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The Department of Meteorology at Reading offers a variety of online courses, including open online courses, short courses and summer schools.

Open online courses

These free, on-demand courses are delivered by FutureLearn and are open to anyone. No existing knowledge or experience of meteorology is needed.

  • Come Rain or Shine: Understanding the Weather
    Explore the physical processes driving UK weather systems and tackle practical activities and fieldwork, with Dr Sylvia Knight of the Royal Meteorological Society and Dr Pete Inness of the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading.

Take a climate or meteorology class online

We've adapted some of our teaching for learners to study online with support from our internationally-renowned academic staff. Online learners will study over one term in parallel with University of Reading students.

These classes are suitable training for professional meteorologists, consultants, STEM students, graduates and academics seeking to improve their range of skills and knowledge. Applications and enquiries are welcome from people in the UK and overseas.

Modules include:

  • Tropical Meteorology
  • Climate Services and Climate Impact Modelling
  • An Introduction to Meteorological Measurements
  • Statistics for Weather and Climate Science
  • Introduction to Numerical Modelling of the Atmosphere and Ocean.


Classes for this academic year are full, but there will be places available in the next academic year.

Find out more about our online classes

Short courses and summer schools

Short courses and summer schools are designed to train professionals, postgraduate and doctoral graduates as well as early career scientists. Leaders in their fields provide overviews and some of their latest research.

  • The Data Assimilation Research Centre and the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) provide short training courses on data assimilation and other specialised topics in Earth Observation.
  • The National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) Climate Modelling Summer School covers the inner workings of climate models, the latest climate modelling research and analysis of climate data. Suitable for advanced PhD students and early career researchers. This summer school will run in the future both online and face to face.
  • The Walker Academy delivers immersive courses to students, NGOs, government agencies, academics and research partners. Rooted in the Walker Institute's first-hand experience of implementing interdisciplinary projects across the globe to support climate change adaptation and resilience, these courses develop practical skills and critical insights.


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Meteorological masterclasses

Topical webinars from the Royal Meteorological Society and the University of Reading provide professional training and development for meteorologists and climate scientists.

Join experts presenting their latest research in this free interactive masterclass series.