Choosing MSc Applied Meteorology means you will join our world-class Department of Meteorology – the University of Reading is ranked 2nd in the world for research in Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (Center for World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).
This course is fully accredited by the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) and is your first step towards becoming professionally accredited as either a Registered Meteorologist (RMet) or Chartered Meteorologist (CMet).
As you develop your skills in forecasting, weather analysis and statistics, your learning will be supported by:
our on-campus instrumentation lab and atmospheric observatory. In addition to field trip opportunities, access to these facilities allows you to improve your practical skills.
weather and climate discussions. These weekly sessions give you an insight into current UK and global weather and climate events and incorporate our real-time meteorological data.
small class sizes. Our enviable staff-to-student ratio, approximately 1:1, means you will receive individual support from academics. You will also be fully supported as you work on your final master’s project – our academics typically oversee no more than one student dissertation each year.
professionally relevant academic content. Our teaching is aligned with the World Meteorological Organization Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists (BIP-M) and Meteorological Technicians (BIP-MT). This means that what you learn will be relevant to the field and of the highest quality.
You will be taught by academics who are leaders in their fields. They will draw on their research experience to give you unique scientific perspectives into 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).
Collaborate on a research project
In addition to completing your master’s dissertation, you may also have the opportunity to work on a research project in collaboration with one of our industry partners.
Collaborating on a research project allows you to:
apply your learning in the industry and gain insight into the field
contribute to our understanding of meteorological issues, and deepen your own understanding of the natural world
network and enhance your employability.
We are proud of our long-established relationships with more than 30 organisations in the meteorological, climate and related sectors. These include:
UK Met Office
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
World Meteorological Organisation
European Space Agency
Participate in field work
As part of your studies, you will have the opportunity to participate in field work that focuses on observing and predicting typical weather systems in the mid-latitudes.
Over the course of a weekend, you will understand how and why the weather varies in a particular region by building a coherent picture of its evolution. You will do this by:
plotting and analysing special radiosonde ascents
collecting data from an instrumented mast
collecting data from instrumented walks
monitoring official analysis and forecast products.
Build on your scientific knowledge
This master’s course is ideal if you want to pursue a career in forecasting or applications of meteorology, weather and climate. It has been designed for graduates with maths or physics backgrounds, or graduates who have studied subjects such as chemistry or computer science.
It is also suitable for people who are already working as weather forecasters and want to extend their knowledge and skills.
Flexible study options for MSc Applied Meteorology students
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent)
Entry requirements: At least a second class (2.2) honours degree in a mathematical or physical science normally required (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Accepted subjects include, but are not limited to, maths, physics, chemistry and computer science. Degrees in environmental or agricultural sciences or geography may also be acceptable if mathematics and physics have been studied to A level or equivalent.
Learn about the different methods of numerical and statistical weather and climate forecasting used in a range of applications. This is an introduction to the end-to-end process of operational weather forecast production.
Develop the skills and techniques needed for meteorology research and consultancy work. You will work on a team project, participate in a Met Office-taught forecasting course, and complete employment-related presentations and visits.
Learn about surface and boundary layer processes, and how the boundary layer is measured and modelled. You will also learn about how boundary layer properties and other factors affect pollutant dispersion.
Understand the basic statistical concepts and reasoning relevant to atmospheric science. You will also gain experience in the proper use of statistical methods for the analysis of weather and climate data.
Understand the modern approaches to the observational, numerical and theoretical study of the oceans, and gain the tools needed to address the current challenges of understanding how the oceans interact with the climate system.
Learn how to obtain quantitative information about the contents and state of the atmosphere using electromagnetic waves. You will consider a variety of techniques based on absorption, scattering and emission processes.
Develop an awareness of the relationship between global environmental change and hydrological systems.
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £8,840 per year
New international students: £19,715 per year
Fees and funding information
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in the 2020/21 academic year. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
You can apply for a scholarship once you hold an offer of admission for your course. If you are eligible for a scholarship, we will contact you to guide you through the process.
What career can you have?
Careers for MSc Applied Meteorology graduates
You will be well placed to pursue a scientific career in weather forecasting and meteorological research.
A master’s in applied meteorology also provides you with the knowledge, as well as the technical and computing skills, to carry out quantitative scientific research and projects in meteorology and related areas of environmental science.
In fact, some of our students have published their master’s research projects in mainstream scientific journals even before they graduate.
In recent years, graduates of our meteorology master’s courses have been recruited by organisations that include:
97% of our master’s students were in work or further study within six months after graduation. Of those in full-time work, 90% progressed to professional or managerial roles (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).
Read more about where our MSc Applied Meteorology graduates are now
Dr Nathanael Melia went on to become a research scientist whose work shows that the decline of sea ice in the Arctic could shorten trade shipping routes, and highlights the global economic implications of these projections.