Taught course

Applied Meteorology and Climatology

University of Birmingham · School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree, preferably upper second-class or above in a relevant discipline such as Geography, Environmental Science, Mathematics and the physical or biological sciences. In special cases, applications may be considered from those holding non-graduate qualifications that are deemed by the University to be a satisfactory alternative to an Honours degree in the subject areas mentioned above

Months of entry


Course content

The programme was initiated in 1963 and developed in response to industry and research institution requirements for applied meteorologists and climatologists. This demand continues, partially due to the growing attention of the society to climate change, its mitigation and adaptation to it.
The programme aims to:
  • Provide training in theoretical and applied aspects of atmospheric physics and dynamics, quantitative modelling techniques, weather forecasting, climate prediction and observation of atmospheric processes
  • Equip you with the skills of quantitative and statistical analysis with regards to atmospheric data processing and management
  • Enable you to apply theoretical concepts and analytical techniques to the resolution of environmental and socio-economic problems that have an atmospheric origin
  • Develop your independent research ability
  • Convert participants with non-environmental backgrounds to applied meteorologists and climatologists
  • Develop your communication skills using traditional and IT-based media

The course is modular in nature, comprising 180 credits: 120 from MSc-dedicated taught modules and 60 from a dissertation. In line with University Regulations it is intended that 60 credits be the equivalent of a Certificate, 120 credits a Diploma and 180 credits the MSc. All taught courses are compulsory for non-maths and physics graduates.

The course structure is as follows:

Stage 1: PGCert (a total of 60 credits out of the 80 credit modules)

  • Theoretical Meteorology: Atmospheric Composition and Physics
  • Weather Forecasting and Climate Modelling
  • Atmospheric Data Processing and Statistics
  • Physical Climatology and Climate Change
  • Meteorological Applications and Services

Stage 2: PGDip (a total of 120 credits)

  • Theoretical Meteoroloy: Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Mathematics
  • Weather, Climate and Society
  • Applied Micrometeorology

Choose one from the following three:

  • Atmospheric Observation
  • Air Pollution Chemistry
  • Causes and Effects of Air Pollutants
  • Carbon Cycle and Carbon Management

Stage 3: MSc (a total of 180 credits)

  • Research Proposal for Dissertation
  • Dissertation

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days. Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Information for international students

International students may be required to satisfactorily complete a preliminary course of not more than 12 months before starting the MSc and must provide documentary evidence of numeracy and competence in English.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,250 FT - £4,625 PT
International students
£21,690 FT - £10,845 PT

Please visit: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Interim award: PGDip or PGCert.

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005