Brunel University London
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- 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 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.
- For entry to all of our undergraduate courses at Brunel University London we are looking for a minimum of Level 3 standard qualifications (e.g. A-levels, IB, BTEC or International Equivalent). For up-to-date entry requirements for each course, please refer to our website where a full list of the courses and entry requirements can be found.
- For all courses at Brunel University London we require applicants to have 5 GCSEs in different subjects at grade C or above, or an equivalent recognised by Brunel University Admissions. These five different subjects must include English language and maths. For some courses there are separate requirements for GCSE e.g. double science is required for science based courses. Please refer to our website where a full list of the courses and GCSE entry requirements can be found.
- You can find our admissions policy on our website.
The 13,720 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 71%
- Postgraduate 29%
Mode of study
- Full Time 91%
- Part Time 9%
- UK 68%
- EU 6%
- Other 26%
- Male 54%
- Female 46%
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The university holds a number of major awards of which: £15m HEFCE funding, under their UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF), as part of a £60m initiative to establish a National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), based in Cambridge with the lead co-partner TWI Limited; £12 funding from RCUK (Research Councils UK) and Manufacturing the Future Programme, UK industry partners and three partner universities to establish the Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains; and Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) achieved a major grant funded jointly by EPSRC, Constellium, Brunel and Jaguar Landrover, to build a £14m Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC)
- Major research strengths and critical mass are focused in three major interdisciplinary research institutes: Institute of Materials and Manufacturing (Improving the performance of materials and structures), Institute of Environment, Health, and Societies (Improving our environments, health and wellbeing and promoting social justice) and Institute of Energy Futures (Improving energy usage and reducing greenhouse gas emissions).
- 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.
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.
The Computer Centre and Media Services provide 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.
- 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. Call 01895 265213, fax 01895 269767, email email@example.com or visit our website.
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:
- Specialist Disability Advisers.
- Note Takers.
- Mentors and Study Skills Tutors.
- A well-equipped Assistive Technology Centre.
- Assistive software available on all networked computers on campus.
- Loans of assistive equipment.
- Adjustments to accommodation.
- Exam adjustments.
- £200 towards a DSA-funded laptop to cover the student contribution.
- Funding for Diagnostic Assessments for all students with a suspected Specific Learning Difficulty
- An assessment centre where DSA Needs Assessments can be carried out.
- 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.
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 Research Assistant.
Brunel’s Professional Development Centre (PDC) has a dedicated team of Careers Consultants who work with students throughout their time at Brunel as well as up to two years after they graduate to identify potential career options and to successfully navigate the recruitment process. Services offered by the Careers service include advice on:
- Identifying career options.
- Marketing yourself to employers.
- Considering postgraduate study.
- Enhancing your employability.
Our Careers Consultants can offer one-to-one assistance with:
- CV, application or cover letter checks.
- Psychometric tests and assessment centres.
- Postgraduate study choices.
- Summer internships /work experience activities.
- Ideas about suitable careers.
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 £150m over the next five years in new engineering, learning and teaching and sports facilities.
- 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 pop 100 scientists in the UK in 2013.
- Peter Ward (Economics & Business Finance, 2001) – co-Founder and CEO of award winning travel and social networking site WAYN.com.
- 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.
- Soleiga Pakstaite (BA Industrial Design and Technology, 2014) – winner of the UK James Dyson Award 2014, Shell LiveWIRE award and the Mayor of London’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur Award for Bump Mark bioreactive packaging.
- Nathanieal Peat (BEng Mechanical Engineering 2001 and MSc Advanced Manufacturing Systems 2003) – founder of the Safety Box social enterprise, GeNNex Elite and Trustee for the EY Foundation.
- Tom Stallard (MSc Automotive and Motorsport Engineering 2006) – McLaren Group Race Engineer for Jenson Button and Olympic silver medallist in rowing in 2012.
- Adam Benzine (BSc Multimedia Technology and Design 2003) – filmaker and Director, 2016 Oscar nominee in the Best Documentary (Short Subject) category for Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah.
- Alex Straker (BA English with Film and Television Studies, 2010) – scriptwriter for Eastenders
- Archie Panjabi (BSc Business and Management Studies 1996) – Emmy Award-winning actress seen in productions including East is East, Bend it like Beckham and The Good Wife.
- Ross Ramgobin, (BA Drama and English 2007) – opera singer, nominated for the 2015 International Opera Award for Young Singer and 2014 What's On Stage Opera Award for Breakthrough Artist.
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