Imperial College London

Imperial College London

Atmosphere and Climate Physics

This programme explores a number of important topics; one such area is the interaction of clouds in the atmosphere with radiation, which is perhaps the biggest single uncertainty in our ability to predict climate change; research topics are under way into the shortwave reflective properties of clouds, and into the longwave infrared behaviour of different cloud types; a 2nd area is the radiative balance of the atmosphere as a whole, and the role of water vapour in particular in amplifying the greenhouse effect due to increasing concentrations of gases such as CO2, and CH4; in this work, researchers are applying the rigorous rules of physics to a system of amazing complexity, in which forcing terms and non-linear feedback terms interact in a fascinating way.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree and a Master's in a relevant subject area.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 3,924 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 20,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
South Kensington Campus Kensington and Chelsea SW7 2AZ South East

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