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Integrated Climate System Sciences (ICSS)

University of Hamburg School of Integrated Climate System Sciences

Full time & Part time October MSc 2 years

About the course

Why you should study Integrated Climate System Sciences in Hamburg

The analysis and assessment of our climate and earth system increasingly require interdisciplinary competencies. The MSc ICSS program teaches across all subjects involved in climate research in order to provide a holistic picture of the climate system. Our interdisciplinary claim challenges the traditional subject-related teaching.

Through this approach and the imparting of interdisciplinary competencies, the MSc ICSS program has a unique selling proposition. The location in Hamburg with access to Germany`s hub for Climate research offers ideal study conditions.

Fast facts Master's program Integrated Climate System Sciences:

  • Two years
  • Taught in English
  • No tuition fees
  • Unique, interdisciplinary approach: Students study all parts

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Entry Requirements

A Bachelor's degree in a subject related to climate sciences such as Atmospheric Science, Physical Oceanography, Environmental Sciences, Physics, or other environmental earth sciences
• A solid background in mathematics and physics documented by approximately 90 ECTS credit points in European Credit Transfer System
• Proficiency in English (English B.Sc. or M.Sc., TOEFL iBT 90, IELTS 6.5, or CEFR C1)

!!! We expect new application requirements to be in place by February 2021. Check our website for any updates. !!!

Check our video for an overview of the application process.

We accept applications annually between February 15 and March 31.


330 Euros per semester

Course Content

Where is University of Hamburg


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Student Profile(s)

Zahra Sadat Parsakhoo

2100.jpg “Since challenging research is done increasingly in teams, where different approaches, cultures and styles of thought complement each other, the international SICSS program seems perfect to me. I learn as much as possible about the climate system in a very integrated way. In addition to my main track, physics, I study the social, political and economic aspects of climate change. At SICSS I have the chance to academically analyze the devastating impact of climate change on human life and the earth system.”

Alex Hudy

2101.jpg “My background is very much an integrated field, combining environmental geology, environmental economics and German studies. I wanted to continue this integrated approach and SICSS had the only program like this that I could find in both the US and Germany. I like the breadth of the study program that we started with and how students can select a personal focus. SICSS attracts students from all across the globe with very different backgrounds. As such, we all bring unique perspectives to the classes and a variety of strengths. “

Laure Hoeppli

2102.jpg “SICSS is open to students with different horizons, origins and backgrounds. There is a big exchange of cultures and traditions, as well as knowledge of different scientific domains. We all work together, and everybody can teach and learn something from the other. I see SICSS as a big family for those who are so far away from their own.”

Marguerite Lee

2103.jpg “The SICSS focus is on educating and preparing the future scientists of the world. I am not only supervised by internationally recognized professors but I can also conduct many courses, seminars and training workshops at no extra cost, which enhances and complements my studies, improves my writing and presentation skills, and any other technical issues that impact a scientist's life.”

Kenneth Ayadiani

2104.jpg “My main motivation studying at SICSS is the multidisciplinary nature of the program coupled with the structural flexibility of its design. This meets my individual interests and career goals and opens up the opportunity to continue with a doctorate. And Hamburg offers such great and pleasant living conditions. The city is well known for its versatile community life and I meet and interact with a lot of people with diverse cultural backgrounds, interests and opinions.”

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