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Brunel University

UCAS Code: B84

Location: West of London, within M25 Show on Map

Site: Single campus in Uxbridge.

Research-intensive university.

Student Population

Total Students:15,885
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:10,545
Full Time:96%
Mature on Entry:16%
UK Students:86%
State school entry:94%

Teaching Staff

627 full-time, 345 part-time.

Broad study areas

Anthropology, biosciences, business & management, civil engineering, design, drama, economics & finance, education, electronic & computer engineering, health studies, history, information systems & computing, journalism, law, mathematical sciences, mechanical engineering, media studies, music, politics, psychology, screen media, social care, sociology, sports sciences.


Admission Information:3 A-levels or equivalent required. UCAS tariff scores for most courses plus specific subject grades.
Points on Entry (Mean):340
Drop Out Rate:7%
Accommodation:All first years housed if required.


Site:Single campus at Uxbridge.
How to get there:West Drayton mainline station or Uxbridge tube station (Metropolitan & Piccadilly lines). Close to M4, M25 and M40.
Special features:Music and sport bursaries. 55 research centres including contemporary music, bioengineering, cancer genetics, environmental research, international law, public health, infant behaviour, ageing, human sports performance.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Advice representation centre, disability & dyslexia service, counsellors, medical centre, chaplaincy, assistive technology centre, job shop, welfare unit, student centre.
Amenities:Dedicated student centre, bank, 2 supermarkets, pharmacy, student newspaper, radio station, refectory, coffee and snack bars, university art gallery, art and music classes.
Sporting facilities:2 multi-purpose sports halls; indoor athletics centre; all-weather facilities eg 6-lane 400m athletics track, full field events facilities, with sports pavilion; pitches for football (5), rugby (2), floodlit all-weather hockey pitch; 2 full-sized floodlit, synthetic playing fields; 4 squash courts; artificial climbing wall; fitness suite; ‘free-weight’ strength training room; sports injury and health promotion services from fully-trained and qualified staff; sportsbar.
Accommodation:All first-year students guaranteed a place in university accommodation. 4570 self-catering halls places (most ensuite), rents £91 pw (£114 pw ensuite); studio flats for couples, £174 pw. Most students in privately-owned accommodation for 2+ years; rents locally £75−£100 pw for self-catering.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Library stocks 458,000+ books, 17,000 journal titles (of which 16,500 are electronic); 1200 study spaces and 280 PCs; 24-hour opening in term time. Information provision, £136 pa spent for each student (FTE). New students have subject-specific induction on library, IT, online learning and effective learning services. Separate IT service: 1300 open-access workstations, 5000 access ports in halls and remote access; wireless provision; all linked to library and internet. Access to workstations 24 hours/day; IT facilities with staff support (and further support by email) open 10 hours/weekday. 
Other learning resources:Academic skills service (ASK), media centre, EFL/language centre, web-based learning remote IT access, arts centre.
Study abroad:Some student exchanges with Europe and USA. Students can take language modules, some assessed as part of a degree; many opt for extra-curricular courses.
Careers:Placement and careers centre provides extensive services for graduates seeking employment, students taking sandwich course placements, and those seeking temporary or part-time work (through Brunel Job Shop).


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £7000 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:University allows term-time work for full-time students. University job shop helps find part-time and vacation work, locally and on campus.
Financial help:1000 scholarships available: 316 scholarships of £3000 in Year 1 (£2000 fee waiver, £1000 in vouchers for university services) and 380 scholarships of £1000 in Year 1 (in university service vouchers, rising to £2000 in Year 3), all open to English students who eg have a family income of under £25k pa, are care leavers, have disability, are mature; a range of other scholarships and awards, worth up to £6000 pa in specific subject areas or for specific groups of students.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degree courses (£1000 for year out on ‘thick’ sandwich course; £6000 for final year on some maths and engineering courses). International students pay £10,300 pa (most classroom-based), £11,500 (eg business, media, sports sciences, computing), £12,600 (lab/studio).


Academic features:

Many degree courses, with or without sandwich element, emphasise relevance and practical application. Modular structure allows some students to add modules from other areas, or to take joint Honours in a range of disciplines. Foundation years in IT and engineering for applicants who need to build on existing qualifications. Optional 1-year extensions to Masters level for some first degree courses.

Awarding body:

Brunel University

Main undergraduate awards:

BSc, BA, BEng, LLB.

Length of courses:

3 years; 4 years (sandwich); up to 6 years (part-time, some courses).

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Anthropology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Avionics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Science
  • Broadcasting
  • Building Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Cell Biology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Control Engineering
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Drama
  • Econometrics
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Engineering (General)
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Forensic Science
  • Genetics
  • Health
  • History
  • Human Sciences
  • Immunology
  • Industrial Design
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Instrumentation
  • Interactive Games Production
  • International Business
  • Internet Technology
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Microelectronics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Motor Sport Engineering
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Performance Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Physiotherapy
  • Politics
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Space
  • Sports Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Teacher Training
  • Theatre Studies
  • TV Studies
  • Web Development/Design
  • Youth & Community Work

Student view

James Ward (Politics and History), Union Vice President for Community and Welfare


What's it like as a place to live?

Not too bad - a metropolitan mix of people, in part due to the university.

How's the student accommodation? 

Mostly pretty nice and spacious, all of a high standard.

What's the student population like?

Diverse and different; many international students, many from London, many from all over the world.

How do students and locals get on?

Very few no-go areas, relationship is currently being built between local community, but there is very little community trouble and negative press.


What's it like as a place to study?

It's good. The library is constantly improving, and there is a 24-hour library as well which is popular. There are issues in some schools, but overall there are so many places to do work.

What are the teaching staff like?

Depends on the schools and individual courses, but I have not encountered many bad lecturers.


What are student societies like?

A wide variety of societies and sports clubs, from the conventional football to the cheese and wine society.

What's a typical night out?

Either in Liquid (Wednesday) or the Academy (Friday).

... And how much does it cost?

No more than £5 for entry, £20 if you're getting drunk and want food after.

How can you get home safely?

Taxis are available after Liquid, plus the night bus (N207) goes direct to campus.


Is it an expensive place to live?

It's somewhere in between, and a lot of students work.

Average price of a pint?


And the price of a takeaway?


What's the part-time work situation?

There are a lot of part-time opportunities available.


What’s the best feature about the place?

It’s a campus university, so it breeds unity.

And the worst?

Can’t think of anything…


Past Students

Audley Harrison (boxer); Jo Brand (comedian); James Cracknell, Tim Foster (rowers); Kathy Cook, Iwan Thomas (athletes); Tony Adams (footballer).

More info?

Contact Vice-President (Community and Welfare) tel 01895 266624, email vp.communitywelfare@brunel.ac.uk, or check out website at www.brunelstudents.com.



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