Undergraduate Study

The School teaches undergraduate courses in four major subject areas: Brunel Design, Civil Engineering, Electronic and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.


Brunel Design is historically amongst the highest rated for product and industrial design in all the major UK league tables:

The GuardianThe Complete University Guide

Times Good University Guide


  • The Guardian University Guide 2013 - 2nd in ‘Art & Design’
  • The Complete University Guide 2014 - 5th in ‘Art & Design’
  • The Sunday Times University Guide 2013 – 3rd in ‘Art & Design’
  • The Times Good University Guide 2013 – 6th in ‘Art & Design’

National Student SurveyExcellent student satisfaction: Design students are the second most satisfied students in the UK in “Design Studies”, according to the 2012 National Student Survey.

High employability: Design graduates enjoy excellent career prospects – see student graduate articles - 84% find employment within the first 6 months of leaving University – see Unistats.

Links with leading employers: Over 75% of our students have a placement year in industry with leading companies and consultancies.

At Brunel, your learning experience will be created on a broad base of knowledge, skills and industrial experience, distinguishing you from other design graduates. To enable this, we will provide you with tuition from an extensive cross disciplinary lecturing team including mechanical and electrical engineers, computer and materials scientists, mathematicians, psychologists, practising designers, and graphic artists. Along with the knowledge and expertise accumulated throughout the courses, you could participate in our exchange programmes or undertake work placements with some of the best companies in the world.

Civil Eng

The Civil Engineering department offers the following courses:

Civil Engineers for the 21st Century: facing the challenge

The next few decades will be amongst the most challenging ever for the Civil Engineering community. Increasing populations, progressive urbanisation and ongoing economic development, not to mention climate change and the persistent risk of extreme events already present many threats to infrastructure. As a result, Civil Engineers need to draw deeply on their knowledge, skills, and ability to innovate, to provide essential facilities such as sustainable building, roads, bridges, tunnels, water distribution, flood protection and waste management, while minimising the negative impacts on communities and the environment.

The Civil Engineering with Sustainability degree programme at Brunel University aims to provide the next generation of leading Civil Engineers. Drawing on an impressive body of pure and applied research engineers and scientists, we will help you develop a sound knowledge of mainstream Civil Engineering, ranging from geotechnical site assessment to novel materials, assessing and designing structures and environmental engineering. Alongside this, we will explore the role of the engineer in current future projects, following the 'cradle to grave', sustainable approach called for by major institutions such as the Royal Academy of Engineering and Institution of Civil Engineers.

Our course has been designed very much as a 'hands on' learning experience. You will be introduced to fundamental theory, but then have to chance to test and apply much of that theory through practical work, in the laboratory, using advanced analytical and design software, and on field work. Professional engineers, working with major companies, add to the content, bringing real world experience. You can also take a year out in industry between Levels 2 and 3. All through the course, you will be developing your professional skills including, communication, teamwork and planning. Our aim is for you to finish the course fully prepared to pursue a successful career in industry, or more advanced study, and to make a real contribution to Civil Engineering.

Digital Design & Tech

Undergraduate courses in the Digital Design & Technology subject area:

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Undergraduate courses in the Electronic & Computer Engineering subject area:

Engineering Division:

Digital Design & Technology Division:

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Our Undergraduate courses are featured by a number of activities that are summarised at Course Highlights.

The need for systems engineers with knowledge and skills in electronic hardware and software co-design is a key requirement of the industry and for future technological systems progression.

These programmes aim to produce highly qualified engineers who will take up demanding managerial roles within the electrical industry by developing leadership, innovation and creative skills to enable and encourage graduates to follow successful engineering careers, and aspire to senior managerial roles.

By combining individual versatility with highly developed teamwork skills, graduates will be equipped with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the subject, its underlying principles and the ability to apply them to complex sustainable power systems problems.

The courses also provide students with design, analytical and transferable skills required to exploit and lead the dynamic and rapidly expanding technological industries.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for prestigious companies including the BBC, Virgin Airways, Opodo, Philips, Siemens and a variety of design companies.

ECE Graduates

The wired society, intelligent appliances, and the information revolution are phrases we are all used to in describing the increasing integration of electronic and computer technology in our working and personal lives.

ECE Undergraduate StudentsEngineers, technologists and designers are the architects and implementers of this technological revolution and are in very great demand throughout industry, commerce and the public sector. We aim to produce well educated, imaginative and professionally trained engineers and designers who can meet the challenge of rapid technological development.

Our undergraduate courses allow you to specialise so that you can match your studies to your own particular interest, or maintain a broad approach. You can also develop language skills and may have the opportunity to work abroad either as part of your scheme of studies or on placement. We have well established links with organisations in France, Germany and Italy.

ECE Undergraduate StudentsElectronic and Computer Engineering is one of the largest disciplines in the University with over 50 members of staff involved in teaching and research, an undergraduate population of over 800 and a postgraduate population of over 200. Despite our size, there is a relaxed and friendly relationship between students and staff and we take a genuine interest and pride in the success of our students and graduates. This, together with acknowledged high quality teaching and resources, results in an excellent record of employment amongst our graduates.

We benefit from being located near much of the country’s information engineering industry. Our courses and research are aimed squarely at developing the expertise, knowledge and new ideas needed for the information age, and cover the full breadth of electronic, computer and multimedia engineering.
Brunel has consistently been placed in the top three UK universities in the PIP’s annual Graduate Recruiters Survey for electronic engineering.

Electronic Engineering was awarded Grade 5 for its research in the last Research Assessment Exercise.

Mechanical Eng

Undergraduate courses in the Mechanical Engineering subject area:

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From jet aircraft to air conditioning plant, from tunnelling machines to body-scanners, from technical consultancy to financial services such as insurance, mechanical engineers deal with the design and production of the machines, systems and structures that are taken for granted in the modern world. The range and diversity of career choice is consequently tremendous.

In response to this diversity, we offer a variety of parallel courses all at both MEng and BEng.  There are four main streams: General Mechanical Engineering (GMech), Automotive and Motorsport Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Aviation Engineering.  Each of these provides an increasing level of specialism as students proceed through the program.  There are three corresponding “with” courses that allow students to get a flavour of each specialism without the extensive study in a particular application at undergraduate level. Additionally, we offer a course in Mechanical Engineering with building services to meet rapidly expanding market for engineers who have the technological appreciation to respond to advances in building services engineering. All the courses we offer are accredited by at least one of the professional bodies.

We are one of a few engineering departments in the country which provide the prospective students with a wide range and flexibilities of courses to study. While many prospective students know exactly what branch of engineering they want to study at university, others find it more difficult to know exactly what branch of engineering they will enjoy most, or be most skilled at, before they enter university.  We try and accommodate both needs.  For the very focused, there are specific streams in Motorsport and Aerospace or Aviation from day one.  However, for the student who wants to stay more general, it is possible to transfer between streams at the end of level 1, and to a lesser extent at the end of level 2.  The “with” courses offer a students a chance to study some elements of a particular specialism while retaining a general basis in Mechanical Engineering.

Similarly, transfer arrangements are available for capable students to transfer into the MEng after the first or second years, and it is also possible to transfer to or from a programme that integrates a period in Industrial Training (which could take place after year 2 for BEng and MEng, or after year 3 for continuing MEng students) into the academic work.

As the most established subject at Brunel University and taught by the staff of international research profiles, Brunel is routinely in the top three UK universities in the PIP’s annual Graduate Recruiters Survey for General Engineering.


Foundation courses within the School

  • The Foundations of Engineering course provides a single-year foundation course for people with non-engineering/scientific backgrounds to prepare them for our degree programmes.

Foundation courses external to the School at Brunel 

Page last updated: Wednesday 28 November 2012