Postgraduate MSc courses

Weather, climate and environmental prediction are areas of immense importance for humanity, and there is consequently a strong demand for candidates with graduate and postgraduate qualifications in atmospheric and oceanic science. Our one-year MSc courses are designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge base for a wide range of careers in these exciting areas, whether or not you possess prior qualifications in meteorology or atmospheric science, and to provide you with a strong advantage in the job market.

The Department of Meteorology is one of the world’s leading centres of teaching and research in meteorology, and many of our academic and teaching staff are world leaders in their fields. In addition to the key analysis, numeracy and communication skills required of today’s physical sciences graduates and postgraduates, we place great emphasis on personal development and employability. Whilst our postgraduate degree courses focus on the science of the atmosphere and oceans, many of our graduates go on to develop careers in other areas where proven scientific, mathematical and computing skills are highly sought after.

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Our Masters courses are normally one year duration - some can be undertaken part-time over two years by arrangement. Masters students have flexibility in their choice of modules, which are described in more detail on these pages. You can expect to study alongside other students from all over the world, bringing both enthusiasm and experience to the benefit of all.

We particularly encourage applications from mature students who may have been out of university-level education for some years: we offer a range of ‘refresher’ material to help bring your mathematics and physics up to the required standard for entry to the course if needed.

We offer a dedicated, active and friendly department with a wide variety of academic and social activities, from weekly discussions of topical weather and climate matters to the legendary Christmas pantomime, the departmental weather-themed photography competition and the prestigious Golden Mallet summer croquet tournament. During term-time, our weekly Weather Game pits students and staff against each other in a game of skill in forecasting weather around the world – with prizes to be won!

More details about our Masters programmes, studying in our department, the courses and modules we offer, course fees and how to apply are given in our MSc Meteorology brochure and in the following pages.

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