Meteorology (Master)

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Graduates of the master’s programme in Meteorology acquire a wide range of subject-specific abilities and competences. They are able to independently work on research questions, plan and conduct meteorological measurements, publish research and examination results, and assess the quality of specialist articles and data records. Students expand the abilities they acquired during the bachelor's programme in Meteorology. They become further acquainted with an analytical-logical and abstract way of thought, the application of physical theories relevant to the subject, and the application of physical measurement engineering in the field. They learn how analyse and interpret data distributed in time and space, and acquire fundamental knowledge of current environmentally relevant processes and risks. In addition, they learn how to analyse, process and interpret data using existing software on various platforms. Furthermore, students extend their knowledge of the adaptation of existing software and software development and the critical application and evaluation of information sources, and they learn how to solve numerical tasks with the aid of computers. They also broaden their communication skills in oral, written and graphic form, using modern, computerised software, and learn how to present scientific results.

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 614

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: English

NO entrance examination

Curriculum in German (official)

Curriculum in English (information)

Learn more on the website of the Institute of Meteorology

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Data updated on: 28.12.2022

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)

Study Programme

The degree programme consists of the following modules: Micrometeorology; Mesoscale Dynamics; Numerical Modelling; Weather Analysis and Forecasting; Meteorological Observational Methods; Climate 1; Climate 2; Alpine Meteorology; Meteorological-Climatological Excursion; Special Topics of Meteorology and Related Natural Sciences (such as astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, geophysics, mathematics, physics, etc.; alternatively, students can complete an internship); Master Module, master's thesis and master’s examination

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Micrometeorology
  • Natural hazards
  • Water resources
  • Weather forecasting
  • Mesoscale instabilities

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • weather forecasting
  • weather forecasting services of print or broadcast media (radio and television
  • public offices (e.g. Environment Agency Austria, warning services of the Austrian provinces)
  • insurance industry
  • universities and public/private research establishments.

As the master’s programme in Meteorology places a strong focus on electronic data processing and programming on various platforms and operating system, and aims at developing an analytical-logical mindset, graduates will also have good chances of employment outside the discipline of meteorology.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.9 (satisfactory)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 4.3 (high)

→ These results are based on feedback from 12 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the master's programme in Meteorology graduation survey (in German).

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 80% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 3,163 gross/month.
  • 33% of graduates work in the scientific and technical activities sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "Diploma programme Meteorology and Geophysics".