Taught course

Applied Meteorology

University of Reading · Department of Meteorology

Entry requirements

At least a second class (2.2) honours degree in a mathematical or physical science normally required (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Degrees in environmental or agricultural sciences or geography may also be acceptable if mathematics and physics have been studied to A level or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Meteorology is one of the world’s leading centres in the atmospheric and climate sciences. In a recent national assessment, 86% of our research was graded as world leading or internationally excellent.
In 2013, the Queen awarded the Department a highly prestigious Regius Professorship in Meteorology and Climate Science. This award is one of only 12 across the UK, recognising the exceptionally high quality of teaching and research. Many of our academic staff lead thriving world-renowned research teams, covering many aspects of weather and climate.
The Department hosts the Climate Directorate of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the Data-Assimilation Directorate of the National Centre for Earth Observation. Additionally, we benefit from close research and training links with the Met Office and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. These links provide excellent facilities for acquiring special data sets and other material useful in teaching and research. Our building also houses the MetOffice@Reading centre, which focuses on regional scale weather systems. Our postgraduate degrees are approved by the Royal Meteorological Society as appropriate academic training for meteorologists seeking the qualifications of Chartered Meteorologist (CMet) or Registered Meteorologist (RMet). Successful MSc holders can apply for election to Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS).
• Join a world-class Department with internationally leading research • Study at one of only four universities to be part of the Met Office Academic Partnership • Work on a research project with one of over 30 industrial partners • Gain hands-on experience through our field course, atmospheric observatory and professional forecaster training delivered by the Met Office
As one of our graduates, you will be well placed to pursue a scientific career in weather forecasting and meteorological research. In recent years, our students have been recruited by the Met Office, MeteoGroup, FUGRO GEOS, Arup, AIR and RMS. Others pursue careers associated with diverse aspects of environmental measurement, risk management and policy development.

Information for international students

Evidence of English Language ability required: an overall score of 6.5 in the IELTS with no individual element scoring less than 5.5 (or equivalent)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Meteorology