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Flood and Coastal Engineering MSc

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Subject area: Flood and Coastal Engineering
Mode of study

2 years part-time. 1 year full-time will be available from 2018/19

PG code

FLDCSTMSCPTD (Part time code for 2017 entry), FLDCSTMSCFTD (Full time code for 2018 entry ONLY.

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Flood and Coastal Engineering MSc


Applications for the MSc in Flood and Coastal Engineering are open.

The Environment Agency sponsors a limited number of places on the programme. To apply for a sponsored place you must be employed by the Environment Agency or a Risk Management Authority. Sponsorship covers tuition fees. 

For further information and to check eligibility, please email FaCE@environment-agency.gov.uk.   

Application forms for sponsored places will be emailed to all who have expressed an interest by March 30, 2018 and must be completed and submitted by April 30, 2018. Your application will be assessed and you will be notified in May, 2018. 

If your application for sponsorship is unsuccessful but you meet the academic criteria, you could apply for a self-funded place on the course.

About the course

Flooding affects millions worldwide. It ruins homes, destroys livelihoods and threatens lives.

Our new Flood and Coastal Engineering MSc has been developed with the Environment Agency to maintain and enhance the skills and experience of professionals who can help deliver flood management initiatives to protect communities from flooding.

The course is delivered in partnership with HR Wallingford, a renowned independent civil engineering and environmental hydraulics organisation with expertise in flood risk assessment and management.

On the course you’ll develop your knowledge of structural design, geotechnics and how to manage and mitigate risk against extreme flood events through environmental assessment and strategic management. You’ll also develop your skills in hydraulic modelling, flood estimation and engineering design.

This course is for graduates who typically have studied engineering, mathematics, environmental science, geography or geology and are now looking to become chartered engineers. The course engages students in knowledge, understanding and application of engineering solutions, and is closely aligned to environmental, social and climatic issues affecting our world today. 


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

  • Advanced River and Coastal Science
  • Advanced River and Coastal Engineering
  • Flood and Coastal Management, Governance and Risk
  • Mathematical Methods, Data and GIS
  • Design Projects
  • Structures, Soil Mechanics and Design

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


We place a strong emphasis on employability and preparing our graduates for work. The Flood and Coastal Engineering MSc will have a high profile within the Environment Agency and other flood risk management authorities, environmental and community NGOs, and commercial construction businesses.


You’ll find career opportunities in fields such as community liaison, environmental assessment and strategic and operational planning. Typical roles include coastal engineers, flood risk engineers, flood scheme designers and project managers, flood incident officers, and enforcement officers.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Entry criteria 2018/19

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a related subject. OR a non-related subject with Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics modules, with good grades, and relevant work experience.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU entry requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

You’ll be introduced to subject material including key concepts, information and approaches through lectures and seminars, laboratory practicals, field work, self-study and individual research reports. A personal tutor will be allocated to you to support you during your time at Brunel.

Assessment and feedback

You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways including assignments, lab and design reports, project work, presentations, posters and examinations.

Special features

The Flood and Coastal Engineering MSc provides the basis for developing a career as a professional engineer, and is pending accreditation 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 the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

Brunel University London is ranked a UK top 10 engineering university (U.S. News & World Report, Best Global Universities 2016).

The course sits alongside our other well-established and fully-accredited Civil Engineering degree programmes, which were ranked fourth in London (Complete University Guide 2017).

You’ll benefit from our strong links with industry through the Environment Agency and HR Wallingford, the world-leading hydraulics and engineering research organisation, who work closely with Brunel University London and the Environment Agency.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2018/19 entry

UK/EU students: £8,750 full-time; £4,375 part-time

International students: £18,000 full-time; £9,000 part-time

Additional course related costs

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International and postgraduate fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about postgraduate student funding options.