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Master programme Atmosphere Sciences (E)

Content and focus of the degree programme:

The master's programme in Atmosphere Sciences imparts a profound understanding of atmospheric processes and their interaction with land, oceans, ice and biosphere from the molecular to the global scale and from short-lived phenomena such as turbulences and thunderstorms to long-term climate changes. A special focus in Innsbruck is on mountain-related aspects. This basic knowledge is expanded and the quantifying and analytical capabilities are challenged and supported. A broad education is achieved through the linking of theoretical concepts with the design, implementation and (statistical) evaluation of measurements and field studies in the whole world with modern measurement instruments and the numerical modelling of atmospheric processes e.g. for weather forecasts and climate changes.

Higher education institution:
Universität Innsbruck
Group of fields of study:
Natural Sciences
Degree programme:
Atmosphere Sciences (E)
Master programme
Academic degree:
Master of Science, MSc
4 Semester / 120 ECTS*

Further information:

Languages of instruction:
Student Union fee: EUR 21,20
Tuition fee - see Detailed information
Stay abroad:
Not compulsory
Type of higher education institution:
published in the:
MBl. 2014/15, Stk. 61 (Nr. 458)

Definition of the field of studies

The degree programme in Atmosphere Sciences deals with the nature and the processes of the atmo-, hydro-, cryo- and lithosphere.


In the master's programme students have to study ten compulsory modules and also gain 10 ECTS credits from four elective modules. The compulsory topics deal with boundary layer and radiation, mathematical methods of physics, ice and climate, basic concepts of scientific research, geo-fluids dynamics, remote sensing, alpine and synoptic meteorology. As regards the elective modules students can choose from a broad range of topics, e.g. glaciology, alpine meteorology, numerical methods, computing and databases, palaeoclimate, geology of the Quaternary. Students should study two related, specialising modules from the areas of climate and cryosphere or alpine meteorology. The degree programme concludes with a master's thesis, which should deal with a topic from atmosphere sciences.

Entrance examinations


Supplementary examinations