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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Engineering Fluid Mechanics for the Offshore, Coastal and Built Environments

Gain hands-on experience in fluid mechanics, as well as theoretical knowledge

Address challenges in fluid mechanics across a multitude of environments

Perform and observe experimental investigations in a world-class Hydrodynamics Laboratory

Carry out an independent project and produce original research

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in science or engineering

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Course overview

Prepare yourself for a future career as an engineer specialising in fluid mechanics on this one-year Master's course.

Deepen your knowledge of the critical area of mechanical engineering for offshore, coastal and built environments, and equip you with the broad range of skills required to excel in this unique area.

This programme caters to both scientists and engineers by combining rigorous treatment of fundamental fluid mechanics principles with applied design activities, carried out alongside internationally-leading industrial partners

You will gain hands-on experience with access to our world class Hydrodynamics Laboratory to perform and observe experimental investigations and have access to the Imperial College High Performance Computing facility for computationally-intensive research work.

The course is both theoretical and practical, and also includes a strong design component to bolster your knowledge of the discipline.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

Pre-session modules are not assessed, and aim to ensure all students have a similar level of knowledge at the start of the course.

Pre-sessional modules

You’ll take all of these modules.

Core modules

Carry out significant independent study and original research on the MSc Research Project, which makes up up one third of your qualification.

You’ll undertake a dissertation with regular guidance from a College supervisor, by private study or by arrangement at your place of employment.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Seminars and presentations
  • Books for research studies
    Case studies
  • Scientist holding test tube
    Experimental demonstrations
  • A group of people interacting
    Group work
  • MapleTA
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment

Balance of assessment


  • Coursework and practicals
  • Examinations

  • 48% Coursework and practicals
  • 52% Examinations

Assessment methods

  • A person completing a written exam
    Written exams
  • Individual and group coursework
  • Papers from a written report
    Project reports

Entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

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

Application deadlines – Round 4 closes on Friday 5 July 2024

Tuition fees

Home fee




£8,800per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Overseas fee




£20,450per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

How will studying at Imperial help my career?


Specialise in fluid mechanics specifically in offshore, coastal, and built environments to prepare for a career in engineering.

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Develop contacts with UK scholars and industry experts at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

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Structural/offshore structural engineering, water management, and transport planning are just some of your options.

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After graduating, many students continue to study or train.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications