M.Sc. On Campus

Climate Dynamics

University of Bergen

24 months
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The Climate Dynamics degree offered by the 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.


Key facts

The MS in Climate Dynamics degree offered by the 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:

  • Turbulence in the Atmospheric and Ocean Boundary Layer
  • Advanced Ocean Dynamics
  • Numerical Modelling 
  • Physical Oceanography in Fjords 
  • Polar Oceanography 
  • Meteorology and oceanography

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The Master Programme in Meteorology and Oceanography with specialization in Climate Dynamics requires a bachelor degree with 110 ECTS specialization from the Bachelor degree in Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Physics or the Bachelor degree in Meteorology and Oceanography, or equivalent.
  • Bachelor degree in Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Physics, Bachelor degree in Meteorology and Oceanography with the following courses or equivalent:

Tuition Fee

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The semester fee is NOK 590

Living costs for Bergen

10362 - 16828 NOK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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