PhD Opportunities

There are many opportunities for suitably-qualified students to do a PhD degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Physics or Atmospheric Chemistry at universities in the UK. Brief details and links to Departmental websites for some of these are given below.

Research opportunities are also posted on the RMetS Jobs Board.

Course organisers, if your PhD website is not listed below, please contact

PhD Courses

Centre for Atmospheric Science

Departments of Chemistry, Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and Geography

The Centre for Atmospheric Science has a very active research programme in all aspects of atmospheric chemistry and dynamics.

For more details of our areas of research and PhD opportunities, please visit their website or those of the individual departments.

School of Environmental Sciences

The School of Environmental Sciences is one of the longest established, largest and most fully developed Schools of Environmental Sciences in Europe. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, the School was rated 'double 5*', the highest possible research ranking and in the most recent Teaching Quality Assessment, it was awarded an 'excellent' rating.

The School offers MSc by Research, MPhil and PhD courses.

See their website for details.

School of Geosciences, Global Change Research Institute

The Global Change Research Institute at the University of Edinburgh offers postgraduate training (PhD and MRes) in a number of topics in atmospheric science. Information about PhD opportunities can be found here.

Department of Physics, Space and Atmospheric Physics Group

A description of current research and post-graduate opportunities in Space and Atmospheric Physics at Imperial College, London may be found on this webpage.


Atmospheric Science Research Group

PhD positions are occasionally available here. For further details visit their webpage.

Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, School of Earth and Environment

Projects are available in the research areas of atmospheric dynamics (especially mesoscale meteorology), atmospheric chemistry, and aerosols and clouds. Our research covers fieldwork, modelling and laboratory studies from the boundary layer to the stratosphere. See here for more information.

School of Earth and Environmental Science, Centre for Atmospheric Science 

The Centre for Atmospheric Science studies processes important to climate change and air quality in the troposphere and lower stratosphere – the lowest 20 km of the Earth’s atmosphere. They are one of the largest such groups in UK universities, and have extensive collaborative links with leading atmospheric sciences groups world-wide. They have a strong experimental programme, with a range of state-of-the-art facilities for field and laboratory measurements. Potential applicants are referred to the Centre's web pages for further information.

Department of Physics, Sub-Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

Each year there are opportunities for doctoral research in some of the following areas: space and ground-based experiments for observing the Earth and its atmosphere; space experiments for observing the planets; climate change; modelling of the Earth's atmosphere; atmospheric modelling of other planets; laboratory fluid dynamics. For details see here.

Department of Meteorology

The department carries out research in both dynamical and physical meteorology with a broad range of topics covering field work, lab work, theoretical and numerical modelling.

For details of PhD research in the Department, see here.