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Atmospheric Science (MSc) - Master of Science in Atmospheric Science

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School:The University of British Columbia - Vancouver - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Faculty:Faculty of Science
Degree:Master
Field of Study:Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Description:

We engage in fundamental research in atmospheric science, both independently and in cooperation with federal and provincial laboratories and other research groups around the world. The emphasis of the research is on studies of processes and developing physical understanding of the atmosphere. The research commonly involves field or laboratory measurement and observation; data analysis and interpretation; and numerical model construction, modification and validation.



Atmospheric scientists use principles of classical physics to study, explain, and predict atmospheric behavior on scales ranging from turbulent eddies through storm clouds to earth’s global circulation. We are motivated by weather-related big societal issues including climate change, air quality, and renewable energy. Important tools include big data (statistics, machine learning, scientific programming), geographic information systems and remote sensing. Our methods include lab experiments, field experiments, numerical weather prediction, and climate simulation. We support our grad students with government grants for pure research, with industry contracts for tailored meteorological applications, and with teaching assistantships.
URL:Atmospheric Science (MSc) - Master of Science in Atmospheric Science at The University of British Columbia - Vancouver - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Areas of Research:* boundary layer and micrometeorology, including turbulence and urban meteorology * weather, including mesoscale meteorology, numerical weather prediction and weather disasters * air pollution and atmospheric chemistry * climate, including climatology, climate variability and prediction, earth system modelling, climate change, remote sensing of clouds * ocean-atmosphere interactions * biometeorology, including agricultural and forest meteorology * geophysical fluid dynamics
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $5,096
National: $5,096

Cost per year is the tuition per year plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%.
Enrolment #:30

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*76
Prerequisites:*

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    We encourage grad applicants from a wide variety of scientific, math, statistics, and engineering backgrounds. Applicants do not need a Bachelor's degree in meteorology or atmospheric science. For example, current grad students have university degrees in physics, mathematics, physical geography, engineering, chemistry, computer science, and many other fields. Strong physics, math, and computational background is desired.

    Applicants for a master's degree program must hold the academic equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree from UBC including one of the following:

  • A minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses.
  • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in the field of study.
  • Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 100] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7.0]

    Applicants whose degrees are from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission.
    All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.
    All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study.

    Application Notes : Applicants whose degrees are from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission.
    All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.
    All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Statement of Research Interests
    A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
    Cost Notes : Cost per year is the tuition per year plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on July 21, 2020