LMAST Master of Science (MSc)
LMAST PROGRAM. The Laurea Magistrale in Atmospheric Science and Technology (LMAST) is a Master of Science (MSc) degree in the Physics class (LM-17), organized as an international inter-university programme, jointly proposed by the Sapienza University of Rome and University of L’Aquila. The unique feature of LMAST programme is to educate master students with solid knowledge and specific skills in the domain of atmospheric science from a physics and an engineering perspective.
LMAST pre-enrollment deadlines and all information are available at www.lmast.it
LMAST (see www.lmast.it/about/) 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 LMAST master course can be completed by choosing among a wide choice of interdisciplinary subjects, under the guidance of well known scientists (see www.lmast.it/faculty/), such as: i) urban climatology, satellite geodesy and geomatics, advanced fluid mechanics, hydroclimatology, 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, hydromeoteorological physics, atmospheric chemistry.
Stages for carrying out the master thesis are also foreseen through agreements with regional and national meteorological services as well research institutes and companies. The program emphasizes system-related and interdisciplinary aspects aiming at forming professional expertise as meteorologist, climatologist, forecaster, atmospheric scientist, remote sensing scientist, and environmental physicist LMAST is closely linked with research and innovation activities in the Italian and international job-market context related to agrometeorology, risk management, transport, climate adaptation, civil protection, renewable energy, energy management (see www.lmast.it/ilp/).
The LMAST graduate can obtain the 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 mandatory subjects of LMAST are the following (60 credits, 600 hours of lectures, exercises and laboratories, see www.lmast.it/program/):
1. Fundamentals of fluid mechanics (6 credits)
2. Foundations of meteorology (9 credits)
3. Electromagnetics and radar meteorology (6 credits)
4. Statistical mechanics (6 credits)
5. Satellite Earth observation (6 credits)
6. Laboratory of atmospheric remote sensing (6 credits)
7. Atmospheric dynamics: meteorological and climate modeling (12 credits)
8. Environmental meteorology (9 credits)
Other 24 credits (see www.lmast.it/graduation/) can be chosen by the student within a wide offer of subjects in LMAST together with a stage of 3 credits (75 hours). A final Master thesis of 27 credits (675 hours of work), to be presented and discussed, concludes the LMAST programme (the final grade is expressed in 110 with possible laude).
The LMAST Master thesis (see www.lmast.it/graduation/) score is up to 10 points (over 110 available) where: i) for requests of points ≥ 6 a reviewer is needed; 2 points are attributed for academic time-efficiency; iii) to obtain cum laude, the overall points should be equal or larger than 113/110.
LMAST ORGANIZATION. The Laurea Magistrale in Atmospheric Science and Technology (LMAST) 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 (see www.lmast.it/program/).
The inter-university LMAST programme foresees the following 2-year schedule and logistics (see www.lmast.it/how-to-reach-us/):
- LMAST first year is organized in Rome and students acquire a basic knowledge related to major areas of fluid mechanics, meteorology, electromagnetics, statistical mechanics as well as complementary subjects on advanced and applied topics.
- LMAST second year is organized in L’Aquila (90 km far from Rome, about 1-hour trip) and students are introduced to atmospheric dynamics, climate modelling and environmental meteorology as well as to several complementary subjects on atmospheric physics.
LMAST is managed in Rome by the Department of Information engineering (DIET, https://web.uniroma1.it/dip_diet/en) at Sapienza University of Rome together with the Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering (DICEA) and Department of Physics (DF).
LMAST ADMISSION. Candidates, wishing to apply to LMAST, are required to have a Bachelor degree and curriculum background with the following requirements (see www.lmast.it/admission/):
- Italian candidates should exhibit a Laurea in Physics (L-30) or a Laurea 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 from 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 the English language certified at a minimum level B2 (within the 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 LMAST Admission Committee may request an interview with the prospective students via Skype or other services.
LMAST APPLICATION. All students applying for admission to LMAST MSc degree programme should complete the pre-selection process, fully described at www.lmast.it/admission, and then finalize their official enrolment at Univaq (see www.lmast.it/admission).
The LMAST pre-selection process follows a deadline schedule which is fully described at www.lmast.it/admission/#deadlines.
LMAST scholarships are available and are fully described at www.lmast.it/scolarships/ .
CONTACTS. For further information
- access to www.lmast.it/contacts/
- navigate within www.lmast.it