Atmosphere, Ocean & Climate (MPhil, PhD)

University of Reading the United Kingdom

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The award
MPhil, PhD

How long you will study
2 - 6 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
October, January, April

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About Atmosphere, Ocean & Climate at University of Reading

The programme aims to provide the student with a rigorous and quantitative knowledge of physical processes which generate weather systems, and an understanding of the way these combine to form climate. Students will also learn the mathematical and computational techniques used to simulate weather systems and global climate on computers.
Advanced Course Studentships are available for suitably qualified UK/EU students.

Programme Content
The programme starts in October with introductory lectures, including Introduction to Weather systems, Atmospheric Physics, Fluid Dynamics and Introductory Numerical Modelling. A two-day field course is included in Term 1. In Term 2 students choose from a selection of advanced modules which include Numerical Modelling of Atmospheres and Oceans (compulsory), Dynamics of Tropical and Extra-Tropical Weather Systems, Climate Change, Global Circulation, Boundary Layer Meteorology and Remote Sensing. There is also a series of seminars on 'Applications of Meteorology'. One week of Term 2 is devoted to a team project.
In the third term there is an intensive 4-day course in weather forecasting run by the UK Met Office. The remainder of the course is largely devoted to the preparation of a dissertation on a topic chosen by the student in consultation with members of staff. The final dissertation report must be submitted by mid-August.

Examinations are held in December/January and in April/ May. Many modules also include a continuously assessed component. An oral examination may also be held at the end of the programme.

An MSc is awarded on successful completion of 180 credits worth of material. A Diploma may be awarded on successful completion of 120 credits.

Study options for this course

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  • The awardMPhil, PhDHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study2 - 6 years
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