The Master's Programme in Physics, specialising in Meteorology, is for those of 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 meteorology will set you up for an international career. As a graduate of the programme, you will be equally well prepared to apply for positions at national weather services, private companies, municipalities, and for further PhD studies.
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. The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University is ranked among the top 100 physics institutions in the world according to the recent Shanghai ranking, which makes it the highest ranked physics department in all of Sweden.
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 realise 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).
For this specialisation in Physics we suggest a list of courses in meteorology which cover two years. However, it is of course possible to exchange some course (both within and outside physics) to construct your own Master's profile.
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. 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 more applied meteorology e.g. air pollution and dispersion, wind power applications and societal applications of climate information During this semester, you also study climatology and methods to analyse the climate, as well as a course digging deeper into simulations of the weather and climate.
Year 2 The second year starts with a course in atmospheric turbulence and its importance for local and global weather. It also deals with local circulation, atmospheric convection and effects of terrain on the local meteorology. 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 the two-year programme you will apply your background in physics to the cosmos. No prior knowledge in astronomy is required and you choose from a wide range of courses according to your interests. Several "Löfberg scholarships" are awarded to for students of this specialisation every year.
During a typical week you will have about 8-10 hours of scheduled classroom time. The majority of time is thus spent studying on your own or in a study group outside the classroom. You can also choose to conduct research projects. They are a lot like thesis work, only shorter in duration, and are an excellent way into a new research field/group.
Classes are typically small, ranging from a few students up to about 20. This gives you close contact with the teachers as well as your fellow students. Our teaching is in English as the student group is international.
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 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 astrophysics.
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 and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), wind power companies and universities (domestic and abroad). Job titles include operational forecaster, consultant and PhD student/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 During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.
With a Bachelor's degree that is not in physics (e.g. engineering, mathematics), you may or may not qualify for our Master's 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 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
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
a statement of purpose (1 page).
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