The Oeschger Centre provides a high-level academic education. There is a rigorous application procedure for the specialised Master's Degree "MSc in Climate Sciences" (120 ECTS). The curriculum is tailor made: students can choose from several faculties to put together their own programme. Their selection can lead to one of five specialisations. Teaching at the Oeschger Centre is international in outlook and takes place in close cooperation with the ETH Zurich. More than one-third of the students are from abroad and all courses are held in English.

The doctoral programme is strongly research-oriented and takes 3 - 4 years. Career choices of alumni of the Graduate School of Climate Sciences include academia, private industry (e.g. banking and insurance) or the environmental sector (government and NGOs).