M.Sc. On Campus

Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate

University of Reading

12 months
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With the Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate degree offered at the University of Reading you will develop the skills needed to understand the fundamentals of the fluid dynamics of the atmosphere and oceans, and develop numerical models of them.


At the University of Reading studying Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate is ideal if you have a background in mathematics, physics or a closely related subject, and want to apply this knowledge to pressing real-world problems such as climate change and extreme weather. 


Optional modules cover topics such as the theoretical understanding of the general circulation of ocean and atmosphere and mid-latitude and tropical weather systems.You will gain strong computing and analytical skills, as well as research skills such as project design, execution and communication. Our on-campus instrumentation lab and atmospheric observatory – as well as various field trip opportunities – provide you with plenty of opportunities to improve your practical skills.

You will be part of a world-class department with internationally leading research in all aspects of weather and climate science. We have an enviable staff-to-student ratio of about 1:1 at master's level, resulting in small class sizes that offer greater interaction with teaching staff. You can partake in our weekly weather and climate discussions, which incorporate our own real-time meteorological data.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Atmospheric physics
  • Experiencing the weather: field trip in Dorset
  • Numerical modeling of the atmosphere and oceans
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Global circulation of the atmosphere and oceans

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General 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. Please note, prior knowledge of meteorology is not necessary for this programme.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Reading

903 - 1382 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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