Meteorology is the study of atmospheric phenomena over time scales from hours to decades. This field not only includes the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of the atmosphere, but is also extended to include many of the direct effects and feedbacks of the atmosphere upon the earth’s surface, the oceans, and life in general. The goals of meteorology are the understanding and accurate simulation and prediction of atmospheric phenomena. Our graduates are able to professionally apply, develop, and communicate meteorological science in many fields for the benefit of society.

Programmes in our department

  • BSc Meteorology
  • BScHons Meteorology
  • MSc Meteorology
  • PhD Meteorology

Students who successfully complete the BSc Meteorology and BSc (Hons) Meteorology programs conform to all the requirements for a meteorologist according to the definition of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Technical Regulations.

Career opportunities

UP graduates in meteorology work as weather forecasters, researchers, climatologists, and lecturers and institutions. Meteorologists are employed by institutions involved in the study, interpretation, and prediction of weather, atmospheric science, and phenomena relating to the climate. The South African Weather Service (SAWS), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), some universities, agricultural institutions, municipalities, consultants, and industries employ meteorologists who mainly practice as specialists.

- Author Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology

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