Brunel University London

Course Introduction

At Brunel we’re producing the next generation of leading civil engineers, fully equipped for key professional roles in industry and the wider community.

Rising populations, progressive urbanisation, ongoing economic development and climate change present many threats to infrastructure. Civil engineers will need to draw deeply on their knowledge, skills and creativity to provide essential, sustainable facilities.

On our courses, you’ll learn both the traditional and cutting edge aspects of civil engineering and how to plan and create the infrastructure we’ll need in the 21st century. A core part of our ethos is sustainability, paralleling the ‘cradle-to-cradle’ approach promoted by major national and international engineering organisations.

Our programme is a hands-on learning experience. You’ll acquire the fundamental theory and then test and apply that theory in the laboratory using advanced software and during fieldwork. Both courses will give you the experience and skills you need to engineer the next generation of essential facilities. These include sustainable buildings, roads, bridges, tunnels, flood protection, waste recycling and construction management.

Our Civil Engineering BEng/MEng courses have a common first year. In Year 1, there is a residential field course. In Years 2 and 3, you’ll take some specialist modules depending on your final degree choice. This course aims to produce the next generation of civil engineers equipped for leading professional roles in the civil engineering industry and the wider local, national and global community. We will introduce you to mainstream civil engineering knowledge, ranging from geotechnical site assessment to assessing and designing structures and water infrastructure engineering.

You’ll have the opportunity to exhibit your projects at our graduate showcase, Brunel Engineers, as well as in other industry sponsored competitions.

Potential careers include contractor and consultant positions on large infrastructure projects such as bridges, tall buildings, tunnels, flood and coastal defence schemes, transport, water treatment and low-carbon power generation. Some of our graduates go on to jobs with national and local government agencies or major firms of consulting engineers. Others specialise in construction, sustainability, innovative materials, foundation engineering, tunnelling, geotechnical exploration or building services engineering.

Course Modules

We feel it’s important that your knowledge is firmly based on an understanding of how things are done in the real world, and regularly feature guest lectures from our industry partners on a range of specialist topics. Typical modules in year 1 Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering and Surveying, Construction and Sustainability, Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics, Fundamentals of Structures, Professional Skills, Analytical Methods and Skills for Civil Engineers. Typical modules in year 2; Civil Engineering Hydraulics, Civil Engineering Materials, Structural Mechanics, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Design, Sustainable Construction and Professional Skills. In year 3 you have an optional work placement. Typical modules in year 4; Structural Analysis, Steel and Concrete Design, Innovative Construction Materials, Construction Contracts, Business and Sustainability, Individual Project. Visit our website for full course details and modules.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) £9,250 Home Fees
4 years
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) £9,250 European Fees
4 years
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) £18,720 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)6.0with no less than 5.5 in each subsectionInstitution's Own Test60% in Brunel English Language Testwith no less than 55% in each subsection