Our staff have national and international reputations for their research, publications and applied work. Many carry out much of their research in collaboration with major oil companies, plant and equipment manufacturers, leading industrial firms and governmental laboratories. This means that your education will be at the forefront of scholarship and practice, covering the most up-to-date industry knowledge.
Your course will consist of combinations of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, field work, coursework, self-study and individual research reports.
Distance learning students are supplied with a study pack of text books and CD-ROMs.
MSc dissertation projects are normally carried out over four months for full-time students or one year for distance learning students.
Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.
Modes of study
1 year full-time
The taught element of the course takes place from September to April. From May to September you’ll conduct an individual project and prepare your dissertation.
3 years distance learning
The self-study distance-learning programme enables you to conduct most of your studies at home, in your own time and at your own pace.
You have up to three years to complete the course, with students taking four modules in the first year, four modules in the second year and writing their dissertation in the third year.
You should allow about twelve hours each week for study.
You can sit your examinations either at Brunel or in the country where you are resident. We have an extensive network of organisations (universities, colleges and British Council offices) throughout the world that can provide invigilation services.