How to apply


Please note:

Applicants for the course will have to apply via the online application portal uni-assist.

The application period will be 01.03.-15.04.2025 for the autumn semester 2025/26.

Only applications via online application portal will be accepted!

Please note: a valid proof of English has to be submitted with the application, no later submission allowed!


Requirements for the Master programme „Climate Physics: Meteorology and Physical Oceanography“


Dear applicants,

we ask for Bachelor’s degree programme (B.Sc.) in either Geophysics, Climate Physics, Meteorology, Oceanography or a related subject after a standard period of study of at least three years at a German or comparable foreign institution of higher education is required.The candidate must have obtained at least 180 ECTS credits or passed a comparable final examination.

Applicants with a university degree in a related subject can be admitted if they have obtained at least a total of 50 ECTS credits in modules from the subjects of Physics and Mathematics. The content of these modules must meet the entry requirements for the Master’s degree programme. If the applicant has obtained fewer than 50 ECTS credits but at least 40 ECTS credits in modules from the subjects of Physics and Mathematics, then admission may be possible under the condition that the student acquires further 10 ECTS credits in Mathematics and Physics during his or her Master studies.

The Examination Board will decide whether the admission requirements are met.


Documents to be provided are as follows:

(1) Letter of motivation (in English language, length 1 page), detailing

  • in what way the applicant is especially suited for this study programme, and 
  • to what extent the applicant has previous knowledge from undergraduate studies or from employment concerning  the scientific basics  of the master programme
  • The letter should also show how the applicant intends to use the knowledge acquired in this master programme in his or her future career 

(2) Statement of

  • Programming skills in at least one programming language (Matlab, Python etc.) 
  • A knowledge of Unix or Linux

A declaration is sufficient, but you can also upload any certificates to this effect if you have them.

(3) Proof of proficiency in English according to the Study Qualification Regulations (mandatory for non native speakers):

  • TOEFL® iBT (Internet-based test): 95 points minimum, or
  • IELTS Band 7 minimum, or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade C minimum, or
  • Cambridge English C2 Proficiency: Level C1 Advanced, or
  • similar test, language level C1 CEFR (CEFR is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages; at some universities, language tests according to the CEFR regulations may be offered for free for their students (Kiel university students please see) or
  • Proof provided that English was the sole medium of instruction  in the BSc degree programme


Please note:

Applicants for the course will have to apply via an online application portal.  You will also have to submit

  • a table with ECTS points of courses you have had in a) Physics and b) applied or pure Mathematics
  • Certificates of academic diplomas (Bachelor etc.)
  • Official academic transcripts from all universities attended
  • APS certificate (only applicants from China, India and Vietnam)

Please note: If the original language of the documents is not German or English, an official certified translation is required.