School of Earth and Environment
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This information is for courses starting in September 2016, if you are applying for September 2017 please visit the University’s Course Listings.

Meteorology and Climate Science helps us to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s atmosphere. This is a matter of extraordinary national and international importance and the demand for knowledge and practical skills in atmospheric science is increasing. Climate change, air pollution and severe meteorological events are crucial environmental issues and 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 (ICAS) and the work of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), both based in the School.

Applicants for this degree should demonstrate a strong background in the physical sciences. The programme provides you with fundamental scientific methodology in mathematics, physics and chemistry to help you appreciate the complex behaviour of Earth's atmosphere and climate system. You will also acquire knowledge and skills in all the main branches of atmospheric science, including atmospheric physics, meteorology, atmospheric chemistry and climatology.

Reasons to study Meteorology and Climate Science at Leeds

  • Research-led teaching covers the full breadth of meteorology and climate science and offers you a chance to work with top scientists involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, attend guest lectures and special seminars and explore exciting opportunities for project work
  • Flexible pathways through your degree accommodate your personal interests in water, environmental management or mathematics
  • 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
  • Hands-on field training features accommodation and travel paid for by the School, plus experience of making atmospheric science measurements on our popular Arran field course
  • Your degree will be accredited by the Royal Meteorological Society, the professional and learned body for weather and climate scientists. An accredited degree is the key step in becoming a Chartered Meteorologist, an increasingly important professional qualification

Our four-year degree options include a Study Year Abroad and Year in Industry that add real value to your degree. You can choose these options directly through UCAS; see the Year in Industry tab (above) and the Other Courses of Interest links (below) for more information and the appropriate UCAS code.

Why Us?

The School of Earth and Environment is one of the largest and most vibrant Schools in the country. Leeds is the only University that has brought together the full range of disciplines from Meteorology and Geophysics, through Environmental Science and Geology to Environmental Social Sciences.

Our £23.5 million building opened in April 2010 and includes state-of-the-art facilities for both teaching and research. Leeds is a Russell Group research-intensive University where you are sure to interact with staff who are at the cutting edge of world-class research in their fields and who will bring these skills into their teaching.  More information on our approach to learning and teaching can be found here.  

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