Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics MSc

You will study 180 credits in total during your Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics MSc. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project is worth 60 credits. These are the modules studied in 2019.

Complusory modules 

Dissertation in Mathematics - 60 credits

On this module students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to plan and execute a mathematics project; conduct a systematic literature review on some aspect of mathematics and critically appraise the literature in the chosen topic.

Optional modules include

Advanced Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics - 15 credits

This module deals with the way in which we can understand, interpret and predict the flow of air and of water in the Earth's environment. The module will illustrate the theoretical ideas by reference to observations of real environmental flows. This would be of interest to any students interested in the physical environment and is relevant to many applications, such as pollution transport, hydrology or sedimentology.

Dynamics of Weather Systems - 15 credits 

This module deals with advanced principles in Meteorology with an emphasis on a physical understanding of the evolution of weather systems and on practical techniques of weather prediction, including those used by forecasters and other professionals.

Weather, Climate and Air Quality - 30 credits 

This module brings together a range of topics from across the atmospheric sciences which are of importance for Environmental Scientists. These will cover the broad theme of meteorology and weather forecasting, climate change processes and air quality and atmospheric chemistry. By the end of this module students will have an understanding of the sources and processing of air pollution in the troposphere and stratosphere, its impacts on human health and ecosystems, and its interactions with the climate system.

Advanced Geophysical Fluid Dynamics - 20 credits 

This module is concerned with the mathematical modelling of various phenomena observed in geophysical flows. The focus is on wave-like motions in the Earth's atmosphere and ocean, and how these are related to vertical density variations within the fluid and to the rotation of the Earth.

Scientific Computation - 15 credits

Understand the role of computational methods in scientific computing ands the importance of reliability, efficiency and accuracy. You will learn how state-of-the-art algorithms deliver gains in efficiency and allow the solution of large, sparse systems of nonlinear equations.

The full list of optional modules can be read in the course catalogue.