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Master's Programme
Environmental Meteorology

 Joint Study Programme of the University of Innsbruck and the University of Trient

Faculty Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Science (MSc)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0532 Earth Sciences
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 066 615
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2018W)*
Language of Instruction English
Admission Requirements
Admission to the joint study program is governed by the cooperation agreement between the universities of Innsbruck and Trento. Details of the admission and selection procedures are provided on this website of the University of Trento, which administers the joint program.
Details of the admission and selection procedures are provided on this website of the University of Trento, which administers the joint program:


*Information on the Curriculum (2018W)

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.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)


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:

  • 24 ECTS-Credits Fields of Mathematics and Statistics
  • 24 ECTS-Credits Fields of Theoretical and Applied Physics and Geophysics
  • 6 ECTS-Credits Fields of Chemistry
  • English at least at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

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). 

The first year of the program (60 ECTS-credits) is taught at the University of Trento:

First and Second Semester »

  9 ECTS-Credits Introduction to Meteorology and Climatology
  9 ECTS-Credits Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  6 ECTS-Credits Environmental Measurements
  6 ECTS-Credits Environmental Physical Chemistry
  9 ECTS-Credits Air Pollution Modelling (Including Boundary Layer)
  6 ECTS-Credits Numerical Methods for Environmental Processes
  9 ECTS-Credits Hydrology
  6 ECTS-Credits Biosphere, Atmosphere and Climate Interactions

The recommended course sequence for the second year of the programme is:

Third and Fourth Semester »

  5 ECTS-Credits Atmospheric Radiation and Remote Sensing
  5 ECTS-Credits Atmospheric Chemistry and Biogeochemistry
  1 ECTS-Credits Atmospheric Chemistry and Biogeochemistry
  6 ECTS-Credits Dynamical and Synoptic Meteorology
  3 ECTS-Credits Reading, Writing and Presenting Scientific Content
10 ECTS-Credits Courses (Innsbruck and/or Trento) from the module:
                             Advanced Topics in Environmental Meteorology and Gender Aspects
30 ECTS-Credits Master's thesis and Master's Thesis Defense (Innsbruck or Trient)


Graphic chart »

MA Umweltmeteorologie_Studienverlauf_en

Qualification Profile and Skills

Graduates in Environmental Meteorology have acquired advanced knowledge and

methodological skills in the area of meteorology/atmospheric sciences in general, and in

particular aspects in relation to environmental topics (e.g., dispersion of air pollutants,

atmospheric chemistry, hydrology, agricultural and forest meteorology, energy meteorology). They are able to use their knowledge and skills to work out methodologically sound solutions, and provide guidance for society in environmental problems in the mentioned areas.

The Master in Environmental Meteorology also prepares for a further scientific career. Graduates can critically evaluate scientific and engineering approaches and advance certain areas within Environmental Meteorology.

They can communicate their knowledge and results from their work to a wide range of audiences. They can critically evaluate results of their own work and those of others in their field and have sufficient knowledge of related disciplines (e.g. chemistry, statistics) to - if necessary - call in and understand experts in these fields.

Studying at both an Austrian and Italian university in English leads to the development of a heightened sensitivity and accompanying skills to deal with cultural and socio-economic aspects of scientific or technological solutions.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates are able to characterize physical and chemical processes and their interactions in the atmosphere and environment based upon a profound knowledge of theory and observational tools. They can critically evaluate the output of numerical weather prediction models and make weather forecasts. They have the skills to analyze and discuss scientific literature and to present scientific results in writing and orally.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The Master Environmental Meteorology qualifies graduates to work, for example, in the public administration (e.g., environmental office and corresponding public institutions), meteorological services, the private sector (e.g., energy demand and predictions for hydro, wind and solar power, agriculture, forestry, hydrology) and other related areas where aspects of environmental meteorology are relevant.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary 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.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

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
Outstanding performance

= 100%


Generally good, but with some errors
Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
Performance meets the minimum criteria
Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2020

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). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Georg Mayr

Dean of Studies
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Kurt Nicolussi

Information for students with disabilities

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