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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MRes Climate and Atmospheric Science

Programme code:MOR-ENV/CASUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Ryan Neely III Contact address:R.Neely@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 185

Entry requirements:

2i or better BSc (Hons) degree, or equivalent, in any physical science (including physics, chemistry, geography, meteorology, atmospheric science), mathematical, engineering, biological (including ecology) discipline, other degrees will be considered as well. Relevant professional experience may also be considered. Please contact the Programme Leader if you have questions about applying for the MResCAS.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Earth and Environment

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Earth and Environment

Programme specification:

The MResCAS is the only programme of its kind in the UK and builds upon the world-leading research in climate and atmospheric being conducted across the University of Leeds. As a result, the MResCAS is the ideal post-graduate programme to prepare you for a research career in climate and atmospheric science. This includes both preparing you for PhD studies as well as going into an industrial or government research career or consultancy.

The MResCAS is comprised of 3 main components: Research Skills Modules, Specialist Knowledge Modules and the Research Project.

The Research Skills Modules are comprised of three 15 credit modules which provide expert training in fieldwork and observational science (SOEE5090), quantitative analysis (i.e. programming, SOEE5710) and engaging with the scientific quality and discourse (i.e. critically reading scientific literature and communicating your synthesis of this and your results, SOEE5915).

The Specialist Knowledge Modules consist of 45 credits that are free for you to choose so that you may tailor your learning towards your research interests.

The Research Project (SOEE5961) is the main focus of the MResCAS programme and is worth 90 credits. This project will be done in conjunction with a research advisor that you choose in the first semester. This research is often in collaboration with an external institution and involves fieldwork.

It is expected that you will become embedded in the research group of your advisor and will be treated similar to a first-year PhD student. The ultimate aim of the Independent Research Project is to write a manuscript that is worthy of being published in an international scientific journal appropriate to your research.

In addition to your research advisor, one of the MResCAS programme delivery team members will be assigned to you as personal tutors and will hold tutoring sessions throughout the year to check on your well-being and help you become immersed in the research culture of the School of Earth and Environment.

At the end of the programme students should be able to:
• Demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge at the forefront of climate and atmospheric science;

• Critically and creatively evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the discipline;

• Formulate ideas and hypotheses and to develop, implement and execute plans by which to evaluate these;

• Engage in a quantitative approach to climate and atmospheric sciences;

• Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship;

• Take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others;

• Effective communicate the findings of their own research


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Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE5090MAdvanced Environmental Science Field and Research Skills15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5710MAdvanced Data Analysis and Visualisation for Environmental Applications15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE5915MScientific Quality and Discourse15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE5961MMRes Research Project90 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)

Optional modules:

Candidates will also complete a ‘Specialist Knowledge’ component of modules to acquire expert scientific knowledge within a chosen area of climate and atmospheric sciences in preparation for the Research Project (SOEE5961M). This unit comprises a minimum of 45 credits, and each candidate will make a bespoke selection from the modules listed below. Note that you may take up to 50 credits if needed.

BLGY5117MIntroduction to GIS Skills for Ecologists10 credits 
BLGY5118MPopulation Dynamics10 credits 
CHEM3136Energy, Molecules and Chemical Change10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM3185Atmospheric Chemistry10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MATH3458Geophysical Fluid Dynamics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MATH5458MAdvanced Geophysical Fluid Dynamics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS5100MWinds, Bubbles and Explosions15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE3151Dynamics of Weather Systems10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE3190Earth Observations from Space10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE3410Atmosphere and Ocean Climate Change Processes10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE3431Atmospheric Pollution: Causes, Impact and Regulation10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE3515Ice in the Earth System10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE3535Atmospheric Physics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE3700Practical Weather Forecasting10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE3760Terrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE5515MIce in the Earth System15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE5540MClimate Change: Physical Science Basis15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5550MClimate Change: Impacts and Adaptation15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE5561MClimate Change Mitigation15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE5680MDynamics of Weather Systems15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5685MWeather, Climate and Air Quality30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE5970MTerrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Other elective options are available, and the Specialist Knowledge tutor will guide you through the module choices.

Elective modules:


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