PhD in Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate
The aim of our PhD programme is to provide a training in research into atmospheric, oceanic, or climate science leading to the presentation of a thesis containing original findings in a particular aspect of the field.
Prior specific knowledge of the research field is not required. 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. For applicants from outside of the UK, an equivalent level of first or Masters degree is required.
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The PhD programme
The course runs for 3 to 4 years leading to a PhD or 2 years leading to an MPhil. It is also possible to do a PhD or an MPhil part-time. All students will be initially registered for Higher Degree by Research. Before the end of 2 years this registration will be transferred to either MPhil or PhD. An MPhil degree involves a less ambitious research project than for a PhD and it is usually completed within 2 years.
As many of our research students have little prior knowledge in atmospheric or oceanic sciences, the first two terms are normally partly occupied by taking a selection of Masters courses. Research students are expected to reach a high standard in these courses.
PhD students will work closely together with their supervisors. Each student also has a monitoring committee, which normally meets every six months, to monitor overall progress and give support.
Research students play a full part in the academic life of the department including participation in seminars, weather and climate discussion and group meetings. There are also opportunities to assist as a paid demonstrator in our teaching programme. Most research students attend at least one summer school and one international conference during their PhD.
New students will be allocated a "mentor", a research student in their 2nd or 3rd year, to assist them in settling in. Thanks to the large number of research students (around 70 in total), there are a wide range of social and sporting activities to take part in.
Part-time arrangements are possible for students working full-time in another institution. Please discuss the options available with the PhD Admissions Team. For students outside the UK, the University of Reading also has a Partnership Doctorate programme, where you would work mostly in your home country but receive supervision and support from Reading.