Environmental Fluid Mechanics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
  • English
The Master's programme in Environmental Fluid Mechanics offered by Universit Grenoble Alpes (UGA) is a high level two-year (M1 and M2) training in fluid dynamics of natural media, complemented with numerical and experimental methods. Natural fluid media involve lakes, rivers, the ocean from the coast to the abyss or the atmospheric boundary layer.


An important part of the Environmental Fluid Mechanics programme from Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) deals with environmental applications, through lectures or research internship subjects. Examples are sediment transport, pollution and air quality, waste water treatment or the impact of wind and marine turbines on the ambient medium.

The program is based on the broad expertise available in Grenoble with internationally recognized researchers in the fields of fundamental fluid mechanics closely linked to observations and modelling of natural media.

The program is organised as follows :

First year

  • lectures, tutorials and labs over the two semesters;
  • research internship (21 ECTS) in a Grenoble laboratory, which will extend over the two semesters.

Second year

  • First semester: lectures and tutorials
  • Second semester: a five month research internship in a French laboratory (for foreign students) or in a laboratory abroad (for French students)

Direct admission to the second year is possible.

Opportunities for graduates :

* PhD thesis in France or abroad

* A career in industry or in environmental agencies.

Programme Structure

First Year
First semester
  • English or French
  • Mechanics of continuum media
  • Fluid mechanics I
  • Experimental techniques and methods (I)
  • Numerical methods in fluid mechanics (I)
  • Image and signal processing
  • Convection in industrial and geophysical flows
  • Research project
Second semester
  • Research project (cont'd)
  • Experimental techniques and methods (II)
  • Numerical methods in fluid mechanics (II)
  • Fluid mechanics II
  • Waves in fluids
  • Introduction to Geophysical fluid dynamics
  • Environmental flows
Second Year


  • Turbulence in fluids (mandatory)
  • Atmospheric boundary layer I: fundamentals
  • Atmospheric boundary layer II: mountain meteorology and air quality
  • Buoyancy driven flows and mixing
  • Exchange across air-water interfaces
  • Ocean dynamics
  • Renewable wind and marine energy
  • Sediment transport
  • Waves in fluids and applications
Tools and methods
  • French or English (mandatory)
  • Data assimilation
  • Flow measurement science and technology
  • Numerical techniques and models
  • Signal and information processing in fluid mechanics
Second semester
  • Five-month research internship in a laboratory or in the R&D department of a company


  • Pr. Eric Barthelemy, LEGI, Grenoble
  • Pr. Christophe Baudet, LEGI, Grenoble
  • Dr. Emmanuel Chaljub, ISTerre, Grenoble
  • Dr. Eric Chaxel, Air Rhone-Alpes, Lyon
  • Dr. Jean-Martial Cohard, LTHE, Grenoble
  • Dr. Emmanuel Cosme, LGGE, Grenoble
  • Dr. Philippe Frey, IRSTEA, Grenoble
  • Pr. Sergey Gulev, P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. David Hurther, LEGI, Grenoble
  • Dr. Paolo Laj, LGGE, Grenoble
  • Dr. Philippe Larroude LEGI, Grenoble
  • Dr. Nathanael Schaeffer, ISTerre, Grenoble
  • Dr. Joel Sommeria, LEGI , Grenoble
  • Pr. Chantal Staquet, LEGI, Grenoble
  • Dr. Laure Vignal, LEGI, Grenoble
  • Dr. Achim Wirth, LEGI, Grenoble
  • Pr. Alfred J. Wuest, EPFL & EAWAG, Switzerland

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Admission to the M1 program
  • To access the first year of the program, you should be a student of high academic level and have obtained a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering,physics, Earth sciences or applied mathematics.
  • No knowledge in fluid mechanics is needed but a basic mathematical background (on partial differential equations for instance) is required.
Admission to the M2 program
  • To access the second year of the program, you should be a student of high academic level and have either
    • completed the first year of a Master's program (M1), or
    • graduated from a school of mechanical, civil or chemical engineering.
  • Direct admission from a bachelor degree (in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, physics, Earth sciences, applied mathematics) is possible for outstanding students with a sound knowledge of fluid mechanics.
  • The M2 program is normally followed by the first year of a PhD. The graduated student can also occupy an engineer position in a company.
To access the program (in M1 or M2), your English proficiency should be at least equivalent to the following scores: TOEFL (Internet based) 60, or IELTS 5.5, or European level B2.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Grenoble

870 - 1,240 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


A large number of scholarships are available, whose list can be found on the web site of Campus France.

We remind you that, in accordance with French regulations, no tuition fees are charged. Annual registration fees are about 500 and include medical care. The purpose of the scholarships below is therefore to cover living expenses in Grenoble. These scholarships are available for candidates who are of outstanding merit and in need of financial support.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.