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Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part time
Start date: October 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This Master's course aims to educate future engineers who specialise in fluid mechanics, specifically in the unique offshore, coastal and built environments.

You will gain hands-on experience with access to our world class Hydrodynamics Laboratory to perform and observe experimental investigations.

About the course


Our Engineering Fluid Mechanics for the Offshore, Coastal and Built Environments provides training to a new generation of Engineers in Fluid Mechanics.

The course is both theoretical and practical, with a strong design component to ensure practical knowledge of the discipline.

There are pre-session modules in Mathematics and the specialist software Matlab, ensuring all students have a solid understanding of the fundamentals.

Once the fundamentals have been covered you move onto in-depth modules in modelling, transport, computation, coastal processes and energy systems.

You will complete a research project in a relevant area of your choice, ensuring you can produce an in-depth written piece on a topic suiting your personal interests or future career intentions.


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

All of our MSc courses last one calendar year, comprising two terms of taught material, assessed by examination and coursework, followed by a five-month period involving one or more design projects and/or a research dissertation.


All students undertake 14 modules, two pre-session and six in each of the first two terms.


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

  • Mathematics Primer
  • Matlab Primer
Assessed modules

The below modules take place in term time, and are assessed.

  • Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals
  • Modelling Tools
  • Transport Processes
  • Wave Mechanics
  • Buoyancy-driven Flows
  • Experiments & Paper Review
  • Computational Analysis
  • Fluid Loading
  • Coastal Processes
  • Energy Systems
  • Urban Fluid Mechanics
  • Design Projects
Research project

The MSc Research Project makes up one third of this qualification and will rely upon significant independent study and original research.

Part-time study

All of our MSc courses are also offered on a part-time basis. Methods of study may include:

  • One and a half days per week over two years
  • Term release

The term release option normally involves attendance in the autumn term of one year and the spring term of a second year, but this may vary from one course to another, depending on your personal circumstances.

The dissertation is undertaken with regular guidance from a College supervisor, by private study or by arrangement at your place of employment.

Please contact the relevant course director for details of the part-time arrangements for each course.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in a subject relevant to engineering and/or science.

Applicants with relevant industrial and professional experience may also be considered, and are asked to complete a Special Qualifying Exam.

A-level Mathematics at grade A or equivalent also required.

International qualifications

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

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

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

English language requirements

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.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:
  • £12,000 full-time
  • £6,000 per year two years part-time*

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:
  • £29,000 full-time
  • £14,500 per year two years part-time*

Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Government funding

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

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Please note that students studying the course part-time over three years will not be eligible for the Postgraduate Master's Loan. 

Funding from Imperial


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.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS Certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.