Master in Climate Physics

General

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Program Description

Our Master’s programme in Climate Physics offers you a unique combination of theoretical courses and practical training in all aspects of the Earth’s climate. You’ll study physics, dynamics, and chemistry of the atmosphere, oceans, and cryosphere – as well as explore their interactions.

The Dutch Master's Selection Guide (Keuzegids Masters 2017) ranked this programme as the best in the field of Physics in the Netherlands.

Highly Skilled Researcher

The two-year Climate Physics programme trains you to be a highly skilled researcher by focusing on the fundamental physical processes that make up the Earth’s climate system. The complex nature of the work requires advanced mathematical skills right from the start. You will build on this foundation by adding specialised theoretical, observational, and computational knowledge and skills relating to the atmosphere, meteorology, oceans, cryosphere (ice), and biosphere. Moreover, your instructors will encourage you to develop a critical attitude towards your research results and your underlying assumptions.

Teaching staff

Our teaching staff includes leading experts from the five research fields encompassed by the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (IMAU):

  • Ocean Circulation and Climate
  • Physical Oceanography of the Coastal Zone
  • Atmospheric Dynamics and the Hydrological Cycle
  • Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry
  • Ice and Climate

Programme Objective

The MSc in Climate Physics is a two-year research Master’s programme that provides students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate the fundamental physical processes that regulate the Earth’s climate system, including the dynamics of the planet’s atmosphere, ocean, and climate.

Career Prospects

Graduates receive the title of Master of Science (MSc) in Climate Physics. Most graduates find Ph.D. positions at the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (IMAU) or at other institutes in the Netherlands and abroad. The analytical and computing skills and critical academic attitude towards research acquired during this Master’s programme are valued outside the academic world as well.

Academic careers

About half of our programme graduates elect to continue their studies as doctoral students:

  • PhD positions (IMAU): 12%
  • PhD positions (other Dutch institutes): 12%
  • PhD positions (outside the Netherlands): 26%

Professional careers

Of our graduates who elect to pursue professional careers, 10% find employment in operational meteorology and the remaining 40% find employment in other careers.

The last category includes such positions as an ABN AMRO bank trainee, a Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) researcher, and a high school teacher. These examples demonstrate that you’ll be able to apply the academic skills you acquire in a variety of professions and career paths.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of int ... Read More

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings, and member of the renowned European League of Research Universities. Read less