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Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #93 (QS) ,
This course is designed for students from a mathematical background who wish to apply their skills to understanding the complex behaviour of Earth's atmosphere and oceans. This is an exciting interdisciplinary subject, of increasing importance to a society facing climate change.


This course is designed for students from a mathematical background who wish to apply their skills to understanding the complex behaviour of Earth's atmosphere and oceans. This is an exciting interdisciplinary subject, of increasing importance to a society facing climate change.

Training is offered in both modern applied mathematics and atmosphere-ocean science, combining teaching resources from the School of Mathematics and the School of Earth and Environment. The latter are provided by members of the School’s Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, part of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science.
Only a handful of UK universities are positioned to offer similar interdisciplinary training.

The focus of the course is on analysing the equations of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics, via mathematical and numerical modelling.
Topics are drawn from four broad areas:

  • Applied mathematics: asymptotic methods, fluid dynamics, mathematical theory of waves and stability of flows
  • Numerical methods and computing: discretization of ordinary and partial differential equations, algorithms for linear algebra, direct use of numerical weather and climate models
  • Atmospheric dynamics: structure of the atmosphere, dynamics of weather systems and atmospheric waves
  • Ocean dynamics: the large-scale ocean circulation, surface waves and tides

Programme Structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

This programme is highly flexible and beyond the compulsory dissertation which takes place in the later part of the degree, students are free to choose options from applied maths, atmosphere-ocean science, numerical methods and scientific computation.

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation in Mathematics

Optional modules

  • Mathematical Methods
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Analytic Solutions of Partial Differential Equations
  • Numerical Methods
  • Fluid Dynamics 2
  • Advanced Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Advanced Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Independent Learning and Skills Project
  • Atmosphere and Ocean Climate Change Processes
  • Practical Weather Forecasting
  • Dynamics of Weather Systems
  • Weather, Climate and Air Quality
  • Environmental Modelling
  • Advanced Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

An upper-second class (2:1) degree or equivalent in Mathematics, or in a physical science subject with a substantial mathematics component.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information please contact the School of Mathematics admissions team.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 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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