University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics

This course is designed for students from a mathematical background who wish to apply their skills to understanding the complex behaviour of Earth's atmosphere and oceans. This is an interdisciplinary subject, of increasing importance to a society seeking to understand climate change. The focus of the course is on analysing the equations of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics, via mathematical and numerical modelling. Training is thus offered in both modern applied mathematics and atmosphere-ocean science, combining teaching resources from both the schools of mathematics and earth and environment. The latter are provided by members of the school's institute for climate and atmospheric science, part of the national centre for atmospheric science.

Entry requirements

A 1st or Upper 2nd Class degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, or in a physical science subject with a substantial mathematics component; candidates whose 1st language is not English require an appropriate English language qualification (such as IELTS with a score of 6.5 or better).

Course modules

Modules may include: Numerical methods; geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics; linear and nonlinear waves; hydrodynamic stability; atmosphere-ocean climate change processes; dynamics of weather systems; practical weather forecasting; computational fluid dynamics.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,900 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 16,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Telephone number: 
0113 343 5111