Further develop your skills and knowledge by studying the one-year Flood and Coastal Engineering BSc top-up after the foundation degree.
This top-up BSc course is for students who progress from the foundation degree in flood and coastal engineering at Brunel. It has been developed in partnership with the Environment Agency to address the growing need for flood engineering professionals in the UK. The course is led by Brunel and co-delivered with HR Wallingford, a world-renowned civil engineering and environmental hydraulics organisation.
You will enhance your knowledge of structural design, geotechnics and how to mitigate risk through environmental assessment and strategic management. This is while developing your skills in hydraulic modelling, flood estimation and engineering design. You’ll be introduced to flood and coastal management and your learning will be focused on protecting communities against flooding. This flood and coastal engineering course will provide you with the skills to enjoy a successful career in flood risk 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: large flumes; physical modelling laboratories; tsunami generator; and remote controlled river survey boats.
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.
Unique to this BSc top-up degree in flood and coastal engineering is the residential summer school at HR Wallingford which provides you with a refresh experience midway through the summer break. Here you’ll have the opportunity to experience world-class experimental facilities and contact with senior industry figures. There are challenging team building tasks such as the design, build and testing of your own flood product. Civil engineering site visits are arranged with activities like the setup and positioning of temporary flood defences.
Our flood and coastal engineering BSc course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and is pending accreditation by the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), and is studied part-time over two years. A one year full-time course is available for self-funded students.
On successful completion of the course, you’ll have the full educational base to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status. You can also proceed to an MSc degree in engineering to enable you to gain the educational base to achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
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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 a series of residential block weeks. In the time between contact weeks, you’ll study independently with e-learning support. The substantial individual research report will be on a river or coastal topic.
- Mathematics and Structural Engineering Theory
- River and Coastal Form, Process and Environmental Assessment
- Design for Rivers and Coasts
- Flood and Coastal Risk Management
- Flood and Coastal Engineering Research Report
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Careers and your future
As a Flood and Coastal Engineering BSc graduate you'll be well-equipped to develop and build flood protection schemes, maintain and enhance flood risk assets, provide expert advice and guidance to communities at risk, as well as deliver 24/7 incident response services.
The Environment Agency are sponsors of our Flood and Coastal Engineering courses, and aim to secure a continual intake of high-calibre graduates to become flood engineers of the future. Alternatively, there is the opportunity for you to work for other flood risk management authorities, non-governmental organisations and civil engineering companies.
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
Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are also required, to include Maths and English Language.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
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
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: £9,250 full-time £4,625 part-time
International students: £18,720 full-time £9,360 part-time
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 fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.
There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.