The Master Programme in Physics, specialising in Meteorology, is the specialisation for those of you who want to get deep understanding of the weather and climate systems. The degree from Uppsala University gives you opportunities to work internationally; the physics of weather does not care about borders! You will be equally well prepared to apply for positions at national weather services, private companies, municipalities, and for a research position (PhD student).
Physics at Uppsala University covers the entire length scale from subatomic strings to the whole universe, with forefront research across all sub-branches of physics — from research on elementary particles and materials, the structure of the earth and its atmosphere, to space and the properties of the universe.
At the Ångström laboratory at Uppsala University, physicists collaborate on questions regarding energy, elementary particles, materials, space physics and astronomy. At the Geocentrum in Uppsala, researchers use physical principles to study and understand the earth, its weather and climate. Geocentrum is also the home for the Swedish National Seismic Network which monitors earthquakes in Sweden and worldwide. These and other existing collaborations generate a creative environment for both teaching and research.
Why this programme?
The Master Programme in Physics, specialising in Meteorology, is developed in coordination with research groups at Uppsala University. The tutors are active researchers and the courses are linked to the frontline of physics research.
The open structure of the programme provides you with many opportunities to broaden the educational scope and to specialise in your particular area of interest.
During the two-year programme you will apply your background in physics on the atmosphere. The suggested course outline guides you through different aspects of meteorology: atmospheric dynamics, thermodynamics, climate variations and climate change, meteorology on local and global scale, as well as applied meteorology e.g. wind-power calculations and dispersion of pollutants. We also offer courses in numerical modelling of the atmosphere and practical meteorology, a hands-on course in forecast methodology.
The first year of courses gives you a solid theoretical meteorological background. The first course, Atmospheric Physics, covers the governing principles of motions in the atmosphere, cloud physics and atmospheric thermodynamics. Here we also usually include a practical session of performing and analysing radio/GPS measurements. This is followed by courses in Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics in parallel with a course in climate variations. The second semester starts with a course in Atmospheric Turbulence and its importance for local and global weather. It also deals with local circulation, atmospheric convection, terrain effects et cetera. During this semester you also study Climatology and Climatological Methods, as well as a course in Modelling the Atmosphere and Climate.
The second year starts with a course in Meteorological Applications, e.g. air pollution and dispersion, wind power applications and societal applications of climate information. During this year you also work on your degree project (usually 5 months full-time). This can be done in one of our research groups, focusing on e.g. boundary-layer meteorology, air-sea interaction, air-water gas exchange or polar meteorology. Another possibility is to seek degree projects outside the university e.g. at a company or governmental agency. It all depends on your interest and future career plans. During the second year you can also take a course in Practical Forecast Meteorology (currently only given in Swedish). As an alternative, we offer a course in Experimental Boundary-layer Meteorology, learning practical research-grade field measurements and discussing cutting-edge research.
During a typical week you will only have about 8-10 hours of scheduled classroom time. This requires you to study on your own or in a group outside the classroom. The student group is typically small ranging from a few students up to about 10. This gives you close contact with the teachers as well as your fellow students. The teaching is given in English as we always have students with an international background.
The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Physics as the main field of study. After one year of study it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Science (60 credits).
During the programme’s first three terms, you may choose from a range of advanced physics courses, thus providing a specialisation in one field of physics. You may also choose courses from other fields (of physics) in order to create an individual profile for your Master’s degree.
The Master Programme in Physics, specialising in Meteorology, is concluded with a 5-month individual research degree project, in cooperation with a research group at a university, in industry or at a public authority.
The programme gives you ample opportunity to choose from the wide range of courses offered, both within and beyond physics, enabling you to tailor your own Master’s degree.
Instruction consists of lectures, teacher-supervised tuition, and guidance in conjunction with laboratory work. The forms of examination vary depending on the course content and design. Final exams are more common for theoretical courses, although many tutors have gone over to continuous examination during the course, such as group discussions and hand-in exercises. The programme takes place in Uppsala.
The teachers are active researchers and the courses closely follow current developments in physics.
With a Master’s degree in physics, you will be qualified for PhD studies in physics. Many physics Master’s students continue as PhD students, at Uppsala University or elsewhere. You will also have the opportunity to work with research and development (R&D) at various companies and public authorities.
Your mathematical competence and analytical problem-solving skills will make you an attractive recruit. Depending on the courses you take and the specialisation you choose, there are many other individual career opportunities in special areas, both within and outside the field of physics.
For example, you may find employment as a company consultant, project manager in R&D, or as a specialist in banking, insurance or research organisations.
With a Bachelor’s degree that is not in physics (e.g. engineering, mathematics), you may or may not qualify for our Master programme. You must have passed physics courses worth at least 75 credits (out of 180 credits), i.e. 1.25 years of full-time physics courses (out of three years). Before applying, verify that you meet this requirement.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is 75 credits in physics.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS with the following minimum scores:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
a statement of purpose (1 page).
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.