Meteorology (Master of Science)


Conditions of admission



Course content and focus areas 

Meteorology is the science of weather and climate and much more! It is a geosciences discipline deeply rooted in physics, investigating atmospheric processes by experimental-empirical and theoretical methods. Besides to physics and mathematics it also has connections to chemistry, oceanography, hydrology, and geography.

Other than in the bachelor programme in meteorology, where the scientific foundations are laid, here students have extensive freedoms to structure their curriculum according to their personal preferences. From the first semester on, staff from the various research groups systematically prepares them to research which they will do for their master’s thesis. Possible directions are

  • Experimental research
  • Theory of atmospheric dynamics and climate
  • Mesoscale processes and climate
  • Aerosols and environment

Expertise is deepened by a wide choice of courses and a minor subject. The volume of the latter can be between 10 and 20 CP.

As research oriented institute we can offer a wide variety of topics for master’s theses, and later on also doctoral theses. Other advantages are small groups, excellent international collaborations and, certainly, modern equipment. Frankfurt itself is the university site closest to the German Weather Service (DWD) an important employer of well-trained meteorologists. Moreover, Frankfurt also is a leading economic center in the country, with many other good employment options.

Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations

Degree Master of Science in Meteorology 
Duration The standard length of study for the Master of Science degree is 4 semesters.  
Language of instruction German 
Start of the programme Enrollment is to be done for the winter semester
Student advisory service

Dr. Heinz Bingemer 

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • BSc in Meteorologie or
  • BSc in Physics with a meteorology minor no less than 20 CPsor
  • an equivalent university degree with no less than six semesters duration.
  • University may demand additional courses (max. 32 CP) to be taken from the BSc Meteorology programme
  • 1 to 2 page statement of motivation why the candidate considers herself/himself eligible and what plans she/he has.
  • With a GPA worse than "befriedigend" (3,0) applicants must appear to a consultation with teaching staff.
  • Applicants who do not have a German university entrance qualification, nor do they have a degree from a German higher education institution, are obliged to submit proof of adequate German language skills.
Provisional admission

Applicants from Frankfurt University not having finished their BSc programme can get preliminary admission under presentation of their Transcript of Records, if

  1. at least 150 CP have been earned, with a GPA not worse than 3,0 („befriedigend“) and if
  2.  the Bachelor thesis has already been begun, which is to be certified by the advisor.
Mode of admission

Admission is not restricted. Students will be directly admitted if the admission requirements are met in full.

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Documents to be submitted
  • if you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University Frankfurt:
    university entrance qualification (e.g. A-Levels)
  • Diploma of BSc in Meteorology or Physics, or equivalent subject, with GPA and all grades
  • the corresponding diploma supplement
  • if the Bachelor's degree has not yet been completed:
    - a transcript of records or equivalent document listing the content of the study programme and average grade
    - letter of recommendation from your supervisor
  • Statement of motivation
  • CV
  • if the first degree was obtained at an international higher education institution:
    certificate of German language skills. See here for more information about the required German language skills
  • you may need to submit other documents, depending on your country of origin and your previous education; please see the general information about applying for a Master’s degree.
Deadline for applications 01st April - 31st August
Address for applications Please contact the departement

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