This programme, which has been accredited by the Royal Meteorological Society, provides the skills necessary to work within the area of meteorology and climatology to face the challenges of today and tomorrow.
Weather and climate are integral parts of the Earth system. The monitoring of meteorological variables, together with the knowledge and modelling of underlying processes, are key to understanding our interaction with the natural environment. This programme provides the skills necessary to work within the area of meteorology and climatology to face the challenges of today and tomorrow.
This programme provides comprehensive training in understanding, modelling and prediction of atmospheric processes; as well as the collection, management, supply and application of atmospheric data for the needs of a variety of public and private sectors. The course also demonstrates how these create opportunities or pose problems for the successful operation of natural and human systems. Our aim is that upon graduation you will be able to compete for careers in Meteorology and Climatology.
The course comprises 120 credits of taught modules and 60 credits of research dissertation modules.
The core modules are:
Atmospheric Composition and Physics
Weather Forecasting and Climate Modelling
Atmospheric Data Processing and Statistics
Meteorological Applications and Services
with one of:
Weather, Climate and Society
and one of:
Air Pollution Chemistry
Causes and Effects of Air Pollutants
In addition, students will be required to undertake independent research:
Research proposal for dissertation
Learning and teaching
Taught modules involve lectures, practical classes and supporting tutorials. Modules are provided by staff, supported by seminars from invited experts. Vocational awareness is developed through a 'work experience' week in which course participants gain hands-on experience in a commercial weather forecasting environment.
The programme has been accredited by the Royal Meteorological Society to provide training for Chartered Meteorologists (CMet). The RMS 'Chartered Meteorologist' accreditation scheme provides the highest level of professional qualification in meteorology and will satisfy clients and employers that individuals have reached a specified level of knowledge and experience in the subject equivalent to that of Chartered status in any other profession.
The programme aims to:
-Provide training in theoretical and applied aspects of atmospheric physics and dynamics, quantitative modelling techniques, weather forecasting, climate prediction and observation of atmospheric processes
-Equip you with the skills of quantitative and statistical analysis with regards to atmospheric data processing and management
-Enable you to apply theoretical concepts and analytical techniques to the resolution of environmental and socio-economic problems that have an atmospheric origin
-Develop your independent research ability
-Convert participants with non-environmental backgrounds to applied meteorologists and climatologists
-Develop your communication skills using traditional and IT-based media
Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays
If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk
A good honours degree, preferably upper second class or better in a relevant discipline, such as geography, environmental science, mathematics, physical, or chemical sciences