How to apply

Apply now for Autumn 2017 entry

Apply using our online application form and you will be guided through the application process. When filling out the application please include all qualifications, including high-school qualifications (e.g. A-level, International Baccalaureate or equivalent).

If you are unable to apply online you can request a paper application form by telephoning +44(0) 118 378 5289 or writing to the Admissions Office, University of Reading, Miller Building, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AB, UK.

When to apply

MSc in Applied Meteorology, MSc Atmosphere Ocean and Climate

There is no specific deadline to apply and applications will be considered until the course is full, however you are advised to apply as soon as possible for admission in September 2017. Please note that international applicants are advised to apply by 1 June 2017 at the latest to allow time for visas etc.

MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate Management

Applicants for the MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate Management who are applying for WMO funding must hold a Letter of Unconditional Offer of a place on our AMCM programme from the university before applying to the WMO for a Fellowship. Therefore we recommend that you apply for a place on our programme by the end of October 2017 for 2018/19 entry to allow yourself time to complete any conditions stated on your offer letter before the WMO Fellowship application deadline date. See also below regarding funding for this course option.

Prerequisites for the MSc courses

Good knowledge of physics and mathematics are required for the MSc courses in Meteorology. While many students will have used mathematics and physics in their undergraduate degrees, there may be some areas of knowledge and techniques that have been forgotten since study at A-level.

This page is designed to give an overview of the topics that it is useful to have a basic knowledge of before starting the MSc courses. There are topics in maths, physics and meteorology and included are links to self-teaching material. Students should make sure they understand these topics before starting the course, although help will be available during the course.

This page provides information for the following courses:

  • MSc Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate (AOC)
  • MSc Applied Meteorology (AM)
  • MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate with Management (AMCM)

All courses (AOC, AM and AMCM)



AOC only




Using computers to simulate weather and climate is a vital part of the study of meteorology. Many students have little or no experience of computer programming before starting the MSc course. The following links provide an introduction to using Python, a programming language:

  • Codecademy This starts you off with Python and can be done in a web browser (no software needed for installation)
  • Hour of Code A similar tutorial, aimed at kids, but still a useful introduction

AM and AMCM only



The following books are suggested reading that will give you a good background before starting the AM or AMCM courses. There is no requirement to buy any books before starting the course, and any required reading will be available in the department library for use during the course. However if you wish to get hold of them from a library the reading will put you in a good position for beginning the course.

  • Understand the Weather by Peter Inness (Hodder Headline, 2010) (especially Chapter 8)
  • The Weather Observer's Handbook by Stephen Burt (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • Meteorological Measurements and Instrumentation by Giles Harrison (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)


No previous computer programming knowledge is expected or required for students on the AM or AMCM courses. However, some parts of the course will involve computing, so may wish to have a look at the links to introductions to programming in python in the AOC section to give yourself a headstart.

Fees and funding

Fees for our Postgraduate taught Masters Courses in Meteorology can be found on the University's postgraduate fees pages

Alumni fee discount

If you have already studied at the University of Reading you will receive a 10% discount on the fees of a Master's course or the first year of another postgraduate degree (up to a maximum of £1,000). Further information, including the full terms and conditions, is available on the alumni discount page.


Have a look at our funding search page

Postgraduate loans for master’s degrees: for full-time or part-time master’s degree courses you can apply for a Government postgraduate loan (eligibility: you must be under 60, ordinarily live in England and don’t already have a master’s degree or higher qualification). You’ll be able to borrow up to £10,000 to pay your fees and help with living costs, and this is not dependent on personal or family income. Find out more about the Government Postgraduate Loan scheme.

The WMO and Chevening also make Fellowships and Scholarships available annually. Check their websites for details about their annual applications timeline.

Applicants for the MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate Management (AMCM) course who are seeking WMO funding

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) provides a number of fellowships each year for our AMCM programme. Applications for funding are dealt with by WMO and not by the University of Reading, but please note that in order to apply to WMO for funding, candidates must satisfy the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Must be employed by a less developed nation's meteorological service
  2. Must hold an unconditional offer of a place on the MSc AMCM programme at the University of Reading. Therefore you must complete whatever condition is stated on your offer letter from us before you apply for WMO funding - whether this is to have taken and passed an English language test, supplied references or supplied copies of certificates, etc.
  3. Will need the approval of the WMO Permanent Representative of their home country to be put forward for a WMO fellowship.

Find out more about WMO funding

Come and meet us

Interested in the Masters programme, but not sure whether it’s for you? We welcome pre-application visits and tours of the department from prospective students on our visit days - for more information and upcoming visit dates please e-mail.

We look forward to receiving your application!

After you apply

When we receive your application form, we will send you an acknowledgement of receipt. Your application will then be reviewed by an academic member of staff. If successful you will receive an offer letter (by e-mail) outlining any entry criteria which you will be required to meet and be required to confirm your acceptance of this offer. Please contact us at any stage if you have any questions.


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