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Climate Physics

Utrecht University

Master Postgraduate Utrecht

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study Mathematics, natural sciences and computer science
Course summary Climate-related research is highly relevant for society, scientifically interesting and challenging. Human-induced global climate change has grown into a sense of urgency over the last decades.
Course description This programme aims to train students to become researchers with a solid grounding and focuses on the fundamental physical processes that make up the Earth's climate system. Utrecht University offers a stimulating academic environment in which undergraduates actively participate in exciting projects and ongoing research. The teaching staff are all leading experts in components of the climate system from the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU). Besides lectures, field excursions and computer and laboratory experiments, participating in a sea-going scientific expedition may also be part of your programme. The Faculty of Science in Utrecht is the largest of its kind in the Netherlands, with the IMAU as one of the very few research institutes in the world that addresses all components of the climate system - atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere and biosphere - and their interactions. The Climate Physics programme is closely integrated with te PhD programme of the Buys Ballot Research School (BBOS) which is led by IMAU. This relationship results in a stimulating, challenging, friendly environment in which students and staff often know eachother personally.
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Course objectives Graduates will be able to conduct independent original, fundamental or applied, research work in meteorology, oceanography or climatology.
ECTS credits 120.00
Duration 24 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes lecture, self study, literature study, seminar, research, tutorial, research project
Accreditation -

About the institution

Department Faculty of Science
Information about the institution Commitment, inspiration, ambition and independence are Utrecht University's core values. The University fosters its academic community through investment in staff and students.


Admission requirements
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English B1
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English C1
IELTS overall band 6.5
IELTS writing 6
TOEFL computer based 237
TOEFL internet based 93
TOEFL paper based 580
Professional experience required -
Duration 24 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Feb 2020 1 Sep 2019 1 Sep 2019
1 Sep 2020 1 Apr 2020 1 Apr 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 2143€ 20473€ 13553

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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