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.

A new MSc course focused on modern Engineering Fluid Mechanics of real relevance and application to industry and in managing our environment. 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.

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. For specifics on entry requirements, please visit https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/civil-engineering/fluid-mechanics-msc/.

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:

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/