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Climate and Atmospheric Science - MRes

University of Leeds School of Earth & Environment

Full time September MRes 12 months full time

About the course

Our Climate and Atmospheric Science MRes will prepare you in the physical sciences and mathematics for a research career in climate, atmospheric or environmental sciences. It ideally bridges the gap between undergraduate studies in physical/natural sciences and engineering, and study for a PhD.

Gain a broad overview of physical problems in climate and atmospheric science, together with a sound physical understanding of natural processes. Alongside this, develop highly transferable skills to conduct research in these subjects with a strong emphasis on quantitative data analysis and physical and numerical modelling.

A career in scientific research is always interesting – sometimes exciting – but might not suit everyone. This course provides an excellent opportunity to get a taste of

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or above in a physical science such as (but not limited to) physics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, geophysics, atmospheric or environmental science, meteorology or oceanography.

Preferably, you will have also studied at least one year of university-level mathematics, though additional courses are available as part of this course.

Applicants with a 2:2 will be considered on a case by case basis where they can demonstrate relevant work experience or aptitude in a relevant specialist field. Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience in the sector will also be considered.

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Student Profile(s)

Dongqi Lin

After I finished my MRes at Leeds, I took a couple months off and had a couple interviews for my PhD. Now I’m studying at University of Canterbury as a PhD student in the atmospheric physics group. I always want to pursue an academic or research career in the field of atmospheric science, so a PhD would be very important for me to build research skills and solid theory basis.

Through my PhD I’m using a large-eddy simulation atmospheric model to understand the underlying physics regarding fog and air pollution at microscale (several meters in space and several seconds in time). Every year fog has caused so much economic loss as some winter storms or tornados. If we improve the understanding of physics behind fog, we can potentially save not only the money but also people’s lives.

This was the first time I had chance to deeply communicate with academic staff like my supervisors, and the first time to feel like I’m part of a research group rather than just a student.

Many other master courses are still lecture-based, and those master courses are more like advanced one-year undergraduate courses rather than being part of the research community. My supervisors are very supportive, and I learnt a lot of research skills from them. Such a good experience motivated me to continue my research career as a PhD student. My supervisors and I also published a peer-reviewed journal article (based on my dissertation) together.

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