Meteorology (M.Sc.)

(English-language degree)

The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


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

Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: predominantly English
Required language certificate: English Level B-2

The application is possible all year round.

Required Bachelor's degree:

Meteorology (B.Sc.)


Institute of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science


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

(1) Entrance requirements for the Master's program Meteorology are as follows:

Bachelor’s degree in the field of meteorology with a minimum grade of 3,0 (satisfactory) or

an equivalent degree from a higher education institution in Germany or abroad. If the final grade of the bachelor’s degree is less than 3,0 (satisfactory) or if the first degree is not considered equivalent, the applicant may be invited to an interview. According to the Act on Higher Education of the Land of Rhineland-Palatinate, the examination committee decides if the applicant needs to provide proof of additional coursework before admission to the Master's program and if and to what extent examinations and coursework from a different field of study can be recognized as coursework and examinations for the related minor subject (see annex of the examination regulations). In order to be admitted to the program, the conditions have to be met during the first year of study.

(2) The applicant is expected to have sufficient active and passive knowledge of English to read specialist literature and to participate in courses taught in English; this does not necessarily include written examinations in the English language, if not regulated differently in the examination regulations.

(3) An additional requirement for admission to the Master's program Meteorology is that the applicant is still eligible to take exams in this program of study. A declaration stating the eligibility to take exams has to be submitted.

(4) If the degree is not yet finished or if the degree certificate according to section 1 subsection 1 is not yet available by the end of the application deadline, admission may be requested provided that the applicant submits proof of completed coursework and examinations equivalent to 135 credit points. Proof must be issued by the responsible office of the applicant’s former higher education institution. Alternatively, the applicant submits a preliminary certificate of recognition of foreign certificates issued by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

(5) Even if the applicant meets all entrance requirements, admission to the Master's program Meteorology depends on the successful completion of the admissions process. If admission for the Master's program is selective, the University’s regulations for selection procedures apply.

(6) German proficiency is not required for the Master's program Meteorology.


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

The Academic Advisory 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).