Key Information

Duration: 1 year full-time

Start Date: October 2021

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. 

Find out what students and teachers have to say about the Applied Computational Science and Engineering MSc at Imperial College London

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. All students should have undertaken some programming in a high-level language (including Matlab, Python or C/C++).

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
  • A numerical study of the interaction between hydraulic fractures and natural fractures

  • Computational Methods in Radiation Transport Using Supercomputers

  • Coupled multiphase SPH-DEM simulations of an aerated fluidized bed

  • Deep Learning for Solving PDEs

  • Multi-material Interface Tracking in a Three-Dimensional Shock Physics Code

  • Offshore wind farm wake modelling using deep feed forward neural networks for active yaw control and layout optimisation

  • Predicting fracture growth on Jupiter’s icy satellite Europa using finite element modelling

  • The Space Filling Curve Convolutional Neural Network for use with Multi-Dimensional Unstructured Finite Element or Control Volume Meshes

  • Traffic congestion recognition based on remote sensing images and machine learning



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

Applied Computational Science and Engineering MSc students working together on laptops
This 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 industries across science 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, Dr Adriana PalusznyProf Matthew Piggott, Prof Michael Warner

Open Day Presentation

Welcome - Open Day for MSc Applied Computational Science & Engineering, Department of Earth Science and EngineeringPlease take a look at a brief overview of the MSc in the 2019 Open Day ACSE Presentation‌.

Contact: With any queries about the course, please email Education Administrator, Ying Ashton.

For more information about multi-mode delivery, your learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep you safe on campus please see our Covid 19 information for applicants and offer holders page or
contact your course administrator, Ying Ashton.