School of GeoSciences

Meteorology and atmospheric science at Edinburgh

Meteorology is the scientific study of the Earth's atmosphere. It is a branch of physics, and of geophysics, requiring many of the same mathematical and computational techniques as physical oceanography or solid-Earth geophysics. The university has a long and distinguished record of meteorological research and teaching and both staff and students attend a regular seminar series on all aspects of atmospheric science. Facilities include a dedicated meteorological teaching laboratory: you can see the view from the lab on our webcam.

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Our courses

Meteorology teaching at Edinburgh includes:

  • Popular pre-honours courses taken by students on many degree programmes. These courses cover many aspects of the weather in a qualitative manner: clouds, rainfall, hurricanes and tornadoes, rainbows, basic climate science and climate change
  • Specialist courses for honours students in geophysics and physics, covering the dynamics and physics of the weather and the climate
  • Research projects for final-year physics and geophysics students in many aspects of meteorology


Our joint degrees in meteorology open up a range of careers in weather forecasting, climate science and environmental consultancy, in addition to providing a good grounding for various careers which require a strong numerical / physical sciences background.