Brunel University London


Brunel University London is a public research university located in Uxbridge, London, United Kingdom. Founded in 1966, it was named after the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Brunel’s campus is located on the outskirts of Uxbridge. It is organised into three colleges and three major research institutes, a structure adopted in August 2014 which also changed the university’s name to Brunel University London. Brunel has over 12,900 students and 2,500 staff, and had a total income of £200.7 million in 2014/15, of which 25% came from grants and research contracts.

Brunel College of Technology separated from Acton Technical College in 1957, and focused on the education of engineers. Brunel College of Technology was awarded the status of College of Advanced Technology in 1960 and became Brunel College of Advanced Technology in 1962. In June 1966 Brunel College of Advanced Technology was awarded a Royal Charter and became Brunel University London. It is sometimes described as a British “plate glass university”.

Brunel is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European University Association and Universities UK.

Brunel is one of a number of British universities which were established in the 1960s following the Robbins Report on higher education. It is sometimes described as a “plate glass university”. The university’s origins lie in Acton Technical College, which was split into two in 1957: Acton Technical College continued to cater for technicians and craftsmen, and the new Brunel College of Technology (named after Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the British engineer) was dedicated to the education of chartered engineers.

The campus buildings were designed in the Brutalist style of architecture by Richard Sheppard, Robson & Partners, Architects.

In 1960 Brunel College of Technology was awarded the status of College of Advanced Technology, and it was decided that it should expand at another site in order to accommodate the extra buildings that would be needed. Uxbridge was chosen to house the new buildings, and construction work hadn’t even begun before the Ministry of Education officially changed the College’s status: it was officially named Brunel College of Advanced Technology in 1962 – the tenth Advanced Technology College in the country, and the last to be awarded this title.

In 1980 the university merged with Shoreditch College of Education, located at Cooper’s Hill, Runnymede. This became Brunel’s second campus. In 1995 the university expanded again, integrating the West London Institute of Higher Education, and adding campuses in Osterley and Twickenham. This increased the number of courses that Brunel University was able to offer. Traditionally the university’s strengths were in engineering, science, technology and social sciences but with the addition of the West London Institute, new departments such as arts, humanities, geography & earth science, health and sports science were added, and the size of the student body increased to over 12,000.

In June 2011, Brunel University London licensed Creative Barcode, an automated idea sharing platform which protects ownership of early stage ideas.


Brunel has three constituent Academic Colleges:

  • College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences:
    • Computer Science
    • Design
    • Electronic and Computer Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
  • College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences:
    • Brunel Business School(Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013)
    • Arts and Humanities
    • Economics and Finance
    • Education
    • Politics, History and the Brunel Law School
    • Social Sciences, Media and Communications
  • College of Health and Life Sciences:
    • Clinical Sciences
    • Life Sciences

Research at Brunel has been organised into three institutes:

  • Institute of Energy Futures
  • Institute of Environment, Health and Societies
  • Institute of Materials and Manufacturing


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

For entry to all of their undergraduate courses at Brunel University London they 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 their website where a full list of the courses and entry requirements can be found.

For all courses at Brunel University London they 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 their website where a full list of the courses and GCSE entry requirements can be found.

You can find their admissions policy on their website.


They 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.

Their internationally-renowned research ensures that their 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 their university – performance poet Benjamin Zephaniah is Brunel’s Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing, and author Will Self is Professor of Contemporary Thought.


Many of their courses are accredited by professional bodies, for example Journalism, Psychology and a large number of our Engineering and Design courses.

Their 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 their Academic Skills Service or their International Pathways and Language Centre.


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.

Their 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.
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