Meteorology (M.Sc.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard period of studies:

4 Semester


winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Meteorology (B.Sc.)


Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre


Faculty 08: Department of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

Meteorology studies the earth's atmosphere. In order to improve their understanding of the processes in the atmosphere and enable them to make predictions, meteorologists develop physical-mathematical models. They also observe and measure all processes taking place in the atmosphere and evaluate the data using mathematical methods. Sub-areas of the subject include experimental and theoretical meteorology, as well as synoptics (large-scale recording of current weather processes). Medium states and their long-term changes in the atmosphere are investigated by climate research. The chemistry of the atmosphere has developed into a major branch of meteorology over the past few decades. Related academic fields include physics, mathematics, oceanography, geophysics, and chemistry. Research focus areas at Mainz University: Atmospheric microphysics, atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric dynamics, trace substance dynamics, earth system modeling, cloud dynamics.

Master entrance requirements

Proof of a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology with a minimum grade of 3.0 or an equivalent final degree from a university in Germany or abroad. A selection interview is required for applicants with a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology with a grade less than 3.0 or having a Bachelor's degree in a subject other than Meteorology.

It is assumed that students have sufficient active and passive knowledge of the English language to read specialist literature in English and participate in courses taught in English; this does not include submitting written course work and writing examinations in the English language. Proof is not required.

Proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the "German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)" is required for foreign applicants from non-German-speaking countries.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Student Counselling Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).