MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate

Develop expertise in atmospheric physics, forecasting, and meteorological and climate data analysis on our MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate.

This course will prepare you for a career in meteorology-related science and research, with a focus on the use and interpretation of meteorological data and forecasts. Whether you want to find new ways to study our natural world, mitigate the economic impact of hazardous weather, or even look further afield and forecast space weather – or focus your efforts elsewhere within meteorology and climate science – we will help you develop the practical and analytical skills you need.

Choosing MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate means you will join 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). 

This course is approved by the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) and is your first step towards becoming professionally accredited as either a Registered Meteorologist (RMet) or Chartered Meteorologist (CMet).

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

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. Our Department is home to five Fellows of the Royal Society, as well as climate experts who contribute to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

In addition to completing your master’s dissertation, you may also have the opportunity to work on a research project in collaboration with one of our industry partners.

Collaborating on a research project allows you to:

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

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:

This master’s course is ideal if you want to pursue a career in forecasting or applications of meteorology, weather and climate. It has been designed for graduates with maths or physics backgrounds, or graduates who have studied subjects such as chemistry or computer science.

It is also suitable for people who are already working as weather forecasters and want to extend their knowledge and skills.

You can attend this course on a full-time basis over one year, or part-time over two years.

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£26,950 Per Year

International student tuition fee

2 Years


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024
  • September 2025
  • September 2026

Mode of Study

  • Full Time