Climate and Atmospheric Science - MRes

University of Leeds    School of Earth & Environment

Full time September MRes 1 year full time

About the course

Experts in atmospheric science and climate are highly sought after by industry, governments and not-for-profit organisations to address the climate crisis and provide predictions and solutions for the future.

Our Climate and Atmospheric Science Masters by Research degree (MRes) is for those of you who are passionate about taking on these challenges in climate. It’ll prepare you with the relevant knowledge and skills you’ll need to be one of the scientists delivering those

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or above in a physical science.

Whilst it is preferred that you have studied at least one year of university-level mathematics, it is not essential and additional courses are available as part of this course to support your learning.

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.


UK: £13,500 (Total)
International: £31,000 (Total)

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Paloma Trascasa-Castro

What have you been doing since finishing your studies?

After my masters I worked at the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds as a research assistant. My job consisted in understanding how CO2 and black carbon emitted to the atmosphere affect extreme precipitation events in Africa. At the moment I am in the second year of my PhD in atmospheric sciences also at the University of Leeds.

What company are you working for, what does your role involve?

My PhD aims to understand the climate impacts of a phenomenon called El Niño-Southern Oscillation. This phenomenon has climate impacts across the world and it is very important to know more about how it works and especially how its impacts will be in a changing climate. The more we know about it the sooner we can anticipate to its impacts.

In a normal day, I analyse data from climate models and make plots and maps to visualise my results. I also read papers to stay up to date with the latest advances in the field and attend seminars and group meetings.

Why did you choose to study your course and why did you choose Leeds?

I was looking for a master’s program that included both theoretical (lectures) and practical (research) component of the atmospheric science. I was enthusiastic about a career in academia and this course offered the opportunity to try and live as a researcher for a year. At an international level, there are not many courses like this one where you can both broaden your theoretical knowledge and learn how to be a good researcher so this was a unique opportunity.

What was the best aspect of your course?

It is a difficult choice, but I would say the research atmosphere that exists in the School of Earth and Environment. Everyone there is very passionate about what they do, and that enthusiasm ultimately passes on you. There is always something going on: from internal seminars to invited speakers every week, science workshops, social activities, etc… The MRes can be tough sometimes but being part of such a strong research community makes everything easier.

Also, I loved my masters project and my supervisors were very supportive and encouraging. I was part of a research group and during our biweekly meetings I had the chance to get feedback and learn from more advanced postgraduate researchers.

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