Master's Programme Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences

Curriculum (2015W)

Master of Science

4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences

Level of qualification
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7

0532 Earth Sciences

Study code
UC 066 614

The curriculum is the basis of a degree programme. A look at the curriculum for the Master's Programme Atmospheric and Cryospheric Science will give you a detailed overview of the structure, content, examination regulations and qualification profile of this Master's degree.

The curriculum can clarify several important questions before you start your studies. For example, which criteria have to be fulfilled for enrolment in the Master's Programme Atmospheric and Cryospheric Science, how long the programme takes, which modules have to be completed and much more.

The curriculum 2015W currently applies to the Master's Programme Atmospheric and Cryospheric Science.

Information on the curriculum (2015W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
 available at:
Section: Current Curriculum version.


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme. The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  •   5 ECTS-Credits Weather Analysis and Forecasting
  • 20 ECTS-Credits mathematics
  • 12 ECTS-Credits physics and/or chemistry
  •   2 ECTS-Credits programming language or computer science

Before you apply, please make sure that your bachelor degree has at least the equivalent of 20 ECTS in mathematics, 12 ECTS in physics/chemistry and 2 ECTS in programming.

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the master's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Atmospheric Radiation and Remote Sensing
5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Physics of the Climate System
5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Mountain Meteorology
5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Boundary Layer Meteorology
3.5 ECTS-Credits: VO Numerical Methods for Models in Atmospheric Sciences
1.5 ECTS-Credits: PS Numerical Methods for Models in Atmospheric Sciences 

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Atmospheric Chemistry and Biogeochemistry
5.0 ECTS-Credits: The Cryosphere as Part of the Climate System
3.5 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Weather Forecasting
4.0 ECTS-Credits: Geostatistics
4.0 ECTS-Credits: Scientific Programming
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Field Course Atmospheric Sciences

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills
4.5 ECTS-Credits: Numerical Modeling of Weather and Climate
3.0 ECTS-Credits: Modeling of the Cryosphere and Climate System
3.0 ECTS-Credits: Reading, Writing and Presenting Scientific Content      

27.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defence 

Studienverlauf_MA Atmosphärenwissenschaften_Stand 01.10.2015_en

Detailed recommended course schedule

ECTS-Anrechnungspunkte (Arbeitsbelastung)
Course Sequence

Extension Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Extension Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Extension Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

 Austrian grading  scheme Definition  %-age
 1 EXCELLENT:  Outstanding performance 36.7= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 32.9
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 19.1
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria11.3
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

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