M.Sc. Environmental Fluid Mechanics

| Grenoble, France
The Master's programme in Environmental Fluid Mechanics offered by Université 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.
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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.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Dates reflect the university's timezone.

Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

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


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.

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