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The Department of Meteorology is world-renowned for its pioneering research on the fundamental dynamics and physics of weather and climate.

Our research divisions and research groups tackle some of the most critical environmental issues facing society today, including understanding and predicting climate, hazardous weather and air pollution.

Learn more about our research


Scenario DTP

Become a future leader of the environmental sector with SCENARIO's Doctoral Training Partnership. SCENARIO brings partners from the public and industrial sectors together with academic supervisors to give you scientific expertise in environmental risk and sustainability. The partnership welcomes students with diverse interests including climate change, applied ecology, biomechanical cycles, and Earth observation, among others.


Earth System Prediction Doctoral Training Programme

Advancing the Frontiers of Earth System Prediction (AFESP) offers this Doctoral Training Programme for researchers keen to address next-generation challenges in Earth system prediction, and operational weather and climate forecasting. You will be trained and embedded within the overall AFESP programme, which the University is delivering in partnership with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the UK Met Office and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science.


Mathematics for our Future Climate

Are you ready to be at the forefront of mathematical solutions for climate challenges? The Mathematics for our Future Climate Centre for Doctoral Training programme is an interdisciplinary initiative that harnesses the power of mathematics to address the urgent issues presented by climate change.

Find a PhD

We want to ensure that your time spent with us is as rewarding as possible.

To allow you to explore your options, here's a list of some of our currently available PhD opportunities. We do, however, offer many more options, so please contact us for further information.

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Types of doctoral degree

We offer several routes to a doctoral qualification, so you can find the one that suits you and the topic you wish to study.

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Part-time study

Part-time PhDs are available as well as full-time, so you can choose a mode of study that suits your circumstances.

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PhD by Distance

Our PhD by Distance programme allows you to benefit from the expertise of a Reading-based supervisor, while conducting your research in a different location.