Meteorology - Master Programme in Physics 2019/2020

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The specialisation in Meteorology is for you who want to get a deep understanding of the weather and climate systems. Expertise in atmospheric physics is in high demand in Sweden and internationally, so your studies in meterology will set you up for an international career. You will be equally well prepared to apply for positions at national weather services, private companies, municipalities, and for further PhD studies.

Why this programme?

The specialisation in Meteorology, within the Master's Programme in Physics, lets you apply your background in physics on the atmosphere. You will study different aspects of meteorology such as atmospheric dynamics, thermodynamics, climate variations and climate change. You will learn meteorology on both local and global scale and gain skills in 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.

During the programme you can expect to:

  • apply your background in physics on the atmosphere and learn meteorology on both local and global scale
  • study forecast methodology or choose a more theoretical direction
  • open structure let you specialise in your particular area of interest
This programme 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. It 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.

Student profile
You are naturally curious about how the world works and realize that formulating a question can be just as important as finding the answer. You have a good theoretical foundation in both Physics and Mathematics and experience in using it to analyse data or create computer-based tools to solve problems.

A PhD education is a distinct possibility in your future so you would value coming in close contact with current research and prominent researchers in the field. So, if you are searching for the answer, a Master's degree in physics from Uppsala University might be exactly what takes you there.


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).

All specialisations of this programme


Year 1
The courses you will take in your first year 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 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.

Year 2
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.

Courses within the programme

See complete outline.

Learning experience

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.

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 language of instruction is English.


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.

Our graduates work at, for example, the Swedish Meteorological Office (SMHI), Wind power companies and universities (domestic and abroad). Job titles include operational forecaster, consultant and PhD-students/researcher.

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.

Career support
When you are about to finish your studies and want to start planning for your next step in life, you are welcome to UU Careers for support and guidance. You are also welcome to a variety of career activities and events all through your stay at Uppsala University. Of course, the services are free of charge. Learn more about UU career support.


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.


120 credits

Autumn 2019 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2019-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M1172 Application

Language of Instruction: English

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 that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • 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
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • 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.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000