Current Students


The University of Innsbruck centrally keeps an up-to-date information center for each field. The link for the Masters of Atmospheric Sciences (curriculum 2015)  is here (mostly German but with the curriculum also in English:

The link for the Masters of Atmospheric Sciences (curriculum 2007)  is here:

Phases of the Programme

Phase 1: Course Work

You find the current curriculum here:

and the previous curriculum here:


The course work consists of

  • methods:
  • numerical methods
  • numerical modelling
  • geostatistics
  • scientific programming
  • scientific writing and presenting
  • core subjects - all with an emphasis on mountainous regions:
    • atmospheric physics and chemistry
    • climate and cryosphere
    • dynamics
    • boundary layer meteorology

plus elective courses from atmospheric and cryospheric sciences and related disciplines.

Phase 2: Thesis

Phase 3: Finishing

  • Fill out the form with all your courses and take it to the Department of Examinations
  • Once your advisor approved of the final version of your thesis, print and bind two copies, take them to the Prüfungsreferat, and get the forms for your final defence exam and the grading (for your advisor)
    The university library gets one of the hardcopies, your advisor the other (stored centrally at the institute).
  • Upload the pdf of your thesis to the Repository of the University Library
  • Your advisor will fill out the grading form
  • Arrange the date of the final exam with three professors: your advisor, a second examiner and one chair of the examination committee. Have them sign the final defence form, and return it and the grading form to the Prüfungsreferat. IMPORTANT: The defence cannot be any sooner than 4 weeks after handing in your thesis. The recommended period is even longer: 8(!) weeks.
  • Ask the secretaries to post details of your defence presentation on home page of the Institute and also for the reservation of either our seminar or computer room for the presentation and the Institute's conference room for the exam with your committee.
  • The first part of the defence is a public presentation of your research results (about 30 minutes). Afterwards anybody in the audience may ask questions. Finally, the defence committee will examine the candidate about the broader scientific area into which the thesis is embedded– again, the public is admitted. The last part may last up to an hour.

The form to substitute courses from other degree programs for one from the Atmospheric Science curriculum is here; you will also fill in the appendix curriculum 2015    / appendix curriculum 2007;

The following courses will be automatically (i.e. without the form) accepted:
for Module 15 Numerische Methoden B
  • 707805 Ausgewählte Aspekte der Atmosphärendynamik: Numerische Methoden für Atmosphärenwissenschaften VO2
  • 707806 Ausgewählte Aspekte der Atmosphärendynamik: Numerische Methoden für Atmosphärenwissenschaften UE2
and courses from the elective modules 10, 11 may be combined with courses from modules 12, 13
Studying abroad for a semester
We have agreements with five European universities so that you can study there for a semester and have the courses count towards our course programme in Innsbruck. More detailed information is available at the International Relations Office website.
Initially you have to be nominated by the ERASMUS departmental coordinator Prof. Georg Mayr. Your first step is to fill in the form "ERASMUS+ Nominierung".
You have to meet the application deadline in April to start the period of your ERASMUS stay in the following winter semester and the deadline in October to start ERASMUS+ stay in the following summer semester. We have exchange agreements with the universities Bergen (Norway), Berlin, Madrid, Zagreb and Wageningen (Netherlands, courses in English).

Any specific questions not covered here? Please contact our Associate Dean of Studies Prof. Georg Mayr