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.

Applications 2020-2021

The College opened to applications on 1 October 2019 for entry in October 2020.  The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will start the selection process from 1 December 2019.   

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.

View the full syllabus


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 £15,000 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

Who should apply. We welcome applications from well-rounded, interested and engaging candidates with excellent scientific and quantitative backgrounds; strong communication skills and a positive approach.  Applicants should demonstrate a strong track record of excellence inside and outside of the classroom alongside a clearly thought out and researched career plan. 

Attributes of an Imperial Student:  

  • Independent, open-minded thinker 
  • Effective team-worker 
  • Self-aware 
  • Active self-manager 

A full list of the Faculty of Engineering Competency Standards are listed here: 

When to apply. The optimal time for submission of your application is dependent on whether you have already completed your degree.  The application panels, particularly for programmes where demand is extremely high, may require information not available to applicants who are in their final year of study.   

Students who are in this stage of education may consider applying from mid-January.   This will not impact negatively on consideration of the application, as it will make for a more complete application, provided the application guidelines set out below are followed.   

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

Re-Applicants. If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. In your new application you should demonstrate growth by additional education, research and/or relevant work experience in the period since your first application.   

Note: Re-applicants will need to complete a new application in its entirety, including all supplementary documentation.  

1.0 Preparing and submitting your application 

The College has produced a general guide to applying, a copy of which can be downloaded from the following link: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/study/public/pg/PGP-2020_Guide-to-Postgraduate-Study_WEB.pdfThis should be read in conjunction with the information provided below, which is specific to the programmes offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

1.1 Evidence of academic standing 

Transcripts of Study. Provide transcripts for each degree you have undertaken.  [If they are not in English, please include a translated copy]. :   

  • Transcripts must list all modules you have undertaken, and the marks you have been awarded in each. This information to be provided for all years, whether or not they are weighted, and count towards your final degree. 
  • If you have completed your studies, the final outcome of the degree must be clearly indicated, 
  • If you are in your final year of study, you should provide  
    • a list of the modules you are taking in your final year; 
    • your current course average, and the predicted outcome of your degree; 
    • the title of your final year project; 
    • your cohort ranking (for your programme of studies) if available. 

Where the transcripts/outcome are not provided in percentage format, you should include a copy of your University/Programme Marking Scheme. 

Provide the weightings of each year towards the final outcome of your degree. 

1.2 Evidence of English Language

Minimum English Language requirements are set by the College, and stated in the guide to applying.    Please ensure that you have familiarised yourself with the requirements and the expected level of achievement in each.  The website also includes information on exemption from the requirement. 

  • The Department accepts the standard scores in IELTS, TOEFL and Pearson Academic (PFE), for all of its programmes. 
  • Applicants must meet the English Language condition to qualify for entry. 
  • For additional routes to meeting the minimum requirement, or improving your English language skills, please see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/academic-english/pre-sessional-english/ 

If, at the time of application, you have not yet completed an acceptable English Language test,  then please provide the details of tests for which you have registered, and the dates by which you will have received your results. 

1.3 Supporting Documents required:  

  • An up-to-date CV-Resume; 
  •  Personal Statement –  we strongly recommend that you  

Supporting Reference Letters 
Identify two individuals to act as referees on your behalf. Ensure that:  

  • They are in a position to write a letter of support that is appropriate and relevant to the programme to which you are applying; 
  • They are familiar with you, your abilities, your achievements and your potential for postgraduate study. 

We strongly recommend that you complete your details in the attached template and forward to your referees for completion.  The template addresses key information required to inform the decision-making process.  The completed template can then be uploaded by your referee. .Reference Form PG (.doc)

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.  

2.0 Completing the Application 

When completing the online form please ensure that you include: 

2.1 Brief details on Secondary Level education (in conjunction with 2.2 below); 

Information on how you propose to fund your studies.  If you are a scholarship applicant, then clearly indicate any deadlines or conditions which apply, and the scholarship confirmation date. 
Please clearly state if you wish to be considered by us for any available funding. [Please note that such funding is both limited and partial]. 

2.2 Highlight your mathematical qualifications and capabilities   

  • Follow the instructions provided.
  • Check for errors. 
  • Ensure that the information required by the Admissions Panel is prominent, clear and visible.  

3.0 The Departmental Process

3.1 You can track the completeness of your application, including receipt of references via your application self-service account.    
3.2 Your e-service will show when your application record has been transferred to the Department. It will not show further updates until a decision has been made on your application. 
3.3 The Department will undertake an initial check to ensure completeness of the application in accordance with the guidelines stated above. 
3.4 Completed applications will be sent through to Admissions Panels, who will undertake initial reviews.  Allow up to 6-8 weeks for that process.  Outcomes will be notified as follows: 

  • Conditional Offer (notified via e-service) 
  • Unsuccessful (notified via e-service)
  • Hold (individual direct correspondence) 

3.5 Incomplete applications will remain pending for a period of up to two months, and if no updates have been received within that period, will be assumed as withdrawn, and will be rejected. 

3.6 Supplementary or updated documentation may be submitted for upload to engineering.admissions@imperial.ac.uk .  All correspondence should include your Application reference number (this is an 8-digit number starting with 01, and is also known as your College Identifier number or CID). 
The CID is system-generated and notified to you within 10 days of application. 

Application Essentials

Scholarship Information https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/scholarships/

Programme Codes
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

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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/