M.Sc. Environmental Fluid Mechanics

Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) | Grenoble , France
EFM is a high level one-year training in fluid dynamics of natural media, including chemistry and biology coupling, complemented with numerical and experimental methods. With internationally recognized researchers in the fields of fundamental fluid mechanics closely linked to modelling and observations of natural media...


The Master's program in Environmental Fluid Mechanics (EFM) is a high level one-year (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 program 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 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)

Opportunities for graduates :

  • PhD thesis in France or abroad
  • A career in industry or in environmental agencies

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 30 April for non-European students, 20 June for French and European students.
Tuition fee
  • EUR 500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 500 Year (EEA)
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Mandatory course
  • * Turbulence, diffusion and transport
Optional courses
  • * Atmospheric bounday layer: from fundamentals to air quality
  • * Buoyancy driven flows and mixing
  • * Dynamics and bio-geochemistry of lakes
  • * Exchanges across air-water interface
  • * Geophysical fluid dynamics
  • * Ocean dynamics
  • * Sediment transport
  • * Waves in fluids and applications

Tools and methods

Mandatory courses

  • * Language course (English or French)
  • * Numerical methods and models or Signal and information processing in fluid mechanics
Optional courses
  • * Data assimilation
  • * Flow measurement science and technology


  • 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


* This program corresponds to the second year of a European master's program (M2) and is normally followed by the first year of a PhD thesis. To access this program, you should be a student of high academic level and have either

  • -completed the first year of a Master's program (M1), or
  • -obtained a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, physics, Earth sciences, applied mathematics, or
  • -graduated from a school of mechanical, civil or chemical engineering.
* A good knowledge in fluid mechanics is required.
* Your English proficiency should be at least equivalent to the following scores: TOEFL (Internet based) 60, or IELTS 5.5, or European level B2.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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