Physical Oceanography, Master

Physical Oceanography, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
The Master's programme in Meteorology and Oceanography with study specialization in Physical Oceanography gives the student a thorough understanding of the physics and especially the dynamics of the ocean; e.g. the tides, upwelling, mixing processes, and interactions with the atmosphere and the biosphere. This cours is offered by University of Bergen.

About

The MSc in Physical Oceanography from University of Bergen aims to build competence in and provide knowledge for marine research.

The Master's Programme in Meteorology and Oceanography with study specialization in Physical Oceanography provides a broad foundation and a good understanding of current issues in the field. The programme covers topics from the coastal regions (fjord circulation), the polar regions (sea ice) and the world's oceans (the large-scale thermohaline circulation). It also covers the use of statistical and numerical methods and the use of oceanographic instruments.

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:

Knowledge

The candidate

  • is able to explain the main features of physical oceanography and related subjects such as climate and meteorology, and has a thorough knowledge of a specialized subject in physical oceanography
  • can use the most common instruments used in oceanographic field surveys, and has the ability to carry out and to communicate the related data analysis
  • shows a good knowledge of and can apply statistical time-space methods used in analyses of geophysical data
  • can analyse and interpret the interaction between the various components in the climate system
  • is able to explain the main features of physical oceanography and related subjects such as meteorology and climate and has a thorough knowledge of a specialized subject in physical oceanography
  • shows a good knowledge of relevant areas of mathematics, physics, computer science, geosciences, chemistry or meteorology and oceanography

Skills

The candidate

  • can collect and analyse large data sets, discuss precision and accuracy and use programming tools to process and analyse data
  • can apply developed skills in mathematics and statistics on oceanographic problems
  • is able to plan and conduct an ocean research project with guidance from an academic supervisor, but with a great degree of independence and his/her own initiative and in accordance with good scientific practices
  • can use modern analysis methods and instrumentation in his/her field
  • can analyse, interpret and discuss his/her own results in a scientifically sound and critical way and in light of data and theories in 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
  • can present results in both oral and written form

General competence

The candidate

  • can summarize field and laboratory work in a written report
  • can formulate, analyse, interpret and discuss his/her own results in a scientifically sound and critical way and in light of data and theories in related research fields
  • is able to write a scientific dissertation that adds new knowledge to a topic
  • is able to analyse scientific problems in general and participate in discussions about different ways of addressing and solving problems
  • demonstrates an understanding of and respect for scientific values such as transparency, precision and accountability
  • can analyse and reflect upon relevant ethical problems related to the research

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean
  • Turbulence in the Atmospheric and Ocean Boundary Layer
  • Tidal Dynamics
  • Physical Oceanography in Fjords
  • Advanced Ocean Dynamics
  • Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean
  • Physical Climatology
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    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:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

    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 Physical Oceanography:
  • BS 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 GEOF213 or an equivalent course has to be passed in order to qualify for admission to the study specialization Physical Oceanography.
  • 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

  • International Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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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
    Living Costs

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