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Join a vibrant international community in the UK's only dedicated meteorology department.

We are renowned for the quality of our research and teaching in weather, climate, atmospheric and space physics, oceanography, hydrology, renewable energy, and Earth observation.

You'll learn from leading experts in the field, develop a strong set of practical skills, and benefit from our close links with industry.


Global impact

  • We are ranked 1st in the UK for environmental and ethical performance (People and Planet University League 2023/24).
  • In 2023, the University of Reading was the first ever winner of the Times Higher Education (THE) award for Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Leadership.
  • The University has been awarded a 2021 Queen's Anniversary Prize in recognition of our world-leading research, teaching, stewardship and outreach on climate change.
  • We are ranked 3rd in the UK for research power in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences (Times Higher Education, Institutions Ranked by Subject, based on its analysis of the latest Research Excellence Framework 2021).
  • We are ranked 5th in the world for Atmospheric Science (ShanghaiRanking 2023 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects).
  • We are ranked 6th in the UK for Earth and Marine Sciences (Guardian University Guide, 2024).
  • The University of Reading is the most represented organisation in the UK on the Reuters Hot List of the world’s top climate scientists 2021.
  • Our climate scientists played a leading role in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which warns that damaging effects of climate change are already being seen across the globe.
  • We gave the world climate stripes. Designed by Professor Ed Hawkins, the climate stripes present a compelling visualisation of how global temperatures have risen since the mid-19th century due to human-caused climate change. The stripes have been shared by the likes of Greta Thunberg and the United Nations, as well as thousands of others around the world.

Learning environment

The Department of Meteorology is a dynamic environment, where you can learn from and work with internationally-recognised research and teaching staff, including five Fellows of the Royal Society and climate experts who contribute to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Our excellent staff-to-student ratio enables us to take a personalised approach to your educational development. You'll be part of a supportive and collaborative community of students, staff and alumni, where you will have regular opportunities to engage with cutting-edge research.

Learn more about how you will study

Royal Meteorological Society approval

Our MSc Applied Meteorology and ClimateMSc Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate and MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate with Management courses are approved by the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) as fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Meteorologist (CMet).

Graduating from one of our RMetS-accredited courses is the first step towards becoming professionally accredited as either a Registered Meteorologist (RMet) or Chartered Meteorologist (CMet).

Links with industry

The Department of Meteorology has excellent relationships with governmental and commercial organisations within the meteorological, climate and related sectors.

Some of our master's modules are delivered in collaboration with industry, enabling you to learn from professionals in the field and explore sectors or organisations you would like to go into after you graduate. For your dissertation, you may be able to produce a research project in collaboration with one of our many industrial partners.

Examples include:

  • weather consultancies and providers
  • energy infrastructure operators and traders
  • national and international weather services.

"The links between the Department of Meteorology and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are exceptional: there are no similar courses available anywhere else that are particularly tailored to meteorologists working within national weather services."

Marieta Curativo, MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate with Management – now at MetMalaysia

Career opportunities

A master's degree in meteorology from the University of Reading will prepare you for your chosen career, or for doctoral study. Studying in our world-leading Department will greatly enhance your career potential and help you stand out in the job market.

"The MSc in Applied Meteorology was a clear winner above the other options I considered. I came to Reading wanting a challenge; it's no exaggeration to say that doing so has completely changed my career direction."

Emma Hopkin, MSc Applied Meteorology

Our graduates have been recruited by the Met Office, MeteoGroup, Fugro GEOS, Arup, AIR and RMS. Others have pursued associated careers in environmental measurement, risk management and policy development.

Opportunities outside of the meteorological world include careers in insurance, finance, utilities, transport, space, education, agriculture and health sectors.

Overall, 96% of graduates from Meteorology are in work or further study within 15 months of graduation; of those in full-time employment, 100% are in graduate-level roles (based on our analysis of HESA data © HESA 2024, Graduate Outcomes Surveys 2021/22; includes postgraduate (taught) and postgraduate (research) Meteorology responders).


Master's courses

Broaden your knowledge and gain professional skills with a master's programme in meteorology.

How you'll study

Study through a combination of lectures, practicals and tutorial classes, enabling you to learn in a variety of ways.

Our research

We are ranked 5th in the world for Atmospheric Science (ShanghaiRanking 2023 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects). Our pioneering research informs how governments, industries and communities respond to complex environmental issues.
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