MSc/PG Diploma in Atmosphere, Ocean & Climate

General information

The MSc in Atmosphere, Ocean & Climate is aimed at at practising meteorologists who are normally sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization or the UK Met Office through their Voluntary Co-operation Programme of international support.

The course aims to provide practising meteorologists with updated scientific knowledge and understanding combined with expert training in modern management skills, the latter provided by Henley Business School. The meteorological content is biased towards the applied side of the discipline. The course helps you acquire the technical and computing skills to equip you to carry out quantitative scientific research and technical projects not only within meteorology but also within related areas of environmental science. Additionally, you will have the option to be trained in the use of the UK Met Office's 'PRECIS' software for climate prediction and its interpretation.

Modules include:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Fluid Dynamics 
  • Remote Sensing 
  • Numerical Modelling of Atmospheres and Oceans 
  • Climate Change
Learning outcome:

What career can you have?
Many of our postgraduate students pursue scientific careers in weather forecasting and meteorological research. In recent years they 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.

Recently there has been a rapid growth in career opportunities for our graduates in organisations considering how best to take action to adapt to climate variability and change. Similarly, people who are trained in using and interpreting weather and climate forecasts are in demand in a number of sectors such as insurance, energy generation and trading, retail and the water industry.

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Venue: University of Reading
Reading, United Kingdom


Open from
1 Jan 2017 to 1 Jun 2017


New UK/EU students: £8,000 per year

New international students: £17,850 per year

The fees given are for entry in the academic year starting in September 2016, and will be confirmed in your offer letter. You can find more information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.


Degree Requirements
Prior knowledge of meteorology is not necessary although some experience with computer programming will be helpful. A first or second-class degree in physics, mathematics or a closely related subject is required. Admission to the Diploma may be possible with slightly lower qualifications.

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you also be eligible to apply. At least a second-class Honours degree in a mathematical or physical science normally required. Degrees in environmental or agricultural sciences or geography may also be acceptable if mathematics and physics have been studied to A level or equivalent.

Language Requirements
General English language requirements for science programmes at Reading:

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL (internet-based): 88
  • CPE: A/B/C
  • CAE: A
  • TEEP: 6.5

Application Procedure:

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a postgraduate taught course at the University of Reading is through the online application service. This allows you to complete your application information, attach electronic copies of your academic transcripts, certificates and other supporting information and also provides a facility for an email request to be sent to your referees enabling them to send your supporting references directly to the University. If you are unable to apply online you can request a paper application form.

Application Deadline: there is no specific deadline to apply for most courses, and applications will be considered until the course is full. However, to allow time for processing your application you are recommended to apply by the following dates for admission in October:

  • UK students by 1st of August
  • International students by 1st of June or earlier, if possible, to ensure there is enough time to get a visa, if applicable.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science
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