How to apply

UK candidates

A 1st or upper 2nd class degree in physics, mathematics, or a closely related physical or environmental science is required. Candidates with a lower class of first degree, but a good performance at the Masters level ("merit" or above) will also be considered. No prior knowledge of meteorology is required.

To apply, you must use the online application form. Note that our PhD programme is listed under "Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate", rather than Meteorology .

Indicate in your application form which of the topics interests you most. There is no need for a detailed research proposal if the projects is already shown on our PhD projects page. Such a choice does not exclude you from choosing another topic after discussions with us, particularly at the Visit Day.

Checklist for applications:

  • Completed application form
  • A recent CV
  • Note that for our PhD programme we do not require a project description
  • Transcript of subjects and grades from your first degree and, if applicable, postgraduate degree
  • Two academic references

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European Union (non-UK) candidates

Candidates are required to have a high-level university degree in physics, mathematics, or a closely related physical or environmental science, equivalent to at least an upper second class UK honours degree.

Candidates must show the necessary levels of English proficiency, as described on the here. Enquiries about this should be directed to the University's postgraduate admissions office pgadmissions@reading.ac.uk.

The funding for European Union (non-UK) candidates depends on the source of funding. For NERC studentships, they are only eligible for fully-funded studentships if they have lived in the UK for at least the past three years. If this is the case follow the application instructions for UK candidates and ignore the rest of this section. If you have not lived in the UK for at least the past three years then you may apply for a NERC Fee-Only Award, described on the Funding page, but you will have to provide your own living costs. To apply for a fee-only award, write a separate request (200 words maximum) explaining why you need this funding.

Some of our PhD studentships are from sources that allows us to pay both fees and living expenses to students from anywhere in the European Union. If this is the case, this will be indicated for the specific project on project web page.

To apply, you must use the online application form. Note that our PhD programme is listed under "Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate", rather than Meteorology .

Checklist for applications:

  • Completed application form
  • A recent CV
  • Transcript of subjects and grades from your first degree and, if applicable, postgraduate degree
  • Two academic references
  • Request for a fee-only award (200 words maximum), if applicable

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Candidates from outside of the European Union

Candidates are required to have a high level university degree in mathematics, physics or a closely related physical or environmental science, equivalent to at least an upper second class UK honours degree.

Candidates must show the necessary levels of English proficiency, as described on the here. Enquiries about this should be directed to the University's postgraduate admissions office pgadmissions@reading.ac.uk.

It is very unusual for us to have funding for PhD studentships for candidates from outside the European Union. Please see our funding web page for more information.

Candidates may be eligible for funded positions if they have been resident in the UK for the past three years, but not for the sole purpose of education, and not being subject to any restriction on the period for which he/she may stay in the UK. If you believe you are in this category contact us for further advice. Note that these are guidelines; cases are decided by the University on an individual basis.

To apply, you must use the online application form. Note that our PhD programme is listed under "Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate", rather than Meteorology .

Checklist for applications:

  • Completed application form
  • A recent CV
  • Transcript of subjects and grades from your first degree and, if applicable, postgraduate degree
  • Two academic references

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