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.
The year abroad
A year in the USA or Australia can add real value to your degree, broadening your academic horizons and demonstrating a high degree of independence – attributes highly valued by prospective employers.
Your Year Abroad is fully integrated into your course, so it counts towards your final degree classification, and you take only Masters-level modules during your fourth and final year. Leeds was the first university in the UK to introduce the fully integrated international study year abroad and we have many years’ experience of working with internationally renowned institutions in North America and Australasia.
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
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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. Accreditation by the industry body also enhances your CV and can help you stand out from the crowd.