Fluid Dynamics Across Scales

A truly multidisciplinary Master's degree providing formal training in fluid dynamics and its many applications.

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: September 2019
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

This course is currently closed to applications.


Fluid Dynamics is important to numerous industrial, biological, biomedical and geophysical applications, and this course will provide students with formal training that broadens and deepens their understanding of the discipline, as well as provide a wide range of theoretical and practical tools, and transferable skills that are relevant in a variety of settings including in industry and academia.

The course can be taken as a one-year standalone MRes, or as part of the four-year MRes/PhD programme led by the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Fluid Dynamics across Scales.

Study programme

Our MSc in Fluid Dynamics across Scales begins with in-depth training in fluid dynamics through taught modules, which make up 50% of the assessment for this course.

The remaining 50% comprises of an extensive research project.


Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Please note that the curriculum of this course is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.


Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Applications of Fluid Dynamics Across Themes
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Experimental Fluid Mechanics
  • Fluid Dynamics Part 1
  • Fluid Dynamics Part 2

Independent research project

The other main component of the MRes will be an independent research project, taking place in the second half of the year in one of the seven departments contributing to the CDT.

You will work on your project between May and September, with the third term given over to completing your project.

Teaching and assessment


  • Group and individual presentations
  • Group and individual project work
  • Group project work
  • Individual research project
  • Lab practicals
  • Lectures
  • Selected lecture recordings using Panopto
  • Tutorials
  • Virtual Learning Environment: BlackBoard
  • Workshops


  • Coursework (problem sheets , group project reports and individual practical lab reports)
  • Group and individual oral presentations
  • Group and individual written reports
  • Oral examination
  • Written examinations

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.


Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a first-class degree in engineering, physical sciences or applied mathematics.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.


Making an application

To apply for this course, you need to use our online application system.

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

ATAS certificate (overseas candidates)

An ATAS certificate is required for all Non-EEA/Swiss nationals who require a visa to study in the UK.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme details and the relevant Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’. For this course, these are:

CAH codeDescriptor
CAH10-01-04 aeronautical and aerospace engineering

Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.
For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support website.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

The tuition fees for this course are to be confirmed while the Department awaits the outcome of a funding application.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,906 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information


Got a question?

T: +44 (0)20 7594 6025
E: fluids@imperial.ac.uk

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