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Meteorology and Climate Science (International), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #93 (QS) ,
Meteorology and Climate Science (International) MEnv, BSc is a four-year Integrated Masters degree with a year spent in the USA or Australia. This programme is offered by the University of Leeds.


Meteorology and climate science help us to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s atmosphere. Climate change, air pollution and severe meteorological events are crucial environmental issues. The demand for knowledge and practical skills in atmospheric science is increasing.

We Leeds offer 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 and the work of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, both based in the School of Earth and Environment.

The degree offers fundamental scientific methodology in mathematics, physics and chemistry to help you appreciate the complex behaviour of Earth's atmosphere and climate system. You’ll also gain knowledge and skills in all the main branches of atmospheric science, including atmospheric physics, meteorology, atmospheric chemistry and climatology.

This Meteorology and Climate Science (International) programme is offered by the University of Leeds.
The year abroad

A year in the USA or Australia can add real value to your degree, broadening your academic horizons and demonstrating a high degree of independence – attributes highly valued by prospective employers.

Your Year Abroad is fully integrated into your course, so it counts towards your final degree classification, and you take only Masters-level modules during your fourth and final year. Leeds was the first university in the UK to introduce the fully integrated international study year abroad and we have many years’ experience of working with internationally renowned institutions in North America and Australasia.
Hands-on field training
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 during hands-on field training.
Enhancing your experience
We want to help you make the most of your time at Leeds. Read more in Student experience.
School of Earth and Environment
If you study in our School of Earth and Environment you’ll join one of the largest and most vibrant schools in the country.
Career opportunities

Studying Meteorology and Climate Science at Leeds opens the door to a wide range of careers because of the solid science basis of the degree and the emphasis on practical skills and fieldwork. On graduation, you’ll be able to demonstrate an understanding of climate change and meteorological issues that is valued by the Met Office and other commercial weather forecasting companies, the armed forces, the Environment Agency and public organisations such as local authorities.

Business and commercial interests, such as the insurance industry, also have interests in atmospheric science. The MEnv provides excellent preparation for further study, as well as careers in meteorology.

Our graduates typically pursue successful careers in meteorology, climate science and air quality control, as well as in industry, commerce and government services, where knowledge of the atmosphere is increasingly essential to policy and decision making.


This degree is accredited by the Royal Meteorological Society, the professional and learned body for weather and climate scientists. An accredited degree is a key step in becoming a Chartered Meteorologist, an increasingly important professional qualification. Accreditation by the industry body also enhances your CV and can help you stand out from the crowd.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The programme is designed around a combination of compulsory core modules, as well as opportunities to choose optional modules that allow you to follow areas of personal interest through our specialist pathways.

During Year 2 you'll have opportunities to acquire skills in particular areas of meteorology and climate science, and to maximise your employability in various aspects of the discipline. These specialist routes are supported by close links with our industrial partners, to ensure that the education we deliver prepares you for employment in a range of environmental careers.

You will spend your third year studying abroad at one of partner universities. The marks you receive are translated to Leeds equivalents and count towards your final degree classification.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Entry requirements
  • A-level: A*AA, including mathematics and either physics or chemistry.

Offers exclude general studies

Applicants for this degree should demonstrate a strong background in the physical sciences.

If you do not achieve the higher grades required for this four-year programme, we guarantee you a place on the BSc programme (provided you achieve the grades required for the BSc). A successful performance during years 1 and 2 will support an application to transfer back to this Integrated Masters programme.
Alternative qualifications
  • BTEC: Please contact the School's Undergraduate Admissions Team for more information.
  • International Baccalaureate: 35 points overall, with 19 points at the Higher Level, which should include at least one science subject or mathematics and one other – see list for A-levels
  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate): AAAAAA (Higher Level) + Ordinary Level Maths and English
  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers: AdvancedHighers: AAA in subjects as for A-levels. Highers: We will accept two Highersin place of a third Advanced Higher
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Earth and Environment Undergraduate Admissions Team.
English language requirements
  • IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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