Master in Climate Science


Program Description

The Master’s program in Climate Science is offered by the Bolin Centre for Climate Research and, just as the center, is by its nature cross-disciplinary. It emphasizes the breadth of climate science, providing an overview of climate and environmental change on a range of spatial and temporal scales. You will gain knowledge about the physical and chemical processes that govern Earth’s climate on both short and long timescales, and you will be exposed to state-of-the-art knowledge that is of direct relevance to society. The program aims to give insight and understanding about climate change, its consequences for ecosystems and society, as well as mitigation efforts.

Program structure

The program runs over two years and provides a total of 120 credits of higher education (HP). There are four obligatory courses that make up 60 HP of a total of 120 HP. Students may then choose between a 30 HP research project and 30 HP elective courses or a 45 HP research project and 15 HP elective courses to make up the other 60 HP.

The four obligatory courses are from four participating departments in the Bolin Center for Climate Research and cover how the climate system works, how it has changed through time, and how it affects society:

  • Social-Ecological Systems: Challenges and Approaches
  • Global Climate System
  • Polar and Alpine Environments and Climate Change
  • Climate Change Throughout Earth's History

The second half of the program consists of a thesis in any of the participating departments as well as one or two more elective courses. For more information about the options and courses, you may view the program's website.

Career prospects

The program gives an excellent foundation for a future career either related to climate and environment issues in governmental and other organizations, as well as research and teaching at universities.

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Why Stockholm University?

Studying at Stockholm University makes a difference

Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest-ranked universities in the world and Sweden’s largest institution of higher education with top-quality education and outstanding research in a wide variety of fields.

Our campus is situated in the Royal National City Park, just minutes away from the center of Stockholm city. Stockholm has recently been rated the safest capital in Europe and is famous for its many green and clean areas. Stockholm is leading in areas such as social welfare, equality, IT, sustainability and innovation. Known for being an open society, Sweden is also ranked second in the world in the Social Progress Index.

Eligibility requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology, Geoscience, Geology, Physical Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics, Environmental Science or Biogeoscience is required, including at least 15 higher education credits in mathematics or similarly quantitative subjects. Also required is knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B or equivalent to one of the following tests; Cambridge CPE and CAE: Pass, IELTS: 6.0 (with no part of the test below 5.0), TOEFL (paper-based): 550 (with minimum grade 4 on the written test part), TOEFL (computer-based): 213, TOEFL (internet-based): 79.

Application and tuition fees are required unless you are EU/EEA citizen or have long-term/permanent residency status in Sweden (or temporary residency for reasons other than studies).

Last updated December 2019

About the School

The Faculty of Science at Stockholm University is the largest science faculty in Sweden and is among the top hundred science faculties in the world on the Shanghai ranking. The Faculty offers top-clas ... Read More

The Faculty of Science at Stockholm University is the largest science faculty in Sweden and is among the top hundred science faculties in the world on the Shanghai ranking. The Faculty offers top-class education in a number of programs and courses, at the Master's level more than 30 study programs are given in English. Read less