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Flood and Coastal Engineering (with Project Risk Management) MSc

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Subject area

Civil Engineering

Mode of study

1 year full-time

14 months full-time

2 or 3 years part-time



UK £13,750

International £23,615

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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.*

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*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 in 2024 will be confirmed shortly – find out more.

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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. Modules in the drop-down below are illustrative of full time study. For details of how modules are sequenced across part-time modes please contact the course director Dr Pedro Martin-Moreta (

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

2023/4 entry

A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a directly related subject including Civil Engineering, Flood And Coastal Engineering, Water and Drainage Engineering, Geo technical Engineering, Environmental Engineering

Alternatively, we will happily consider applicants with the following profiles but may need to refer these to our academic department to review as well.

A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a non-directly related subject including Surveying; Physics; Maths; Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Marine Biology with Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics modules with good grades and any relevant work experience


A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in other subjects without evidence of Fluid Mechanics & Hydraulics but with relevant work experience

Please note: relevant work experience could include time spent working in water and environmental organisations and companies (e.g. Thames Water, the Environment Agency, Canal and River Trust). However, if you have any relevant work experience and would like to be considered for the course you should apply and we will review your application.

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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: 59 (59 in all sub scores)
  • BrunELT: 58% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 77 (min R18, L17, S20, W17) 

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

2024/25 entry


£13,750 full-time

£6,875 part-time


£23,615 full-time

£11,805 part-time

UK Staged Master £4,580 per stage.

International Staged Master £7,870 per stage.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

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.