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The Atmospheric Sciences and Air Pollution programme takes advantage of the research experience of the School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences. Within theEnvironmental Health Sciences research group, Climate and Atmosphere research specilises in applied meteorology and climatology, and links closely with the Air Pollution research group in the Division of Environmental Health & Risk Management, which is the lagest air pollution research group in any UK University, The research team of over 20 postdoctoral researchers and graduate students is highly international in character and derives its research funding not only from Research Councils and the Euorpean union but also through large contracts with Government Departments. The School has excellent Laboratory and IT facilities for research.


Students taking the PhD with Integrated Study in Atmospheric Sciences & Air Pollution take 120 credits of modules, selected from a wide range including:

* Research Methods (10 credits; core module)
* Causes & Effects of Air Pollution (20 credits)
* Climate Change (10 credits)
* Air Pollution Meteorology (10 credits)
* Air Pollution Chemistry (20 credits)
* Air Quality Management (10 credits)
* Atmospheric Observations (10 credits)
* Atmospheric Composition & Physics (20 credits)
* Theoretical Meteorology Atmospheric Dynamics (20 credits)
* Weather Forecasting and Climate Modelling (20 credits)
* Carbon Management (10 credits)

Students will also complete a major independent research project, leading to a 50,000 word PhD Thesis (dissertation), which is assessed by an oral viva examination.

The research topic is agreed in discussion between the student and their PhD supervisor(s), and may be in any of the Environmental Health Sciences research areas.

UK requirements for international applications

Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

University requirements

Program requirements


A 2.1 (Hons) degree in a relevant discipline.
International students
Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

* by holding an English language qualification to the right level
* by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6 TOEFL iBT® test: 82

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


* Home/EU students £3,950 FT only
* International students £16,230 FT only

Learn more about fees and funding

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

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