Imperial College London

Course Introduction

This programme explores a number of important topics; 1 such area is the interaction of clouds in the atmosphere with radiation, which is perhaps the biggest single uncertainty in our ability to predict climate change; research topics are under way into the shortwave reflective properties of clouds, and into the longwave infrared behaviour of different cloud types; a 2nd area is the radiative balance of the atmosphere as a whole, and the role of water vapour in particular in amplifying the greenhouse effect due to increasing concentrations of gases such as CO2, and CH4; in this work, researchers are applying the rigorous rules of physics to a system of amazing complexity, in which forcing terms and non'linear feedback terms interact in a fascinating way.

Course Additional Entry

A 2.1 Honours degree and a Master's in a relevant subject area.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
PhD £20,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
PhD £3,924  Academic year. First year home fees