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Flood and Coastal Engineering BSc

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Applications are now open for 2018/19 entry.

The BSc top-up degree is for recent graduates of the FdSc Flood or River and Coastal Engineering Degree. Your BSc will be sponsored if you secure employment with the Environment Agency or a Risk Management Authority. 

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About the course

Developed as the top-up BSc (Hons) course for students who progress from our Foundation Degree, this course aims to give you the experience and skills you need to become an ambitious engineer to protect communities against flooding.

You will study this as a two-year, part-time degree if you have a sponsored place, or one-year, full-time if you are self-funding. Learning through intense modules and distance learning whilst in the workplace, you will enhance your knowledge of structural design, geotechnics and how to mitigate risk through environmental assessment and strategic management. This is while developing your skills in hydraulic modelling, flood estimation and engineering design.

This degree programme has been developed in partnership with the Environment Agency to address their future need for flood engineering professionals. The course is led by Brunel University London’s Department of Civil Engineering, and is co-delivered with HR Wallingford the world-leading, independent civil engineering and environmental hydraulics organisation.  The combination of Brunel and HR Wallingford teaching this degree programme brings an exciting academic and professional taught programme, with a focus on practical understanding and preparing the student for both their future career and professional accreditation.

The BSc in Flood and Coastal Engineering has been designed following the guidance of the Joint Board of Moderators and is currently pending accreditation by both the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). The course is part of a programme suite that offers a full student pathway from grass roots to chartered engineering status. Following successful completion of this course, you can proceed to an Engineering MSc course to enable you to gain the educational base to achieve Chartered Engineer status.


There is currently a shortage of people with appropriate skills and experience to meet the challenge of delivering successful flood management. Flooding affects millions worldwide. It ruins homes, destroys livelihoods and threatens lives.

The Environment Agency has commissioned Brunel University London and HR Wallingford to develop this course in order to equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for a successful career in flood risk management.

It is an excellent choice for anybody interested in the environment and in engineering. You must have graduated from our Flood and Coastal Engineering FdSc or the FdSc River and Coastal Engineering provided by the University of the West of England to be eligible for this degree programme.


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

The ethos of Flood and Coastal Engineering at Brunel stems from the initial formation of the University as a technological institution in the mid-1960s. Although you may move on to project management and supervision roles, we feel it’s important that your knowledge is firmly based on an understanding of how things are done in the real world. By the time students graduate, they have an impressive portfolio of work experience, certificates, industry contacts and skills.  Our programme’s components and partnership with HR Wallingford ensure that you gain knowledge on a range of specialist engineering and flood risk topics, alongside guest lectures and experiences from the Environment Agency and other flood industry partners.

Year 1 (if taught as two years part-time)

  • Maths, Data Handling and Structural Engineering
  • River and Coastal Form, Process, Design and Environmental Assessment  
  • Summer School

Year 2 (if taught as two years part-time)

  • Flood, Drought and Coastal Risk Management
  • Research Report

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



As the sponsor of the programme, the Environment Agency aims to secure a large, continual intake of new graduates to become the flood engineers of the future. Together with other flood risk management authorities, NGOs and civil engineering companies, relevant roles for flood and coastal engineering BSc graduates, include:

  • Building detailed flood models to describe flood risk
  • Developing and building flood protection schemes
  • Maintaining and enhancing rivers and flood risk assets
  • Providing expert advice about waves, estuarine, coastal, river and surface water flood risk
  • Delivering a 24/7 incident response service
  • Providing advice and guidance to communities at risk, flood risk management authorities and developers.

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.

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Entry criteria 2018/19

Entry Criteria 2017/18

 Successful completion of a FdSc Flood or River and Coastal Engineering programme in the UK.

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are also required to include Maths and English Language.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.




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

Students are introduced to subject material, including key concepts, information and approaches, through a mixture of standard lectures and seminars, laboratory practicals, field work, self-study and individual research reports.

All students will be allocated a personal tutor from the Brunel University London academic staff, in accordance with the Tutoring@Brunel Policy framework. Students will meet their tutor at set times through the academic year to discuss progress. The tutor also provides a first line of pastoral support. Further support is provided by the departmental and divisional senior tutors. Where students run into more difficult academic problems, the course director and departmental director of teaching and learning are available for advice.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment will allow students to demonstrate their abilities in a range of styles relevant to professional engineers:

  • Assignments and essays – demonstration of depth and breadth of knowledge and written communication skills
  • Technical analytical reports; lab reports – ability to collect, analyse and interpret a range of evidence, including in the field and laboratory
  • Design reports – ability to use imagination, creativity, innovation and judgement to address a specification
  • Individual project – ability to plan, execute and communicate an advanced piece of research
  • Individual report – based on contribution as a team member to a collaborative challenge
  • Personal development log – develop ability to reflect on learning and planning development goals
  • Project proposal – ability to identify a research/design focus and produce a realistic plan for its execution
  • Presentations and posters – ability to summarise and communicate orally and visually
  • Closed book examinations – ability to quickly formulate arguments and solve problems; testing knowledge, understanding and problem solving in the main subject areas in flood and coastal engineering
  • Work-based learning performance portfolio – Risk assessment report, professional development record, reflective report, technical report, oral presentation

Special features

  • Flexible delivery in either one-year, full-time or two-years, part-time mode.
  • A Professional Programme, which will provide a range of experiences that will support your professional development and complement your academic and placement learning experiences, including presentations by professionals in the field, visits to conferences such as Flood Expo, incident management exercise, and visits to civil engineering schemes and Environment Agency sites.
  • Brunel University London’s strong emphasis on employability and preparing graduates to be “ready for work” harmonises with the BSc course’s guaranteed career profile in the Environment Agency or other flood risk management authorities, environmental and community NGOs, and commercial construction businesses. 
  • Strong links with industry (Environment Agency and HR Wallingford) working in close collaboration with Brunel University London hosting the course delivery team.
  • The course offers the student the academic pathway to chartered engineering status (BSc - Incorporated Engineer; MSc - Chartered Engineer) and sits alongside Brunel’s well-established, fully accredited Civil Engineering degree programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • World class facilities at HR Wallingford complement the civil engineering technical facility at Brunel University London, where the Joseph Bazalgette Laboratories have enjoyed considerable investment in new equipment, makes the course a market leader in facility provision.
  • Brunel University London is ranked a top 10 university in London (Complete University Guide 2017).


The BSc in Flood and Coastal Engineering has been designed following the guidance of the Joint Board of Moderators and is currently pending accreditation by both the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), as a basis for developing a career as a professional engineer.

Facts and figures

Brunel’s College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences is one of the largest of its kind in the UK, with over 150 academics and a substantial and high quality pool of technical and administrative staff. As a result, we have excellent resources to support your time here as a student.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2018/19 entry

Additional course related costs

2018/19 Fees:

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time £4,625 part-time

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

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase.