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Our master's courses are designed to prepare you for your chosen career. You will be well placed to pursue roles in a number of areas related to meteorology and climate science or beyond.

Studying one of our master's courses is especially ideal if you want to pursue a research career in either an academic or commercial context.

According to the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19, 91% of leavers from the Department are in work and/or study 15 months after the end of their course.*

"The MSc in Applied Meteorology was a clear winner above the other options I considered. I came to Reading wanting a challenge; it's no exaggeration to say that doing so has completely changed my career direction."

Emma Hopkin, MSc Applied Meteorology 2014 – now studying for her PhD at Reading

Career destinations

As one of our graduates, you will be well placed to pursue a scientific career in weather forecasting and meteorological research. You will also find you are highly sought-after by employers in other industries due to the high-quality scientific, mathematical and computational skills you acquire through our courses.

In recent years, our students 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. Opportunities outside of the meteorological world include careers in insurance, finance, power, utilities, transport, space, education, agriculture and health sectors.

Gain professional insight through our links with industry

As world leaders for research in atmospheric, ocean and environmental science, we have excellent relationships with governmental and commercial organisations within the meteorological, climate and related sectors.

Some of our master's modules are delivered in collaboration with our industry partners, enabling you to learn from professionals in the field and learn more about potential sectors or organisations you would like to go into after you graduate. For your dissertation, you may be able to produce a research project in collaboration with one of our many industrial partners.

"The links between the Department of Meteorology and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are exceptional: there are no similar courses available anywhere else that are particularly tailored to meteorologists working within national weather services."

Marieta Curativo, MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate with Management, 2014 – now at the Malaysian Meteorological Department

Student-led careers and networking day

This event, which is held in the Department, enables you to establish contacts within your chosen field and learn more about what it is like to work in different sectors of meteorology and climate science. Examples of the types of organisations and companies that attend include instrumentation companies, private and government forecasters, catastrophe and insurance companies, and research divisions.

​Come to an Open Day

Discover the Department of Meteorology, meet our staff and students, and explore our state-of-the-art facilities.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19; First Degree, Postgraduate (Taught) and Postgraduate (Research) responders from Meteorology.

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