MSc in Meteorology


Programme Description

The goal of this program is to extend the knowledge of BSc level students, and to learn about different meteorological phenomena, their driving forces, and to gain knowledge on the state-of-the-art methodology that is used in the practice and also about climate change and its environmental consequences. Students have to learn about the multidisciplinary nature of meteorology and the possible connections with different other scientific fields and sectors.

This program is recommended to applicants who have a strong background in physics, mathematics, and meteorology or environmental science. Applicants should have a deep motivation and ability to learn about the theory of weather forecast and climate modelling, and they should be able to apply their knowledge in the practice. Applicants should be able to understand the different spatial scales that are associated with a variety of meteorological phenomena.

This program enables students to gain knowledge about the methods and tools that represent today’s meteorology and cutting edge research. With the MSc degree, they will have the skill set to be able to apply the practice, measurement and observation-oriented analysis methods, as well as the knowledge of weather forecasting and climate modelling. Depending on their ambitions they will be able to continue their studies in a Ph.D. program. The courses are divided into two parts. Students have compulsory courses covering general meteorology required for everybody (e.g. fluid dynamics, dynamic meteorology, informatics, climatology, synoptic meteorology, environmental protection). By the end of the first semester, the students have to choose a specialization: weather forecaster or climate researcher. The specialization will cover 30 credits of compulsory classes in the next three semesters. The courses for the specializations cover the full spectrum of the selected field. Students with a missing background in a particular field of meteorology are required to fulfil prescribed BSc classes up to 20 additional credits. The master thesis work that is due to the end of the 4th semester is taken into account as 20 credits.


  • Weather forecaster
  • Climate researcher

Strength of program

The Meteorology MSc program offers a high level of theoretical meteorology courses as well as diverse courses on applications. Students are encouraged to participate in the research projects of the professors, where they can learn the latest research methods and acquire experience in teamwork. Students who spend extra work on a subject lead by their professors can participate in a national scientific competition among students from all universities. In addition to the faculty members, lead researchers of the Hungarian Meteorological Service, the Meteorology Division of the Hungarian Military, and the Meteorological Service of the Liszt Ferenc International Airport also offer thesis supervision. This helps the students find the most appealing topic for their thesis lead by the most appropriate expert.


Mathematics, physics, informatics module

  • Analysis
  • Informatics in meteorology
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Partial differential equations

Dynamic and synoptic meteorology module

  • Dynamic Meteorology 3
  • Dynamic Meteorology 4
  • Dynamic Modelling 1
  • Synoptic meteorology 4
  • Mesosynoptics

Atmospheric physics and climatology module

  • Atmospheric Physics 3
  • Climatology 2
  • Analysis of Climate Data 1
  • Surface-atmosphere interactions
  • Climate models
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Atmospheric environment protection

Meteorological methods

  • Meteorological instruments and observations
  • Mid-semester practice
  • Aviation meteorology
  • Satellite meteorology and remote sensing
  • Time series analysis

Optional subjects

  • Meteorology in English
  • Micrometeorology
  • Ecological climatology
  • Trace gas flow modelling
  • Numerical modelling 2
  • Modern meteorological data formats
  • Programming problems in meteorology
  • Boundary layer meteorology

A. Weather forecasting specialization

  • Informatics in weather forecast
  • Weather forecast practice 1
  • Atmospheric energetics
  • Synoptic meteorology 5
  • Dynamic modelling 2
  • Weather forecast practice 2
  • Random field analysis
  • Aviation meteorology
  • Media meteorology
  • Numerical modelling 1

B. Climate research specialization

  • Analysis of climate data 2
  • Global and regional climate change
  • Ocean and cryosphere
  • Hydrology
  • Chemical processes in the atmosphere
  • Agroclimatology
  • Renewable energy sources
  • Biogeochemical processes
  • Statistical climatology
  • Urban climatology
  • Global climate modelling


  • Thesis-related professional lab 1
  • Thesis-related professional lab 2

Career opportunities

The Hungarian Meteorological Service, the Hungarian Military and the private meteorological sector are major employers of our graduates. Furthermore, a large number of graduates continue their research as Ph.D. students at various universities in Europe.

The degree enables the students to understand and forecast weather events, to be able to use and visualize the results of climate and weather forecast models and to assess model results and measurements of related fields to meteorology.

Job examples

Operational weather forecaster at national meteorological services, at military and commercial airports, and in the public sector. Researcher at national meteorological services and research institutes. Ph.D. studies, university professorial jobs. Environmental analysis in the public sector.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess a BSc degree in Meteorology (or equivalent) and appropriate command of either the English or the Hungarian language

BSc courses attended should – by all means – include:

  • Mathematics (Basics, Analysis, Partial Differential Equations, Probability, and Statistics) worth at least 12 credits.
  • Physics (Basics, Classic mechanics, and Thermodynamics) worth at least 12 credits.
  • Informatics (Numerical Methods, Programming, Data Processing) worth at least 6 credits.
  • Meteorology (Basics, Climatology, Dynamic Meteorology, Synoptic Meteorology, Atmospheric Physics, Atmospheric Chemistry, Applied Climatology) worth at least 10 credits.
  • Optional Earth Sciences (general astronomy, geography, geophysics, geology, and cartography) worth a maximum of 10 credits.

One-third of the missing courses can be completed during the MSc studies as additional courses.

Language requirements
  • A minimum level of language proficiency (oral) (A1-C2): C2
  • A minimum level of language proficiency (written) (A1-C2): C2

Further comments:

The successful applicant must have a good command of English. Several kinds of an internationally respected certificate of English language at an advanced level is accepted.

Documents to submit with the application
  • Online application form
  • Bachelor-level degree
  • Transcript of records
  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Copy of the main pages of the passport
  • Passport photo
  • Medical certificate
  • Certificate of clean criminal records
  • Copy of application fee transfer
  • Language certificate
Application procedure

The application starts in the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process. Prerequisite of the application is the establishment of a Skype interview where the student has to prove that he/she has sufficient theoretical knowledge to start the Master's program and to keep pace with the Hungarian students. Fluid English communication is expected for the successful applicant.

Last updated Oct 2019

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