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As a PhD student in the Department of Meteorology, you'll join a research community that is united by a passion to explore how physical, mathematical and computational sciences can provide solutions to critical issues in the natural environment.

Our ground-breaking research is extending scientific knowledge and understanding. You'll be part of a world-leading Department intent on making a positive difference to the world.


"The University of Reading was my first choice for a PhD in meteorology. The academic opportunities are amazing here, and the vibrant social activities always keep me smiling."

Kate Fradley, PhD student

Research community

We are a large and thriving international community of over 200 academics and research scientists, and more than 50 PhD students.

We offer an exciting range of opportunities to work with other researchers across Reading's Environment Theme, and to take part in multi-disciplinary training activities that are organised by the department.

Read about the support Godwin Ayesiga has received during his PhD

Presenting your work

Over the course of your PhD, you'll have plenty of opportunities to communicate your work and network with other researchers, including:

  • presenting a seminar
  • speaking at conferences
  • taking part in project workshops
  • visiting or hosting researchers from external institutions.



The Department will encourage you to attend conferences, summer schools and other events to widen your network of contacts. We will also assist with arranging travel and accommodation.

Our PhD students have taken part in conferences run by the Royal Meteorological Society, the European Geosciences Union, and the American Geophysical Union. These conferences provide excellent opportunities to meet fellow climate scientists and discuss your research.

Seminars and discussion groups

PhD students in the Department of Meteorology organise their own seminar and discussion groups, where you can talk about your work in a friendly, informal atmosphere. You will take part in a departmental PhD conference-style event in your second year, and give a departmental poster presentation in your third year.

At an appropriate point in your studies, you will be invited to give a full lunchtime seminar in the Department's regular series. There are also opportunities to teach on undergraduate courses.

Departmental seminars

During semester time, we hold weekly departmental and lunchtime seminars featuring guest speakers from the meteorological and climate sectors, as well as speakers from within the Department.

Open to everyone, these seminars are a great way to learn more about a particular topic or issue. We update our list of seminars at the beginning of each semester.

The Social Metwork

The Social Metwork is a thought-provoking blog written by PhD students from the Department of Meteorology.

The blog provides a place to showcase your research and network with fellow PhD students. It also offers a platform to talk about your experiences as a PhD student and to share advice with like-minded people .


Why study with us?

Join a department renowned for its pioneering research on the fundamental science of weather and climate. 97% of our research is world leading or internationally excellent and 100% of our research impact has been classed ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4* and 3* submissions – Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences).

How we support you

You'll receive support from the Department of Meteorology as well as the Doctoral and Researcher College, the University of Reading's hub for all doctoral activity.

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.
Athena SWAN Silver Award