Brunel University London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Flood and Coastal Engineering

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Course summary

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This exciting Flood and Coastal Engineering foundation degree has been developed in partnership with the Environment Agency to address the growing need for capable flood engineers in the UK, and has funded places available. The course is led by Brunel and delivered in partnership with HR Wallingford, a world-renowned civil engineering and environmental hydraulics organisation. You’ll be introduced to engineering, the environment and flood risk, and your learning will be focused on the flooding hazard across the UK. This flood and coastal engineering course will provide you with the skills to effectively deal with the issues of flooding and coastal management, allowing you to become a flood engineer of the future. During the course, you’ll have access to Brunel’s testing facilities that include hydraulic benches and flumes. In addition, you’ll benefit from the hydraulics testing facility at HR Wallingford, the largest in the UK. Their world-class test facilities include: wave basins; tsunami generator; and remote controlled river survey boats. To complement your professional development, there are arranged visits to Environment Agency sites where you'll enjoy a series of seminars from invited guest speakers. There’s also the opportunity to go to conferences and exhibitions where you’ll network with key water industry professionals. Throughout the first two terms of both years, you’ll study the taught modules and then you’ll go on paid work placements for six months at either the Environment Agency or a local authority. During your first year placement rotation, there’s also the residential summer school at HR Wallingford. Here you’ll participate in challenging team building tasks such as the design, build and testing of your own flood product. As well as this, you’ll go on additional civil engineering site visits and look at flood protection projects. During your two placements, you’ll be mentored by an industry professional and will gain real-life experience on what it’s like to be an engineer in the water industry. The experience obtained on placement and in the first year summer school plays a major role in developing your professional skills and readiness for work. Our flood and coastal engineering course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (representing the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers) and is studied full-time over two years. On successful completion of the course, you’ll have the full educational base to apply for Engineering Technician (EngTech) status. You’ll also have the technical basis to complete the BSc top-up in Flood and Coastal Engineering.

Course details


Year 1 Analytical Methods and Skills for Flood and Coastal Engineers Engineering Methods Integrated Projects Project Management, Health & Safety Risk Management River and Coastal Science Theory Placement and Summer School Year 2 Hydrological Modelling, Hydraulics and Flood Estimation River and Coastal Assets and Risk Management Structural and Geotechnical Engineering Theory Flood and Coastal Engineering Design Project Placement and Professional Development

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
  • The Joint Board of Moderators

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeF856
Institution code B84
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BCC including B in Mathematics or Physics
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD in engineering subject with Distinctions in Further Engineering Mathematics and Dynamic Principles in Practice
Access to HE Diploma Obtain a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma in Engineering with 45 credits at level 3.
Scottish Higher Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD in any subject and A level grade B in Maths or Physics
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D in any subject and A levels grade BC, including grade B in Maths or Physics
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) DDD in engineering subject with Distinctions in Further Maths or Further Mechanical Principles.
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) DD in any subject and A level grade B in Maths or Physics
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) D in any subject and A levels grade BC, including grade B in Maths or Physics
Scottish Advanced Higher BCC including B in Mathematics or Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points including 5 in Higher Level Mathematics or Physics
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H4, H4 including H3 in Mathematics or Physics

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with no less than 5.5 in each subsection
Institution's Own Testwith no less than 55% in each subsection
TOEFL (iBT)79with a minimum of: Reading - 18 Listening - 17 Speaking - 20 Writing - 17
PTE Academic51with a minimum of 51 in all subscores

Brunel University London - English Language Requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £19280* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

This course offers a minimum of 20 sponsored places, covering university tuition fees and a training allowance whilst on placement for the duration of the two-year course. Non-sponsored places are also available. The Environment Agency also provides sponsorship for those progressing onto the BSc where the applicant has secured employment with the Environment Agency or a Risk Management Authority.

Flood and Coastal Engineering at Brunel University London - UCAS