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University of Reading

Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate

Develop the skills needed to understand the fundamentals of the fluid dynamics of the atmosphere and oceans, and develop numerical models of them.

This course is ideal if you have a background in mathematics, physics or a closely related subject, and want to apply this knowledge to pressing real-world problems such as climate change and extreme weather. Optional modules cover topics such as the theoretical understanding of the general circulation of ocean and atmosphere and mid-latitude and tropical weather systems.

You will gain strong computing and analytical skills, as well as research skills such as project design, execution and communication. Our on-campus instrumentation lab and atmospheric observatory as well as various field trip opportunities - provide you with plenty of opportunities to improve your practical skills.

You will be part of a world-class department with internationally leading research in all aspects of weather and climate science. In the latest Research Excellence Framework, 86% of our research was graded as world leading or internationally excellent.

We have an enviable staff-to-student ratio of about 1:1 at master's level, resulting in small class sizes that offer greater interaction with teaching staff. You can partake in our weekly weather and climate discussions, which incorporate our own real-time meteorological data.

You will have the opportunity to work on a research project with a leading scientist from one of over 30 industrial partners. This is a great way to gain an insight into industry and potentially contribute to our understanding of environmental issues such as climate change or weather hazards.

You will be taught by academics who are leaders in their fields, and who draw on their research experience to give you unique scientific perspectives into the environmental issues that affect our world. Our Department is home to five Fellows of the Royal Society, as well as climate experts who contribute to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

All of our master's courses are approved by the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) 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).

**Careers**

As one of our graduates, you will be well placed to pursue a scientific career in weather forecasting and meteorological research. In recent years, our students have been recruited by AIR, Arup, FUGRO GEOS, MeteoGroup, RMS and the UK Met Office. Others pursue careers associated with diverse aspects of environmental measurement, risk management and policy development.

**Sample modules**

- Atmospheric physics

- Fluid dynamics

- Numerical modelling of the atmosphere and oceans

- Mid-latitude weather systems

- Global circulation of the atmosphere and oceans

Entry requirements

MSc: Prior knowledge of meteorology is not necessary although some experience with computer programming will be helpful. A first or second class (2:2) honours degree in physics, mathematics or a closely related subject is required (or equivalent from a university outside the UK).

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Course modules

Sample modules may include:

* Atmospheric physics

* Fluid dynamics

* Numerical modelling of the atmosphere and oceans

* Mid-latitude weather systems

* Global circulation of the atmosphere and oceans

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2019 19,230 (Whole course) International 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 (Whole course) Home/EU 24 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 19,230 (Whole course) International 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 (Whole course) Home/EU 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 (Whole course) Channel Islands 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 (Whole course) Northern Ireland 24 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 (Whole course) Channel Islands 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 (Whole course) Northern Ireland 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 (Whole course) England 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 (Whole course) England 24 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 (Whole course) EU 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 (Whole course) EU 24 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 (Whole course) Scotland 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 (Whole course) Wales 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 (Whole course) Scotland 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 (Whole course) Wales 24 Months

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