Brunel University London

2016 League Table Ranking 49
2016 Overall Score 686
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Student-Staff Ratio 16.7 Help
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Academic Services Spend 1,403 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.14 Help
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Graduate Prospects 59.5 Help
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Degree Completion 87.8 Help
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  • Brunel College was awarded a Royal Charter in June 1966, allowing it to become Brunel University.
  • After much growth and development, Brunel University became Brunel University London in 2014, formed of three academic Colleges and three Research Institutes.
  • Our mission is to combine academic rigour with the practical, entrepreneurial and imaginative approach pioneered by our namesake, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Location and Transport

  • Brunel is a campus-based university in Uxbridge, West London, so everything you need is moments away.
  • Uxbridge is at the end of the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines on the London Underground, and overground trains from Paddington take you to West Drayton (a short bus-ride from campus) in just 20 minutes. You can also get a bus to Uxbridge from Ealing or White City.
  • Brunel is just a few miles from Heathrow Airport, the M4, M40 and M25.

Entry Standards

  • Entry requirements vary. Specific entry requirements are listed under each course entry on our web pages. Brunel recognises a range of UK and overseas qualifications. There is flexibility in all our entry requirements, and all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Find more information online at

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • You can see our admissions policy at

Student Mix

The 14,330 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Our courses are built around self-contained modules and study blocks comprising both core (compulsory) and optional topics. This means that, for most courses, you can tailor the content to suit your own interests as you progress. Some courses can also be studied part-time or with January start dates, and we also offer some opportunities to study or work abroad.
  • One of Brunel’s distinctive features is the inclusion of work experience, and we encourage all of our students to undertake some form of work experience during their time here. Many courses offer a one-year block of work experience (a thick-sandwich course) or in some cases two six-month periods (a thin-sandwich course).
  • The university offers Engineering and Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics with an Integrated Foundation Year.

Teaching Standards

  • According to the National Student Survey (NSS) 2014, Brunel is one of the top universities in London for student satisfaction, maintaining or improving on all areas since last year. In the UK we were ranked 27th overall for student satisfaction (out of 154). Students highlighted our central amenities, positive environment, sporting facilities and library as areas they were most happy with.
  • Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies, for example Journalism, Psychology and a large number of our Engineering and Design courses. Our course content is informed by current research, with industry experts contributing to course design and delivery. Many courses feature guest speaker events and the opportunity to work on real-world projects.
  • The recently established Brunel Educational Excellence Centre provides students with opportunities to enhance their learning, such as through our Academic Skills Service or our International Pathways and Language Centre.

Research Standards

  • The volume of 'world-leading' and 'internationally excellent' research carried out at Brunel University London increased by more than half in the past six years, with 61% of Brunel's submitted work placed in the top two categories, compared to just 43% in 2008's Research Assessment Exercise.
  • The results lift Brunel to 33rd among the UK's Higher Education Institutes (HEI) for its research power – an overall ranking that combines the university's average research quality rating by number of submissions. The ranking placed Brunel 37th in 2008.
  • Five areas of study, including public health; sports science; art and design; politics; and environmental and earth sciences, had 100% of their submitted research impact recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent, placing them among the best in the country.

Academic Strengths

  • We offer courses in a broad range of subjects, with more traditional areas as well as innovative and specialist topics, from Business, Engineering and Law to Contemporary Education, Games Design and Sonic Arts.
  • Our internationally-renowned research ensures that our course content is up to the minute, fosters an atmosphere of innovation and forges valuable links with employers.
  • High quality academics are at the core of our university – performance poet Benjamin Zephaniah is Brunel’s Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing, and author Will Self is Professor of Contemporary Thought.

Student Facilities

The Library, open 24/7 during term-time, includes:

  • an extensive collection of books, journals and audiovisual materials, online databases, over 150,000 eBooks and over 36,000 eJournals
  • 1,200 study spaces and 500 PCs in a range of environments including group study rooms and silent study areas
  • LibSmart, a dedicated study skills support package including induction sessions, information skills workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one support and online guides; Subject Liaison Librarians to help you access and use relevant resources
  • Wi-Fi.

The Computer Centre and Media Services provides access to facilities including:

  • PC workstations, many of which are open around the clock
  • a prepay print/scan/copy service
  • the university’s virtual learning environment
  • an audiovisual and media equipment loan service

Brunel Educational Excellence Centre (BEEC) provides students with opportunities to enhance their learning:

  • ASK, the academic skills support team, provides one-to-one and workshop training and development for students seeking to improve their academic writing, critical thinking, numeracy and statistics skills.
  • IPLC offers Academic English support for non-native English speakers.

The Headstart programme:

  • Will help Widening Participation students (those from under-represented groups) make the transition to studying in higher education.
  • It will help you get a sense of what will be expected of you at university, and familiarise you with the range of support services on offer.

The School of Professional Development (SPD) demonstrates Brunel’s commitment to enhancing the employability of its students, bringing together the award-winning Placement and Careers Centre (PCC), Modern Foreign Languages and the newly established Innovation Hub, to support you in progressing smoothly from Brunel to your chosen career.

  • The PCC offer workshops, careers fairs and ‘careers uncovered’ events, as well as assisting with finding placements, work experience opportunities and part-time employment.
  • Modern Foreign Languages allows you to learn languages such as Arabic, Japanese and Spanish from qualified native speakers.
  • The Innovation Hub provides entrepreneurial training, guidance and support for all students who wish to commercialise intellectual property or launch their own business.

Brunel Volunteers co-ordinates volunteering opportunities for students who want to improve their skills and employability.

  • Volunteering gives you an opportunity to make a difference by using your skills to enrich the local community.

The Arts Centre:

  • Organises weekly classes, events, concerts and productions throughout the year, and provides the space, tuition and specialist equipment required for your creative skills to flourish.

Disability Services

Brunel’s Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS) has received national awards and accolades in recent years, reflecting the quality of the university’s support service.

The campus and facilities are recognised as some of the best in the country for disabled students. Brunel offers a range of services and resources to help you make the most of your degree, such as:

  • disability advisors
  • note takers
  • mentors
  • equipment loans
  • adjustments to accommodation
  • exam adjustments.

Call 01895 265213, fax 01895 269767, email or visit Brunel’s website.

Students' Union

  • Social life on campus revolves around the Students’ Union. The Union facilitates activities and represents the interests of all students, and encourages everyone to play an active part in its affairs.
  • The Students’ Union is proud of the diversity of clubs and societies that you can join and even help run – everything from Animé Society to Snow Club
  • Loco’s Bar and The Academy Nightclub cater for all musical tastes. You can check out up-and-coming comedians, hone your karaoke and pub quiz skills, or organise your own nights.
  • The Union provides loads of opportunities to get involved and elections and referendums are a major part of this. Elected officers represent the views of Brunel students to the University and nationally
  • The Union has a range of student media: Le Nurb (that’s Brunel backwards!) is the student newspaper, RadioBrunel is our radio station featuring everything from chat shows to comedy features, and VideoBrunel provides students with fantastic videos about all aspects of Brunel life.


  • Brunel’s Sports Federation has over 50 clubs for students to choose from. Many teams compete in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) premier leagues.
  • Brunel’s sports facilities rank amongst the best in the UK and include an indoor athletics centre, netball hall, outdoor athletics centre, pitches, gym and fitness suite, squash courts, climbing wall and full-sized playing fields.
  • We offer scholarships to students demonstrating outstanding sporting ability.
  • Many Brunel students and graduates have represented their countries at the Olympic Games and World Championships.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Brunel continually invests in buildings and infrastructure, with new and refurbished social and teaching facilities, halls of residence, and green spaces.
  • Our latest acquisition is the Eastern Gateway building, providing teaching and research facilities, a large auditorium and a café.
  • Brunel is investing £150 million over the next five years in new engineering, learning and teaching and sports facilities.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Job Shop helps students to find part-time and vacation work on campus, in the local area, and further afield.
  • Some examples of the types of jobs you could get on campus include Student Ambassador, Residences Student Mentor or Clerical Assistant.

Careers Guidance

The School of Professional Development provides a comprehensive service that will support you in progressing smoothly from Brunel to your chosen career. We offer:

  • Regular workshops and CV clinics
  • Careers library, careers uncovered events and careers fairs
  • The Ready Programme, a project-based professional development programme
  • Support for students who wish to set up their own businesses through the Innovation Hub
  • Assistance in finding placement and work experience opportunities as well as paid part-time employment.

Notable Alumni

  • Jo Brand, comedian and ambassador for Brunel’s Centre for Comedy Studies Research.
  • Hannah Critchlow (Cell & Molecular Biology, 2003), Editor and Presenter of Naked Scientists radio shows/podcasts. Named as one of Top 100 Scientists in the UK in 2013.
  • Peter Ward (Economics & Business Finance, 2001), Co-Founder & CEO of award winning travel and social networking site
  • James Gill (Industrial Design & Technology 1996), Global Head of RDD PMO & Optimisation at Dyson.
  • Ashley Bryant (Sport Sciences, 2014) Silver Medallist at 2014 Commonwealth Games in Decathlon.

For further information

  • +44 (0)1895 265265
  • Brunel University London
    UB8 3PH
UCAS Code B84

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