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Flood and Coastal Engineering (with Infrastructure Design) MSc

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Flood and Coastal Engineering

Mode of study

1 year full-time

14 months full-time

2 or 3 years part-time

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Applications will be open for September 2023 entry shortly. In the meantime, please express your interest here and we will let you know as soon as applications are open.

Full details of entry requirements and fees will be coming soon.

This master’s course will teach you how to apply cutting-edge technology and tools such as machine learning and AI to solve a range of flood and coastal engineering problems. Particular emphasis will be given to the challenges of climate change and to the introduction of modern techniques such as sustainability assessment, data analytics and machine learning. These will give you a range of sought-after skills and substantially increase your employability within the flood and coastal engineering sector.

The programme of study has been designed with close reference to the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, with several modules focused directly on the impact of climate change. It’s an approach that matches both the Engineering Council’s AHEP4 accreditation requirements, and the position adopted by all the major Engineering professional bodies.

You’ll have access to our custom-designed technical facilities that include hydraulic benches and flumes to work on your laboratory experiments. The latest industry standard engineering software packages are available for you to use in the purpose-built computer laboratories.

Through the Visiting Professors Scheme your learning is enhanced via a series of specialist lectures on industry practice. In addition, guest speakers from leading industrial partners provide a valuable insight into flood and coastal engineering and you will also benefit from site visits to flood schemes (Thames Barrier and Jubilee Flood Relief Channel).

Our Flood and Coastal Engineering MSc degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.*

See for further information.

*It should be noted that candidates completing the MSc who hold an underpinning accredited IEng degree or a non-accredited bachelor degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to determine whether they will meet the educational base for CEng registration.

Brunel’s Flood and Coastal Engineering MSc is also accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship: You may be eligible for a full tuition fee waiver, as well as a range of other financial incentives, on this course. Find out more.

British Council Scholarship for Women in STEM: In partnership with the British Council, we are offering five fully-funded scholarships for female students from the East Asia region (eligible countries only). The deadline to apply for this scholarship is 7 April 2023 – find out more.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

Full time students will study the taught modules in the first two terms and then spend four months working on their dissertation. The dissertation is an advanced piece of research and is assessed through a final 20,000 word submission. It can be carried out in collaboration with industry and could focus on an environmental challenge or be based on smart technology.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 2 or 3 years part-time, starting in September. Or this course can be studied 14 months full-time, starting in January.

Year 1

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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Careers and your future

A Flood and Coastal Engineering degree from Brunel will equip you with the knowledge and skills for a successful career in the flood and coastal industry, managing flood and coastal engineering projects.

The flood and coastal engineering sector offers a range of career opportunities in the fields of flood risk management, flood and coastal protection, flood and coastal asset management, hydrology, river and coastal engineering, monitoring of rivers, water bodies and coastal erosion and other areas.

Our graduates have roles with public and private water utilities responsible for flood and coastal management, environmental agencies, flood and coastal engineering consulting firms, construction companies carrying out flood and coastal defences engineering works, and government departments.

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UK entry requirements

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Fees and funding

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2023/24 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.  

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

Scholarships and bursaries

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Teaching and Learning

How the course will be delivered

Required equipment

How you'll learn on your course

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Assessment and feedback

Your progress will be assessed via assignments, presentations, technical and laboratory reports, design and research projects, exams and your dissertation.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.