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Understanding the complex interactions governing the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans has never been more important. This interdisciplinary course gives you the opportunity to apply your mathematical skills to the topics central to studying climate change, environmental modelling and ocean circulation.

You’ll be trained in both modern applied mathematics and atmosphere-ocean science, combining teaching resources from the Schools of Mathematics, Computing, and Earth and Environment. The latter are provided by members of the School’s Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, part of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science.

We are one of only a handful UK universities with the resources and expertise to offer interdisciplinary training in modern applied mathematics and atmosphere-ocean-climate science.

Course content

On this course, you will focus on analysing the equations of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics via mathematical and numerical modelling. The programme is highly flexible, meaning you are free to choose options from applied mathematics, atmosphere-ocean science, numerical methods and scientific computation alongside the compulsory core applied maths and fluid dynamics modules.

Topics are drawn from four broad areas:

  • Applied mathematics: asymptotic methods, fluid dynamics, mathematical theory of waves and stability of flow
  • Numerical methods and computing: discretization of ordinary and partial differential equations, algorithms for linear algebra, direct use of numerical weather and climate models
  • Atmospheric dynamics: structure of the atmosphere, dynamics of weather systems and atmospheric waves
  • Ocean dynamics: the large-scale ocean circulation, surface waves and tides

Modules are taught either by the School of Mathematics, the School of Earth and Environment or the School of Computing.

The course is divided into two parts: a set of taught modules, and a research project. Two-thirds of the course consists of taught modules, involving lectures and computer workshops.

Beyond a compulsory core of atmosphere-ocean fluid dynamics, students may choose options to suit their interests from applied maths (e.g. nonlinear dynamics), atmosphere-ocean science (e.g. climate change processes, weather forecasting), numerical methods and scientific computation. The final third of the course consists of an intensive summer project, in which students conduct an in-depth investigation of a chosen subject related to the course.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.


Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation in Mathematics

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Learning and teaching

Teaching is by lectures, tutorials, practical classes, and one-on-one supervision (for research projects). Outside these formal sessions, students are able to study at their own pace, aided by our wide range of electronic teaching resources.


Assessment is by course work and written exams which take place at the end of the semester in which the module is taught.

Applying, fees and funding

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks)

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

How to apply

Application deadlines

31 July 2019 - International applicants

31 August 2019 - Home/EU applicants


Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


  • UK/EU: £9,500 (total)
  • International: £20,750 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

The School of Mathematics offers a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Find out more about our Scholarships.

Career opportunities

Students will be prepared for postgraduate research in applied mathematics or atmosphere-ocean science, or employment in the environmental sector.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the programme, graduates will have expertise and skills in a wide range of different mathematical and scientific areas, attractive to many employers.

Visit the Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!




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