Climate and Atmospheric Science, M.Res. | University of Leeds | Leeds, United Kingdom
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Climate and Atmospheric Science

12 months
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The Climate and Atmospheric Science degree from University of Leeds will prepare you in the physical sciences and mathematics for a research career in climate, atmospheric or environmental sciences. It ideally bridges the gap between undergraduate studies in physical/natural sciences and engineering, and study for a PhD.


Climate change can be seen affecting almost every part of the world, with weather unpredictability being one of the most obvious signs – especially in recent years. This is why experts in atmospheric science and climate are highly sought after by governments and organisations to address the climate crisis and, essentially, provide predictions and solutions for the future.

Our Climate and Atmospheric Science Masters by Research degree will prepare you in the physical sciences and mathematics for a research career in climate, atmospheric or environmental sciences. It ideally bridges the gap between undergraduate studies in physical/natural sciences and engineering and study for a PhD or a career in research.

You’ll gain a broad overview of physical problems in climate and atmospheric science, together with a sound physical understanding of natural processes. Alongside this, develop highly transferable skills to conduct research in these subjects with a strong emphasis on quantitative data analysis and physical and numerical modelling.

You'll study in our School of Earth and Environment which is home to a number of research centres and a wealth of expert academics and researchers who are actively involved in developing groundbreaking research in critical areas of climate and atmospheric science. This means you’ll be learning the most up-to-date topics from leaders in industry, equipping you with the skills and knowledge you’ll need to take your next steps in your career.

Career opportunities

Climate change couldn’t be more pertinent than it is in society today. Organisations and governments rely on the expertise of people who can help understand the impact of climate on a regional or global scale in order to create solutions for the future. It’s the skills and in-depth understanding you’ll gain in this field from this course which will prove invaluable to employers worldwide, in both the public and private sectors.

Highly numerate graduates with training in independent research are widely sought after. Our graduates have strong employment prospects – securing jobs with national agencies, environmental consultancies, wind-power companies and the insurance sector.

Programme Structure

This course provides you with specialist knowledge in critical areas at the forefront of climate and atmospheric science alongside enhancing your research skills too. You’ll have the opportunity to align the course to your career aspirations, through a large range of optional modules that build on the world-leading research conducted across the university.

Throughout the 12-month duration of the course, you'll work on your research project alongside an academic supervisor who will be chosen from the School of Earth and Environment dependent on your choice of research topic or theme. Your project work will be supported through modules in which you'll learn valuable research skills such as practical research skills, scientific communication skills and quantitative research.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or above in a physical science such as (but not limited to) physics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, geophysics, atmospheric or environmental science, meteorology or oceanography.

Preferably, you will have also studied at least one year of university-level mathematics, though additional courses are available as part of this course.

Applicants with a 2:2 will be considered on a case by case basis where they can demonstrate relevant work experience or aptitude in a relevant specialist field. Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience in the sector will also be considered.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the Admissions Team.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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