmosphere/earth/ocean) and understands, at an advanced level, interactions between the different parts
  • understands the theoretical basis for the physical processes leading to variations in climate on different timescales
  • has in depth knowledge of the role of ocean currents and atmospheric circulation in shaping the climate
  • has good knowledge of the use of mathematical numerical models used to calculate climate variations and changes in climate
  • shows good knowledge in the use of statistical time-space methods in analysis of geophysical data


The candidate

  • understands and knows the scientific terminology of climate and climate research
  • is familiar with mathematical methods used to analyze large geophysical data in time and space
  • is able to critically judge data quality and information sources used in geophysics
  • has the ability to formulate analysis strategies and conduct the analysis
  • can analyse, interpret and discuss own results in a scientifically sound and critical way, and in light of data and theories within his/her own field
  • can analyse geophysical problems and is able to do calculations by using the experience gathered from hydrodynamics, classical mechanics, thermodynamics, numerical methods, and data analysis on other types of problems

General competence

The candidate

  • is able to plan and carry out and present an independent, limited research project under supervision, but with a large degree of independence and own initiative, and in coherence with good ethical conduct
  • can conduct systematic search for relevant scientific information through libraries, scientific journals and databases and critically judge the information
  • is able to work individually and in team to solve a complex problem
  • can analyse and reflect upon relevant ethical problems related to the research
  • demonstrate understanding for the divide between knowledge and opinions
  • can present research results as academic text, as public reports and as oral presentations

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean
  • Turbulence in the Atmospheric and Ocean Boundary Layer
  • Advanced Ocean Dynamics
  • Advanced Atmosphere Dynamics
  • Physical Climatology
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements for specialization in Climate Dynamics

  • Bachelor in meteorology and oceanography, physics, mathematics, informatics or equivalent, including courses equivalent to GEOF110 together with either GEOF120 and GEOF130, or GEOF105 and GEOF210. In addition GEOF220 and/or GEOF213 or an equivalent course has to be passed in order to qualify for admission to the study specialization Climate Dynamics.
  • To qualify for admission to the master's programme the average grade for the specialization in the bachelor's degree should be at least C in the Norwegian grading system.
  • If capacity is limited, the applicants will become ranked for admission.

Tuition Fee

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The University of Bergen is publicly funded and offers tuition-free quality education for all students, regardless of citizenship.

Living costs for Bergen

  • 10362 - 16830 NOK/month
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