Atmospheric and Climate Sciences (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
  • Boundary lyaer meteorology

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 Atmospheric and Climate Sciences 
Duration The standard length of study for the Master of Science degree is 4 semesters.  
Language of instruction English
Start of the programme Enrollment is to be done for the winter semester.
Student advisory service

Please click here for contact details of the student advisory service

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • BSc in Meteorologie or
  • BSc in Physics with a meteorology minor no less than 20 CPs or
  • 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
  • Proof of English language skills on the level of at least B2, proven by:
    - high school diploma (A-levels diploma), or corresponding high school certificates and transcripts, or
    - certification of classes in english 5 years, or
    - TOEFL test (score at least 87 points), or
    - UNIcert-2 certificate, or
    - Bachelor’s Degree from a study program taught completely/mostly in English
    - an equivalent certificate, pending decision by the Admissions committee
  • Applicants who do not have a German university entrance qualification, nor do they have a degree from a German higher education institution, are recommended to obtain German language skills on the level of at least B1 (GER).
Provisional admission

Provisional admission is possible on the basis of a current certificate or transcript of records. At least 80% of the credit points in the B.A. (usually 144 CP) must have been obtained and must be calculated into a provisional average grade, upon which admission will be based. An office authorised to award grades or issue certificates must issue this provisional certificate. Provisional admission is valid until the end of the first semester of the master’s program. The bachelor’s degree must thus be handed in by March 31 (winter intake) the latest.

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
    - proof of current enrollment in the bachelor programme
  • proof of English language skills (at least B2)
  • APS certificate for applicants from India, Vietnam and PR of China (original)
Application period

01st April - 31st August

We encourage students who have to apply for visa to submit their application before June 30th.

Address for applications Please contact the departement

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