If you are interested in using science to understand and predict the behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere - and to investigate the key challenges facing our time, such as atmospheric pollution, climate change and severe weather - then this degree is for you.
The demand for knowledge and practical skills in atmospheric science is increasing. At Leeds you'll develop a broad range of tools to tackle critical environmental issues right from the start.
Traditional meteorology courses take a very theoretical approach, but our course is unique. We combine theory with practice, so you can build a strong understanding of the processes in the atmosphere and then put that knowledge to test in the real world.
You'll enjoy plenty of practical experience during our field trips each year, such as weather forecasting and taking atmospheric measurements on the Scottish island of Arran.
We are one of the few UK universities that offers a course focused entirely on meteorology and climate science. Here you'll combine meteorology with a broader understanding of the climatic and environmental system, gaining a real breadth of knowledge leading to a wide range of careers.
At Leeds you can truly become an expert. To help you understand the complex behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere and climate system, you'll study all the main branches of atmospheric science combining mathematics, atmospheric physics, meteorology, atmospheric chemistry and climate science.
Your learning will be informed by the latest developments in research and you'll gain a real insight into how climate change is impacting our world right now.
This is reinforced by our excellent international research carried out by the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the Priestly International Centre for Climate, all based at the University of Leeds, and our close relationship with the Met Office.
Four of our academics are lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an international body that assesses climate change and influences policy.
Unlike more traditional, theoretical courses you will focus on developing your understanding of processes in the atmosphere and your ability to put that knowledge to practical use during hands-on field training.
You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year degree by spending an additional year on an industrial placement or overseas, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. Read "Study abroad and work placements".
We also offer an Integrated Masters (combining bachelor and Masters level study), where you spend a year studying abroad at a partner university and return to Leeds to study Masters-level modules in your final year. Read Meteorology and Climate Science (International) MEnv, BSc.
We want to help you make the most of your time at Leeds. The School has an officer dedicated to Student experience.
If you study in our School of Earth and Environment you'll join one of the largest and most vibrant schools in the country.
This degree is accredited by the Royal Meteorological Society, the professional and learned body for weather and climate scientists. An accredited degree is a key step in becoming a Chartered Meteorologist, an increasingly important professional qualification.
The programme is designed around a combination of compulsory core modules, as well as opportunities to choose optional modules that allow you to follow areas of personal interest through our specialist pathways.
In year 1 you'll gain a broad overview of the whole Earth System and focus on the the maths, physics and chemistry fundamental to the rest of the course.
During Year 2 you'll have opportunities to acquire skills in particular areas of meteorology and climate science, and to maximise your employability in various aspects of the discipline. These specialist routes are supported by close links with our industrial partners, to ensure that the education we deliver prepares you for employment in a range of environmental careers. You'll also develop your research skills. Optional modules allow you to continue studying other aspects of the Earth System.
In your final year you'll study specialist atmospheric and climate modules and undertake a research project.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Some modules are compulsory depending on your A-levels.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: ABB , including mathematics and either physics or chemistry.
Offers exclude general studies.
GCSE: English and Mathematics at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language or Mathematics qualification.
Studying Meteorology and Climate Science at Leeds opens the door to a wide range of careers because of the solid science basis of the degree and the emphasis on practical skills and fieldwork. On graduation, you'll be able to demonstrate an understanding of climate change and meteorological issues that is valued by the Met Office and other commercial weather forecasting companies, the armed forces, the Environment Agency and public organisations such as local authorities. Business and commercial interests, such as the insurance industry, also have interests in atmospheric science. Many students go on to further study in preparation for an academic or research career.
Our graduates typically pursue successful careers in meteorology, climate science and air quality control, as well as in industry, commerce and government services, where knowledge of the atmosphere is increasingly essential to policy and decision making.
The School of Earth and Environment is committed to enhancing employability and offers a range of initiatives to ensure our students receive the highest level of support throughout their studies. Read about careers and employability on the School website.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year study abroad degree by spending an additional year overseas, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. You don't apply directly to this course, instead you can register your interest with us once you've enrolled on the 3-year degree.
To be eligible for Study Abroad you'll need to maintain a good average in your assessments in years 1 and 2 and, for some destinations, you may have to show you have the necessary language skills. Read more about eligibility on the Study Abroad website.
The Study Abroad Office and the School provide guidance to help you set up a study place at one of the University's partner institutions from around the world. Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
You may also be interested in our integrated Masters, which includes a year studying in Australia, Canada or the USA. Read Meteorology and Climate Science (International) MEnv, BSc.
You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year industrial degree by spending an additional year on an industrial placement, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. This allows you to gain valuable hands-on experience, and earn a salary, before you complete the final year of your degree.
You can choose this option in advance, by applying directly to Meteorology and Climate Science (Industrial) BSc. You can also start on this degree and register your interest in this exciting opportunity after you begin.
The School has strong connections with industry and will help you through the search, application and interview process. You may end up working in or near Leeds, near your home, or perhaps overseas. The School will provide guidance and assistance throughout the process and will support you during your placement, liaising with your employer to ensure that your work is of value to your academic development.
Students who choose the Year in Industry option frequently receive attractive offers of employment when they graduate. The employability benefits include opportunities to:
Read more about Year in Industry on the Year in industry on the School website.
Fieldwork will be an essential element of your degree, and is one of the most enjoyable and sociable parts of the course for students and staff alike. It provides an exciting opportunity for you to bring together your knowledge from different "classroom" courses and to apply it in real situations. The Meteorology and Climate Science programme at Leeds includes a variety of field course destinations.
Practical work in the field is introduced in Year 1, and includes a trip to Ogden Water and a weekend in Blencathra in the Lake District. In Year 2, our residential field course in the Lake District provides a challenging and enjoyable highlight to the year. In Year 3, our flagship field course on the Isle of Arran is your opportunity to apply a range of skills and knowledge from previous years, and to use a variety of research instruments and measurement techniques. This gives you a real feel for research based on field observation, as it is conducted in the School.
Because we recognise the value of field experience the school covers the transport and accommodation costs for all compulsory taught fieldcourses and many optional field trips. We also contribute to fieldwork costs arising from your final-year research project.
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