Master in Atmospheric and Climate Science

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The Master in Atmospheric and Climate Science is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of atmospheric processes and their interactions – ranging in scale from the molecular to the global and from short-lived phenomena to changes over millions of years.

Master in Atmospheric and Climate Science

You acquire quantitative knowledge on atmospheric dynamics as well as physicochemical processes and cycles, on the interpretation and prediction of weather and climate, and on paleoclimatology regarding Earth science disciplines sedimentology and stratigraphy. Prerequisites are a profound mathematical background and knowledge of physics and chemistry.


The Master programme starts with an introduction course that involves interaction with lecturers and staff of the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science (IAC), with your fellow students and with the master students of the University of Bern. During the first two terms you attend module courses (24 credits) and optional courses (20 credits). The following modules and courses are offered:

You select three of these five modules and collect a minimum of six credit points in each module by selecting from a list of courses. Via the optional courses you may extend the contents of a module, catch up with missing Bachelor lectures or broaden your education (e.g. through a Minor). During the third term you work on a Master thesis covering 30 credit points. While working on your thesis you will be fully integrated into one of the Institute‘s research groups. Preparation for this activity will already take place in the second term in specialised courses and training in the use of scientifi c tools, writing skills, presentation techniques and team work. You conclude the Master thesis by writing a report and by presenting the results to your colleagues in a scientific presentation.

«Our students will have an excellent knowledge in Atmospheric Science ranging from numerical weather prediction to climate change and air pollution.» 
Ulrike Lohmann, Professor for Atmospheric Physics, ETH Zurich


Based on your transcript the admission commission of «Atmosphere and Climate» gives recommendations as to which necessary qualifications you have to catch up with. For our Master programme we would like to attract students with solid mathematical, physical, chemical and earth system‘s basics. At the same time it is important to our research to employ and educate people with different educational backgrounds. In addition to the basic education in mathematics, physics and chemistry of the ETH earth science bachelor programme we would like you to have a good background in the field of «Atmosphere and Climate science» as defined on our website. In case you have to catch up with some of these credits, you can do this within the scope of the optional courses of the Master programme, i.e. you can take credit for these courses as part of your Master studies.

«IAC graduates have been able to integrate seamlessly in our organisation. Their analytical skills combined with a comprehensive approach to tackling complex problems give them definite assets in research and industry.»
David N. Bresch, Sustainability and Emerging Risk Management, Swiss Re

Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science

The Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science (IAC) pursues leading-edge research on atmospheric physics, chemistry and dynamics, and on global and regional climate, and it pioneers activities at the interfaces of these sub-component fields and the interfaces to other disciplines.

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