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PhD Atmospheric Sciences

PhD Atmospheric Sciences

Course Overview

Programme Description

Active in many areas of atmospheric science, exploring a range of physical, chemical and electrical processes. Current research projects include: radiative transfer, precipitation and cloud electrification, boundary layer processes, aerosol properties; cloud physics and chemistry, and atmospheric pollution in the urban environment. Research carried out in these areas includes field observations, laboratory investigations, theoretical studies and numerical modelling.

Field experiments and interpretation of field observations form the largest part of this group’s activities. 

LEARNING MODE On Campus Learning, Distance learning
DURATION 36 Months 
  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £4,407, Band 1 £7,000, Band 2 £9,500, Band 3 £14,000
    International students (per annum): Standard £24,000, Band 1 £26,000, Band 2 £29,000, Band 3 £31,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £2,203, Band 1 £3,500; Band 2 £4,750; Band 3 £7,000
    International students (per annum): Standard £12,000, Band 1 £13,000; Band 2 £15,750; Band 3 £18,250
Programme options

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MPhil Y Y N N

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Entry Requirements


Academic entry qualification overview

We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class USA honours degree or international equivalent, in a relevant science discipline or a first degree with an additional USA Masters degree (or international equivalent).

English language

Overseas students would need to demonstrate competence in English.  Students who do not already possess a recognised English Language qualification will need to take an English language test and attain a minimum of:

  • IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each sub-test
  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with no less than 22 in each sub-test

How to Apply

Advice to applicants

Before you start your application, make sure you have all the information and documents you will need:

  • Potential supervisor:  you can find a list of our Academic and Research staff here .
  • Transcript and degree certificates: please notice that you will need to provide transcripts even if you haven’t graduated by the time you apply.
  • English certificate: see our entry requirements for more information.
  • Personal statement: your personal statement shouldn’t be longer than a page. For more information on how to write one see here .  
  • Research proposal:  for advice on how to write one click here .
  • CV

* Please notice that you will need to submit translations if your original documents are not in English.

* It is preferable to submit your documents in PDF format.



If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.