Taught course

Applied Meteorology and Climate with Management

University of Reading · Department of Meteorology

Entry requirements

Normally a good honours degree (2.2 or above), or equivalent from a university outside the UK, in a mathematical/physical science or a closely related subject. Degrees in environmental or agricultural sciences or geography may be acceptable if maths and physics have been studied to A level or equivalent. Prior knowledge of meteorology is not necessary for this programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Combine the study of meteorology and climate science with management training on our MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate with Management.

This course will provide you the scientific background for improved understanding of meteorology and climate. It will also prepare you for current – or future – managerial responsibilities, with a significant course focus on the management of people and organisations.

Whether you want to mitigate the economic impact of hazardous weather events, look further afield and forecast space weather, or focus your efforts elsewhere within meteorology’s broad spectrum, we will help you develop the scientific and managerial skills you need.

Choosing MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate with Management means your interdisciplinary learning will be split between our world-class Department of Meteorology – the University of Reading is ranked 4th in the world for Atmospheric Science (ShanghaiRanking 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects) – and the triple-accredited Henley Business School.

Many of your modules will be shared with MSc Applied Meteorology, while others will complement your scientific studies with a focus on management and leadership.

As you develop your skills in forecasting, weather analysis and statistics, your learning will be supported by:

  • our on-campus instrumentation lab and atmospheric observatory. In addition to field trip opportunities, access to these facilities allows you to improve your practical skills.
  • weather and climate discussions. These weekly sessions give you an insight into current UK and global weather and climate events and incorporate our real-time meteorological data.
  • small class sizes. Our enviable staff-to-student ratio means you will receive individual support from expert academics. You will also be fully supported as you work on your final master’s project – our academics typically oversee no more than one student dissertation each year.
  • professionally relevant academic content. Our teaching is aligned with the World Meteorological Organization Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologist (BIP-M) and Meteorological Technicians (BIP-MT). This means that what you learn will be relevant to the field and of the highest quality.

You will be taught by academics who are leaders in their fields. They will draw on their research experience to give you unique scientific perspectives into environmental issues that affect our world. Additionally, our Department of Meteorology is home to five Fellows of the Royal Society, as well as climate experts who contribute to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Conduct or collaborate on a research project

Your master’s dissertation is an opportunity to further our knowledge of meteorological science and research.

This allows you to:

  • work with a leading scientist from our world-class Department of Meteorology, who will supervise you on your master’s project
  • contribute to our understanding of issues such as climate change and hazardous weather
  • complete a potentially publishable piece of research.

You may also have the opportunity to work on a research project in collaboration with one of our industry partners.

We are proud of our long-established relationships with more than 30 organisations in the meteorological, climate and related sectors. These include:

  • UK Met Office
  • Environment Agency
  • NASA
  • European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
  • World Meteorological Organisation
  • European Space Agency
Participate in field work

As part of your studies, you will have the opportunity to participate in field work that focuses on observing and predicting typical weather systems in the mid-latitudes.

Over the course of a weekend, you will understand how and why the weather varies in a particular region by building a coherent picture of its evolution. You will do this by:

  • plotting and analysing special radiosonde ascents
  • collecting data from an instrumented mast
  • collecting data from instrumented walks
  • monitoring official analysis and forecast products.
Build on your scientific knowledge with MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate with Management

This master’s course is designed for graduates with maths or physics backgrounds, or graduates who have studied subjects such as chemistry or computer science.

Many of our students already work in national weather services and wish to develop further knowledge in meteorological science and management.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team