Fluid Dynamics

Fluids appear in a huge range of environmental and industrial applications. They exhibit a wide range of interesting phenomena, and the study of fundamental aspects of fluid dynamics is a traditional testbed for the development of methods of applied mathematics.

Water droplet and ripples

Our group studies a range of fundamental problems in fluid dynamics and shares links with our friends in Engineering.

Cross-faculty group page

PhD Studentships in Fluid Dynamics.  

A PhD in fluid dynamics would allow you to develop highly transferable skills in analytical thinking, data analysis, scientific computation, and mathematical modelling.

We welcome applications, which must be submitted via the University system (links below). Please note that the Offer of a PhD place is separate from an offer of funding. A place is the offer of tuition, subject to your ability and our availability. For funding, the first round of allocations takes place in February, and to be eligible you must have applied and had an online interview, usually by the end of January. With your application, please include any project work, Masters thesis or journal articles where possible.

For potential projects, please see our members’ pages.  

Departmental Scholarships 
How to apply 
Further advice


  • Dr Yi Li Turbulence and chaotic systems, bubble dynamics, data-intensive methods
  • Dr Nils Mole  Turbulent diffusion, concentration modelling, atmospheric dispersion
  • Dr Julia Rees  Microfluidics, rheology, interfacial flows
  • Dr Ashley Willis  Transition and chaotic dynamics, shear flows, magnetohydrodynamics 
  • Professor Koji Ohkitani (Emeritus)  Vortex dynamics, singularity formation


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