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Objectives and content

The Master’s programme in Meteorology and Oceanography with specialization in Meteorology provides a broad foundation and a good understanding within actual topics in meteorology and atmospheric physics.

Emphasis is given to understanding the physical and mathematical descriptions of various atmospheric phenomena in conjunction with observations and numerical modelling. Thus, the Master’s programmes cover the theoretical basis for various weather phenomena, the use of numerical models to simulate the development of weather systems, boundary layer processes near the ocean, sea ice or land, local weather and climate conditions, and studies of radiation processes in the atmosphere.

Programme profile

In the Master program in meteorology and oceanography – meteorology, physics and mathematics are used to study the physical processes in the atmosphere and weather phenomena on different scales.

The Degree

The master’s programme leads to the degree Master of Science in Meteorology and Oceanography. It is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits).

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme the candidate should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The candidate

– has advanced knowledge of atmospheric dynamics, physics and thermodynamics and their interrelations

– knows common and advanced scientific instruments in meteorology and understands the underlying measurement principles

– knows the latest state of meteorological research and debate in several selected topics

– knows about the societal relevance and challenges of meteorology in operational forecasting

– has advanced knowledge of statistical and computational methods for the analysis of geophysical data

– knows about cross-cutting problems with related disciplines such as climate, oceanography, computer sciences and geosciences

– has knowledge of and respects scientific values such as transparency, precision and accountability, and knows the difference between scientific knowledge and opinion

Skills

The candidate

– can use common and advanced meteorological instruments to obtain valid measurements including appropriate error and uncertainty estimates

– can apply advanced mathematical, computational and statistical methods to meteorological problems

– can read and write program code in common programming languages

– can analyse and present data from numerical models and measurements with common analysis software

– can analyse, interpret and discuss meteorological problems in the context of established research

– can write scientific reports in line with formal and ethical standards in meteorology

General competence

The candidate

– is able to formulate and discuss analytical strategies and conduct the analyses

– is able to critically assess data quality, methods and information sources used in meteorology

– is able to work individually and in a team to solve a complex problem

– is able to analyse, interpret and discuss his/her own results in a scientifically sound and critical way

– is able to use acquired knowledge on new scientific problems in meteorology and related disciplines

– is able to orally present, explain and discuss complex problems with experts and laymen

Admission Requirements for specialization in Meteorology

Bachelor in meteorology and oceanography, Bachelor’s degree in Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Physics bachelor in mathematics, bachelor in physics, or equivalent. Admission to the Master Programme in Meteorology and Oceanography with spesialisation in meteorology, requires fulfillment of courses equivalent to GEOF105GEOF110GEOF210 and GEOF212. In addition, at least one of the courses GEOF213 and GEOF220 (both at best), or equivalent, has to be passed in order to qualify for admission to the master’s programme with specialization in Meteorology. If one of the courses GEOF213 or GEOF220 is not completed before the admission, the course will be made mandatory in the master.

To qualify for admission to the master’s programme the average grade for the specialisation should be at least C in the Norwegian grading system. For the Master’s Programme in Meteorology and Oceanography the admission is based on the specialization part of the Bachelor’s Programme in Meteorology and Oceanography (or Bachelor’s Programme in Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Physics) included the specialization for the different specializations or equivalent. If there is shortage of seats, the applicants will become ranked for admission. At the last admission all qualified applicants were admitted

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