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Meteorology is the science of the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere. She researches the processes that influence the weather and the climate. Interactions with the earth's surface, vegetation and the oceans also play an important role. The primary research areas of meteorology are the improvement of short-, medium- and long-term weather forecast, the regional analysis and prognosis of air pollution as well as the practical and theoretical diagnosis and prediction of natural and man-made climatic fluctuations.

The meteorology students at the Free University of Berlin are taught a broad basic knowledge of physics, mathematics and data processing. You will be able to consider, analyze and predict processes in the atmosphere from a mathematical and scientific point of view, including the interactions with other parts of the climate system. The focus of the course is in particular on the study areas Synoptics / Climatology, Physics / Dynamics, Mathematics and Statistics / Programming.

Program Structure

The mono bachelor's degree includes the core subject with the main subjects Synoptics / Climatology, Physics / Dynamics, Mathematics and Statistics / Programming, the module related areas and the General Vocational Preparation (ABV) study area.

Modules in the related areas expand the specialist spectrum. The modules of the related areas and the services provided in them must not match the modules and services of the core subject or the general vocational preparation study area. Agreements with the specialist department and specialist representatives from the related areas are essential.

At the end of the course, the exemplary deepening and differentiation of a selected field of study takes place through the independent scientific development of a self-selected problem (Bachelor thesis).

The general vocational preparation study area (ABV) includes an internship as well as the following areas of competence: foreign languages, information and media competence, gender & diversity competence, organizational and management competence, personal and socio-communicative competence and subject-related additional qualifications in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted will. Aims, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in a separate ABV study and examination regulations.

The course regulations regulate the structure and process of the course. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module examinations. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

Meteorology, mono Bachelor

Major in Synoptics / Climatology
module Basics of meteorology
module Physical climatology
module Synoptic meteorology
module Radiation and Remote Sensing
module Instrument internship
module Weather forecast
Major in physics / dynamics
module Basics of experimental physics
module Theoretical Physics 1
module Basic physics internship 1
module Basic physics internship 2
module Dynamics of the atmosphere 1
module Dynamics of the atmosphere 2
Major in mathematics
module Linear Algebra
module Analysis
Major in statistics / programming
module Applied Statistics 1
module Applied statistics 2
Affine areas
General vocational preparation (ABV)
Bachelor thesis with colloquium

Additional entry requirements
English (level B2 GER)

Career Prospects


Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. 

Meteorological tasks are primarily weather forecast for the media, improvement of observation and measurement, economic, sea, air, road or travel weather service, special weather and climate advice, political advice, expert activities (e.g. air pollution control), ecology, hydro, bio -, agricultural and medical meteorology and climatology, expansion and support of the worldwide meteorological measuring network, organization of targeted field measurements and expeditions as well as research and teaching. Meteorologists work mainly at the German Weather Service (DWD), the German Hydrographic Institute and the Geophysical Advisory Service of the Bundeswehr, at other federal, state and local authorities (e.g. Environment Agency), at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and UNESCO,

A master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are prerequisites for management positions or employment in research and teaching.

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