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Civil Engineering (Flood and Coastal Engineering) BEng

Course code


H211 with placement

Start date


Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement



UK £9,250

International £23,615

Entry requirements


AAB - BBB (A-level)


30 (IB)

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Ranked top five in London for Civil Engineering by the Guardian University Guide 2023 and the Complete University Guide 2024.

Are you looking for a rewarding and challenging career? Perhaps civil engineering has always interested you, or maybe you recently learned about it at school or college and now you want to learn more. Either way, we believe that civil engineering can provide you with an exciting and rewarding career. Civil engineers design, construction, and maintenance features of the natural and built environment and a civil engineering career will engage you in the process of solving the problems that confront communities today as well as those that will confront us in the future.

To help you fulfil that role, the Brunel team have designed a programme that will engage your creative spirit. Our programme is designed to support your development as an effective learner, and also to equip you with the skills needed to function effectively in multidisciplinary engineering team environments.

From week one of our programme, you will be immersed in our unique interdisciplinary approach to learning. In Year 1 you will study alongside students from many other engineering disciplines, on our common Engineering programme. In Year 2 we will develop your core knowledge of civil engineering subjects, like: material science, structural analysis, hydraulics, surveying and more. In Year 3 you can choose to stay on the main civil engineering programme, or choose one of our two specialist pathways, in “Environmental Engineering” or “Flood and Coastal Engineering”.

Between Year 2 and Year 3 of our programme, we have included the option to undertake a placement year. The placement year is a great opportunity to prepare yourself for the world of work. If you decide to undertake a placement, you could find yourself working in an office, design projects, or working outdoors, on construction sites. We highly recommend taking a placement as it can improve your prospects of getting the job you most desire after graduating.

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

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Course content

In your Year 1, you will study Brunel’s unique engineering syllabus, which is taken by all engineering students at the University. You will study alongside mechanical, electrical, aerospace and chemical engineering students as you learn about the fundamental principles that underpin all disciplines of engineering.

Year 2 will focus on the core civil engineering subjects of surveying, material science and analysis, structural mechanics, fluid and soil mechanics. After Year 2 you can opt to undertake a year-long placement.

Year 3 of the programme will further develop your knowledge of core civil engineering subject areas with further learning of computational analysis techniques, structural analysis and design, geotechnical engineering, project and infrastructure management.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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Careers and your future

Graduates from our Civil Engineering programmes will be capable of addressing the needs of society and business; able to deploy appropriate engineering methods and technologies; skilled in solving complex engineering challenges; competent to work with the environment in a sustainable manner; effective in mitigating climate change impacts on infrastructure and human society.

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution on behalf of the Engineering Council as fully meeting the educational base required for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially meeting educational base required for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

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UK entry requirements

2024/25 entry

  • GCE A-level AAB-BBB including Maths and one of the following subjects; Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environment Studies, Computer Science, Electronics or Design and Technology (Use of Maths and General Studies not accepted).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) DDD in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, with Distinctions in Further Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mechanical or Further Electronic/Electrical Principles modules.
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) DDD in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, with Distinctions in Engineering Principles and Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF)/BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (RQF) DD in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, with Distinction in Further Mechanical or Further Electrical Principles (QCF); Engineering Principles & Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems (RQF), AND A-Level Maths at grade B (Use of Maths not accepted).
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (RQF) D in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, with A-Levels grades BB to include Grade B in Maths and Grade B in one of the following subjects; Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Environment Studies, Computer Science, Electronics or Design and Technology (Use of Maths and General Studies not accepted).
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including 5 in Higher Level Maths and Higher Level 5 in one of the following subjects; Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Geography, or Design Technology. GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4 and Mathematics SL 4 or HL 4.
  • Obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma in Engineering with 45 credits at Level 3. All Maths and Science units must be Distinctions at level 3.
  • T levels : For subjects accepted and grade requirements please contact the admissions office.

Five GCSEs to include grade C or grade 4 in English Language and Maths.

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.

Brunel University London is committed to raising the aspirations of our applicants and students. We will fully review your UCAS application and, where we’re able to offer a place, this will be personalised to you based on your application and education journey.

If you are unable to meet the direct entry criteria above, you are invited to apply for a foundation course in Engineering at Brunel Pathway College. When you successfully pass the foundation year, you can progress on to the Civil Engineering BEng.

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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.

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


£9,250 full-time

£1,385 placement year


£23,615 full-time

£1,385 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home 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.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

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

Please refer to the scholarships pages to view discounts available to eligible EU undergraduate applicants.

Scholarships and bursaries

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Teaching and Learning

Our course delivery includes a combination of theory, practical sessions and project work. Early in the programme, you will be introduced to industry-relevant software tools and start using the software to solve engineering problems. Field trips throughout the course will allow you to observe how engineering projects are designed and implemented.

Assessments will include individual and group assignments as well as exams. Group projects will provide you with opportunities to learn how complex engineering problems are solved through the combined application of specialist knowledge drawn from a range of different subject areas.

Later years of the programme will continue the use of mixed teaching and learning techniques. An integrated design project will give you an opportunity to develop skills in the design of solutions to more complex civil engineering problems. Research, independent learning and critical analysis skills will be further developed when you complete an individual dissertation project

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

As our programmes are accredited, we include a wide range of learning outcomes that are essential for a career in Civil Engineering. Our assessment strategy is designed to ensure that you are provided with more than one opportunity to achieve a learning outcome at each level of the programme. The strategy also ensures that most learning outcomes are assessed at least once at each level of the programme. As a general strategy, most modules include both coursework and examination methods of assessments.

We use “student reps” to gather feedback about the course. You will be engaged in electing your own rep, who will then attend departmental meetings to report your feedback and contribute to discussions with the programme management team, exploring ways to further improve the courses we offer. You will also be able to express your views about every module you study, through our ‘YourVoice’ survey, which is conducted at the end of each teaching term.


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