Your Curriculum for Integrated Climate System Sciences

Your curriculum for the two-year SICSS MSc program is divided into four semesters providing mandatory courses, elective courses for specialization and the preparation of your master’s thesis.

Here you can find the SICSS lectureres.

Your studies will cover 30 credit points each semester (120 credit points for the whole MSc program including your master’s thesis).

The first semester: introduction and foundation

In the first semester you will start your studies with an orientation unit for all new MSc students at SICSS. During the first lecture week, we will provide you with an overview of your study program, an introduction to good scientific practice, and we will prepare you for studying and working in an intercultural environment.

During the orientation unit SICSS invites you to join a trip to the North Sea coast.

Then your curriculum starts with compulsary courses in research skills, as well as natural and social science foundation courses in climate system sciences. You may also choose two specific elective courses, depending on your personal interests.

During the semester break, you will take your exams and courses from the technical skills module, for example, scientific programming or visualization of climate data.

The second semester: broaden your knowledge

Main goal of the second semester is to broaden your knowledge across the climate science disciplines. You will choose courses from at least two of the three possible program tracks: “Physics of the Climate System”, “Biogeochemistry of the Climate System” and “Climate-related Economics and Social Sciences”.

You have the opportunity to give your studies either an in-depth or an interdisciplinary focus, depending on your personal interests and your desired professional career. In the lecture-free period you will take your exams, additionally you will have time to attend workshops, summer schools, take up internships or just take the time to travel.

The third semester: your Climate Study Project

The third semester features the Climate Study Project, an individual research study in preparation for your master’s thesis. During the lecture period, you will work on a supervised project of your choice, in one of the disciplinary or interdisciplinary CliSAP research groups.

You will document your findings in a report. In addition, you will write an extended abstract in preparation for the ICSS seminar, where all members of the MSc class present their projects to their fellow students within a seminar, being held each year in February.

Your abstract will also serve as one sample for a scientific writing course intended to enhance your writing skills, at the same time familiarizing you with the scientific review process.

The fourth semester: your master’s thesis

The fourth and final semester is reserved for the master’s thesis. For the compilation of data and information you will work in close cooperation with your research group. The master’s thesis consists of your written thesis and the thesis presentation which includes questions from your supervisors. 

Graduation

You will be invited to the annual CEN graduation ceremony where all graduates of the Center of Earth System Research (CEN) are honored. You will receive your degree and all other relevant documents in German and English.

After you have graduated, we invite you to stay in contact with all SICSS alumni. Now, you are ready to start an exciting career as climate expert.

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