To become a leading research or applied scientist, a good degree from a university is essential. This may or may not be in meteorology. Others enter meteorology with degrees in physics or maths. An increasing number of people enter the profession with degrees in associated subjects, including computing, environmental studies, physical geography and electronics.
This webpage contains information about meteorology courses in British universities. It does not explicitly contain information about research opportunities. Details of research opportunities can be found here.
Information about research opportunities can also be found on the webpages of the schools and departments which are listed below.
Not all of the courses shown below have been accepted as fulfilling the requirements for core content under the Society's Chartered Meteorologist Accreditation Scheme. List of accredited courses.
Three and four-year degree BSc progammes are available as follows:
BSc in Meteorology and Oceanography
BSc in Mathematics with Meteorology
BSc in Environmental Sciences
BSc in Environmental Earth Sciences
BSc in Geophysical Sciences
In the four-year programmes, opportunities exist to spend a year in industry or to study for a year in France, Spain, Sweden, the USA or New Zealand
Contact for BSc
This degree programme includes some meteorology and climate science
Contact: The Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
These combine oceanography with meteorology and climatology.
Tel: +44 (0)151 794 5147 Fax: +44(0)151 794 5196
Contact: The Admissions Secretary, The Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences, The University of Liverpool, 4 Brownlow Street, Liverpool, L69 3GP
This course includes optional models in meteorology and climatology.
Department of Physics
Sub-department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics
BA in Physics - three year programme
MPhys in Physics - four-year programme
In both of these programmes, there are core courses in atmospheric physics. The MPhys includes, in the fourth year, a major option entitled Physics of atmospheres and oceans.
Contact see course links above.
Contact: Department of Meteorology, The University of Reading, PO Box 243, Reading, RG6 6BB. Address correspondence to either the Undergraduate Admissions Tutor or the MSc Admissions Tutor, as appropriate.
A wide range of free courses in meteorology is available online as part of the COMET programme
Those who wish to enter the profession at non-graduate level require A-level or a relevant vocational qualification in a mathematical or physical science. Opportunities exist within the profession for vocational training leading to higher-level qualifications.