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Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate (MSc.PGDip)

Course Description

This MSc is aimed at to those who wish to pursue a career in research or atmospheric/ocean modelling, or who may wish to study for a PhD in future.

This course aims to provide you with a rigorous and quantitative knowledge of physical processes that generate weather systems, and an understanding of the way these weather systems combine to form climate. The course will help you develop a comprehensive understanding of atmospheric physics, fluid dynamics and the computational methods used to build numerical models of the climate system.

The Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate course particularly suits students who have a strong background in mathematics, physics or another quantitative science who want to develop a career in atmospheric science.

It is approved by the Royal Meteorological Society as appropriate academic training for meteorologists seeking the qualifications of Chartered Meteorologist (CMet) or Registered Meteorologist (RMet). Successful MSc holders can apply for election to Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS).

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/climate-science-pg/mscpg-diploma-in-atmosphere-ocean-and-climate.aspx

Modules include:

• Atmospheric Physics
• Fluid Dynamics
• Remote Sensing
• Numerical Modelling of Atmospheres and Oceans
• Climate Change.

What career can you have?

Many of our postgraduate students pursue scientific careers in weather forecasting and meteorological research. In recent years they have been recruited by the Met Office, MeteoGroup, FUGRO Geos, Arup, AIR and RMS. Others pursue careers associated with diverse aspects of environmental measurement, risk management and policy development.

Recently there has been a rapid growth in career opportunities for our graduates in organisations considering how best to take action to adapt to climate variability and change. Similarly, people who are trained in using and interpreting weather and climate forecasts are in demand in a number of sectors such as insurance, energy generation and trading, retail and the water industry.


The Department of Meteorology prides itself on its rigorous approach and strength in scientific and mathematical underpinning, in partnership with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

As one of the world’s leading centres in the atmospheric and climate sciences, the Department has repeatedly been awarded the highest rank by the government’s Research Assessment Exercise.

In 2013, the Queen bestowed a highly prestigious Regius Professorship in Meteorology and Climate Science to the Department. This award is one of only twelve across the UK, recognising the exceptionally high quality of teaching and research.

Many of our academic faculty lead thriving world-renowned research teams, covering many aspects of weather and climate. The Department hosts the Climate Directorate of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the Data-Assimilation Directorate of the National Centre for Earth Observation.

We benefit from close research and training links with the Met Office and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. These links provide excellent facilities for acquiring special data sets and other material useful in teaching and research. Our building also houses the [email protected] centre with its focus on regional scale weather systems.

Visit the Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate (MSc.PGDip) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme 2015 - 20+ Awards

The University of Reading is offering over 80 scholarships for postgraduate taught Masters courses, each worth £10,000 in funding.The scheme is open to UK and EU students who would be starting a postgraduate taught Masters course at the University of Reading in 2015. This represents a fantastic opportunity if you are considering a postgraduate course, particularly if you are from a group under-represented in postgraduate education.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To find out if you are eligible for one of these scholarships please visit the scholarship website:

Application Procedure

Application for the scholarships is through the University of Reading website:
Applicants must hold an offer of a place on one of our MSc courses starting September 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Prior knowledge of meteorology is not necessary although some experience with computer programming will be helpful. A first or second-class degree in physics, mathematics or a closely related subject is required. Admission to the Diploma may be possible with slightly lower qualifications. You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

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