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Master's courses

Pursue a master's degree in one of the world's leading meteorology departments. Learn from esteemed experts in the field and gain the experience, knowledge and skills that will help you to excel in your career in the meteorological and climate science sectors or beyond.

Enjoy A multifaceted approach to learning

Be part of an vibrant international cohort for research and teaching in atmospheric, ocean, terrestrial (land surface processes) and environment science. You will learn from leading experts in a range of subjects, develop a strong set of practical skills and benefit from our close links with industry.

Embark on a fully accredited course

RMetS logoBoth the MSc Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate and the MSc Applied Meteorology programmes are fully accredited by the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS)*. The academic content of our courses is aligned with the World Meteorological Organization Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists (BIP-M) and Meteorological Technicians (BIP-MT). This means that what you are learning is professionally relevant to the field and of the highest quality.

Graduating from one of our RMetS-accredited master's courses is the first step towards becoming professionally accredited as either a Registered Meteorologist (RMet) or Chartered Meteorologist (CMet).


Scholarships are available for master's students enrolling in 2021, some offered directly by the University and others allocated by external funding bodies.

In order to apply, a candidate must have received an offer of admission to one our participating master's courses. Scholarships are awarded in two rounds. Round one will review applications received by March 2021 and round two will consider applications received by 15 June 2021. Candidates unsuccessful in round one automatically go forward for consideration in round two, provided they still hold a valid offer of admission to an eligible course.

Boost your career prospects

A master's degree in meteorology offers a route into a diverse range of professions. Studying in our world-leading Department will greatly enhance your career potential and help to distinguish you from other job applicants.

Our courses

MSc Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate

Develop the skills required to understand the fundamentals of the fluid dynamics of the atmosphere and oceans, and learn how to develop numerical models of them. This course is especially ideal if you already have a strong background in maths and physics and want to enter a growing and exciting scientific field.

MSc Applied Meteorology

Develop a strong foundation in the basics of atmosphere physics, analysis of meteorological and climate data (from observations and models), and forecasting. If you are interested in a career in forecasting and applications of meteorology, weather and climate, then this course is for you.

MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate with Management

This course combines most of the meteorological and climate science modules of our MSc Applied Meteorology course with management training through the triple-accredited Henley Business School, which is part of the University of Reading.

To apply for WMO funding, you must have received a "Letter of Unconditional Offer" for a place on the MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate with Management from the University before applying to the WMO for a Fellowship. Therefore, we recommend that you apply for a place on this course by the end of October for entry the following September, so that you have enough time to complete any conditions stated on your offer letter before the WMO Fellowship application deadline.

Looking for 2022/23 courses?

If you would like to start studying Meteorology at the University of Reading in 2022, please view our 2022/23 postgraduate courses.

Preparation for our master's courses

In addition to the entry requirements specified for each of our MSc courses, it is useful to have working knowledge of certain topics relating to maths, physics, meteorology and computing before you start your MSc course.

​Apply now

The quickest and easiest way to apply for one of our master's courses is through our online application service.

*Accreditation reviewed periodically

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