Key Information

Duration: 1 year full-time

Start Date: October 2018

Campus: South Kensington, London

ECTS: 90 Credits

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Inspiring the future crop of experts in Computational Science and Engineering

Students will gain deep knowledge and skills in cutting-edge computational techniques for real world science and engineering applications to meet industry demand. 

The Applied Computational Science and Engineering MSc will educate future domain-specialists in computational science. This course will expand your knowledge of numerical methods, computational science, and how to solve large scale problems by applying novel science and engineering approaches. Graduates of this course will fill the market demand for those with applied, hands-on computational experience who can solve real world problems.

Who should apply for the MSc? 

The MSc is suitable for graduates of disciplines including mathematics and physical sciences, geophysics and engineering, and computer science.

Students discussing outside at Imperial College London

Dr Gerard Gorman, Course Director, Applied Computational Science & Engineering MSc: “Students will learn to solve real-world problems using numerical methods and computational science for a broad range of applications in science and engineering” 

Dr Adriana Paluszny, Royal Society University Research Fellow: “Students will engage with a broad range of trending coding techniques and applications – we will prepare them for success in industry and academia”

  • Model dynamical processes using numerical methods and advanced programming
  • Large scale, big data, machine learning
  • Combining mathematics, physical sciences, engineering, and computational science
  • Preparing tomorrow’s technologists, entrepreneurs and computational problem solvers

Course Information

Study Programme

Students will have the chance to participate in individual and group research projects as well as to write reports and present technical work, developing the project management and numerical skills that are desired by employers.

The study programme consists of eight taught modules, and one individual research project which accounts for one third of the study programme.

 Term 1

Modern programming methods
Modelling dynamical processes
Numerical methods
Applying computational science

Term 2

Advanced programming
Patterns for parallel programming
Inversion and optimisation
Machine learning

Term 3 (summer)

Independent Research Project, example project titles include: 

  • Computational fluid dynamics for turbulent flows
  • Modelling of wind turbines and their wakes
  • Multi-scale tsunami inundation and sea defence modelling
  • Adjoint based inversion and optimisation methods
  • Interface construction for multimaterial flow modelling in 3D
  • Modelling asteroid impact processes
  • Generative Adversarial Networks for generating geological models
  • Deep Learning applied to the interpretation of subsurface data


Draft Reading list

Modelling dynamical processes
  •  Principles of Continuum Mechanics : A Study of Conservation Principles with Applications, J.N. Reddy, Cambridge University Press, ISBN13 9780511763212,
  • An Introduction to Continuum Mechanics, J. N. Reddy, Cambridge University Press,ISBN13 9781139178952, 
  • Continuum Mechanics in the Earth Sciences, William I. Newman, Cambridge University Press, ISBN13 9780511980121 ,
Numerical methods
  • Ferziger & Peric
  • Hirsch
  • Gresho & Sani
Machine Learning
  • Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning by Christopher M. Bishop (Springer, 2006)
  • Deep Learning by Iann Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio and Aaron Courville (The MIT Press, 2016)



Graduates of this course will fill the market demand for those with applied, hands-on computational experience who can solve real world problems.

Through the combination of programming, foundational domain knowledge and advanced numerical literacy that this course provides, graduates will be highly sought after to work as expert analysts in industry, for example, in geoscience, risk management or climate science. Graduates will be in an ideal position to pursue academic careers in fields such as computational techniques, optimisation and inversion, fluid mechanics, and machine learning applications.

Course Overview

Computational scientists discuss their models in the MSc computer roomThis immersive, hands-on MSc course will enable students to develop their skills and techniques for a range of science and engineering applications utilising High Performance Computing resources. Students will learn alongside world-class researchers in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering. There will be a strong emphasis on high productivity problem solving using modern computational methods and technologies, including computer code development and parallel algorithms.

Applicants who want to pursue analytical careers in industry geoscience and engineering are a target for this course. Graduates will develop the skills necessary to enter the modern industrial workforce. This MSc will also prepare for your PhD studies in fields such as computational techniquessimulation, numerical modelling, optimisation and inversion, heat transfer, and machine learning applications.

The Applied Computational Science and Engineering MSc programme will ensure that students are able to apply appropriate computational techniques to understand, define and develop solutions to a range of science and engineering problems. You will have the chance to participate in individual and group research projects as well as to write reports and present technical work, developing the project management and numerical skills desired by employers.

Teaching staff for the Applied Computational Science and Engineering MSc include: Dr Gareth CollinsProf Olivier Dubrule, Dr Saskia Goes, Dr Gerard Gorman (Course Director), Prof Joanna Morgan, Prof Stephen Neethling, Prof Matthew Piggott, Prof Michael Warner

Open Day, 21 March 2018

The Open Day for the Applied Computational Science and Engineering MSc provides you with an opportunity to find out more about the programme, and will include a talk, tour and informal lunch. People who have applied for this MSc or who are considering applying are very welcome to join.

Registrations for the Open Day have now closed. With any queries please email Samantha Symmonds. If you are overseas and unable to attend the Open Day, the presentations will be made available online shortly after the event.

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