Flood and Coastal Engineering (BSc Top-Up)

Brunel University London

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Flooding affects millions worldwide. It ruins homes, destroys livelihoods and threatens lives. As a global issue that is strongly influenced by a changing climate, flood engineering offers an exciting and fulfilling career that combines engineering knowledge and skill with managing significant environmental impacts.

The BSc top-up degree is for recent graduates of an FdSc Flood or River and Coastal Engineering programme in the UK. Your BSc will be sponsored if you secure employment with the Environment Agency or a Risk Management Authority.

The Flood and Coastal Engineering BSc top-up is either a 1 year full-time or a 2 year part-time programme which follows on from the 2-year Flood and Coastal Engineering FdSc programme. It is the equivalent to Level 3 of a standard BSc programme and provides the educational base for you to obtain Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status upon degree completion.


Key features include:

  • An innovative, accredited industry-led academic programme.
  • Sponsorship places available for those who have secured employment with the Environment Agency or a Risk Management Authority. Taking this route will mean you are able to study part-time while you work.
  • A strong professional development programme complimenting the academic teaching, to support your rise to Incorporated Engineer, and onwards to Chartered Engineer, which accelerates your career development and enhances your employability.
  • Summer school at degree partner, HR Wallingford; the world-leading civil engineering and environmental hydraulics organisation with expertise in flood risk assessment and management.
  • Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, CIWEM.

Once you’ve completed the BSc, you can progress to the Flood and Coastal Engineering MSc to gain the educational basis for Chartered Engineer status.

We place a very strong emphasis on employability and preparing students to be ready for work. As the sponsor of the programme, the Environment Agency aims to secure a continual intake of high-calibre graduates from this programme to become the flood engineers of the future. There are also opportunities with other flood risk management authorities, non-governmental organisations and civil engineering companies.

Roles for Flood and Coastal Engineering graduates include: building flood models to assess flood risk; developing and building flood protection schemes; maintaining and enhancing rivers and natural landforms; providing expert advice about coastal, river and surface water flood risk; delivering a 24/7 incident response service; and providing advice and guidance to communities at risk, flood risk management authorities and developers.

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