Modules we teach - overview of programmes

We offer two Meteorology and Climate programmes, one a 3 year BSc degree and the other a 4 year MMet programme which includes a year at Oklahoma University in the USA. In addition to these two programmes we also offer a combined Maths and Meteorology degree as either a 3 or 4 year package, and a 3 year BSc Environmental Physics, degree. All of our programmes assume no prior knowledge of meteorology.

As meteorology is a physical science, a large part of all our degrees involves applying physics and mathematics to understand and predict our weather and climate. Using maths and physics to describe and understand common phenomena, such as frontal depressions or thunderstorms, is one of the great attractions of studying meteorology as a physical science at Reading.

Both of our Meteorology and Climate degree programmes are accredited by the Royal Meteorological Society - the professional body for meteorology in the UK - while the Environmental Physics degree programme is currently under consideration for accreditation by the Institute of Physics.

BSc Meteorology and Climate (UCAS code F790)

This degree gives you the opportunity to study this important subject, starting from the fundamental physical principles and building towards a wide range of theoretical and applied topics related to weather and the climate system. Year 1 starts off by introducing you to the basic building blocks of atmospheric science and weather systems, together with some essential applied mathematics. Optional modules include additional physics and earth sciences. In the second year we take a strong focus on the underpinning science of the atmosphere and oceans, using laboratory classes and numerical modelling to enhance your understanding and develop skills which will be useful in a wide range of careers.

Options at this stage include the chance to make and present your own weather forecasts in a professional TV studio, together with the possibility of studying a foreign language or in-depth studies of associated Earth sciences, including oceanography. The third and final year is fully devoted to meteorology and climate, with a wide range of theoretical and applied optional modules ranging from Atmospheric Electricity to Climate Change. You will also undertake your own piece of independent research that you will write up as a dissertation, presenting your results at an end-of-term poster conference.

MMet Meteorology and Climate with a Year in Oklahoma (UCAS code F791)

The first two years of this degree course are the same as the BSc in Meteorology and Climate. Students on the MMet programme then spend their third year at Oklahoma University in the USA. The modules there are strongly geared towards the unique weather systems of that part of the world and the observational and forecasting methods that are used to understand these systems and predict their occurrence. Storm chasing is strictly optional but most of our students take the opportunity to partake in this exciting activity. Students return to Reading for their final year, completing a research project and choosing from an extended range of optional modules, including some at Masters Level.

This degree is aimed at students who want to experience high-quality education at one of the leading Schools of Meteorology in the US. The course leads to a Masters level qualification, and is particularly appropriate for students who may be thinking about going onto a career in meteorological or climate research. Numbers on this degree course are limited so as well as asking for higher exam grades in order to gain entry onto the course, we also interview all the applicants for this degree.

BSc Mathematics and Meteorology (UCAS code GF19)

This joint honours programme aims to provide you with a good general mathematical education and a broad knowledge of modern meteorology and environmental physical science, with the emphasis on the physics of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans. The meteorology component develops both physical and dynamical meteorology and includes both practical and theoretical aspects.

The mathematical part focuses in particular on the theory and application of numerical methods and differential equations, together with the calculus and analysis upon which these methods are based. Because all modern weather forecasting and climate prediction is based upon building numerical models of the atmosphere and oceans using advanced mathematical techniques, this degree is ideal for students who may be considering the possibility of a career in numerical modelling.

MMath Mathematics and Meteorology (UCAS code GFC9)

This 4 year version of the Mathematics and Meteorology combined degree is designed to develop both subjects, and students undertake a mathematical research project in their third year and a meteorological research project in their final year. This degree is particularly appropriate for those intending to pursue a research career in mathematical modelling of the atmosphere or other environmental or fluid dynamical systems.

Students get to choose from a wide range of mathematical and meteorological optional modules in the final two years and the degree results in the award of a Masters level qualification. The strong emphasis on developing independent research skills also makes this an ideal programme for students considering the possibility of going onto a PhD or other higher research degree programme.

BSc Environmental Physics (UCAS code F330)

The Environmental Physics degree covers all of the fundamental and applied physics needed to understand the Earth system. You will learn the physics of the atmosphere, the oceans, ice sheets and sea-ice and the Earth's crust. You will also learn about the physics of the Sun and space weather. In your final year you will be able to choose a set of modules that allows you to specialise in one of these areas.

This degree will prepare you for a career in a wide range of scientific, technical and numerate fields, including air pollution, environmental consultancy, adaptation to climate change, energy supply and environmentally related insurance, as well as varied careers in terrestrial and space weather forecasting and general environmental research.

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