Taught course

Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate

University of Reading · Department of Meteorology

Entry requirements

Prior knowledge of meteorology is not necessary although some experience with computer programming will be helpful. A first or second class (2.2) honours degree in physics, mathematics or a closely related subject is required (or equivalent from a university outside the UK).

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).
  • Study at one of only four universities to have a Met Office Academic Partnership
  • Join a Department with internationally leading research on weather and climate
  • Apply your skills to the problems of climate change and extreme weather
  • Learn how to run and develop numerical models of the atmosphere and climate systems
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


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Meteorology