School of Earth and Environment

Climate and Atmospheric Science

Leeds is a thriving centre of excellence across both the physical science of the climate and the resultant socioeconomic impacts and processes. The University also hosts the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), NCAS is one of six research centres funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), providing NERC's core atmospheric research.

A career in scientific research is always interesting - sometimes exciting - but not everyone is suited to it; the MRes course provides an excellent opportunity to get a taste of postgraduate research study and decide whether it is really the career for you. 

Employability: Employment prospects for graduates of the course are excellent: students with such quantitative skills are in high demand. More than half of students go on to further PhD study in climate or atmospheric science. Other students have proceeded to research roles in government or industry such as environmental consultancies, wind-power companies and the insurance sector.

The course in a nutshell

This 1-year Masters course is designed to prepare graduates in the physical sciences (physics, chemistry, geosciences, environmental sciences) and mathematics for research careers in Climate, Atmospheric or Environmental Sciences. It aims to bridge the gap between undergraduate studies and study for a PhD. The course gives students a broad overview of physical problems in climate and atmospheric science, and a sound understanding of natural physical processes, with a strong emphasis on quantitative data interpretation and physical and numerical modelling.

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