M.Sc. On Campus

Climate Physics

Utrecht University

24 months
20750 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Master’s programme in Climate Physics at Utrecht University offers you a unique combination of theoretical courses and practical training in all aspects of the Earth’s climate. You’ll study the physics, dynamics, and chemistry of the atmosphere, oceans, and cryosphere – as well as explore their interactions.


Highly Skilled Researcher

The Master’s programme in Climate Physics at Utrecht University trains you to be a highly skilled researcher by focusing on the fundamental physical processes that make up the Earth’s climate system. The  complex nature of the work requires advanced mathematical skills right from the start. 

You will build on this foundation by adding specialised theoretical, observational, and computational knowledge and skills relating to the atmosphere, meteorology, oceans, cryosphere (ice), and biosphere. Moreover, your instructors will encourage you to develop a critical attitude towards your research results and your underlying assumptions.

Teaching staff

Our teaching staff include leading experts from the five research fields encompassed by the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (IMAU):

  • Ocean Circulation and Climate
  • Physical Oceanography of the Coastal Zone
  • Atmospheric Dynamics and the Hydrological Cycle
  • Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry
  • Ice and Climate

Programme Objective

The MSc in Climate Physics is a two-year research Master’s programme that provides students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate the fundamental physical processes that regulate the Earth’s climate system, including the dynamics of the planet’s atmosphere, ocean, and climate.

Career Prospects

Graduates receive the title of Master of Science (MSc) in Climate Physics. Most graduates find PhD positions at the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (IMAU) or at other institutes in the Netherlands and abroad. 

The analytical and computing skills and critical academic attitude towards research acquired during this Master’s programme are valued outside the academic world as well.

Professional Careers 

Of our graduates who elect to pursue professional careers, 10% find employment in operational meteorology and the remaining 40% find employment in other careers.

The last category includes such positions as an ABN AMRO bank trainee, a Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) researcher, and a high school teacher. These examples demonstrate that you’ll be able to apply the academic skills you acquire in a variety of professions and career paths.


Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Topics In Climate Dynamics

  • Atmospheric Composition And Chemical Processes

  • Boundary Layers, Transport And Mixing

  • Current Themes In Climate Change

  • Dynamical Meteorology

  • Dynamical Oceanography

  • Earth System Modeling

  • Ice And Climate

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

  • Admission to the programme is contingent on the content of your bachelor’s programme.
  • There is no set limit on the number of students accepted. The programme allows students to use up to 15 ECTS (two courses) to remedy any deficiencies (”catch up” courses).

In order to be eligible for the Master’s programme in Climate Physics, you should have:

  • solid basic knowledge in classical physics, especially fluid dynamics, as well as in the mathematics required for studying scientific topics at an advanced level;
  • the ability to work independently as well as in groups to solve physical problems, present the results of solved problems, and to read (in English) physics literature at the level of graduate textbooks; and
  • intermediate problem-solving skills in the field of physics and its applications.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20750 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1450 EUR /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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