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Preparation for the Master's courses

Good knowledge of physics and mathematics is required for the MSc courses in Meteorology. While many students will have used mathematics and physics in their undergraduate degrees, there may be some areas of knowledge and techniques that have been forgotten since their earlier studies.

There are topics in maths, physics and meteorology which it is useful to have a basic knowledge of before starting your master's studies with us. Prior to enrolling on the course we encourage you to familiarise yourself with the topics outlined below; help will be available to you during the course to develop your understanding.

All courses

Maths

Physics

MSC Atmosphere, Ocean and climate only

Maths

Physics

Computing

Using computers to simulate weather and climate is a vital part of the study of meteorology. Many students have little or no experience of computer programming before starting the MSc course. The following links provide an introduction to using python, a programming language:

  • Codecademy. This starts you off with python and can be done in a web browser (no software needed for installation)
  • Hour of Code A similar tutorial, aimed at kids, but still a useful introduction

msc Applied Meteorology and MSC Applied Meteorology and climate with management only

Maths

Meteorology

The following books are suggested reading that will give you a good background before starting the MSc Applied Meteorology and MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate with Management courses. There is no requirement to buy any books before starting the course, and any required reading will be available in the department library for use during the course. However, if you wish to get hold them from a library the reading will put you in a good position for beginning the course.

  • Understand the Weather by Peter Inness (Hodder Headline, 2010) (especially Chapter 8)
  • Meteorological Measurements and Instrumentation by Giles Harrison (Wiley-Blackwell, coming soon!)

Computing

No previous computer programming knowledge is expected or required for students on the MSc Applied Meteorology or MSc Applied Meteorology and MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate with Management courses. However, some parts of the course will involve computing, so you may wish to have a look at the following links which provide an introduction to programming in python to give yourself a head start:

  • Codecademy. This starts you off with python and can be done in a web browser (no software needed for installation)
  • Hour of Code A similar tutorial, aimed at kids, but still a useful introduction

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

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