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    Apply your scientific knowledge to tackle environmental issues of global importance

Undergraduate courses

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 environmental physics courses.

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)

RMetS logoThe 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

100% student satisfaction

According to the latest National Student Survey (2017), 100% of our students are satisfied with the quality of their course. In addition to this, 98% of students were satisfied with the teaching on their course.

An enviable staff-to-student ratio

We have a staff-to-student ratio of about 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."

Caroline Bain, BSc Meteorology – now International Development Manager at the Met Office

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.

Our undergraduate courses

Environmental physics

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.

Meteorology

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

​Come to an Open Day

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

Banner image: Meteorology MSc alumna Cammie Czuchnicki (www.weatherstudios.com), Creative Commons Attribution Licence. Image edited and cropped to fit banner.

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