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Flood and Coastal Engineering MSc

Course code

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

Start date

September

No placement available

Mode of study

1 year full-time

2 years part-time

Fees

2019/20:

UK / EU:  £9,100

International:  £18,720

Entry requirements

2:2

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Overview

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.

On successful completion of the course, subject to your Higher Education studies, you’ll have the full educational base to apply for chartered status.

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Course content

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.

Year 1

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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.

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UK entry requirements

  • 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.

If you do not currently meet our Maths or Physics entry requirements the Admissions team may be able to provide you with an opportunity to sit a Maths entry test as part of your offer. This test will be based on the material provided at: http://www.facepreparatorymaths.net/, which you will need to study independently beforehand.

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EU and International entry requirements

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.

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.

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 through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2019/20

UK / EU

£9,100 full-time

£5,118 part-time

International

£18,720 full-time

£10,530 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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

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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.

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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.