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M.Sc. Meteorology

The Master of Science in Meteorology is aimed at deepening knowledge in atmospheric physics and the application of its methods. A wide choice of elective courses is offered specializing in research topics of the Meteorological Institute Munich and the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) at Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich. The Master can be structured along two focus areas offered. "Weather predictability and data assimilation" as well as "Radiation, Atmosphere and Climate". Two mandatory courses for all students will provide the necessary in the winter semester. Elective courses either help to strengthen your study focus on one of the areas or allow you to gain a wide overview. While the first area focuses on the application of theoretical hydrodynamics to improving weather forecasts, the second one relates radiation in the atmosphere and its microscale interactions with large scale motion and future climate.

A start of the Master Meteorology is possible in winter semester (October-February) or summer semester (April-July) each year. Master admission is handled by the Faculty of Physics (details here) and the LMU International Office (details here). At the moment enrollment has to be started with both organisations in parallel: The International Office handles the university enrollment (Immatrikulation); the Faculty of Physics handles the subject specific assessment procedure for the courses offered. Deadlines for application with International Office and with the Faculty of Physics are January 15 (for summer) and July 15 (for winter).

Course of studies

120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) points are  required to obtain a master certificate. Lectures contribute 60 ECTS points (=40 working hours a week), usually within the first year. The master thesis contributes another 60 ECTS points. We recommend the following distribution among the different parts of the lecture programme:

A) mandatory lectures (each 9 ECTS) 18 ECTS
B) central optional lectures including tutorials (each 6 ECTS) at least 18 ECTS
C) small optional lectures (each 3 ECTS) up to 18 ECTS
D) Meteorological Seminar (mandatory, literature seminar) 3 ECTS
E) key qualifications (mandatory, e.g. programming course, language course) 3 ECTS
Sum of points lectures 60 ECTS
Master thesis project (initial training phase and thesis itself) 60 ECTS

Lectures in Detail - Focus areas at the Meteorological Institute:

For orientation we define specific focus areas of our lecture programme. Possible focuses are „Weather predictability and data assimulation“ (W+D) und „Radiation, Atmosphere and Climate“ (A+C). (winter semester = WiSe, summer semester = SoSe)

A. Mandatory lectures (both only WiSe)

  • Advanced Dynamics of the Atmosphere (9 ECTS, W+D)
  • Advanced Physics of the Atmosphere (9 ECTS, A+C)

B. Central optional lectures (all SoSe)

  • Numerical Weather Prediction with tutorials (6 ECTS, W+D)
  • Data Assimilation with tutorials (6 ECTS, W+D)
  • Clouds: Microphysics and Convection with tutorials ((6 ECTS, A+C)
  • Advanced Observation Methods with tutorials (6 ECTS, A+C)
  • Processes of climate change and climate modelling (6 ECTS, A+C)

C. Small optional lectures (WiSe and SoSe)

Eligible from the complete programme of offered lectures. (Not all courses are offered each year. State of options in 2019 in the following):

  • Advanced Dynamics of the Atmopshere - Part 2 (W+D)
  • General Circulation and Climate Dynamics (A+C)
  • Active Remote Sensing - Radar/Lidar (A+C)
  • Monte Carlo Radiative Transfer (A+C)
  • The Middle Atmosphere as Part of the Climate System (A+C)
  • Aviation and Climate (A+C)
  • Variabilty of the ozone layer
  • Tropical Meteorology
  • Boundary Layer Meteorology
  • Natural Desaster and Biometeorology

Alle optional lectures (areas B+C) are part of all modules P4, P5, P6, P7 which can be found in the official "Studienordnung" (study regulations).


Example schedule of studies

Schedule for a start in winter semester. Letter codes refer to the "Studienordnung". "4+2" means 4 hours of lecture and 2 hours of tutorial classes each week. P4, P5, P6, P7 names are official module names from the "Studienordnung" (not to be confused with lecture names, lecture's ECTS contribute to the 9 necessary module ECTS).

Experimental MeteorologyTheoretical MeteorologyOptional lecturesKey qualifications


P1 Advanced Physics of the Atmosphere
(4+2 hours) 9 ECTS

P2 Advanced Dynamics of the Atmosphere
(4+2 hours) 9 ECTS

P4 Modern Meteorology
total 6 SWS

usually small optional lectures

P3 Key qualifications
A B (2 hours) 3 ECTS

Semester 2

P5.1 Seminar
(Theory or Exp.)

P5 Specialisation in Meteorology
total 6 SWS 9 ECTS
P6 Research Methods of Meteorology
total 6 SWS 9 ECTS
P7 Basic Research in Meteorology
total 6 SWS 9 ECTS

usually at least 18 ECTS central optional lectures

Semester 3

P8 Practical Phase I
P9 Practical Phase II

Semester 4

P10 Masterthesis