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The Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading is a world leader in research on atmospheric, ocean and climate science. We are intent on making a positive difference to the natural environment.

We are the UK's only dedicated university Meteorology department. By choosing to study with us you will join one of the largest academic communities of atmospheric, ocean and space physicists in the world.

Join us to learn from internationally recognised research and teaching staff, including five Fellows of the Royal Society and climate experts who contribute to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Double PhD Programme

The University of the Philippines Diliman and the University of Reading partnered in 2017 to develop a pioneering Double PhD Programme in Meteorology as part of the TNE initiative by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED Philippines) and the British Council. The programme is funded by the Commission on Higher Education.

The Institute of Environmental Science & Meteorology of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) and the University of Reading offer the opportunity to pursue a dual degree PhD programme in Meteorology.

You will spend your first semester at UPD, during which you will finalise your research plans under joint supervision from both institutions.

Over the 3-4 year programme, you will spend one year at Reading, usually split over two 6 month visits that fit your research plan. The remainder of your time will be spent at UPD. You will be expected to publish scientific papers in your final year in the Philippines.

"I chose this partnership programme as it allows me to study in the best meteorology schools in their respective countries.

"As I study in between both the United Kingdom and the Philippines, I can take flight while at the same time remain grounded in my roots.

"Learning about the atmosphere from both a global and regional perspective grants me a deeper understanding of how the world works."

Bernard Racoma, PhD Student, Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology

Entry requirements

For admission to the Dual PhD (Meteorology) Programme in IESM you must:

  • be a graduate of an MS Meteorology, or related field, from a recognised institution of higher learning with at least 24 units of graduate courses
  • have at least one publication in the field of Meteorology/Atmospheric Sciences in the last five years in a peer-reviewed journal (e.g. Web of Science/Scopus indexed) in which you are the primary author, as defined by the Institute
  • pass the assessment examinations, and interview process administered by the Institute
  • present a capsule proposal for dissertation research and be accepted by a faculty member of the Institute as prospective dissertation advisee
  • pass an English Proficiency Test as per UPD policy for foreign applicants whose medium of instruction in the previous degree programmes is not English.


For admission to the Programme at the University of Reading you must:

  • have a Bachelor's degree of at least 2:1 level (or equivalent), or a master's degree in a subject related to the proposed PhD research topic
  • achieve a score of 7 on the International Language Testing System (IELTS) Test, or the equivalent in alternative English Language qualifications approved by the University of Reading
  • have a suitable research topic acceptable to a potential supervisor in University of Reading.



Programmes are fully funded by the Philippines Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Learn more about our entry requirements

Why study with us

  • The University is ranked 2nd in the world for research in Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (Latest World University Rankings by Subject, Center for World University Rankings, 2017).
  • Our highly-regarded teaching staff are leaders in their fields, delivering a unique scientific perspective on climate science and weather, and drawing on their direct experience researching in this vital field.
  • You will be part of a supportive and collaborative international community of students, staff, and alumni and have regular opportunities to engage with cutting-edge research.
  • We have long-established, excellent relationships with organisations within the meteorological, climate and related sectors, including renowned institutions such as the UK Met Office, the Environment Agency, NASA, ECMWF, the World Meteorological Organisation, and the European Space Agency.
  • Through our dedicated facilities, you will have access to World Meteorological Office standard measurements via our real-time data, bringing a practical dimension to your learning.

The international student experience

Coming to another country can be a big change in your life. It's important to make sure that you are happy in your new home.

We'll help you to thrive in our lively academic environment, which has been developed through cross-cultural collaboration. Our student and staff communities are made up of people from all over the world. We have students from around 180 countries studying with us.

Our team of advisers is available to offer you support on issues such as money matters, visa queries, accommodation, and even help with defining words which might be unfamiliar to you.

You can also benefit from the University's International Mentoring Scheme, which can match you with a current student mentor at the University.

Read about the University's support for international students

Campus life

Our dedicated Department of Meteorology is located within our beautiful, award-winning Whiteknights campus – a vibrant community with a wide range of facilities to help you study, have fun and relax. We have a newly refurbished Co-op supermarket on campus, in addition to a variety of venues where you can eat, drink and socialise.

Our award-winning Students' Union runs over 150 clubs, societies and volunteering activities. You'll also have access to the extensive sports facilities on offer, including at the University's SportsPark.

The University is within walking distance of Reading town centre and there are also regular buses from campus. Accessing London is simple, with trains from Reading town centre taking around 30 minutes.

We offer a wide range of accommodation options, both on and around our main Whiteknights campus.

Learn more about campus life