Taught course

Climate and Atmospheric Science

University of Leeds · School of Earth and Environment

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or above in a physical science such as (but not limited to) physics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, geophysics, atmospheric or environmental science, meteorology or oceanography.

Preferably, you will have also studied at least one year of university-level mathematics, though additional courses are available as part of this course.

Applicants with a 2:2 will be considered on a case by case basis where they can demonstrate relevant work experience or aptitude in a relevant specialist field. Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience in the sector will also be considered.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the Admissions Team.

Months of entry


Course content

Climate change can be seen affecting almost every part of the world, with weather unpredictability being one of the most obvious signs – especially in recent years. This is why experts in atmospheric science and climate are highly sought after by governments and organisations to address the climate crisis and, essentially, provide predictions and solutions for the future.

Our Climate and Atmospheric Science Masters by Research degree will prepare you in the physical sciences and mathematics for a research career in climate, atmospheric or environmental sciences. It ideally bridges the gap between undergraduate studies in physical/natural sciences and engineering and study for a PhD or a career in research.

You’ll gain a broad overview of physical problems in climate and atmospheric science, together with a sound physical understanding of natural processes. Alongside this, develop highly transferable skills to conduct research in these subjects with a strong emphasis on quantitative data analysis and physical and numerical modelling.

You'll study in our School of Earth and Environment which is home to a number of research centres and a wealth of expert academics and researchers who are actively involved in developing groundbreaking research in critical areas of climate and atmospheric science. This means you’ll be learning the most up-to-date topics from leaders in industry, equipping you with the skills and knowledge you’ll need to take your next steps in your career.

Why study at Leeds:

  • Graduate with an MRes from a School which is home to five world-leading research institutes that are actively working to tackle the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges.

  • Learn the latest innovations in climate and atmospheric science, directly informed by researchers at the forefront of their fields and based in the university’s research centres and institutes such as; National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) and Priestley International Centre for Climate Change (PICC).

  • Advance your research skills and be regarded as a researcher within the School of Earth and Environment, expected to work closely with ICAS staff and present at the annual ICAS Science Conference along with academics and doctoral researchers.

  • Tailor your course to suit your career or research aspirations, choosing from our large and diverse selection of optional modules that’ll enable you to hone your knowledge in specific areas that interest you the most.

  • Access research-grade equipment that’ll assist your project work, including the Cohen Geochemistry labs, MetLab and electron microscopes, depending on your chosen topic.

  • Experience expert theoretical and practical teaching delivered by a programme team who are primarily from the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science meaning you’ll be learning from academics whose work is globally impactful in this area.

  • Get inspired and develop practical research skills through an introductory field trip to Dale Fort.

  • Take advantage of our strong industry links and build your own connections carrying out your research-directed work and collaborating with agencies such as the Meteorological Office, British Antarctic Survey, the National Centre for Atmospheric Science plus many more.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 8109