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Postgraduate Study

The MPhil in Quantitative Climate and Environmental Sciences is a 10-month cross-departmental programme in the School of the Physical Sciences which aims to provide education of the highest quality in the analysis and modelling of Earth's climate and environment at a master’s level. The programme covers a range of skills required for the acquisition and assessment of laboratory and field data, and for the understanding through quantitative modelling of climate and environmental processes. 

The course structure has been designed to provide students with the theoretical knowledge, practical experience, and transferable skills required to undertake world-leading quantitative scientific research in Climate and Environmental Sciences. The course will train a new generation of scientists to work with environmental data to address the myriad of challenges associated with climate change. Multidisciplinary skills will be developed through diverse topics addressed in the course combined with a research project which will prepare students for further academic research and careers in many sectors of the economy dealing with climate and environmental impacts.

The course responds to the growing:

  • demand for highly trained quantitative research scientists in climate and environmental modelling to better understand global and local climate change and its consequences,
  • societal demand to find solutions to climate-related challenges and develop new sustainable technologies,
  • importance of interdisciplinary expertise to better respond to the complexity of challenges faced by societies in a changing climate.

The objectives of the course are to give students:

  • a deep knowledge in scientific areas related to climate and environmental change,
  • a familiarity and facility with acquiring and assessing climate and environmental data,
  • a knowledge and practical experience in climate and environmental modelling, an awareness of the impacts and possible solutions to climate change.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

  1. a thorough knowledge of state-of-the-art climate and environmental science;
  2. a comprehensive understanding of, and the ability to develop or interrogate, models of climate and environmental systems;
  3. demonstrated abilities for the critical evaluation of scientific analysis on climate and environmental processes.


Students wishing to progress to PhD study after passing the Masters degree should reapply for admission to a PhD through the University admissions website, taking the funding and application deadlines into consideration.

Open Days

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, the Department of Earth Sciences, and other MPhil participating Departments contribute to the University of Cambridge's Postgraduate Open Day.

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the end of October. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Details of activities hosted by the Faculty of Mathematics can be found on the Faculty website.


This course is advertised in the following departments:

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Key Information

10 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2024

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
April 2, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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