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Mathematics and Meteorology (MMath) MMath

University of Reading

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  • Qualification

    Master of Mathematics - MMath

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Develop your independent research skills and gain an in-depth knowledge of the mathematics behind the Earth's weather systems and oceans on our MMath Mathematics and Meteorology degree.Modern weather forecasting and climate prediction rely upon accurate numerical modelling of the atmosphere and oceans. This masters-level course will enable you to develop your mathematics skills whilst gaining a broad knowledge of meteorology and environmental physical science. You will spend roughly equal amounts of time on both subjects. The degree places a strong emphasis on developing independent research skills, and is ideal if you are considering a career in the mathematical modelling of areas such as the atmosphere or fluid dynamic systems.In mathematics you will study the theory and application of differential equations, underpinned with a knowledge of calculus, analysis and linear algebra. You'll be given plenty of support, including small group problem-solving tutorials and materials to help you manage the transition to university-level mathematics. Additionally, you can get involved with the Department's Staff Student Forums and the Student Teaching and Learning Group.In meteorology you will explore the inner workings of weather systems from a physical and dynamic viewpoint. The course is theory-based and will cover subjects such as atmospheric physics, numerical methods, climate change, and weather and climate fundamentals. In the second year you will also take a skills module, which is designed to improve your transferable skills and enhance your employability.During the third and final years of the degree you can develop your knowledge by exploring areas of interest in greater depth. Half of the modules in this year are optional and include subjects from both areas of the course such as boundary layer meteorology, calculus of variations and oceanography. You will also complete a research project on a mathematical topic in the third year and an area of meteorology during the final year. A member of staff will support you in this work and, whichever research topic you pick, you can be sure of getting expert supervision.This course approved by the Royal Meteorological Society as appropriate academic training for meteorologists seeking the qualifications of Chartered Meteorologist (CMet) or Registered Meteorologist (RMet).This course is approved by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and enables you to apply for Chartered Mathematician status following graduation.**Placement**You may choose to carry out a summer placement in an area such as modelling or forecasting in order to gain an insight into industry and gain valuable experience.Alternatively, you can opt to take the five-year version of this course, incorporating a year in industry. You will be given advice and support for finding the ideal placement, as well writing a CV and interview skills, by our dedicated placements officer.**Careers**As a mathematics graduate, you can choose to work as a mathematician for public sector organisations, such as health authorities or the Office for National Statistics, or areas of the private sector including commerce and information technology. Furthermore, you can move into a range of related careers such as accountancy, financial analysis, engineering, computing or actuarial work.Your meteorological knowledge will enable you to work as a forecaster or research scientist at a national organisation, such as the Met Office or Environment Agency, or a commercial company. Financial businesses are increasingly employing weather forecasters to advise traders of the possible impacts of the weather on prices of commodities, and a number of our graduates now work in this area.Alternatively you can choose to further develop your skills by

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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£ 23,700per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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including Mathematics at grade A. If you place us as your Firm choice we will accept you with one grade lower than this, including accepting a B in Maths at A level. (e.g. BBC with Maths at B or ABD with Maths at either A or B).


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University information

University of Reading

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  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 23,000 students from around 160 countries.
Reading is a lively town just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master's and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

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    37th out of 72 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    122 51%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82.0 82%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.03 81%



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