Brunel University London

Global Challenges (Global Innovation) Brunel University London Degree level: Undergraduate


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Global Challenges will explore the questions associated with how the citizens of tomorrow will face, analyse and manage the inevitable challenges related to ‘wicked problems’ of our time. These themes will form the central framework of the degree programme, taking an in-depth look at issues such as climate change, migration, terrorism, aging populations, food and water scarcity, poverty and countless others. As well as undertaking the core spine of degree, you will have the choice to follow one of four pathways that specialize in an area of Global Challenges. These complementary strands have been selected not only because they all represent pressing issues faced by the international community, but also because of Brunel’s existing and emerging expertise in these areas.

Global Innovation: This strand will provide students with compound skills and knowledge to successfully develop innovative and sustainable products within the global economy.

Global innovation is required in response to the growing integration of economies and societies around the world to deliver customised products and services for diverse and dynamically changing range of stakeholders. Problems today cannot be solved by technology alone, but demand considerations from all aspects of the human society. Innovation needs to be achieved through interaction of science, technology and art to solve a real-world problem manifested within a social and environmental context. A product is created from the very birth of an idea to the design, modelling and manufacturing, with involvement of stakeholders through the whole process. This involves transdisciplinary studies for negotiation of knowledge across multiple fields including materials, manufacturing, computing and electronics, assisted by social science, business and management. The Global Innovation strand of the Global Challenges BASc will take students through all important development phases to gain essential creative and innovative skills. Students will learn how to utilise knowledge and skills from different fields to produce effective and sustainable innovation in a holistic manner. The study is forward-looking, empowering students with the education they require to work in an increasingly globalised and automated world.

Course details


All students on the BASc Global Challenges will engage with the content of the Core Spine through a study block that has been specifically designed for this purpose. If you choose the Global Innovation strand, you will also specialize in a number of tailored scientific and non-scientific modules.

Typical modules include
Year 1: Introduction to Global Challenges, Addressing Global Challenges, Introduction to Global Innovation, Fundamental Scientific and Engineering Principles and Methodology, Global Innovation Investigation
Year 2: Addressing Contemporary Global Challenges, Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering, Global Innovation Integration, Transdisciplinary Knowledge Integration and Negotiation
Year 3:Arts and Sciences Dissertation in Global Challenges, Global Challenges in Practice, Transdisciplinary Global Innovation in Multiple Representations, Global Innovation Management

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code GL01
Institution code B84
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD in a relevant subject
Access to HE Diploma D: 0 credits
M: 45 credits
P: 0 credits
in a relevant subject
Scottish Higher Not accepted
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal M2, M2, M3
GCSE/National 4/National 5 A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are required, including English and Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points including SL5 or HL4 in English and Mathematics
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H3
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD in any subject with A-level grade B
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D in any subject with A-levels grade BC
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DDD in a relevant subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD in any subject with A-level grade B
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D in any subject with A-levels grade BC
Scottish Advanced Higher BBC

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £15,400 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * 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.

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