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  • Collaborate with industry partners

    Hone your research skills and directly tackle real problems posed by industry

How you'll learn

Our master's courses feature a mixture of compulsory modules, designed to teach you the core material, knowledge and skills, and optional modules through which you can explore topics that match your interests or career goals.

We provide a combination of lectures, practicals and tutorial classes, enabling you to learn in a variety of ways, as well as have the opportunity to contribute to open debates and discussions. You will enjoy an enviable staff-to-student ratio which enables us to take a personalised approach to your development.

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). 100% of Meteorology master's students agreed that staff are both good at explaining things and enthusiastic about what they are teaching (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2019; 15 responses)

Acquire and develop strong practical and analytical skills

Our master's courses are designed with a practical, hands-on experience at their core. You will have the opportunity to take part in field courses and laboratory experiments.

Dedicated facilities

Live meteorological data

You will have access to real-time data and World Meteorological Office standard measurements through our rich source of datasets, and be able to incorporate the results into your projects.

Develop your practical skills through a field trip

All our master's students go on a field trip to Leeson House in Dorset over a three-day weekend. It's an opportunity to take real measurements, help with launching a radiosonde and enjoy walks along the sea shore. As a group, you'll analyse the data you collect (and that of other groups), and prepare and give a presentation. The trip is a great way to get to know your fellow students, as well as the staff.

Participate in cutting-edge scientific research projects

For your dissertation, we offer research projects in collaboration with industrial partners, enabling you to directly tackle real problems posed by industry. It's an opportunity to develop your research skills and work in a professional context with a potential employer; you may be able to expand your professional network in the process. It is especially ideal if you wish to pursue a career in research, be that in an academic or commercial context.

"These projects are a great way to learn what research is about. You develop the core skills needed to be a PhD student, and it's really different to what and how you learn in your lectures."

Professor Matt Owens

Past students have had their work published in mainstream scientific journals, enabling them to start building up an impressive research profile before they've even graduated. Previous project sponsors have included insurance and reinsurance companies, catastrophe and risk modelling organisations, banks, energy companies, weather forecast and data providers and charities.

Broaden your horizons through our departmental seminar series

During term time, we hold weekly departmental and lunchtime seminars featuring guest speakers from the meteorological and climate world and from within the Department. These seminars are open to everyone, and are a great way to learn more about a particular topic or issue. We update our list of seminars at the beginning of each term. You can attend a seminar before coming to study with us; it's a great way to meet people in the Department and find out more about our work.

​Find the master's course for you

Discover what you can learn on each of our master's courses and how to apply.

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