Faculty of Mathematics, Physics
and Informatics
Comenius University in Bratislava

Environmental Physics, Renewable Energy Sources, and Meteorology and Climatology

Master's Degree Program

Field:

Physics

Form:

full-time

Usual duration:

2 years

Program director:

prof. RNDr. Ján Urban, DrSc.

Related study programs:  bachelor's degree programs Renewable Energy Sources and Environmental Physics and Physics

 

This program is offered in English and Slovak languages.

Description of the Study Program

Environmental physics is nowadays one of the established branches of physics which is studied at many universities throughout the world. Meteorology, as a scientific discipline studying the physical processes in the atmosphere, concentrates mainly on creating weather forecast using the outputs of mathematical models of atmospheric processes. Climatology deals with the analysis and research of the long-term atmospheric conditions based on reliable long-term measurements.

Energy problem, living environment and global climate changes currently represent the key challenge for the humankind. This study program has an interdisciplinary character lying at the border of different branches of physics and using the knowledge of other scientific branches. Besides the common background, the study allows to be specialized on environmental physics and renewable energy sources, or meteorology and climatology.

What to Expect

Besides the required courses, the student chooses one of the two required elective blocks: either Environmental Physics and Renewable Energy Sources, or Meteorology and Climatology. In the first block, the student can further choose to specialize in either environmental physics or renewable energy sources. In the second block, possible specializations are meteorology or climatology.

Environmental Physics and Renewable Energy Sources. The courses of this block cover problems of environmental energy and renewable energy sources. Students can create their own study plan based on their specialization. The selection from required elective courses should be complemented by the choice of other optional courses (Atmospheric Boundary Layer Physics,. Computer Modeling of Environmental Processes, Microclimatology and Agro Meteorology, Nuclear Geophysics and Astrophysics, Physical Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Measuring Methods in the Solid State Physics, Structure and Mechanical Properties of Solid State, Bioenergetics). The optional courses allow students to enhance their knowledge within the chosen specialization and to gain practical experience with the work in a laboratory and the field research.

Meteorology and Climatology. Students can choose from four specializations: Synoptic Meteorology (devices, radars, satellites, telecommunication, aerology, synoptic maps, forecast ), Climatology (observation, detection, statistics, databank, mapping, analysis, reports, studies, scenarios, prognosis,…), Air Pollution (devices, observation, chemistry, ecology, critical load, legislation, analyses, prognoses, reports, studies…) and Numerical Methods in Meteorology, Climatology and Air Pollution.

Master's Thesis. Students can choose thesis topics from any specialization of the study program. The contributions oriented to the renewable energy sources; environmental physics, meteorology and climatology are preferable. The thesis usually contentrates on experimental problems, simulations of physical effects, or theoretical approaches to the solving of the studied problems.

Examples of successful diploma theses of our students:

Graduates' Career Opportunities

The most typical careers of our graduates are:

  • the basic and applied environmental research (Slovak Academy of Sciences, international research centers, domestic research centers)
  • universities
  • research institutes, laboratories oriented on the study of environmental problems
  • nuclear energetics (dosimetry)
  • meteorological and hydrological services
  • public health institutions
  • state administration (policy for air protection, environmental protection, nuclear power plant supervising)
  • private companies (implementation of renewable energy sources in practice, environmental analyses, radioactivity measuring)
  • computing centers, banking sector (data processing, statistical analyses, networks)

Graduates of meteorology and climatology can find a job in Slovak hydrometeorological institutes (Bratislava-Koliba, airport, Malý Javorník, in Jaslovské Bohunice, Gánovce pri Poprade, Košice). There are also other possibilities in Slovakia: (Slovak Academy of Sciences, University in Nitra, Forest Institute Zvolen, University in Zvolen). Many graduate students found jobs in the Czech Republic and other European countries.