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How you'll learn

Acquire a world-class knowledge and thorough understanding, and apply what you learn to tackle global issues. Gain invaluable scientific, mathematical and computing skills that will enable you to excel in your future career.

A structured, yet flexible approach

Our undergraduate courses are modular in structure, and you'll learn through a combination of lectures, practicals and tutorial classes. You'll engage with case studies, deliver group presentations and participate in open debates.

You will develop skills that are essential in the workplace, placing you in a strong position to pursue your chosen career upon graduation.

Use State-of-the-art, dedicated Facilities and resources

The quality of our facilities and expertise cannot be understated. You'll get to use an impressive range of world-class, dedicated facilities, equipment and resources, adding a relevant and incredibly useful practical dimension. With guidance from our expert technicians and academic staff, you will develop an exceptional knowledge and understanding of how to use these tools.

  • Our fluid dynamics laboratory allows you to study the effects of heating, rotation and density gradients on the behaviour of fluid flows, with direct analogues to real weather systems.
  • In our specialised instruments lab you can see first-hand how a wide range of meteorological instruments are built and tested.
  • Our on-campus atmospheric observatory is equipped with a huge range of meteorological instruments, allowing you to study things such as energy balance and the small-scale turbulent fluctuations in winds, temperature and humidity that transport heat, moisture and momentum between the surface and the atmosphere.
  • We have been granted special dispensation by the UK Civil Aviation Authority to launch radiosondes from our campus to take atmospheric measurements. You can get involved with this, and may even be able to use the recorded measurements in your own work.
  • Using the University's professional TV studio facilities, you will have the chance to practise producing and presenting your own weather broadcasts.

Explore live meteorological and climate data

We've been making meteorological observations at the Unversity of Reading for over 100 years, and today our data contributes to official UK Met Office statistics. You will have access to a rich source of World Meteorological Office standard measurements through our range of datasets, enabling you to use accurate, real-time information in your work.

Put your practical skills to use out in the field

You'll have the opportunity to gain valuable field-work experience during your course. It's a great way to apply what you learn in the classroom and labs to real-world scenarios and work collaboratively in a team. The skills you develop during field-work exercises will help you in your own project work, and are highly sought-after by employers.

Visit the Isle of Arran

During your final year, you'll have the option to attend a summer field trip to the Isle of Arran, located in the Inner Hebrides and renowned for its stunning natural beauty. The trip is shared with students from the University of Leeds and Edinburgh, giving you the opportunity to meet new people and develop strong team-working skills.

The island serves as an excellent location for you to take meteorological measurements – measuring energy fluxes, launching and tracking weather balloons, and preparing and delivering local weather forecasts to staff and fellow students. You'll also learn a wide range of analytical skills, such as how to read tephigrams and process eddy-covariance data.

Spend a year studying in Oklahoma

Our MMet Meteorology and Climate with a Year in Oklahoma course provides you with the chance to advance your study of meteorology and climate science with new perspectives by studying at Oklahoma University, one of the leading schools of meteorology in the United States. Situated in the heart of Tornado Alley, the university is home to the US National Weather Center, and you'll get to sit in with the forecasters based there.

"I was fortunate enough to spend a year in Oklahoma, USA, which is an experience I cannot recommend highly enough in terms of the opportunity to travel, learn from experts at the university there, and experience types of weather rarely seen in the UK."

Dan Gardner, MMet Meteorology with a Year in Oklahoma

Benefit from Exceptional support

With our excellent staff-to-student ratio, we are able to take a personalised approach to your educational development. There are plenty of opportunities to learn independently, but you will also benefit from the in-depth academic discussion made possible due to small class sizes.

By studying meteorology or environmental phyiscs at Reading you'll join a supportive and collaborative international community of students, staff and even alumni.

Expand your knowledge through our regular 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.

Departmental Seminars

These seminars are held every Monday at 12:00 during term time only.

Lunchtime Seminars

These seminars are held every Tuesday from 13:00 to 13:50 during term time only.

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