Master's programme

Master’s programme in Atmospheric Science, Oceanography and Climate Physics, 120 credits

Thinking about studies and a career in climate change, weather predictions or environmental challenges? Our MSc program lets you customize your studies and apply your knowledge in mathematics, physics and chemistry to understand the atmosphere and the oceans. Through this interdisciplinary program you will get a broad comprehension of how physical and chemical processes influence the Earth's climate and how we can explain the relation between human activity and climate change.

First class education and close connection to frontline research:
Building on the broad scientific expertise at the Department of Meteorology, these two years of full time studies (120 credits*) offer you an opportunity to specialise in disciplines like classical dynamical meteorology, atmospheric physics, atmospheric chemistry, environmental research and oceanography. At Stockholm University, being one of the 100 highest ranked universities in the world, we are keen to have a close relation between education and ongoing, frontline department research. That is why all of our teaching staff are researchers within their respective field.

Familiar and dynamic learning environment: When studying at this quite small department, you will soon come to notice that there is a very familiar culture between students and teachers. The studies are varying and lectures are mixed with experimental laboration work such as weather forecast- and climate modelling, field measurements of ozone and observations from our own roof located weather station.

*The Swedish credit system is compatible with the European standard ECTS. 30 ECTS is equivalent to one semester of full time studies.

Program structure

The wide range of elective courses allows you to design an individual study plan with guidance from the study adviser. All courses have a base in the research carried out at the department, which provides you with a solid scientific foundation regardless of what specialisation you prefer. In addition to this, it is optional to use 30 credits for courses at another department, university or through a traineeship outside the university. The final component of your studies is a degree project, where you independently plan, perform and report a research project under the supervision of one of our researchers. Examples of available Master degree project proposals and of recent Master degree theses.

Students without sufficient knowledge in Meteorology from their Bachelor studies, are provided introductory courses. These are compulsory and included in the first semester of the MSc program.
  • Meteorology I, 15 credits - basics on atmospheric thermodynamics, radiation and chemistry
  • Meteorology II, 7.5 credits - basics on dynamic meteorology

Master courses at MISU:

  • 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
  • Turbulent boundary layers in the atmosphere and ocean, 7.5 credits, MO8010

Career prospects

Due to the challenges of a changing climate facing society, qualified knowledge is highly demanded from different sectors of the labour market. With a Master's degree in Atmospheric Science, Oceanography and Climate Physics, your employment options are extensive. Besides the option of doctoral studies, our graduated students work within meteorological institutes, the Swedish Armed Forces, weather services, industries and authorities on local, national and global level. See more career choices here.

Application procedure

The application period for our Master's programs starting in autumn 2017 opens at October 17th. You apply by following the steps in the Admissions Step-by-step guide, and your application should have arrived to us no later than January 15th.

Scholarships and funding

The scholarship scheme at Stockholm University is aimed at especially qualified students coming from countries outside of EU/EEA/Switzerland and who are required to pay tuition fees for studies. Show scholarships offered by Stockholm University.

The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships target highly-qualified students from certain countries. The scholarships will be awarded for master’s studies in Sweden, starting in autumn and covers both living costs and tuition fees. Show scholarships offered by the Swedish Institute.

You are also encouraged to investigate what scholarships are available through your university, government or international organisations.


If you are left with questions or need more information about the application procedure, programme structure or practical details concerning your studies at Stockholm University, please do not hesitate to contact our study adviser.

We look forward to your application!

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Study and Career Adviser
Ingrid Eronn
Tel. +468 162418

Visiting address

Arrhenius Laboratory, 6th floor
Svante Arrhenius Väg 16C
Frescati Campus


A Bachelor's degree in Physics, Meteorology, Oceanography or a Bachelor's Degree in Natural Sciences with at least 90 credits in Physics and Mathematics including at least 30 credits in Mathematics and 30 credits in Physics.

Knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6. How can I meet the English proficiency requirement?


No additional selection critera.


Application fee: 900 SEK
First tuition fee instalment: 70, 000 SEK
Total tuition fee: 280, 000 SEK

EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees