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Meteorology and Climate Science (Industrial) BSc (Full time) 2017 start

  • Overview

    Meteorology and climate science help us to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s atmosphere. Climate change, air pollution and severe meteorological events are crucial environmental issues. The demand for knowledge and practical skills in atmospheric science is increasing.

    The School of Earth and Environment at Leeds offers one of the few UK degrees that focuses entirely on meteorology and climate science. The programme is underpinned by the international research excellence of the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science and the work of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, both based in the School.

    The degree offers fundamental scientific methodology in mathematics, physics and chemistry to help you appreciate the complex behaviour of Earth's atmosphere and climate system. You’ll also gain knowledge and skills in all the main branches of atmospheric science, including atmospheric physics, meteorology, atmospheric chemistry and climatology.

    Hands-on field training

    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.

    Enhancing your experience

    We want to help you make the most of your time at Leeds. Read more in Student experience.

    School of Earth and Environment

    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.

  • Course content

    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.

    You will go to spend your year in industry at the end of year 2, returning to campus to complete your final year of study. Read more in "Course overview" and "Study abroad and work placements".

    In your final year you'll study specialist atmospheric and climate modules and undertake a research project.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    Some modules are compulsory depending on your A-levels.

    • Natural Hazards 10 credits
    • Sustainable Development: Concepts and Case Studies 20 credits
    • Environment and Ecology 10 credits
    • The Atmosphere of Planet Earth 10 credits
    • Advanced Mathematics for Environmental and Geophysical Scientists 10 credits
    • Introduction to Meteorology and Weather Forecasting 10 credits
    • Water in the Environment 10 credits
    • Environmental Science / Meteorology and Climate Science Tutorials 10 credits
    • Introductory Earth Sciences 10 credits
    • Intermediate Mathematics for Environmental and Geophysical Scientists (compulsory for students without A-level Further or Pure Maths)
    • Introductory Chemistry for Earth and Environmental Scientists (compulsory for students without A-level or AS-level Chemistry)
    • Physics for Environmental Science (compulsory for students without A-level or AS-level Physics)

    Optional modules

    If you are exempt from taking the Maths/Physics/Chemistry modules you may take either 20 credits of optional modules or 10 credits of optional modules and 10 credits of Discovery modules.

    • Ice Age Environments and the Quaternary Evolution of the British Isles 10 credits
    • Environmental Politics and Policy 10 credits

    Discovery modules

    Candidates may study up to 10 credits of approved Discovery modules.

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Meteorology 10 credits
    • Climate Change: Science and Impacts 10 credits
    • Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics 10 credits
    • Computer Systems and Programming 10 credits
    • Atmospheric Pollution from Local to Global Scales 10 credits
    • Atmospheric Physics 10 credits
    • Environmental Research and Career Skills 30 credits

    Optional modules

    You choose either the 'Water', 'Environmental Management' or 'Maths' pathway and take both modules in that Pathway. You then choose one further 10 credit optional module from another Pathway, or alternatively choose a 10 credit Discovery module. Full Pathway details are in the Programme Catalogue

    • Mathematics for Geophysical and Environmental Sciences 3 10 credits
    • Introductory Oceanography 10 credits
    • Climate Change: Society and Human Dimensions 10 credits
    • Water Quality 10 credits
    • Energy Transitions: Technologies, Markets and Policy 10 credits
    • Mathematics for Geophysical and Environmental Sciences 4 10 credits

    Discovery modules

    Candidates may study up to 10 credits of approved Discovery modules.

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Professional Placement 120 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Environmental Research Project 40 credits
    • Dynamics of Weather Systems 10 credits
    • Atmospheric Science Field Skills 10 credits
    • Atmosphere and Ocean Climate Change Processes 10 credits
    • Atmospheric Pollution: Causes, Impact and Regulation 10 credits
    • Practical Weather Forecasting 10 credits
    • Frontiers in Environmental Research 10 credits

    Optional modules

    You can choose up to 20 credits from the following optional modules or up to 20 credits of Discovery modules.

    • Earth Observations from Space 10 credits
    • Catchment Processes and Management 20 credits
    • Past Global Environmental Systems 10 credits
    • Ice in the Earth System 10 credits
    • Earth and Environmental Sciences into Schools 10 credits
    • Oceanography in the Earth System 10 credits
    • Strategic Energy Issues 10 credits
    • Terrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System 10 credits

    Discovery modules

    Candidates may study up to 20 credits of approved Discovery modules.

    For more information on typical modules, read Meteorology and Climate Science (Industrial) BSc in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    Most modules combine lectures with practicals, workshops or seminars, depending on the subject. These are enhanced with skills classes, fieldtrips and small group academic tutorials. You can expect to study in a variety of settings, from large lecture theatres to computer clusters, seminar rooms, tutorials, laboratories, visualisation suites and out in the field. Our state-of-the-art building is in the centre of the campus and provides an ideal working environment, and offers quiet study and coffee areas when you are not in class.

    Read more about learning and teaching methods.

    We offer research-led teaching across the breadth of our disciplines, from specialists in their field. As Leeds is a research-intensive Russell Group University, you’ll be studying amongst staff who are at the cutting edge of research world-wide, and who will incorporate this expertise into their teaching.


    Our £23.5 million building opened in April 2010 and boasts state-of-the-art facilities for both teaching and research. These include our groundbreaking Earth Visualization Laboratory, all brand-new microscopes and a 3-D suite. Read about facilities in the School of Earth and Environment.


    You'll be assessed through a variety of methods, specifically designed to help students learn, whatever their preferred learning style. We use both coursework and exams, but with a general progression from an emphasis on exams in year 1 towards an emphasis on coursework your final year.

    Read more in learning and teaching methods.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: ABB , including mathematics and either physics or chemistry.

    Offers exclude general studies.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      60 credits overall with at least 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit. Must be in relevant subjects.

    • BTEC

      Please contact the School's Undergraduate Admissions Team for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, M2, M2

    • International Baccalaureate

      34 points overall, with 16 points at the Higher Level, which should include at least one science subject or mathematics and one other – see list for A-levels

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      AAABBB + Ordinary Level Maths and English

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      Advanced Highers: ABB in subjects as for A-levels. Highers: We will accept two Highers in place of a third Advanced Higher

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Applicants for this degree should demonstrate a strong background in the physical sciences.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    Access to Leeds Entry Requirements for this course: BBC including a B in Mathematics


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Earth and Environment Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    Faculty of Environment Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £19,750 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

    The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    While the School heavily subsidises or covers the cost of all compulsory taught fieldcourses, you may have to supplement these trips depending on the destination you choose. There will however always be a free option for you to select. You may incur some costs for some optional fieldtrip modules. Full details are available on request.

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    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.

    Your employment prospects can be further enhanced by an MSc degree, and we offer a number of vocational Earth and Environment Masters degrees in Leeds, with industry-sponsored scholarships and other funds available, as well as funding only available to Leeds graduates.

    Careers support

    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

    Year in industry

    On this programme you spend a year in industry between years 2 and 3 of your studies. This allows you to gain valuable hands-on experience, and earn a salary, before you complete the final year of your degree.

    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:

    • apply your academic learning in the workplace
    • gain valuable work experience, as part of your degree, that will enhance your CV and job opportunities
      enhance your personal development and life skills
    • develop your transferable skills, providing important evidence for job application forms
    • return to your final year of studies with enthusiasm and a better appreciation of the opportunities available to you as a student at the University of Leeds.
    Read more about Year in Industry on the School website.

  • Fieldwork

    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 your final year, 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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