Develop the skills needed to understand the fundamentals of the fluid dynamics of the atmosphere and oceans, and develop numerical models of them.
MSc Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate is ideal if you have a background in mathematics, physics or a closely related subject, and want to apply this knowledge to pressing real-world problems such as climate change and extreme weather. Optional modules cover topics such as the theoretical understanding of the general circulation of ocean and atmosphere and mid-latitude and tropical weather systems.
You will gain strong computing and analytical skills, as well as research skills such as project design, execution and communication. Our on-campus instrumentation lab and atmospheric observatory – as well as various field trip opportunities – provide you with plenty of opportunities to improve your practical skills.
You will be part of a world-class department with internationally leading research in all aspects of weather and climate science. We have an enviable staff-to-student ratio of about 1:1 at master's level, resulting in small class sizes that offer greater interaction with teaching staff. You can partake in our weekly weather and climate discussions, which incorporate our own real-time meteorological data.
You will have the opportunity to work on a research project with a leading scientist from one of over 30 industrial partners. This is a great way to gain an insight into industry and potentially contribute to our understanding of environmental issues such as climate change or weather hazards.
You will be taught by academics who are leaders in their fields, and who draw on their research experience to give you unique scientific perspectives into the 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).
All of our master's courses are fully accredited by the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS). The academic content of our courses is aligned with the World Meteorological Organization Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists (BIP-M) and Meteorological Technicians (BIP-MT). This means that what you are learning is professionally relevant to the field and of the highest quality. Graduating from one of our RMetS-accredited master's courses is the first step towards becoming professionally accredited as either a Registered Meteorologist (RMet) or Chartered Meteorologist (CMet).
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent)
Entry requirements: Prior knowledge of meteorology is not necessary although some experience with computer programming will be helpful. A first or second class (2.2) honours degree in physics, mathematics or a closely related subject is required (or equivalent from a university outside the UK).
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £8,620 per year
New international students: £19,230 per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in the 2019/20 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.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs.
As one of our graduates, you will be well placed to pursue a scientific career in weather forecasting and meteorological research. In recent years, our students have been recruited by AIR, Arup, FUGRO GEOS, MeteoGroup, RMS and the UK Met Office. Others pursue careers associated with diverse aspects of environmental measurement, risk management and policy development.