Develop and apply your knowledge of physics and mathematics to understanding the natural world and human influence upon it.
If you enjoy maths and physics and have an interest in weather, climate and the Earth system, and how they affect us, then you will love studying one of our meteorology or physics of the environment courses.
Even without an A level or equivalent in physics you can still study on our combined Maths and Meteorology programmes provided you have studied physics at GCSE or AS level. Modern weather forecasting and climate prediction rely upon accurate numerical modelling of the atmosphere and oceans.
In these courses you can explore the physics of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans in a mathematical context whilst learning how to build effective numerical models, preparing you to apply mathematical techniques to environmental problems.
Learn from world-leading experts
Our internationally renowned staff provide a wide variety of expertise in numerous topics, including extreme weather (ranging from hurricanes to sting jets), long-term climate change, atmospheric and space physics (spanning lightning to space weather), oceanography and renewable energy.
Our research feeds directly into your learning
Learn more about Dr Helen Dacre's work on predicting the dispersal of volcanic ash and how she incorporates her research into our second-year module "Atmospheric chemistry and transport".
Develop valuable skills
We teach you key scientific, mathematical and computing skills, and equip you with professionally relevant knowledge, enabling you to enter the workforce or pursue a research career in an impressively wide range of areas.
Accredited by the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS)
The majority of our undergraduate courses are accredited by RMetS*, recognising that the academic content is aligned with the World Meteorological Organization Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists (BIP-M) and Meteorological Technicians (BIP-MT). Graduating from one of our RMetS-accredited courses enables you to then take the next step of becoming professionally accredited as either a Registered Meteorologist (RMet) or Chartered Meteorologist (CMet).
An outstanding student learning experience
Excellent student satisfaction
We have a 97% overall student satisfaction score in Meteorology (National Student Survey, amalgamated value from 2017, 2018 and 2019).
An enviable staff-to-student ratio
Our staff-to-student ratio is typically 1:2, enabling us to take a personalised focus to your educational development. You'll benefit from more direct access to staff and in-depth academic discussion, which are both made possible due to small class sizes.
"Without doubt, the Department of Meteorology at Reading is one of the best and most recognised in the world. My degree was a great experience and kick-started my career."
Tailor your studies to your interests
Our courses have been designed with flexibility and choice in mind. They all feature compulsory modules, which teach you the core knowledge and understanding you will require, but you'll also be able to select from a range of optional modules. You can opt to study a broad range of topics or specialise in a particular area.
A supportive learning environment
You'll find a strong sense of community within the Department of Meteorology. Staff and students get to know one another thanks to our staff-to-student ratio, and our departmental coffee room, which sits at the heart of the Department, is a place where everyone can share their passion for tackling the challenges of the natural world in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Learn new perspectives by studying abroad
Our MMet Meteorology and Climate with a Year in Oklahoma course provides you with the chance to advance your study of the subject at Oklahoma University. The Oklahoma University Meteorology department has its home in the US National Weather Center, providing you with the opportunity to experience a professional environment in the meteorological and climate science sector.
Physics of the Environment
The natural world around us is a fascinating environment for the study of physics. The atmosphere, oceans, ice sheets and the space environment are all constrained by fundamental scientific principles. Many of today's most pressing environmental issues can be understood and tackled through an understanding of the relevant physics.
- BSc Physics of the Environment (F331)
- BSc Meteorology and Climate (F790)
- MMet Meteorology and Climate with a Year in Oklahoma (F791)
Meteorology is the science of the atmosphere. It enables us to forecast weather events and variations in the climate across a range of time scales. And it is incredibly important: it is a vital tool for dealing with some of the biggest environmental challenges we face, such as climate change, ozone depletion and atmospheric pollution.
Mathematics and Meteorology
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*Accreditation reviewed periodically