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Master's Programme in Physical Oceanography

Master's programme | 120 credits
Autumn 2020
100% Day
1 Late Application GU-61998 2 Opens 16 March GU-11998
1) Anyone can apply
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Programme

Physical oceanography is based on theory and methods from classical mechanics and thermodynamics. Methods include observations in the sea using instruments based on latest technology, advanced methods to analyze observational data and simulation using mathematical models.

OCM100 and OCM210 Physical oceanography I + II (15 + 15 credits): These courses give the theoretical foundation for studying the physics of the ocean, including currents, waves and effects of rotation and stratification.
OC6310 Ocean models (15 credits): The course introduces numerical modelling of turbulence, heat and salt balances, sea ice, lakes, coastal seas and coupled basins.
OC4920 Observing the Ocean from Micro to Macro Scale (15 credits): The course will provide an understanding of the ocean processes that impact its motion (e.g. circulation and property exchange) and the scales that they occur.
Master thesis (30, 45 or 60 credits): Several active researchers may act as supervisors. Thesis work may also be supervised by external researchers at industry or public institutions.

In addition to the courses above you are expected to add electable courses up to a total of 120 hec. MAR440 Marine project (15 credits) is recommended.

Why Gothenburg?

The Department of Marine Sciences at University of Gothenburg harbours all disciplines of marine research: physical oceanography, marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geology and even conservation of marine heritage.

The facilities at University of Gothenburg are excellent with a city-based campus, laboratories, field stations, research vessels and measuring instruments for all marine disciplines. Field work is an integral part of our teaching and the Gothenburg region offers proximity to a wide range of marine environments, with different fresh water inputs, different tidal ranges and with different atmospheric, terrestrial and human influences. Our fjords act as giant field laboratories.

Career area

With a master degree in Physical Oceanography there are ample possibilities for a career within many areas of society where employers seek the special knowledge of ocean dynamics, data analysis and computational skills of physical oceanographers. These employers are found within industry, consultancy, research institutes and all levels of government. The degree also gives the merits to continue within research with PhD studies in Sweden or on the international arena. This will be in a research branch that has a tendency to expand due to the large future challenges regarding climate and ocean environment.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in oceanography or meteorology or physics or mathematics (or the corresponding knowledge) from an accredited (internationally recognized) university. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 238 000 SEK
First payment: 59 500 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Barbara Casari, 031-786 3763,


Department of Marine Sciences
Box 461
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Carl Skottsbergs gata 22 B

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