Take your knowledge one step further with the Flood and Coastal Engineering MSc. Sponsored by the Environment Agency, funded places are available for part-time students in employment with the Environment Agency or a risk management authority.
This MSc course has been developed to address the increasing demand for creative and innovative professionals who can help deliver flood management initiatives to protect communities against flooding. The course is led by Brunel and co-delivered with HR Wallingford, a world-renowned civil engineering and environmental hydraulics organisation.
You will develop advanced technical engineering understanding and skills required to plan, design, implement and manage projects and strategies dealing with flood and coastal risk mitigation and management.
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: big tanks and flumes; several physical modelling basins; fast flow facility; and tsunami generator.
The course is enhanced by a strong professional development programme that runs in parallel with the academic content supported by practical work. You’ll enjoy a series of seminars, workshops, lectures from guest speakers and site visits. There’s also the opportunity to go to conferences and exhibitions where you’ll network with key water industry professionals. You’ll share knowledge and experiences with your peers and receive mentor support. This continued professional development helps you along the accreditation route to become a Chartered Engineer.
During the MSc degree in flood and coastal engineering, you will take part in the residential summer school at HR Wallingford which provides you with hands-on learning experience. Here you’ll have the opportunity to experience world-class experimental facilities and contact with senior researchers. There are challenging team building tasks such as the design, build and testing of your own flood product. Civil engineering site visits are also arranged, where you’ll observe key flood risk management assets.
Our flood and coastal engineering MSc course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) 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).
The MSc is studied part-time over two years, and a one year full-time course is available for self-funded students.
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)
Delivery of the course is completed as residential blocks, each of which are typically five days, and material from two modules are included each week. In the time between contact weeks, you’ll study independently with e-learning support. The dissertation will be a substantial, in-depth and critical investigation into an aspect of flood or coastal engineering.
- Mathematical Methods, Data and GIS
- River and Coastal Methods
- Flood and Coastal Science and Risk Theory
- Flood and Coastal Engineering and Modelling Theory
- Flood and Coastal Engineering Design Project
- Structures, Soil Mechanics and Design for Flood and Coastal Engineering
Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel
and what you will learn on the course.
Careers and your future
The Flood and Coastal Engineering MSc has a high profile within the Environment Agency and other flood risk management authorities in the UK, as well as environmental and community non‑governmental organisations and commercial construction businesses worldwide.
You’ll find career opportunities in fields such as construction and maintenance of flood defences, community liaison, environmental assessment, and strategic and operational planning.
Graduates go on to work in roles related to: asset performance, natural flood management and resilience, partnerships and strategic overview, field teams, flood modelling and forecasting, national capital programme management, and incident response.
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 2019/20
- 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
Our flood and coastal engineering degrees are delivered by high-calibre, internationally recognised lecturing staff, and enhanced by leading experts from HR Wallingford. There will also be guest lectures from our industry partners who provide a valuable insight into the real world of civil engineering.
Study will combine lectures in class sizes of around 12 students, tutorials, seminars, practical laboratory sessions, field work, and individual and group research projects. A significant amount of independent learning is also expected.
You will receive your timetable in advance of the course starting.
Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.
Assessment and feedback
Your progress will be assessed via assignments, essays, lab reports, design reports, presentations, individual project and report, and written exams. Marked work and feedback is typically returned four weeks after the due date.
Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.
Fees and funding
Fees for 2019/20 entry
£9,100 full-time; £4,550 part-time
£18,720 full-time; £9,360 part-time
Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.
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.