This Master's course is meant to enable students to conduct their own scientific work.
Prominent topics in research and teaching are the following: spectral measurement of solar radiation and its effect on human health, remote sensing of clouds, aerosols and trace gases both from the ground and from satellites, effect of weather on solar energy efficiency, local climate, dispersion of pollution, urban canopy layer, large eddy simulation of turbulent atmospheric flows to study the effects of turbulent flows in urban areas, the effects on wind power plants, and turbulent exchange processes between surface and atmosphere.
Students are enabled to write computer code for scientific applications, partly on high performance computers. Presentation of scientific topics and critical discussion of scientific results are crucial components of this programme.
The research phase and Master's course will be completed by the submission of a Master's thesis.
Educational organisationWhile the Bachelor's studies have provided a sound basis in the methods of atmospheric sciences, mathematics, and physics, the Master's studies will enable students to do their own scientific work. In the first year, students attend lectures, perform outdoor and laboratory work, and learn in seminars. The latter will provide insight into the research topics of the three working groups of the institute for meteorology and climatology. In the second year, the student choose topics at the forefront of research and technology development.
The study programme is structured in different modules. Each module covers a thematic subject area. It can thus include more than one course and extend over more than one semester. To each module, credit points are assigned according to the expected workload. To receive credits for a module, students are expected to complete homework and perform outdoor campaigns, laboratory work, and seminars. Eventually, exams have to be passed. Some credit points may also be gained by means of industry internships.
Forms of assessmentBesides the writing of a Master's thesis, the forms of assessment are oral and written examinations as well as oral presentations (seminars). The final grade is calculated as a weighted average of the exam grades and the Master's thesis grade.
Course objectivesSuccessful graduates of the Master's programme have deepened their knowledge in special fields of meteorology and trained self-reliant and critical examination of scientific problems. Students are enabled to analyse and solve complex scientific as well as applied tasks. As graduates, they have learned the presentation and discussion of complex issues, widened their abilities in programming, partly on high performance computers, and have learned experimental techniques in modern meteorology.
Language requirementsApplicants must provide proof of their English or German skills.
English language requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IELTS 6.0, Cambridge Certificate, FCE Grade A, or equivalent
German language requirement: TestDAF (4 x TDN 4) or DSH-2 or equivalent
Students who do not fulfil the German language requirements must take basic German language courses as part of their coursework.
Academic requirementsBachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Meteorology
The International Office offers a variety of services and support for international students.
It helps students in finding suitable accommodation, offers a pick-up service from the airport or railway station, provides newly arrived students with a "study buddy", and helps them deal with administrative issues. Moreover, it organises an orientation week at the beginning of each semester.
Services and support for international students
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In addition, the International Office offers financial support for students in a situation of need.
The International Office, in cooperation with the "Studentenwerk" (Student Services), offers an accommodation service for all newly incoming international students and scholars. This free service can help you find a suitable room or apartment. In the event that you don't need your accommodation for a certain period of time, we can try to help you to rent out your room.
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