River Flooding Science

Course Overview 

Working with partners – the Environment Agency, HR Wallingford, Jacobs, VolkerStevin and CIWEM - Brunel University London has created the Centre for Flood Risk and Resilience which aims to generate skills and knowledge in key stakeholders of flood risk and resilience, and thereby support the UK Government's Industrial Strategy.

This online eLearning module is designed for existing flood risk professionals (asset managers, partnership managers, flood risk managers) who are looking to develop their river flooding and science knowledge together with a wider understanding of flood risk modelling and the science behind it. This module will also be of particular interest to civil engineering and other graduates looking to develop specific knowledge in river flooding.

The focus of this short module is on fundamental processes linked to river hazards, including floods. It introduces key datasets and methods used in river flood risk assessment, referring to best practice guidance (e.g. UKCP18). It explores potential changes in river hydrological/hydraulic processes over different timescales in response to internal and external controls, including climate change.

Prior to enrolling on this course, we recommended that you have a basic understanding of or experience working with rivers, or have completed the free course An Introduction to Flood Risk and Resilience.

Key Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this online learning module, participants will:

  • have an understanding of the fundamental hydrological and hydraulic processes operating in rivers
  • be able to analyse fundamental river information
  • demonstrate ability to investigate the potential impacts of future changes on river flooding

Course Duration

This eLearning module has a learning time equivalent to 20 hours and the study mode is self-paced. You will have four months access to the Online Learning Platform.

Assessment – Multiple-choice questions, pass mark 75%.

Award - CIWEM Accredited Brunel University London CPD Certificate.


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£400 + VAT = £480.

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An Introduction to Flood Risk and Resilience 

This eLearning module is particularly designed for new entrants to the water sector and is focused on a general description and overview that demonstrates the way in which flooding can occur and how to mitigate the risk it poses. The technical content of this module is limited to only that which is required to appreciate the risk of flooding to a range of receptors and stakeholders.

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Coastal Flooding and Erosion Science 

This Advanced eLearning module is designed for existing flood risk professionals (asset managers, partnership managers, flood risk managers) who wish to develop their knowledge of coastal flooding and the science behind it.

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