M.Sc. On Campus

Physical Oceanography

University of Gothenburg

24 months
11910 EUR/year
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During the Physical Oceanography programme of the University of Gothenburg, you will get an overview of the physical laws governing the time evolution of ocean currents and the propagation of ocean waves. You will get acquainted with the state-of-the-art techniques used to observe and model the ocean.



Physical Oceanography is concerned with the description of ocean currents and the distribution of ocean properties such as temperature, salinity or dissolved carbon. The motion in the ocean can take many different forms, from the smallest whirl of fluid to the planetary scale flow exchanging waters between the different ocean’s basins. Through its ability to transport heat, carbon and other important chemical properties, the Ocean acts as a central regulator of the Earth’s climate. 

Physical Oceanography combines a great diversity of approaches and techniques from classical physics to engineering, statistics, and data science. Physical oceanography may be subdivided into descriptive and dynamical physical oceanography. Descriptive physical oceanography is focused on describing the fluid motions and the distribution of ocean properties using direct observations (in situ or satellite-based) and realistic numerical simulations. Dynamical physical oceanography builds upon the field of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (GFD) to produce a theoretical description of the processes that drive the state and variability of the ocean with the aid of idealized numerical models. A comprehensive and interdisciplinary Master’s programme

The Physical Oceanography programme of the University of Gothenburg offers the most comprehensive education in physical oceanography available in Sweden, combining a theoretical training to applied courses presenting modern techniques used to observe the ocean and an introduction to ocean modelling.

Welcoming students with backgrounds in many different areas

The master’s programme in Physical Oceanography is designed to be accessible to students with a wide range of bachelor’s degrees within the scope of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Physical Oceanography is at its core an interdisciplinary field, relying on the collaboration between people from very different horizons.

It offers unique opportunities to tackle some of the most challenging issues of our time, including the prediction and mitigation of climate change, the development of a sustainable use of ocean resources, or the impact of human activities on ocean’s ecosystems.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Physical Oceanography
  • Ocean Models
  • Observing the Ocean from Micro to Macro Scale
  • Primary Producers of the Sea
  • Biogeochemical cycles in the sea
  • Marine Micropaleontology and Paleooceanography

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

  • Bachelor's degree in oceanography or meteorology or physics or mathematics (or the corresponding knowledge) from an accredited (internationally recognized) university
  • Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS
  • Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11910 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23820 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • Full education cost: 242,000 SEK
  • No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

Living costs for Göteborg

7552 - 13932 SEK /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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