Computational Fluid Dynamics MPhil/PhD

Major code: EGPR/EGMR

About us

Computational Fluid Dynamics in Liverpool

The Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory has strong links with the industry and a wide range of collaborations with other research groups in Europe as part of major European research projects, in the context of European Commission Framework 7 and Marie Curie Schemes.

The industrial links are mainly with AgustaWestland and BAE Systems, Airbus UK.

The School of Engineering hosts the AgustaWestand Liverpool Advanced Rotorcraft Research Centre  where the collaborative work with AgustaWestland of the CFD Lab is concentrated and where development and support of the Helicopter Multi-Block (HMB) Solver is centred. The HMB solver is the CFD method employed by AgustaWestland in rotorcraft design and analysis.

The collaboration with BAE Systems includes research projects in Computational Aero-Elastics, the aerodynamics of weapon bays as well as Unmanned Aircraft.

The close link between the development of in-house methods and the use in the (aerospace) industry is a particular strength of the research group.

School of Engineering

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HELIFLIGHT-R (foreground) and HELIFLIGHT (background) simulators

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Internal view of HELIFLIGHT-R

School of Engineering

The School of Engineering at the University of Liverpool has a reputation of producing top quality engineering graduates who are highly sought after by the leading employers in the industry.

The School of Engineering 's academic staff are experts in Aerospace, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

We run MSc and MRes programmes in areas such as:

  • Manufacturing
  • Lasers
  • Product Design
  • Materials
  • Aerospace Simulation
  • Sustainable Civil Engineering (Maritime and Structural) Mechanical Systems Engineering.

Following a £36 million refurbishment we can offer you state of the art research laboratories. Equipment includes rapid prototyping machines, a range of lasers, two research quality flight simulators and a civil structures laboratory.

The renovation also created a unique active learning laboratory which provides open plan space for student team projects, alongside a workshop equipped with rapid prototyping machines for student use. Research students are based in open plan accommodation close to the academic staff offices

Our approach to postgraduate teaching at Liverpool emphasises two things:

  • providing students with the skills and experience they need to become effective engineers. This includes training in areas such as team working, as well as time with our industrial partners wherever possible.
  • making sure our  programmes align with the research expertise of our staff, whilst also listening to what our students want and need.


Research in the school is organised into three Centres. These are:

  • The Centre for Materials and Structures
  • The Centre for Engineering Dynamics
  • The Centre for Engineering Sustainability

Our MSc programmes are each associated with one Centre to ensure that the teaching is supported and developed within the context of leading edge research.

The School is a centre of excellence for engineering research and has a well deserved reputation for its experimental and computing facilities. You'll use many of these in the course of your postgraduate programme.