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Flood and Coastal Engineering

Brunel University London
London, Great Britain
On campus
 1372 Points
2 Years

Program Description

This MSc course has been developed to address the increasing demand for creative and innovative professionals who can help deliver flood management initiatives to protect communities against flooding. The course is led by Brunel and co-delivered with HR Wallingford, a world-renowned civil engineering and environmental hydraulics organisation.

You will develop advanced technical engineering understanding and skills required to plan, design, implement and manage projects and strategies dealing with flood and coastal risk mitigation and 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: big tanks and flumes; several physical modelling basins; fast flow facility; and tsunami generator.

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. You’ll share knowledge and experiences with your peers and receive mentor support. This continued professional development helps you along the accreditation route to become a Chartered Engineer.

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Course Content

Delivery of the course is completed as residential blocks, each of which are typically five days, and material from two modules are included each week. In the time between contact weeks, you’ll study independently with e-learning support. The dissertation will be a substantial, in-depth and critical investigation into an aspect of flood or coastal engineering.


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.



Flood and Coastal Engineering and Design

This module aims to develop students’ ability in the critical understanding of river and coastal engineering design solutions, to select appropriate methods to generate data for design, and to develop advanced skills in the critical design of selected types of river and coastal structures.

Flood and Coastal Engineering Professional Development and Summer School

The summer school aims to develop a reflective approach to professional development, to reinforce learning from earlier in the taught programme, to provide advanced and critical awareness of state-of-the-art flood and coastal engineering practice, and to provide critical insight of flood and coastal research and consultancy.

Flood and Coastal Risk, Management, Sustainability and Governance

This module aims to develop students ability in the critical understanding and design of structures, critical understanding of the use of site data in flood and coastal risk engineering, and advanced skills in using appropriate software for design and analysis.

Mathematical Methods, Data and GIS

This module aims to develop students ability in the use of engineering mathematics, a critical understanding of the use of data in flood and coastal risk management, and an advanced technical skills for the critical analysis of geospatial data.

Modelling, Data Management and Programming for Flood and Coastal Engineering

This module aims to develop students understanding of the role of modelling, data management and programming in flood and coastal engineering, to develop appropriate technical competence in modelling and analytical methods, and to enhance skills in communication of modelling and programming outputs.

River and Coastal Science

This module aims to develop students’ ability in the critical understanding of river and coastal processes and forms, the understanding of change in river and coastal settings, the understanding of fluid behaviour in pipes and channels, and the understanding of key river and coastal environmental measures.

Structures, Soil Mechanics and Design for Flood and Coastal Engineering

This module aims to develop students’ ability in the understanding and design of geo-structures, a critical understanding of the use of site data in flood and coastal risk engineering, and an advanced understanding of variability and uncertainty in surface and subsurface structural contexts.

Civil Engineering Dissertation

The dissertation aims to provide experience in defining and organising, executing and evaluating a substantial individual in-depth investigation into a topic related to the appropriate Civil Engineering MSc programme and presenting the information in the form of a dissertation.


You’ll find career opportunities in fields such as:

  • construction and maintenance of flood defences
  • community liaison
  • environmental assessment
  • strategic and operational planning

Graduates go on to work in roles related to:

  • asset performance
  • natural flood management and resilience
  • partnerships and strategic overview
  • field teams
  • flood modelling and forecasting
  • national capital programme management
  • incident response

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