Maritime Engineering MPhil/PhD

Major code: EGPR/EGMR


Maritime Civil Engineering in Liverpool is home to world-class researchers in the fields of coastal protection, disaster prevention and marine renewable energy.

Subject Overview

Our areas of interest are generally associated with four research tracks: basic understanding of coastal processes and its application in coastal management under changing climate, advanced mathematical modelling in modern hydraulics, complex investigation in impacts of marine renewable energy devices and invocative application of soil mechanics in environmental protection and renewable energy.

Research in the maritime group has been strong in computer modelling of morphodynamics associated with natural estuarine and coastal processes, such as the evolution of tidal inlets and offshore sandbanks, as well as the effects of sea defence structures, (breakwaters, reefs, groynes & sea wall revetments), together with empirical/semi-empirical prediction of wave loads and structural integrity. In recent years, detailed study of flow and seabed interactions through CFD modelling work were also carried out at a nationally leading research level. The rapid development in marine renewable energy research within the group expands the existing research into a new regime, e.g. the environmental impacts from tidal energy structures/barrages and optimising design of these structures.

Further information

You can contact Dr Ming Li ( further information on our research in Maritime Engineering.

Key Facts

Funded research
Our research is funded by the EU, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, HR Wallingford and EDF R&D (France).

Our results are published widely in high impact-factor journals in coastal engineering, environment protection and marine renewable energy. Our award winning papers include those published in Maritime Engineering (Proceedings of Civil Engineers Institute).

Why Maritime Engineering in Liverpool?

Breadth of research

The maritime engineering research in Liverpool has long tradition in coastal protection and management based on detailed understanding of shoreline hydrodynamics and morphology. Computer modelling and laboratory based physical modelling approach have been widely used in the past. The group’s expertise has also extended to the emerging UK priority area of marine renewable energy, with ongoing research into tidal barrage and tidal stream generation. Experimental research is concerned with evaluating the effectiveness of tidal stream turbines in realistic flows in our high speed water channel, while theoretical modelling of the fundamental fluid mechanics processes is carried out in collaboration the NERC National Oceanography Centre (Liverpool) on campus, and with industrial and international partners from the UK, Europe and the Far East. The group also is known internationally leading in advanced computer modelling technique, such as the Lattice Boltzmann Method. In addition to a strong research component, postgraduate study in Maritime Engineering in Liverpool offers training to address the needs of future professional engineers. The collaborative nature of research helps develop professional skills such as team working and leadership, interaction of specialists in other disciplines, coordination of joint activities, presentation in various forms and general communication. Students are encouraged to attend and present their work at conferences in their field. Further oral and poster presentations are organised in the School of Engineering as formal requirements of the degree and parts of activities within research centres and research groups. Written reports, at the ends of the first and year years, form another integral part of the study and provide opportunities to assess progress and handle delays.


Our research in maritime engineering has established wide range of collaborations worldwide through a number of national and international research programmes, including partners from in the UK, Europe, Australia, South Korea, Japan, the USA and China.

Excellent facilities

We have a newly furbished cutting-edge physical laboratory housed in the main Campus of the University of Liverpool, including unique large scale flumes for hydrodynamics and sediment transport studies, capable of simulating different waves and current conditions. We also have access to a wide range of latest measurement kids, such as the ADVs, UVPs, and acoustic bed profilers. For computer simulation work, we have access to powerful computing facilities at the University High Performance Computing facility as well as the national facilities at the Daresbury Laboratory through close collaborations in research projects. These facilities enable us to work collaboratively with national and international leading research organisations in various frontier of coastal and maritime engineering science, and the development of programs to create highly detailed numerical models.