Research course

Atmospheric Sciences

The University of Manchester · School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome from students with a good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Environmental Science.

Months of entry

January, September, July, April

Course content

Active in many areas of atmospheric science, exploring a range of physical, chemical and electrical processes. Current research projects include: Radiative transfer, precipitation and cloud electrification; boundary layer processes; aerosol properties; cloud physics and chemistry, and atmospheric pollution in the urban environment. Research carried out in these areas includes field observations, laboratory investigations, theoretical studies and numerical modelling.

Field experiments and interpretation of field observations form the largest part of this group's activities. Recent field experiments have been held in locations across the UK - including Norfolk, Essex, Edinburgh, Birmingham, and Manchester - and further afield - including many European countries, South Korea, USA Australia, Chile and Borneo.

Information for international students

Overseas students would also need to demonstrate competence in English language, for example, a minimum IELTS score of 6.5

Fees and funding

UK students
Band 1 £6,500, Band 2 £8,500, Band 3 £12,750
International students
Band 1 £23,000, Band 2 £25,000, Band 3 £27,000

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
+44 (0)161 275 0776
+44 (0)161 306 9361