MMet Meteorology and Climate with a year in Oklahoma

UCAS Code: F791
Course length: 4 years

The third year of this degree course is taken at the University of Oklahoma, USA. Tuition fees for this year are 20% of a standard year (i.e. 1800 compared to 9000).

Note that this degree is limited to 10 students in each year group.

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

Course aims

Rocky shorelineOur 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 as well as a residential field course and a project. Full details can be found in the course module table

The year at Oklahoma University is taken in the 3rd year of this 4 year course. Oklahoma University has one of the best Schools of Meteorology in the US and is home to the US National Severe Storms Laboratory. The modules studied there complement the main Reading programme as they focus on the meteorology, observing and forecasting of the typical weather systems that affect the US High Plains region, including severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. All our students get the opportunity to go tornado chasing during the Spring tornado season.

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: 340 points overall including an AA combination in physics and mathematics (both A2 levels) and 100 points from another A2 level or other AS levels;
  • or International Baccalaureat: Pass IB diploma with higher level grades 6,6,6 including Physics and Mathematics;
  • or or Scottish Advanced Highers: 340 points with at least an AA combination in physics and mathematics plus the remainder from another Advanced Higher or other Highers;
  • or Irish Highers: two grade As and three grade Bs with an AA combination in physics and mathematics
  • In addition to the above qualifications, all suitable applicants will be called for an interview prior to offers being made.

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 from the MMet programme have a very good record of obtaining places on higher degree courses including PhD projects 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 futher study.

For a full description of the course please download MMet Meteorology

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