This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a 4 year funded integrated PhD and MSc in Fluid Dynamics.

A key feature of this Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is that your supervisory team come from a range of disciplines from across the University. You will therefore be expected to have broad interests and be willing to learn beyond your core expertise. There will also be the expectation that you will spend an extended period working with either an industrial, environmental or external academic partner as part of your project.

You will be part of a cohort of research students with different academic backgrounds, all focusing on different aspects of fluid dynamics. During the selection process we will be looking for students who will be enthusiastic about learning with and from their peers, as well as the ability to undertake their own in-depth research.

During your time in the CDT you will develop substantial technical and transferable skills enabling you to build a successful career and become a leader in industry or academia. In addition to a wide range of computational, modelling and experimental techniques, you will have many opportunities to develop team working, communication and problem solving skills.

Duration: 4 years
Start date: n/a
Application deadline: Currently Closed
Number of places: n/a
Course structure: Download

There is the potential that we will be able to recruit further students to the CDT for a September 2019 start. If you are interested then please contact us via email and we will keep you noted of any updates.  

As part of the University of Leeds, the CDT works to the University’s Equality and Inclusion Strategy and Framework, more about how we are committed to this is available in our current action plan.


Year 1 (semester 1)

You will study the following modules.

Module Credits
Foundations of Fluids
This module is designed to allow students from different backgrounds to develop or reinforce understanding of core material (mathematical theory, numerical methods and experimental techniques).
Computational Fluid Dynamics Software
You will be introduced to open and commercial packages to develop understanding of the use and limitations of CFD software, and introducing the fundamentals of high performance computing (HPC).
Professional Development
You will develop a range of transferable skills (including: team-working, problem-solving, managing your PhD, project management, commercial awareness, technical and non-technical communication, etc).

Year 1 (semester 2)

In semester two, and over the summer of your first year, you will make a provisional selection of your PhD project and supervisors, commence the background reading for your topic, and refine the specification of your chosen project so as to develop a clear set of research questions. In parallel with this, you will undertake a 60 credit Multidisciplinary Group Project and a further 15 credit Professional Development module (including a short industrial placement) as part of the MSc.

The group project will require you to work in teams of 3-5, supervised by staff from different disciplines, and mentored by a collaborator from industry. Your project will involve both experiments and simulations, and your cross-disciplinary team will be expected to utilise the different strengths and backgrounds of its members. The process will include project planning, equipment and resource allocation, technical delivery and dissemination of results.

Years 2-4

You will complete the remaining 45 MSc credits by undertaking a further Professional Development module and your choice of optional MSc modules (most suited to your own PhD project), you will also complete the initial phases of your PhD project. By the end of the year you will be expected to have: a thorough understanding of existing research related to your topic; developed the core scientific skills in order to be able to undertake your planned research; a clear description of the expected contribution to knowledge to come from your project; and a plan of action, and timeline, for achieving these goals, and writing your thesis, over the following two years.

In addition to undertaking your research in years two to four, you will be expected to take advantage of an enormous range of personal development activities that will be provided as part of the CDT. These include: undertaking a long-term (e.g. 3 months) placement with an industrial R&D group or with another internationally leading academic research group; attending, and contributing to, regular seminar series, workshops, conferences and other academic activities; developing further technical and transferable skills and applying them in your research and beyond (e.g. dissemination, knowledge transfer, etc.).


A full standard studentship consists of academic fees (£4,195 in Session 2017/18), together with a maintenance grant (£14,553 in Session 2017/18) paid at standard Research Council rates and a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG).

Generally, UK students will be eligible for a full award and other European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying academic fees and RTSG only, except in cases where residency in the UK has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the programme of study. Places are available for students who have their own funding.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

Entry requirements

A degree equivalent to a UK first class honours, or a high upper second class, in an engineering, mathematics or science discipline.

How to apply

To apply please complete a formal application for Integrated PhD study (click on ‘Apply online’).

  • Select ‘Research Postgraduate’ for type of form.
  • Please select ‘Integrated PhD Fluid Dynamics’ as the course.
  • Start date: 1 October 2019 (induction activities will take place towards the end of September).
  • Please enter ‘CDT Fluid Dynamics’ in the ‘Research Area’ section. You may include a research proposal if you have a specific project you wish to follow, however this is not required at this stage.
  • Please include a CV and transcripts of your first degree.
  • Please also include a personal statement of your interests within the subject area – not more than half a side of A4.
  • After you submit your PhD application on-line you may get a message requesting you to send hard copies of your degree transcripts and references in sealed envelopes. Please ignore this. The Faculty of Engineering do not require hard copies of your degree documents at the application stage, we only require these when you arrive in Leeds to register for your programme. References are requested by the Graduate School Office on your behalf at the point your application is received. Your referees are emailed a Faculty Reference Form to complete and return by email. If your referees want to provide their reference on headed paper an emailed scan is sufficient for our purpose.

Application deadline: Currently Closed
Number of places: n/a

There is the potential that we will be able to recruit further students to the CDT for a September 2019 start. If you are interested then please contact us via email and we will keep you noted of any updates.  

Selection will be determined by:

  • Formal application, CV and transcripts of first degree.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a formal interview.

Selection will be based upon: academic performance and ability; aptitude for inter-disciplinary study and research; potential to contribute to, and benefit from, the cohort-based approach of the Centre; aptitude for undertaking independent study and research; and openness to develop new skills and capabilities.

If you require any further information please contact the CDT support: