In 2016, Brunel celebrated 50 years as a university. However, our history can be traced back
much further to 1798 through our predecessor colleges like Borough Road College, Maria Grey
College, Shore ditch College and the West London Institute of Higher Education and as well as
through Acton Technical College then Brunel College. Our rise since 1966 has been impressive
and our reputation grows year by year. Now it’s a university of 12,746 students – 3,309 students
engaged in postgraduate and research study – our special approach is to combine academic study
with the practical, entrepreneurial and imaginative approach pioneered by Isambard Kingdom
The decision to be named after Isambard Kingdom Brunel was taken after much
discussion. Rather than name the new College after a location, Dr. Topping, the first Vice
Chancellor of Brunel University (and former Principal of Brunel College) petitioned that the
name should be of a well-known person preferably an engineer or scientist associated in some
way with Middlesex or Acton. Agreement was reached in March 1957 that person would be
Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) is one of the great British engineers of the 19th century.
Isambard was born into an industrious family in 1806. His mother Sophia Kingdom was working
for the Royal Navy and his father Marc Brunel being a prominent French engineer. Isambard
took on formal training as an engineer and went on to build twenty-five railway lines, over a
hundred bridges, including five suspension bridges, eight pier and dock systems, three ships and
a pre-fabricated army field hospital. As he was a keen social engineer He built housing estates,
churches and hospitals.
Brunel is one of the country’s top 25 universities for graduate, according to The Sunday Times
Good University Guide
They make you learn how to apply your mind to real world problems, helping you to prepare for
the future and get ready for work. Brunel provides you with everything you need to stand out
from the crowd whilst becoming part of our vital international community.
Get ready for work
Our graduates are among the most employable in the UK. To help you prepare for employment
and a successful career, we focus on the skills and experience that employers are looking for. We
provide an integrated programme of support through our Professional Development Centre,
including workshops, seminars, networking events and more.
Having the right work experience will allow you to stand out from the mass. Many of our
programs include an employment year in industry enabling you to achieve this.
By becoming part of team Brunel, you’ll study and learn with academic experts who are at the
top of their field and passionate about their subjects. And develop problem-solving, study and
research skills through lectures, seminars, field trips, presentations, group work and research
projects. You’ll have the option to customize your course by choosing modules to suit your
future career path.
Your studies will be supported by some of the best tools and facilities around, that mirror the
world of work. With more than 1,400 study spaces, 500 PCs, group study rooms and silent study
areas across the campus, plus 24-hour access to our Library, there’s always somewhere to get
down to work.
One London campus
Our London campus community provides everything you could need. We provide world-class
sports facilities, a diverse arts center, Students’ Union, prayer facilities and on-campus
accommodation for first year undergraduates. All this is a self-contained single campus within
easy reach of central London.
View our virtual tour of campus to find out what it’s like to study at Brunel.
Vibrant international community
Brunel is one of the world’s top 50 international universities (Times Higher Education World
University Rankings 2016), this shows the diversity of our staff and student body and the work
they do. Over 110 countries are represented on campus, creating a clear and diverse international
Our international environment inserts a global outlook in our students, whether that’s through
life in campus, or by taking up the many opportunities we offer for you to work or study abroad.
Brunel’s halls of residence are all in campus, meaning you are only minutes away from the
education, sports and social facilities.
We provide self-catering accommodation for approximately 4546 students in 33 halls of
residence, which include 120 studios/ flats suitable for co-habiting couples.
Everyone has different priorities, so we offer a choice of decision, standard and studio
Rooms are available in campus for undergraduates, postgraduates, disabled students and cohabiting couples.
You must make sure you have arranged somewhere to live or at least have temporary
accommodation before leaving home otherwise you run the risk of arriving at Brunel nowhere to
The Accommodation Centre will give you every sort of help to find suitable accommodation
either in the University residences or locally, off campus.
If you need to apply for a visa, ensure you allow sufficient time for the British Embassy to
process your application. Late arrival in the UK might mean you lose your room on campus.
UUK Code of Practice
Brunel University London is registered with the UUK Code of Practice. The Code outlines best
practice and provides guidance for the management and quality for student opting for the Higher
Education sector. A full version of the UUK Code of Practice is available to download from the
Universities UK website.
Courses Offered by University
2. Physical sciences
3. History, Philosophy & Theology
4. Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
5. Arts & humanities
6. Clinical, pre-clinical & health
7. Communication & Media Studies
8. Life sciences
9. Computer science
11. Social sciences
13. Art, Performing Arts & Design
14. Computer Science
15. Civil Engineering
16. Other Health
17. Economics & Econometrics
18. Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
19. Chemical Engineering
20. General Engineering
21. Sport Science
22. Business & Management
23. Electrical & Electronic Engineering
24. Engineering & technology
25. Mathematics & Statistics
26. Business & economics
30. Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
31. Biological Sciences
33. Languages, Literature & Linguistics
34. Accounting & Finance