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FdSc in Flood and Coastal Engineering

Brunel University London, United Kingdom


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September 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 27,202

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  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
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.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022

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.

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: 79 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)
  • 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

  • CE1604 - Analytical Methods and Skills for Flood and Coastal Engineers
  • CE1701 - River and Coastal Engineering Science
  • CE1702 - Engineering and Environmental Materials
  • CE1703 - Project Management, Health and Safety Risk Management
  • CE1704 - Surveying, Drawing, GIS and CAD for Flood and Coastal Engineering
  • CE1705 - Flood and Coastal Engineering Placement 1
  • CE1706 - Flood and Coastal Engineering Summer School

Year 2

  • CE2701 - Structural and Geotechnical Design and Flood Defence Structures
  • CE2702 - Environmental Hydraulics and Design
  • CE2703 - Hydrological Modelling and Flood Estimation
  • CE2704 - River and Coastal Asset Management, Legal Matters and Governance
  • CE2705 - Civil Contingencies, Flood Resilience and Local Flood Risk Design
  • CE2706 - Flood and Coastal Engineering Placement 2
  • UK
  • £9,250 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
  •  Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

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