Brunel University - The School of Engineering and Design
Brunel University - School of Engineering and Design
- Undergraduate Courses
- Postgraduate Courses
- School Research
- Fees & Scholarships
- Key points about the School and University
The School of Engineering and Design, at Brunel University, is considered to be one of the topmost and successful schools of its kind in the UK, providing a wide range of exciting, forward-looking undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Recognised as a centre of excellence in engineering and design with a strong focus on modern science and technology, the School has an international reputation in research and prides itself on high quality teaching supported by excellent research facilities.
The School's high reputation has led to extensive and close-collaborative links with industry. These links, and the sandwich placement scheme for undergraduates, and industrial links at the dissertation stage for postgraduates, have meant that the School's graduates are highly sought after as employees.
The School provides undergraduate, taught postgraduate and research courses in a variety of engineering, design, electronic, computing and multimedia related subjects. Teaching and facilities were rated ‘excellent’ in the last independent assessment.
Brunel Engineering and Design courses feature high in UK league tables. In the current Research Assessment Exercise, 95% of research academics in the School achieved international standard, with 100% achieving this level in General Engineering. General Engineering research at Brunel is ranked 5th in the country and Mechanical Engineering is ranked 8th in the country by Research Power.
Many undergraduate courses are accredited with UK professional organisations including the IMechE, the IET and the Institute of Engineering Designers. The Design courses have consistently for the last few years been in the top 5 for student satisfaction.
A number of postgraduate courses also enjoy accreditation and approval status with, for instance, the IET, the IMechE and CIBSE and other courses are in the process of seeking accreditation. Teaching on the Building Services Engineering courses have also been commended. The courses received the Happold Brilliant Award for teaching excellence by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.
The School has a thriving student population with approximately 1,600 undergraduate students, 1000 postgraduate taught students, 300 research students and fellows and 110 academic staff.
The School offers undergraduate courses in four major subject areas: Civil Engineering, Design, Electronic and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
Brunel Design: Design courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers. A cross-disciplinary lecturing team including mechanical and electrical engineers, computer and materials scientists, mathematicians, psychologists, practising designers and graphic artists provides an enriching learning experience.
The undergraduate courses offered by Brunel Design are BA Industrial Design and Technology, BSc Product Design and BSc Product Design Engineering.
Civil Engineering: Civil Engineering brings together the traditional and cutting edge aspects of the subject to generate graduates who innovate the next generation of essential facilities such as sustainable building construction, roads, bridges, tunnels, flood protection, waste recycling and construction management.
There are two courses offered: a BEng / MEng Civil Engineering and BEng / MEng Civil Engineering with Sustainability. These courses are accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers
Electronic & Computer Engineering: Electronic and Computer engineering is one of the largest disciplines at the University with an undergraduate population of over 800. At the School, wired society, intelligent appliances, and the information revolution are the baseline to produce well educated, imaginative and professionally trained engineers and designers, who can meet the challenge of rapid technological development.
For a complete list of courses offered, click here.
Mechanical Engineering: With over 800 students, the Mechanical Engineering branch offers a variety of parallel courses to generate expert mechanical engineers who can deal with the design and production of machines, systems and structures such as jet aircraft, air conditioning plants, tunnelling machines, body-scanners and the like.
For a complete list of courses offered, click here.
Foundation courses: The School offers a one year full-time Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year and for the BEng / MEng Computer Systems Engineering, there is also a one-year foundation course on information technology.
The postgraduate taught courses are offered in five major subject areas: Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering, Civil Engineering, Design, Electronic and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Research programmes offered at the School are international standards–compliant and are ranked as internationally excellent.
Advanced Manufacturing & Enterprise Engineering (AMEE): AMEE at Brunel is one of the first integrated innovative engineering disciplines in the UK. It offers five MSc programmes and world class research in advanced manufacturing technology, materials and engineering management. These courses also enjoy professional accreditation with the IMechE and IET. Please see individual course pages for specific details of which courses are accredited to specific professional bodies.
Civil Engineering: Civil Engineering brings together the traditional and cutting edge aspects of the subject to generate high-quality research in the next generation of essential facilities such as sustainable building construction, roads, bridges, tunnels, flood protection, waste recycling and construction management.
Brunel Design: Brunel Design has an outstanding reputation for research internationally. The master’s programmes offered at Brunel Design are Design Strategy and Innovation, Design and Branding Strategy, and Integrated Product Design.
Electronic and Computer Engineering: The Electronic and Computer Engineering discipline is one of the largest in the University, with a portfolio of research contracts totalling £5.0 million, and has strong links with industry. Postgraduate MSc courses in this area include Advanced Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Advanced Multimedia Design and 3D Technologies, Computer Communication Networks, Embedded Systems (with signal processing and multimedia communications pathways), Sustainable Electrical Power and Wireless Communication Systems. Many of these courses also enjoy professional accreditation with the IET, please see individual course pages for specific details.
Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical Engineering research at Brunel has an excellent track record and an international reputation. The department has extensive and well-equipped laboratories. Its particular areas of strength are fluid mechanics, engine testing, vibrations, environmental engineering, and structural testing. There are eleven courses on offer, namely Advanced Engineering Design, Advanced Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Automotive & Motorsport Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Building Services Engineering/Building Services Engineering Management, Building Services Engineering with Sustainable Energy, Renewable Energy Engineering, Structural Integrity and Sustainable Energy: Technologies and Management. The courses enjoy professional accreditation with the IMechE, the IET, CIBSE and the Energy Institute. Please see individual course pages for specific details of which courses are accredited to specific professional bodies.
Foundation course: For international students who have marginally fallen below the postgraduate direct entry criteria the School offers a full-time 14-week Intensive International Pre-Masters Course. It combines academic study, intensive English Language preparation, study skills and an orientation programme.
The School of Engineering and Design offers a wide range of research programmes in a stimulating and supportive environment. We have an international reputation for fundamental and applied research in many areas of electronic and computer engineering; mechanical, automotive and aerospace engineering; design; advanced manufacturing engineering and management; and civil engineering and built environment.
Research programmes offered in the School of Engineering and Design include MPhil, PhD and New Route PhD. Applicants for all research programmes will normally be expected to hold a good honours degree in a relevant academic discipline.
For further information please see the School webpages at http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sed/research/research-programmes .
For enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facilities include modern, well-equipped engineering, design and computer laboratories, motorsport workshop and wind tunnels, and for the digital media courses, a broadcast TV studio. For students on the aviation, aeronautics and aerospace courses there is a state-of-the-art flight simulator with a VTOL facility enabling the testing of project and design work in a practical setting.
- Engineering Facilities: A state of the art VTOL Flight Simulator, rapid prototyping machines, engine testing suites, fluids, structures and materials labs, civil engineering and geotechnical laboratories are part of the wide range of engineering facilities.
- Design Facilities: The School offers a wide range of manufacturing facilities, which are accessible to all Brunel Design students who have covered the basic safety instruction on the machines. These include the metal fabrication laboratory, metal machine shop, model-making workshop, plastic fabrication lab, and the woodworking workshop. For further details, click here.
- Computing: The School is well-equipped with over 300 computers, many of which are available 24 hours a day.
- Multimedia: The facilities include state-of-the-art multimedia laboratories, music technology suites, video edit suite, motion graphics, a digital broadcasting lab and a bespoke Green Room.
- Electronics: The electronics facilities comprise several well-equipped labs and include full PCB production capabilities.
- Accommodation: All full-time freshers are allocated on campus accommodation in their first year.
There are a number of sholarships for both Home / EU and international students.
MSc Structural Integrity
20 Home / EU full scholarships covering both tuition fees and a living allowance of £15,000. See the terms and conditions.
Women in Engineering
40 Home / EU full scholarships for women in engineering covering tuition fees and a living allowance of £15,000 for specified postgraduate taught courses. See the terms and conditions. For more details on the programme email the programme manager, Petra Gratton, at WomenInEngineering@brunel.ac.uk
The School offers funding for PhD programmes. Click here to know more. Some research programmes are also sponsored.
Visit the website for more information about undergraduate funding and scholarships.
1. High graduate employment
One of the main reasons for taking a degree is to secure the job you want. Brunel graduates have consistently enjoyed high employability and higher than average graduate starting salaries. The Spotlight on Engineering and Design newsletters and the course web pages include a number of articles from recent graduates now enjoying employment in their chosen fields. You may view all eight issues of the School's newsletters on line. These newsletters are very informative on events that are occurring in the School and include articles describing recent students and staff achievements. The articles from graduates may be viewed on the course page.
2. An award-winning Placement and Careers Centre
Brunel University's Placement and Careers Centre (PCC) were named winners for the third year running at the National Placement and Internship Awards on Wednesday 18 January 2012.
The PCC picked up the award for Best University Placement/Careers Service, which celebrates the contributions made by Careers Services in helping students make the most of their work experience opportunities. Oliver Sidwell, co-founder of Rate My Placement, the organisation which created the awards, praised the PCC's dedication to students' needs: "Alongside a university-wide commitment to improving employability, this one-stop-shop goes beyond the call of duty to develop innovative and forward-thinking ways to engage students and recruiters alike. Focusing on engaging students early through the publication of an employability guide, placement peer monitoring schemes and an effective use of social media and technology, the judges were amazed by the quantity of initiatives developed by this department."
3. Rankings :
- Top London University established in last 50 years
Brunel University has been ranked top in London, 6th in the UK and 35th in the world in a new world ranking of the top 100 universities founded in the last 50 years. The first ever Times Higher Education (THE) “Top 100 Under 50” ranked the world’s newer universities by their performance across 13 indicators and five performance categories, including research, citations, teaching, international outlook and industry income. Brunel performed particularly well with regard to its international outlook, reaching 6th in the world, 3rd in Europe and 2nd in the UK. This performance category measures the international outlook of staff, students and research with Brunel scoring 90 out of a possible 100 points.
- Teaching and facilities
The teaching and facilities in the School were rated excellent in the last independent assessment.
- Research Assessment Exercise rating
Every 5 years the Government assesses the research provision of each university. In the current Research Assessment Exercise, 95% of academics in the School achieved international standard, with 100% achieving this level in General Engineering. General Engineering at Brunel is ranked 5th in the country and Mechanical Engineering is ranked 8th in the country by Research Power. Thus academics in the School are conducting research, which is nationally and internationally recognised. Choosing Brunel would mean that you would be taught by doctors and professors that are writing the textbooks that other Universities with a lower research rating might be using as support material in their lectures. This strong research provision means that many of the programmes we are providing are being informed by cutting edge research enhancing the curriculum being taught.
- Brunel engineering ranked 10th in UK
Brunel Engineering was ranked 10th in the UK in the 2013-2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings in Engineering and Technology. The rankings judge world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Please see more information on the World University Rankings.
4. Professional Accreditation
Most courses enjoy professional accreditation.
5. Flexible modes of study
For undergraduates, we offer both full-time and thick sandwich courses, where students on the latter mode of study spend a year in industry. For postgraduates courses may be 1 year full-time, 2 to 3 year [part-time or 3 to 5 year Distance Learning.
6. On campus accommodation for all freshers
All freshers that apply in the main admissions phase and have a confirmed offer in August will be allocated on campus accommodation automatically.
7. A happy place to study
A University education should not only be your own personal vehicle to career success, but a happy time where you meet and make lifelong friends. I have as part of my job been in touch over the last year with many graduates and alumni and have always found that they view their time at Brunel with fondness and affection. Indeed, one graduate from China recently e-mailed me saying her Brunel experience marked "the happiest time of her life". Please see the many articles in the eight School newsletters.
8. Broadening experience
Given the principal aim of a University education is to get a good job, there are many more benefits in going to University. Extracurricular activities are highly important as a means of relaxation. At Brunel you can enjoy almost any sport that you can imagine. Indeed we have been proud to be the host University to many world-class athletics and sportsmen and women in the last 5 years e.g. we hosted the South Korean team in the Olympics. In respect to sports, we have invested millions on sporting facilities including a fitness centre and Olympic indoor running track. Please view more information on Brunel Sports. But there is much more at Brunel than just sports. You might join one of the many debating societies, learn to paint, learn a foreign language, join the thriving Brunel student amateur drama group, learn to dance modern or Latino, or play a musical instrument. Come to Brunel and get an excellent career advantage, but also add more strings to your bow with the many activities on offer.
9. A safe place to study
Brunel University is an integrated campus where you can study, eat in the many restaurants, play sports, relax in the student union and finally rest, all within 7 minutes’ walk. Many universities cannot offer this integrated and safe campus atmosphere.
Brunel is excellently situated. Brunel is 17 miles to the west of Central London and enjoys easy access to the City Centre (1 hour on the underground Metropolitan line from the nearest town Uxbridge). The University is close to the London Heathrow Airport (20 minutes by car) and has close motorway links to the rest of the UK (within 15 minutes you have access to the M25, the M40 and the M4.) where you might travel to all parts of the UK. At Brunel you have the best of all possible worlds.
11. Graduate Showcases
Applicants have an opportunity to come and see for themselves the final year work of students in the school. Two shows are scheduled :
Brunel Engineering Show – 22 May 2014
Made in Brunel Show – 12 to 15 June 2014
12. A truly supportive global community
Brunel University is proud that we have students from over 115 overseas countries. Whilst studying at Brunel you can meet students from many different cultures and countries. We also have a dedicated Graduate School with excellent facilities for exclusive use of our many postgraduate students.
For more information :
Click on a course below to view more information.
- Course Title
Make an enquiry
Fill out the form below to make an enquiry regarding this college.