Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science

Prospective students

Learning goals

The MSc programme aims to educate outstanding young scientists for careers in academia, public administration and the private sector. Students gain in-depth understanding of climate processes and their interactions – ranging from the molecular to the global scale and from short-lived phenomena to changes over millions of years. The programme offers quantitative knowledge on atmospheric dynamics, climate processes and feedbacks, biogeochemical cycles, paleoclimatology and in-depth training in numerical modelling of weather and climate.

The Institutes

The programme is offered by world-leading institutes in the field of atmospheric physics, chemistry and dynamics, and global and regional climate change such as Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, the Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, and the Geological Institute. During the second half of the programme students are directly involved in the research groups and receive individual supervision and training.

The University

ETH offers students a comprehensive education and an inspiring research environment as one of the leading international universities for natural sciences and technology. ETH regularly appears at the top of international rankings as one of the best universities in the world. Students benefit from an unusually high faculty-to-student ratio, attractive tuition fees, leading-edge research infrastructure, and a city with a high standard of living.

The Programmes

We offer two different Master's curricula in Atmospheric and Climate Science:

Learn about the subtle differences between the two programmes here


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