A two-dimensional simulation of the flow around a cylinder using the discrete vortex method (image courtesy of Yorgos Deskos)

This is a modern MSc course in Engineering Fluid Mechanics for the Offshore, Coastal and Built Environments.

MSc in Engineering Fluid Mechanics for the Offshore, Coastal and Built Environments (H141) 1YFT or (H14124) 2YPT

This new MSc programme will educate future Engineers specialising in civil engineering fluid mechanics. The offshore, coastal and built environments represent a unique combination of areas, providing students with a well-rounded and broad knowledge of civil engineering fluid mechanics. The students will have access to the world-class Hydrodynamics Laboratory at Imperial College London to perform and observe experimental investigations. This will allow students to cement principles taught during lectures, as well as inspiring the future crop of Engineers in Fluid Mechanics. In addition, there is a strong design component to the programme in the shape of four projects to emphasise application and industry relevance. Furthermore, students will also have the opportunity to undertake research with academics within the top-rated Civil and Environmental Engineering Department from recent research assessment exercises.


Applications are invited from undergraduates completing their first degree in engineering and science disciplines, as well as those with relevant industrial and professional experience. The minimum entry requirement for consideration is a good degree from a UK university (at upper second class or above), a B grade at Mathematics A-level, or the equivalent overseas qualifications. Special cases, based on relevant postgraduate industrial experience, may be made in some circumstances.

Accordion - MSc Fluids

Aims and objectives

The MSc programme aims to educate future Engineers in the field of Fluid Mechanics with a wide range of applications in offshore, coastal and the built environments. The course is designed to provide students with a solid technical basis in fluid mechanics through a coherent, coordinated and balanced degree programme, integrating core engineering science and recent research findings with practical application and design experience.

Full or part time study options

There is one single entry point per year at the beginning of October. The full-time programme is taken over 12 months with part-time available on a Term Release part-time basis only.

Download the Guidance for Tier-4 Visa-dependent students for Part-Time study‌. 

Course structure

The MSc programme consists of two pre-session modules, eleven taught modules, two design projects and one research project, all of which are compulsory.

The pre-session modules are unassessed and are primers in mathematics and Matlab (these are for self-study at home). These will ensure that all students arrive with a good grasp of the fundamental mathematical and computational skills required to complete the MSc programme.

Lectures will form a significant component of the teaching approach. They will be delivered by a mix of academics and external speakers from industry with relevant expertise. Tutorials will enable the students to test their understanding of the lecture material, ask specific questions and consolidate their knowledge. There will be a good balance of theory and practice throughout the programme. This is achieved with laboratory investigations and demonstrations as well as during the design projects. Finally, the research project will enable students to learn skills essential for independent research. The project may be undertaken at College or in collaboration with industry.

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Assessments include individual and group courseworks; laboratory and design projects; oral presentations; written examinations and a research dissertation. To complete the requirements of the degree, all assessments must be undertaken to the appropriate level. Successful candidates will be awarded the MSc degree of Imperial College London.

Further resources for this programme

MSc Application Information

Funding opportunities

Departmental MSc Scholarships
AwardSponsorEligibility and number of awardsValue
Departmental MSc Scholarships The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering All candidates who have indicated their wish to be considered for available funding at the application stage.
Awards will be based on academic excellence and relevant experience. 
Number of awards: tbc

Application Deadline: 31 March 2020
Full or partial tuition fee waiver
Geotechnics MSc Industrial Bursaries  A consortium of  Geotechnical  employers Bursaries are awarded to successful applicants to the Geotechnics Cluster MSc courses on excellent academic and professional records, supported   by relevant references and a strong personal statement.  Priority is given to UK-Based applicants.

Number of awards: 5-10

Deadline to apply: 31 May 2020
Typical contributions of £5,000 to £10,000 towards the course tuition fees and in some cases, subsistence
Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Bursaries

Transport cluster
Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Bursaries are awarded to students who obtained a first degree of at least 2.1 standard or equivalent and who wish to pursue a masters course in a subject directly related to highways and transportation. Apply through the Department.

Number of awards: Up to 3

Deadline to apply: 30 May 2020
£10,000 each
Brian Large Bursary  Brian Large Bursary Fund Bursaries are awarded to full-time, UK resident, applicants, who have obtained a first degree of at least 2:1 standard or equivalent and who wish to pursue a masters course in a subject directly related to transport.  

Number of awards: Up to 3

Deadline to apply: 30 May 2020
 £6,500 each
These are the only sources of funding available within the Department. For European and Overseas applicants there are many foundations and organisations who can help with and advise on funding, including the British Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Society for Underwater Technology (Geotechnics). Enquiries should be directed to the relevant organisation. 
Departmental MSc Scholarships
Departmental contact forName, email and phone number
MSc and Scholarships Fionnuala Donovan, Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 5929
Geotechnics MSc Industrial Bursaries Sue Feller, Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6077
Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Bursaries
Brian Large Bursary 
cts.admin@imperial.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6100


Minimum academic entry requirements

  • A good Upper Second or First Class Degree result (or International equivalent), in engineering or another numerate discipline, or Masters level degree qualification
  • Good mathematical skills (B or above at A-level or equivalent qualification)
  • Relevant Postgraduate industrial experience is favoured
  • English Language qualification (where relevant)

Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to present an English language qualification, passed at the appropriate level. This may follow the application if not available at the time of submission. Please see the College English language requirements for postgraduate applicants for information. Please also check that your previous study meets the minimum academic requirements by country index

Note: The Department may set higher requirements than those specified by the College as minimum entry requirements and that places are not guaranteed for any applicant.  Relevance of degrees and eligibility can be checked with the Department.  



The application process and essential information

When to apply

The application cycle opens late October / early November for entry in the following October.  Early application is recommended, in order to ensure that any scholarship application deadlines are met.  We receive the bulk of applications in December/January, and offers for places are normally issued after that time.

We do not have an official deadline for application, we close to applicants when we have made sufficient offers to fill the available places.  Application before the end of March of the year of entry is advised.

Before you apply:

  1. Prepare transcripts of study, which you normally request from your University.  These should include all modules you have undertaken and the marks you have been awarded in each. If you are still undertaking your degree studies, please provide a list of the modules you are undertaking in your final year.  If they are not in English, please include a translated copy. Always ensure that you include a copy of the University Marking Scheme.
  2. If English Language is a requirement, please ensure that you have familiarised yourself with the English Language qualifications accepted by the College and the expected level of achievement in each. If not available at the time of application, the English Language qualification information can follow.
  3. Identify two individuals to act as referees on your behalf. Ensure that they are in a position to write a letter of support appropriate to the application which you are submitting, and that they are familiar with you, your abilities, your achievements and your potential for postgraduate study. Reference letters are confidential and must come direct from the referee to the College, not via the applicant. The letters must be recent, relevant and dated.
  4. Prepare an up-to-date CV-Resume and a Personal Statement (or letter of motivation).


When completing the online form please ensure that you include:

  • Brief details on Secondary Level education; how you propose to fund your studies (if via scholarship, please ensure that you provide details of those you have applied to and the date you will expect a response); as well as the expected or final outcome of your degree(s) of study.
  • Highlight your mathematical qualifications and capabilities.
  • Include in your application the email contact details of your referees. These must be professional email accounts, we do not accept reference letters submitted from private accounts (gmail, yahoo, etc...). Please ensure your referees are aware of this requirement. Where the referee does not have a professional email account, then a standard reference letter on original official letter-headed notepaper will be an acceptable alternative. These should be sent direct to the College.
  • As a rough guide - if you are yet to graduate, two academic references are appropriate. If you have been out of education for more than two years, and in full-time relevant employment, then two professional references would likely be more appropriate. Other applicants should consider nominating one professional and one academic referee.  If we require further references we will advise you following receipt of the references from your nominated referees.
  • Following submission of the online application:
  1. You will receive an email acknowledgement that your application has successfully submitted.
  2. Within a few days you will receive a reference number, this is an 8-digit number starting with 0, is called your College Identifier Number (CID), and must be quoted in all correspondence.
  3. You will be able to track your online application until it is forwarded to the Department. Your online e-service account from then on will read "with Department" until a decision on your application is returned. You will, however, receive notifications by email when your referees submit their letters of support online.

Application documentation [guidance]:

Admission is very competitive and the admissions panels will pay close attention to all aspects of your application, the following is provided for guidance:

  • Academic reference letter: will outline your academic strengths, achievements and suitability for the programme to which you have applied. This includes any information on your relative performance within your cohort, any other pertinent information, including personal knowledge of you, the applicant, and any activities in which you have engaged that might highlight your non-academic activities or personal qualities.
  • Work reference letter: [for those currently or previously in employment] will outline the nature and duration of your relationship with the referee.  It will inform your industrial/professional experience and abilities, and explain how further training [MSc specific] would enhance your personal development, skills and contribution to the industry or company. 
  • Personal Statement:  will show clearly defined career path including short and medium-term goals, outline personal achievements and motivations, and highlights from your CV-Resume.   This is your opportunity to personalise your application, to show you as an individual, setting yourself apart from other applicants.   Ensure that it is interesting, relevant and concise.
  • CV-Resume – should be clear, concise and easily legible.
  • Transcripts – where available, include complete transcripts containing final degree outcomes and marking schemes. For applicants in the final year of study, partial transcripts are fine but should be accompanied by a list of final year modules and project/dissertation title.   These should be provided in English.
  • Outcome of Degree – this should be included in all cases, whether actual or predicted.  Please include the marking scheme.
  • Additional documentation – please include if relevant, but do not clutter the application.  We will come back to you to request items if we feel that they are relevant or necessary.


Your application should be complete, clean, include all relevant information and be interesting to the reader – approach it as you would a professional job application.  Choose your referees carefully and ensure that they are aware of what information should be included in support of your application.

The following additional tools may be used as part of the decision-making process:

  • Interview [in-person or Skype] and/or
  • Video submission responses to questions and/or
  • Additional mathematical, language or other tests as appropriate.


Application Essentials
H2G1 MSc Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure
MSc Concrete Structures
H2A3 MSc Earthquake Engineering 
H2A1 MSc General Structural Engineering
H2U5 MSc Structural Steel Design
H141 MSc Engineering Fluid Mechanics for the Offshore, Coastal and Built Environments
H2UM MSc Environmental Engineering
H2A8 MSc Environmental Engineering with Business Management
H2UP MSc Hydrology and Water Resources Management
H2B1 MSc Hydrology with Business Management
H2U3 MSc Soil Mechanics
H2A4 MSc Soil Mechanics with Business Management
H2U4 MSc Soil Mechanics with Engineering Seismology
H2UN MSc Soil Mechanics with Environmental Geotechnics
H2UR Intercollegiate MSc Course in Transport
H2B3 Intercollegiate MSc Course in Transport with Business Management
Programme Codes
Programme Codes

The Departmental Process:

Your online application is received in the Postgraduate Office of the Department, where it is held until it is considered complete. It is then subject to preliminary screening before forwarding to individual clusters for consideration.  Please note that some applications do not pass preliminary screening, and it is possible for a decision to be returned to the College at this stage.

For candidates who have cleared preliminary screening, a completed application ready for forwarding to the MSc clusters will include:

  1. Both of your reference letters, it is your responsibility to ensure that these are received - you can check this via your e-service account.
  2. Transcripts, partial or complete, of all degrees you have undertaken, or are currently undertaking.
  3. Personal Statement.
  4. CV-Resume.

The MSc Cluster Admissions Panels consider applications, and in some cases interview applicants or request further information, before decisions are made. We aim to process completed applications within 2-6 weeks of receipt by the relevant Admissions Panel. 

Decisions are informed to, and processed by, the College Admissions Office, notifications are sent to the email address on record.

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Intro about course and reasons

Wave basin

Why should I study this course?

The Course material covers cutting-edge techniques, develops key skills and prepares you ideally for the future.
The course will teach you a wide range of key skills that you can then apply across all Fluid Mechanics disciplines. The course will cover theoretical concepts, problem solving tools, numerical methods, experimental techniques and design principles. These skills will be presented with an emphasis on Civil Engineering applications in the Offshore, Coastal and Built Environments.  However, the skills you will acquire have much broader application, to pretty much any branch of Fluid Mechanics relevant to engineering - this gives you all the flexibility you’ll need in your future career path.

The University is one of the best in the world.
Imperial College London is consistently ranked in the top 10 universities in the World and top 5 in Europe. The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering itself is considered one of the best in the World and consistently excels in both teaching  and research (See 2016 National Student Survey and our top ranking in recent research assessments. For more reasons to choose Imperial, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/why-imperial/.

The City is one of the most vibrant and happening places to live, let alone be a student.
London is a vibrant, global, capitol that is ranked amongst the best student cities in the world. Everything from global Engineering consultancies to niche start-ups are located on your doorstep, offering you a wide range of opportunities for networking and applying for jobs.

Convinced already? Then fill out the application form.


What is the course layout?

The course is made up of:

  • 11 taught modules,
  • 2 design projects and 
  • 1 research project.

The flow chart above outlines the course layout and highlights the key skills you will learn in each of the individual modules. You will notice that each module offers a variety of skills and the course is structured to help you excel whatever your background;

  • the first term is more theoretical and tool based,
  • the second term increasingly design orientated and
  • the final term is dedicated to research so that you can really apply the knowledge you’ve gained.

Transferable skills will focus on technical writing, oral presentations and team working. We have designed these modules to be complementary and teach a wide range of the skills required by modern engineers, whilst providing you with lots of exposure to design and research.

Find out more about each of the modules here

Who is the course aimed at?

Anyone who is able and enjoys engineering and fluid mechanics. All students with a solid first degree in Science, Maths or Engineering-based subjects and an interest in Fluid Mechanics. Engineers with significant work experience who would like to specialise in Fluid Mechanics are also encouraged to apply. 

We have worked to design a thoroughly enjoyable course that is free from the constraints of a traditional, long-running Masters degree focused on narrow application. Designed from scratch the new course meets the needs for understanding fluid mechanics for modern engineering practice or research. The course will produce well-rounded graduates who are trained to shape the future of Engineering Fluid Mechanics in their desired field. Interested? Then why not fill out an application or read on to find out more.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are my options after graduating from the course?

The world will be your oyster! As the course is designed to provide you with the essential skills that are applicable across all Fluid Mechanics disciplines, you will have a wide range of options upon graduating. This could involve working in the industry or government sectors or undertaking further research in the shape of a PhD. Whichever you choose, we are confident that this course will provide you with the potential to lead the field in your respective area.

How is industry involved with the course?

Industry will play a large role in the course, including:

  • Delivering guest lectures
  • Supervising the design projects
  • Offering placements as part of the MSc research project
  • Providing scholarships/sponsorships

We have also consulted Engineers within industry during the design of the course itself, such that it helps meet their needs and also equips graduates will all the necessary tools for entering the work force.

What facilities are available?

The course will be taught in excellent, modern facilities including:

What's it like to study within the Fluid Mechanics section?

Click here to see a video describing a student’s perspective of studying in the Fluid Mechanics section at Imperial College London. This video was filmed within the Hydrodynamics Laboratory, in which the experiments for the MSc course are undertaken.

Read our student profiles:

Or browse our MSc biographies

Are there any scholarships opportunities?

Yes, there are Departmental and Statoil-funded scholarships available for the very best students. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship, then early application is strongly recommended. Please click on the link below for further information.


Can I attend part time?

Yes, we also offer a part-time MSc course. Please click on the link below for more information.


Who are we?

We are an enthusiastic and fun group of academics that are leading experts in Fluid Mechanics. We excel at teaching and research and we are looking forward to teaching the next breed of leading Fluid Mechanics Engineers. Click on the link below for more information about the people within our section.


How do I find out more?

If you have more questions, please e-mail the course Director (Dr Marios Christou) or course Administrator (Rebecca Naessens).


How do I apply?

Please visit the following webpage https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/how-to-apply/