Applications for entry in October 2019 for both the MRes/PhD programme and the 1-year MRes standalone course are currently closed. 


The admission requirements are:

  • An expected first class UK Bachelor's or Master's degree (or equivalent) in physical sciences or engineering
  • Sufficient background in mathematics
  • English language proficiency
  • Online application including
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Degree transcript
    • Personal statement (explaining why you are applying to the Fluids CDT)
    • The names and contact details of two academic referees
  • Personal interview
  • Demonstrated aptitude for research

The admission procedure

All applications must be made through the Imperial College Registry website by clicking on the link to the postgraduate taught online application form on the Postgraduate How to apply webpages.

Under the Postgraduate Programme Search tab, search for Fluid Dynamics to bring up the following courses:

Fluid Dynamics Across Scales (1 plus 3) (MRes 1YFT)|H405|1|SK|FT|CN - for the 4-year MRes/PhD programme


Fluid Dynamics Across Scales (MRes 1YFT)|H405B|1|SK|FT|AC for the 1-year MRes course.

Please then continue to complete the form as per the instructions provided.

Please email us at if you have any queries or would like to have any other information.

Funding information for October 2018 entry

EPSRC funding

The EPSRC funding guidelines stipulate that UK applicants are eligible for a full award that includes funding to cover academic fees, a maintenance grant and a research training grant.
Applicants from EU countries are eligible for funding to cover academic fees and a research training grant, and academically-outstanding candidates may also be awarded a maintenance grant.
Academically-outstanding international candidates may be considered for funding in their first year, but would be expected to apply for further PhD funding via other schemes.

Applicants for the 1-year MRes standalone course are not eligible for any funding.

Industrial funding

At the end of the first year, a number of industrial PhD projects will be made available.  These will provide an equivalent level of funding to the full EPSRC award and are not restricted to UK/EU students. This means that EU applicants with excellent academic records may be fully-funded, and that international applicants may be partially-funded.

Any students that are not eligible for funding will be subject to full tuition fees.

Tuition fees

For those students that do not qualify for funding but wish to provide their own funding, the tuition fee rates for 2018-19 can be found here.

We encourage applications from international students, for whom opportunities for additional funding can be found on the Scholarships pages of the College website.

Frequently asked questions

I already have an MSc degree; do I still need to take the MRes in Fluid Dynamics?

The MRes degree has been designed to give you a solid foundation of fluid mechanics and will also give you exposure to areas of research you may not previously have considered.  Many of our students already hold a Masters degree when they join the CDT programme.

Do I need to contact a potential supervisor before applying or submit a research proposal?

It’s not necessary to do either because you only choose your MRes and PhD projects during your first year of study.

I have yet to take an English language test. Can I send in my application before I take the test?

You can apply for the course without having taken an English language proficiency test, but you will need to have passed an approved test before starting the course.

How much is the EPSRC bursary?

The bursary rate for the 2017/2018 academic year is £16,553.

I am an EU student; will I need to pay additional tuition fees after the UK leaves the EU?

You can find the latest information from the College about the EU Referendum here

I am an international student; what funding is available for me?

If the CDT admissions panel considers you to be an academically-outstanding student, you may receive funding in your first year but will be expected to apply for further funding to cover your PhD studies.  You can use the College’s scholarship search tool to find opportunities.