BSc Meteorology and Climate

UCAS Code: F790
Course length: 3 years

Approved by the Royal Meteorological Society as an appropriate academic training for meteorologists seeking the qualification Chartered Meteorologist.

Course aims

View across the ocean, partially overcastOur course aims to provide a thorough degree-level education in environmental physical science, with emphasis on the physics of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans. It also aims to provide graduates with a sufficient degree level knowledge of applied physics and mathematics to enable them to pursue a career outside the specialist areas of meteorology and oceanography.

Course content

The course consists of a mixture of compulsory and optional modules. Full details can be found in the course module table

Transferable skills

You will gain useful, transferable skills and experience while studying this course, including:

  • Oral presentations
  • Scientific writing
  • Information handling
  • Numeracy
  • Problem solving and scientific experimental methods
  • Team working

Use of information technology (word-processing, using spreadsheet and graphical applications programs, scientific programming, internet).

Entry requirements

Entrants to this course are normally required to have obtained:

Grade C or better in English, science and mathematics in GCSE or equivalent

  • Either A/AS Level: 300 points overall including at least BB in physics and mathematics (both A2 levels) and 100 points from another A2 level or other AS levels;
  • or International Baccalaureate: Pass IB diploma with higher grades 6, 6, 5 including Physics and Mathematics;
  • or Scottish Advanced Highers: 300 points with at least BB in physics and mathematics plus the remainder from another Advanced Higher or other Highers;
  • or Irish Highers: five grade Bs including physics and mathematics both at grade B

Career prospects

Graduates gaining a good honours degree are suitably qualified for graduate entry into the Meteorological Office, where they may pursue a career in either operational meteorology or research.

The British Antarctic Survey, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the Environment Agency and several specialist commercial weather forecasting companies are examples of organisations that provide employment to graduates wishing to specialise in the applications of meteorology.

Opportunities also exist in the general area of environmental consultancy, both with local authorities (in the UK) and private companies. However, a graduate is also qualified to follow a career involving more general applications of physical science and mathematics, as in teaching (primary or secondary level), the scientific civil service, and industry.

Graduates also pursue higher degrees mostly in the UK but occasionally in the USA.

Over the past 2 years, 6 months after graduating 81% of our graduates are in graduate level work or further study (e.g. MSc and PhD degrees).

For a full description of the course please download BSc Meteorology

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