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Atmospheric Science and Technology

The Atmospheric Science and Technology (LMAST) Programme in is a Master of Science (MSc) degree in the Physics class (LM-17), organized as an international inter-university programme, jointly held by Sapienza University of Rome and the University of L'Aquila. The LMAST programme aims to provide Masters students with solid knowledge and specific skills in the domain of atmospheric science from a physics and an engineering perspective.

LMAST includes fundamentals of fluid mechanics, meteorology, electromagnetics and statistical mechanics as well as satellite Earth observation, radar meteorology, atmospheric remote sensing, dynamical meteorology and climatic modelling, environmental meteorology and monitoring. The programme can be completed by choosing among a wide choice of interdisciplinary subjects such as: i) urban climatology, satellite geodesy and geomatics, advanced fluid mechanics, hydro-climatology, hydrological modelling; ii) advanced electromagnetics and scattering, optoelectronic sensors, machine learning, radar image processing, engineering electromagnetics, robust statistical data analysis and modelling; ii) atmospheric sounding, LIDAR remote sensing, radiative transfer in atmosphere, physics of non-linear systems, space weather, hydro-meteorological physics, and atmospheric chemistry.

Stages for carrying out the Masters thesis are also foreseen through agreements with regional and national meteorological services, as well research institutes and companies. The programme emphasizes system-related and interdisciplinary aspects to provide professional expertise for meteorologists, climatologists, forecasters, atmospheric scientists, remote sensing scientists, and environmental physicists. The programme is closely linked with research and innovation activities in the Italian and international job-market context related to agro-meteorology, risk management, transport, climate adaptation, civil protection, renewable energy, and energy management.

LMAST graduate may obtain a Statement of Learning Curriculum Conformity to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Recommendation 1083 "Guide to the Implementation and Education and Training Standards in Meteorology and Hydrology," officially released by the WMO National Permanent Representative.

The Degree

The Atmospheric Science and Technology (LMAST) Programme is held entirely in English and provides students with advanced concepts, professional training and specific physics and engineering skills, enabling them to address complex issues requiring analysis, development, simulation and application in a wide range of atmospheric science topics.

The inter-university LMAST programme foresees the following 2-year schedule and logistics:

  • The first year of the programme is held in Rome, where students acquire basic knowledge related to major areas of fluid mechanics, meteorology, electromagnetics, and statistical mechanics, as well as complementary subjects on advanced and applied topics.
  • The second year of the programme held in L'Aquila (90 km outside of Rome, about 1-hour trip), where students are introduced to atmospheric dynamics, climate modelling and environmental meteorology as well as to several complementary subjects on atmospheric physics.

Mandatory Courses (60 credits, 600 hours of lectures, exercises and laboratories):

  • Fundamentals of fluid mechanics (6 credits)
  • Foundations of meteorology (9 credits)
  • Electromagnetics and radar meteorology (6 credits)
  • Statistical mechanics (6 credits)
  • Satellite Earth observation (6 credits)
  • Laboratory of atmospheric remote sensing (6 credits)
  • Atmospheric dynamics: meteorological and climate modelling (12 credits)
  • Environmental meteorology (9 credits)

The remaining 24 credits may be selected by the student from a wide catalogue of LMAST subjects together with a 3-credit stage (75 hours). The Masters thesis counts for 27 credits (675 hours) concludes the LMAST programme (the final grade is expressed in 110 with possible laude).

The LMAST Masters thesis score is up to 10 points (over 110 available) as follows: i) for requests of 6 or more points, a reviewer is required; 2 points are attributed for academic time-efficiency; iii) to obtain cum laude, the overall points must be 113/110 or more.


L'Aquila - Department of Physical and Chemical Sciences (DSFC, Univaq student welcome services can be accessed at

Rome - Department of Information engineering (DIET, at Sapienza University of Rome together with the Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering (DICEA) and Department of Physics (DF). Sapienza student welcome services can be accessed at


Candidates who wish to apply to LMAST are required to have a Bachelors degree and require the following curriculum background:

  • Italian candidates should exhibit a Degree in Physics (L-30) or a Degree with at least 24 credits in MAT and 24 credits in FIS as well as (preferably) 6 credits in INF and 6 credits in CHIM.
  • Foreign candidates (EU and non-EU countries) should hold a BSc in Physics or a degree in a technical-scientific subject with a list of exams showing a strong background in Mathematics (calculus, algebra, analysis, numerics) and Physics (classical and modern) as well as in chemistry and computer programming.
  • All students must have a good knowledge of English, certified at a minimum B2 level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) proficiency certification are welcome.

The submission of the following documents is strongly recommended and will constitute a positive element in the LMAST selection process:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA) and Cumulative-weighted Grade Point Average (CGPA) greater than 75% of the maximum score.
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) or Subject Tests in Math/Physics greater than 75% of the maximum score.
  • Admission test grades either general or specific for physics and engineering, as for instance GATP (Graduate Aptitude Test in Physics) or GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) greater than 75% of the maximum score.

The LMAST Admission Committee may request an interview with prospective students via Skype or other services.

Please note: the LMAST MSc programme is limited to 30 available positions per year.


All students applying for admission to LMAST MSc degree programme, which accepts pre-selection applications, should complete the pre-selection process which foresees:

  • Students should prepare all documentation (including passport, Transcript of Records of BSc career, English proficiency certification, letter of motivation and at least 2 letters of recommendation from 2 different university professors).
  • The student submits must apply on the pre-selection platform:
  • The Admission Committee will evaluate the pre-selection application and send, within the deadlines foreseen by the 3 pre-selection stages (see below): an official letter of pre-acceptance, an official message of postponement to next stage, or an official letter of refusal.
  • If the accepted student is a non-EU citizen, the student must present the application to the local Italian embassy/consulate as the pre-application process does NOT replace or substitute the embassy-based pre-enrolment process for non-EU students.
  • If the accepted student is a EU citizen, the student is automatically pre-enrolled.
  • All accepted students can proceed with the final enrolment procedures and tuition fees as described at



The pre-selection process is formed by three phases with the following schedule:

1st selection phase

  • November 1, 2017: pre-enrolment opens for EU and non-EU students.
  • April 1-15, 2018: first selection phase notification. Letters of pre-acceptance are sent to the best candidates who have applied by 31 March 2018. Unselected applicants will be considered for the second selection phase.

2nd selection phase

  • April 30, 2018: pre-enrolment for non-EU students closes (due to embassy-related procedures which may take up 3 months).
  • May 1-15, 2018: second selection phase notification. Letters of pre-acceptance are sent to the best candidates who have applied by 30 April or who have not been selected in the first phase.

3rd selection phase

  • June 16-30, 2018: third selection phase notification. Letters of pre-acceptance are sent to the best candidates who have applied till May 31 or who have not been selected in the first and second phase.
  • June 30, 2018: pre-enrolment for EU students closes.
  • July 1-15, 2018: Letters of pre-acceptance are sent to the best EU candidates who have applied by 30 June.
  • September 1-15, 2018: Letters of pre-acceptance are sent to EU candidates who have applied by 31 August.