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Flood and Coastal Engineering FdSc

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Start date


Placement available

Mode of study

2 years full-time



UK £9,250

International £20,450

Entry requirements

BCC (A-level)


28 (IB)

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Please note: The last intake for this programme will be September 2021, this course will be permanently withdrawn from September 2022 onwards.

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.

Your tuition fees will be funded by the Environment Agency so you can focus on making a difference.

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 a paid work placement for six months at either the Environment Agency or a local authority where you will earn £1000 per month tax free.

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.

Unfortunately we are not able to offer places on this programme to International students who require a Student visa. This is because the amount work experience in this course exceeds the limit we can sponsor a student for a Student visa for a Foundation level course.

Our flood and coastal engineering course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (representing the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers). 

On successful completion of the course, you’ll have the full educational base to apply for Engineering Technician (EngTech) status.  


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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.

This course can be studied 2 years full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

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

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.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-Level BCC, including grade B in Maths or Physics (excluding General Studies).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM in Engineering, including Distinction in Further Maths or Further Mechanical Principles.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma MM in any subject with an A-Level grade B in Maths or Physics.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma M in any subject with A-Levels at grade BC, to include grade B in Maths or Physics.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 28 points, with Higher Level 4 in Maths or Physics.
  • Obtain a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma in Engineering with 45 credits at Level 3.

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.

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. 

Unfortunately we are  not able to offer places on this programme to International students who require a Tier 4 visa. This is because the amount work experience in this course exceeds the limit we can sponsor a student on a Tier 4 visa for a Foundation level course.  

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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

2022/23 entry


£9,250 full-time


£20,450 full-time

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.

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2022/23 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

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

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Teaching and Learning

How the course will be delivered

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How you'll learn on your course

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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.