Come join SICSS – School of Integrated Climate System Sciences

Our MSc and doctoral programs both offer a wide range of Earth system sciences.  

During your studies and research projects you will acquire a strong background in the fields of natural sciences and climate-relevant aspects of social and economic sciences.

Our interdisciplinary profile will comprehensively equip you for a career as a climate expert!

This is what SICSS has to offer

  • A two-year MSc and a three-year doctoral program in the field of integrated climate system sciences.
  • Excellent education and personal support, guidance from leading climate experts included.
  • An international environment with students from all over the world.
  • An excellent location to study, work and live in the heart of Hamburg – one of Germany’s most favorite and livable cities.
  • A career support program and a wide range of expert courses as well as technical and soft skills training.
  • And, last but not least, a tuition free graduate education program.

Welcome to SICSS

“Climate change is one of the most important topics discussed in society today. Global warming and its potential consequences - droughts, floods, fires and other natural disasters - make up regular headline news, and many people have a very firm opinion on climate issues. How are these facts being communicated, what are society's options for mitigation and adaption, and what does the media do to facts to generate a headline? These are inherent issues of the climate debate and SICSS offers a comprehensive program preparing you for a future career as an expert in various fields of climate change.”

Prof. Dr. Matthias Hort, Co-Head of SICSS



SICSS is the graduate school originating from the Cluster of Excellence on Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction (CliSAP). CliSAP is funded within the framework of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments. CliSAP partners are Universität Hamburg, the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and the German Climate Computing Center.

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