Research Master in Fluid Dynamics (Master-after-master level)
The Research Master of the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI) is a one-year postgraduate programme at “Master-after-Master” level (also known as VKI Diploma Course) with a 60-years tradition. The program offers a wide choice of specialised courses on various aspects of fluid dynamics. Half of the year is devoted to a personal research project under close guidance by members of the faculty. The research may be experimental, theoretical, or computational in nature. The VKI Research Master in Fluid Dynamics complements the master programmes of universities with a profound research oriented specialisation.
Originating from more than 10 countries, about thirty-five young engineers and scientists work together in a unique international team spirit, following a tradition of excellence initiated by Theodore von Karman in 1956.
- Citizenship in one of the NATO countries. (Non-NATO nationals residing in NATO countries will be considered for admission if they are recommended by an STO National Delegate of their country of residence on the ground that their attendance at VKI would be beneficial to that country.)
- A five-year engineering or science degree (3-year B.S. + 2-year M.S.) from a European university or a M.S. from an American, Canadian or Turkish University.
- Endorsement of the applicant by an STO National Delegate.
- A working knowledge of the English language
There is no tuition fee for citizens of Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey.
Citizens of Canada, Denmark, The Netherlands, Poland, the U.K. and the U.S.A. may receive information on the tuition fee by writing to the Director of the von Karman Institute.
One-year specialisation for research in
- Aeronautics and Aerospace
- Turbomachinery and Propulsion
- Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics.
Access to an extraordinary set of wind tunnels covering all regimes, from low subsonic to hypersonic flow. Free access to the internationally renown lifelong learning program “VKI Lecture Series”.
Recent research programmes cover the following fields: aircraft and space propulsion; aerothermal flow in turbomachinery; turbomachinery design and testing; flight and ground testing for space vehicles; small satellites development and launching; noise and emission reduction; non-intrusive instrumentation; physico-chemical and numerical modeling, design and optimization; industrial plasma processes; thermal-hydraulics and safety of nuclear reactors; cryogenics; wind energy and green energy systems.
Graduates of the VKI Research Master find a career in the research departments of industry (Airbus, Automotive, General Electric, Rolls-Royce, SNECMA, ...), in government agencies and international research centers (ESA, DLR, NASA, ONERA, ...), or pursue their education in a doctoral programme.
Fellowships available for citizens from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Portugal, Romania and Turkey. No tuition fees requested for these countries!
ACCREDITED BY NVAO (Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie)
NVAO ensures the quality of educational programs following the Bologna agreement for higher education in Europe. The complete curriculum involves a minimum of 30 ECTS of courses and 30 ECTS for an independent research project, corresponding to one full academic year. In the syllabus, the admission and diploma requirements are reviewed first. Then the course syllabus for the current academic year is presented. A description of research activities provides an indication of the diverse possibilities for the individual research project.