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Flood and Coastal Engineering FdSc

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This exciting Flood and Coastal Engineering foundation degree has been developed in partnership with the Environment Agency to address the growing need for capable flood engineers in the UK, and has funded places available.

The course is led by Brunel and delivered in partnership with HR Wallingford, a world-renowned civil engineering and environmental hydraulics organisation.

You’ll be introduced to engineering, the environment and flood risk, and your learning will be focused on the flooding hazard across the UK. This flood and coastal engineering course will provide you with the skills to effectively deal with the issues of flooding and coastal management, allowing you to become a flood engineer of the future.

During the course, 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: wave basins; tsunami generator; and remote controlled river survey boats.

To complement your professional development, there are arranged visits to Environment Agency sites where you'll enjoy a series of seminars from invited guest speakers. There’s also the opportunity to go to conferences and exhibitions where you’ll network with key water industry professionals. 

Throughout the first two terms of both years, you’ll study the taught modules and then you’ll go on placement for six months at either the Environment Agency or a local authority. During your first year placement rotation, there’s also the residential summer school at HR Wallingford. Here you’ll participate in challenging team building tasks such as the design, build and testing of your own flood product. As well as this, you’ll go on additional civil engineering site visits and look at flood protection projects.

During your two placements, you’ll be mentored by an industry professional and will gain real-life experience on what it’s like to be an engineer in the water industry. The experience obtained on placement and in the first year summer school plays a major role in developing your professional skills and readiness for work.

Our flood and coastal engineering course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and is pending accreditation by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), and is studied full-time over two years.

On successful completion of the course, you’ll have the full educational base to apply for Engineering Technician (EngTech) status. You’ll also have the technical basis to complete the BSc top-up in Flood and Coastal Engineering.


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

The first and second year follow the same structure. You’ll take the taught modules in the first two terms and then you will go out on placement for six months. Your second year design project will come from industry partners, such as the Environment Agency.

Year 1


  • Analytical Methods and Skills for Flood and Coastal Engineers
  • River and Coastal Science Theory
  • Engineering Methods
  • Project Management, Health and Safety Risk Management
  • Integrated Projects
  • Placement and Summer School

Year 2


  • Structural and Geotechnical Engineering Theory
  • Hydrological Modelling, Hydraulics and Flood Estimation
  • River and Coastal Assets and Risk Management
  • Flood and Coastal Engineering Design Project
  • Placement and Professional Development

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


Careers and your future

Our Flood and Coastal Engineering foundation degree is designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical experience you need to start a career in flood risk management.

As the Environment Agency are sponsors of our Flood and Coastal Engineering courses, they aim to secure a continual intake of high-calibre graduates. Alternatively, you could go on to work for other flood risk management authorities, non-governmental organisations and civil engineering companies.

Graduates of this course have the opportunity to complete the Flood and Coastal Engineering BSc top-up to gain an honours degree and develop their experience and skills.

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

  • GCE A-Level BCC, including grade B in Maths or Physics (excluding General Studies).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in Engineering, including Distinction in Further Maths or Further Mechanical Principles.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in related subject with an A-Level grade B in Maths or Physics.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidary Diploma D in related subject with A-Levels at grade BC, to include grade B in Maths or Physics.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 28 points, with Higher Level 5 in Maths or Physics.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass an Engineering Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 and Merit or higher in all units.

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are also required, to include Maths and English Language.

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.

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 2020/21 entry

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

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time

International students: £18,720 full-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

Home/EU undergraduate student fees for this programme are £6,350 for the foundation year (2018 entry) and £9,250 per year thereafter. From 2019, the fees for the foundation year will be £9,250.  UK Government policy currently caps Home/EU undergraduate fees at £9,250, and any future increases will be subject to changes in government policy.  International fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about foundation student funding options.