Our atmosphere. Foto: ESA/NASA.
Our atmosphere. Credit: ESA/NASA.

Education levels and credits

Most of the higher education in Sweden is divided into three levels or cycles: Bachelor's (first cycle/undergraduate), Master's (second cycle), and PhD (third cycle) degrees. This is a result of the so called Bologna process. More than 40 European countries work together to make it easier to compare educations and degrees from different countries, which makes it easier for you as a student to study or work abroad.

The national system of 'credits' used in Sweden (''högskolepoäng or hp'') is equivalent to credits measured in ECTS. A full-time workload is 30 credits per semester and 60 credits per a normal 40-week academic year

  • The Bachelor's degree consist of three years (180 credits) of first cycle/undergraduate studies of basic level courses.
  • Adding another two years of second cycle studies of advanced level courses may result in a Master's degree (120 credits).
  • With a Master's degree you can apply for PhD studies (third cycle).

Sweden has adopted the Bologna system in line with other European countries. More information can be found at the Swedish educational system (su.se).

Our courses and programs in meteorology, oceanography, and climate

Apply for our Bachelor's or Master's programmes, free-standing courses or evening courses. The Master's programme is open for both Swedish and international students. The education at MISU gives you deep knowledge in atmospheric sciences, oceanography, and the climate system. Building on the broad scientific expertise at MISU, our courses and programmes provide opportunities to specialize in disciplines like dynamical meteorology, atmospheric physics and chemistry, environmental research and oceanography.

More or less all our courses are given only if there are a sufficient number of admitted students and therefore the course planning is preliminary.

Bachelor's programme

We offer a three-year Bachelor's programme in Meteorology. The first two years of the programme are only given in Swedish, while most of the third year courses in Meteorology are given in English.

Master's programme

Our two-year Master’s programme in Atmospheric science, oceanography and climate offers advanced knowledge in atmospheric sciences, oceanography and the climate system as a whole. All courses within the programme are given in English, except from the course in Practical meteorology that is given in Swedish, and the programme and courses are open to both Swedish and international students.

Doctoral Studies

We employ a large number of PhD students at MISU, researching within a broad swath of Earth sciences, from dynamical meteorology to sea ice dynamics, from aerosol interaction to tidal flows.

Introductory courses

Are you interested in the atmosphere, oceans and climate but do not want to study our Bachelor's or Master's programme? Then apply for our introductory courses and get both knowledge about the topics and an insight into what role atmospheric science and oceanography have in society. All our three different introductory courses are given in Swedish.

List of all Bachelor's, Master's, and introductory courses

The following courses can be attended both within the programmes and individually.

Bachelor's courses

  • Atmospheric physics and chemistry, 30 credits, MO4000
  • Climate and Atmospheric circulation, 15 credits, MO4001
  • Fluid Mechanics, 7.5 credits, MO5001
  • Meteorology, degree project, 15 credits, MO6003
  • Weather, Climate, Energy and Society, 7.5 credits (for teachers to be), MO5000

Master's courses

  • Atmospheric chemistry and its impact on climate, 7.5 credits, MO7002
  • Atmospheric chemistry in a changing world, 7.5 credits, MO8014
  • Atmospheric sciences, oceanography and climate, traineeship 7.5 credits, MO7011 
  • Biogeochemical cycles, 7.5 or 15 credits, MO7013/MO7014 
  • Cloud micro- and macrophysics, 7.5 credits, MO8011 
  • Degree project, 30, 45 or 60 credits, MO9001/MO9002/MO9003
  • Geophysical fluid dynamics, 7.5 credits, MO8009
  • Global climate system, 15 credits, MO7003
  • Mesoscale meteorology, 7.5 credits, MO8005
  • Meteorology I, 15 credits, MO8001
  • Meteorology II, 7.5 credits, MO8002
  • Modelling of large-scale circulation, 7.5 credits, MO8004
  • Numerical methods in atmospheric science and oceanography, 7.5 credits, MO8007 
  • Numerical weather forecast models, 7.5 credits, MO8006
  • Physical oceanography, 7.5 credits, MO8013
  • Practical meteorology, 15 credits (only given in Swedish), MO8003
  • Remote sensing in atmospheric science and oceanography, 7.5 credits, MO8008 
  • The Middle atmosphere, 7.5 credits, MO8012 
  • Turbulent boundary layers in the atmosphere and ocean, 7.5 credits, MO8010

Introductory courses - only given in Swedish

  • Jordens klimat och klimatförändringar, 7.5 credits, MO1004 (links to our Swedish site)
  • Oceanografins grunder, 7.5 credits, MO1002 (links to our Swedish site)
  • Vädrets makter, 7.5 credits, MO1003 (links to our Swedish site)