MMath Mathematics and Meteorology
Develop your independent research skills and gain an in-depth knowledge of the mathematics behind the Earth's weather systems and oceans on our MMath Mathematics and Meteorology degree.
Modern weather forecasting and climate prediction rely upon accurate numerical modelling of the atmosphere and oceans. This masters-level course will enable you to develop your mathematics skills whilst gaining a broad knowledge of meteorology and environmental physical science. You will spend roughly equal amounts of time on both subjects. The degree places a strong emphasis on developing independent research skills and is ideal if you are considering a career in the mathematical modelling of areas such as the atmosphere or fluid dynamic systems.
In mathematics you will study the theory and application of differential equations, underpinned with a knowledge of calculus, analysis and linear algebra. You will be given plenty of support to help you get the most out of your studies, including small group problem-solving tutorials and materials to help you manage the transition to university-level mathematics. Additionally, you can get involved with the Department's Staff Student Forums and the Student Teaching and Learning Group, which enable you to have a direct input into the student experience.
In meteorology you will explore the inner workings of weather systems from a physical and dynamic viewpoint. The course is theory-based and will cover subjects such as atmospheric physics, numerical methods, climate change, and weather and climate fundamentals. In the second year you will also take a skills module, which is designed to improve your transferable skills and enhance your employability. Many of our excellent teaching staff are world leaders in their fields and a number are Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) authors and Fellows of the Royal Society. We also have a Regius Professor of Meteorology and Climate Science. The University is one of only 19 institutes in the UK to have been awarded one of these prestigious positions by Her Majesty the Queen.
During the third and final years of the degree you can develop your knowledge by exploring areas of interest in greater depth. Half of the modules in this year are optional and include subjects from both areas of the course such as boundary layer meteorology, calculus of variations and oceanography. You will also complete a research project on a mathematical topic in the third year and an area of meteorology during the final year. A member of staff will support you in this work and, whichever research topic you pick, you can be sure of getting expert supervision.
It is also approved 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).
This course is approved by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and enables you to apply for Chartered Mathematician status following graduation.
You may choose to carry out a summer placement in an area such as modelling or forecasting in order to gain an insight into industry and gain valuable experience.
Alternatively, you can opt to take the five-year version of this course, incorporating a year in industry. You will be given advice and support for finding the ideal placement, as well writing a CV and interview skills, by our dedicated placements officer.
For more information, please visit the Department of Maths and Statistics website.