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Applied Meteorology and Climatology MSc


Course Description

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.

Programme content

The course comprises 120 credits of taught modules and 60 credits of research dissertation modules.

The core modules are:
Atmospheric Composition and Physics
Atmospheric Dynamics
Weather Forecasting and Climate Modelling
Atmospheric Data Processing and Statistics
Meteorological Applications and Services

with one of:
Foundation Mathematics
Weather, Climate and Society
Applied Meteorology

and one of:
Atmospheric Observations
Air Pollution Chemistry
Causes and Effects of Air Pollutants

In addition, students will be required to undertake independent research:
Research proposal for dissertation
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.

Skills gained

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

Visit the Applied Meteorology and Climatology MSc page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Zainab Hasan

774.jpg Being a student at the University of Birmingham has been a very enjoyable experience. The lecturers are extremely enthusiastic about what they teach and are experts in their fields, offering students a wide range of knowledge and support. The structure of each module allows students to prepare for their future roles in the world. The interesting classes, dynamic teaching methods, supportive members of staff and class mates have meant this first year was extremely enjoyable and worthwhile.

The Edgbaston Campus is truly remarkable; it has maintained its historic buildings, however completely modernised the interiors. Once you step foot onto the campus it becomes clear that this is student atmosphere. I liked the separation of having a campus to go to school that is quiet and designed for the purpose of education.

Studying overseas has been a valuable experience as it allowed me to experience a new culture that is very different than my own. I would personally recommend living in a different country; the experience is very different than studying in ones native country. Moving away from family and friends has allowed me to become more independent and a stronger person. The most important thing is to sort out living arrangements as soon as possible because that was the main area I struggled with, I left it a little too late and that made it quite challenging to find the right place to live.

For an international student, the University offers a lot of support. They have a specific International Office that organizes trips and events for international students. There are many students here from all over the world that are going through the same challenges and can relate to what you are experiencing.

I am very much interested in continuing to study and therefore after this degree I would like to do a PhD, then hopefully work in the environmental sector. I am extremely interested in the environment - my undergraduate and masters degrees have equipped me with the knowledge to deal with environmental situations.

(Student Profile)

May Lu

775.jpg I enjoy my life in the UK as it gives me opportunities to learn advanced academic knowledge and establish confidence and skills to live by myself in a different country. One of the significant advantages to students learning in the UK is that the UK education system encourages critical thinking.

Leaving home for the first time to live by myself with a group of friends in student accommodation was hard to start with, but an invaluable experience in my life. There has been a lot of support from the University to help overseas students to settle in, which helped me gradually find my way to become part of the society. There has always been a place I can meet and talk to other students from the same country.

I often find the activities organised by the student societies to be interesting and a good opportunities for me to meet friends and develop a social network.

I enjoy the time spent at the campus as the University provides a variety of facilities for students to enjoy their everyday lives, for example, sports centre, a number of libraries, computer centre and coffee shops. Most importantly, all of the facilities are within walking distance. The University intranet acts as a connection portal for student and lecturer, meaning I am able to find the most up-to-date news and events.

Birmingham has a diverse culture and very friendly people. I often travel around Birmingham and to other cities in the UK via the convenient transport network.

My advice to other international students thinking of studying at Birmingham would be 'Go for it!' It is a once in a life time experience to study in a different country. The most important homework you should do before coming to the country is course research as it determines the future of your career.

(Student Profile)

Norsyafina Roslan

776.jpg This is the second time I have lived away from Malaysia, my home country. Firstly, I was in Hong Kong for my Masters degree. Living in Birmingham is absolutely different from my own country and culture but with some similarities to Hong Kong. I really enjoy living in Birmingham despite the strong seasonal weather (I don’t really like the cold and damp winter season, but I really love snow). It is a nice place to live, with a broad variety of people from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. Different parts of the city have different ethnic mixes with British, Asian and Chinese bringing diversity to the city and the suburb. I don’t have any difficulties to find appropriate foods, since in Birmingham it is really easy to get Halal food. As a Muslim, there are many mosques in Birmingham where you can go for prayer.

Campus life is great. There is the Guild of Students; a great place to hang out, the Main Library, the Sports Centre, the University Centre, the Learning Centre, the Barber Institute (a small fine-art museum) and of course the grassy area where we can see beautiful flowers during spring and sit under bright sunshine during summer.

I am really happy to be here. Of course there were some initial difficulties I had to deal with such as simple communication problems, the cultural differences, the food, the weather and a few others but after 1 year and 3 months, I am now a seasoned inhabitant of Birmingham!

There are many Malaysian students in this university, so they have helped me to settle in. Besides, the Academic Services are very helpful. I also joined English classes offered by EISU to improve my English. There is also a place for any student to go when you have problem, which is the Guild of Students.

I want to finish my study successfully and also get as much as I can this opportunity working with people which are expert in my field. This is important so that I will be able to use this knowledge to serve my country.

Honestly, I am really proud to be part of this university, which is listed in the top 200 universities in the world.


(Scholarship)

NERC (UK Natural Environment Research Council) Studentships - 6 Awards

The application for the support should be made no later than the end of June. For a home student, NERC will support both tuition fees and living expenses. For an EU student, NERC will only support tuition fees but not living expenses.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£7,105 - £13,050 for a home student; £2,855 - £4,550 for an EU student

Eligibility

Eligibility is specified in the latest version of the NERC studentship handbook, which can be found at http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/application/studentships/

Application Procedure

If you are eligible you should simply state on your application form that you wish to be considered for one of these awards.

Further Information

http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/application/studentships/



Entry Requirements

A good honours degree, preferably upper second class or better in a relevant discipline, such as geography, environmental science, mathematics, physical, or chemical sciences

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