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M.Sc. Meteorology

The master's program "Meteorology", which is hosted by the Institute of Meteorology and has a prescribed period of study of 6 semesters, will award the degree Master of Science (M. Sc.) to the student, if completed successfully. The language of instruction is German.

The following information pertains to the Study and Examination Regulations of 2008 (valid for the study period starting with the winter semester 2008/09).

The master's program's goal is to prepare the student for working both in meteorological science and the adjacent areas of earth system research.

The master's program is a research oriented study program which is based consecutively on the precedent bachelor's program. It covers several topics from the areas of numeric modeling, theoretical meteorology, weather and climate diagnosis and satellite meteorology. 

Students are especially qualified to autonomously treat problems of meteorology and climatology with scientific methods and to present the results of their work.

The program subdivides into the following areas of study and the master's thesis:

1. Numeric modeling containing the modules

·         climate variability and climate models

·         models for weather and environmal

2. Theoretical meteorology containing the modules

·         theoretical meteorology I

·         theoretical meteorology II

3. Weather and climate diagnostics containing the modules

·         weather and climate diagnostics

·         extreme meteorological events

4. Satellite meteorology containing the modules

·         satellite meteorology

These four areas of study convey fundamental contents and methods of meteorology on an advanced level.

5. Special meteorological topics/compulsory optional subject

This area of study permits specialization according to individual skills and goals.

6. Affine areas of study

This area of study affords the oppotunity for an interdisciplinary perspective.

7. Master's thesis and oral exam

The master's program ends with the master's thesis.


Study and examination regulations, study plans

Contents and qualificational goals of individual modules are regulated in the study and examination regulations.

The master's program's structure is illustrated additionally by the exemplary study plans.

   Both are to be found here (in German only).

  • Application deadline

For the first semester only: 15th of April until 31st of May (for the winter term) and

                                        1st of January until 15th of February (for the summer term)

For higher semesters only: 1st of July until 15th of August (for the winter term) and

                                        1st of January until 15th of February (for the summer term)

Here adresses and information across the topic of matriculation are to be found.

  • Prerequisites for admission

Admission requires a professional qualification in form of a German or a foreign geoscientific degree or a degree in physics with

- 40 LP (= credit points) in meteorology

- 55 LP in total in physics (min. 30 LP), mathematics (min. 20 LP) and computer science.

Further information and access to the admission process are to be found in the articles of admission (in German only).

  • Tuition fees

Fees to be paid during the course of study you find under matriculation fees.

  • General information and adresses regarding your application you find here.

  • For all study programs of the Geological Sciences (including areas of concentration) departmental academic advising is offered by lecturers. Additionally academic advising and support from students for students (mainly for beginners) ist offered by the mentors.

  • Contact to lecturers and mentors here.

The overall concept of the geological sciences at Free University Berlin is an education as comprehensive as possible combined with exemplary fundamental research in all areas of the geological sciences. Since this goal cannot be attained solely by the geological sciences' own faculty, the institute has networked with a multitude of other geoscientific institutions in the metropolitan area of Berlin and Brandenburg forming relationships of various kinds in teaching (joint courses, reciprocal supervision of master's theses etc.) and research (e.g. combined research proposals).

Research in the individual work groups emphasizes diverse focal points:

  • The DFG collaborative research center "Nanoscale Processes and Geomaterials Properties“ and "The Precambrian-Cambrian Ecosphere (R)evolution: Insights from Chinese microcontinents“ are located at the institute und represent parts of focused research in mineralogy/petrology and geology/paleontology/geochemistry.
  • Research in the field of hydrogeology has an applied focus and stresses on the one hand regional aspects of groundwater research on the other hand regionally independent deep aquifers.
  • The interdisciplinary research center "Ecosystem dynamics in Central Asia" analyzes geomorphological, climatic and biodynamic effects of climate change.
  • Research conducted on modern devices in the work group geochemistry contributes to understanding material flow, age determination and meteorites.
  • The work group planetology is involved in several international programmes of planetary exploration (Mars, Saturn), to some extent in a leading role

Graduates of the Master's program are qualified to pursue either a professional career or a doctoral program. Possible fields of occupation are to be found in the areas of geological surveying and land use, raw material supply and planning, energy supply via exploration and production, water supply, landfill planning and security, legacy of pollution, environmental protection and risk evaluation, technical mineralogy and material science. Graduates are qualified to work in the public sector, especially in higher education, research institutions and subject-related federal and state offices. Many employment opportunities are also offered by international research institutions and organisations.