University of Bergen

Meteorology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The Master's programme in Meteorology and Oceanography with study specialization in Meteorology provides a broad foundation and a good understanding within actual topics in meteorology and atmospheric physics. This programme is delivered at University of Bergen.


Emphasis is given to understanding the physical and mathematical descriptions of various atmospheric phenomena in conjunction with observations and numerical modelling. Thus, the Master's programmes cover the theoretical basis for various weather phenomena, the use of numerical models to simulate the development of weather systems, boundary layer processes near the ocean, sea ice or land, local weather and climate conditions, and studies of radiation processes in the atmosphere.

Required Learning Outcomes

On completion of the Meteorology programme at University of Bergen the candidate should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate

  • is able to describe the history and development of meteorology
  • shows an advanced knowledge of the dynamics, physics and thermodynamics in meteorology
  • understands the theoretical basis for the main physical processes in the atmosphere
  • is able to explain the main features of meteorology and related subjects such as oceanography and climate and has a thorough knowledge of a specialized topic in meteorology
  • can use mathematical and numerical models and is able to discuss the results in terms of theory and available observations
  • can use and is aware of the possibilities and limitations of the most common instruments in meteorology and has the ability to carry out related data analyses
  • shows good knowledge of and can apply statistical time-space methods in analyses of geophysical data
  • shows good knowledge of mathematics, physics, computer science, geosciences, climate and oceanography


The candidate

  • can explain and discuss meteorological phenomena with both experts and laymen
  • can understand and present the scientific terminology in the field of expertise
  • is able to critically assess data quality and information sources used in geophysics
  • has the ability to formulate and discuss analytical strategies and conduct the analyses
  • can apply advanced skills to mathematics and statistics problems
  • can analyse, interpret and discuss meteorological phenomena based on hydrodynamics, classical mechanics, thermodynamics, mathematical descriptions and analytical and numerical models
  • can understand various aspects of weather forecasting, e.g. analysis of numerical models and observations
  • can code in different programming languages
  • can use acquired knowledge on new scientific problems
  • can present both written and oral reports

General competence

The candidate

  • is able to work individually and in a team to solve a complex problem
  • can present research results as academic text, as popular scientific reports and as oral presentations
  • can analyse, interpret and discuss his/her own results in a scientifically sound and critical way
  • can analyse and reflect upon relevant ethical problems related to the research
  • understands the difference between knowledge and opinions
  • demonstrates an understanding of and respect for scientific values such as transparency, precision and accountability

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean
  • Turbulence in the Atmospheric Boundary Layer
  • Seminar in Atmospheric Sciences
  • Models and Methods in Numerical Weather Prediction
  • Field Course in Meteorology
  • Advanced Atmosphere Dynamics
For more information please visit the programme website.

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Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements for specialization in Meteorology

  • Bachelor in meteorology and oceanography, physics, mathematics, informatics or equivalent, including courses equivalent to GEOF110 together with the courses GEOF120 and GEOF130, or the courses GEOF105 and GEOF210. In addition GEOF213, and/or GEOF220 or an equivalent course has to be passed in order to qualify for admission to the study specialization in Meteorology. It is furthermore strongly recommended that the candidate has GEOF212 or equivalent. 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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