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Electronic and Electrical Engineering MPhil/PhD

We have a large and vibrant community of doctoral students researching a broad range of topics in electronic and electrical engineering. Our graduates are in high demand, going on to careers in industry, academic research, and permanent academic positions at top institutions. Many of our graduates now hold senior positions in the industry.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£4,915 (FT) £2,620 (PT)
£23,050 (FT) £11,800 (PT)

Application dates

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A UK Master’s degree, or a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. The qualification may be in any relevant subject, e.g. electronic engineering, communication engineering, computer science, chemistry, materials science (the latter two for electronic materials research).

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Thanks to the breadth of research we carry out in the department, we offer doctorates across a wide range of topics in electrical engineering, from nanotechnology and novel materials, to circuits and systems, radar, communications, photonics and optical networks and large scale networks. We collaborate widely, both with other departments in UCL, and internationally with leading research groups around the world.

Research areas

  • Communications and information systems: telecommunication networks and services; wireless communications; IP networks; sensor networks; information security and retrieval
  • Electronic materials and devices: optical materials and electronic devices; quantum nanoelectronics; diamond electronics; laser processing; resistive switching
  • Optical networks: optoelectronic devices and systems; large scale optical networks; dense WDM optically routed networks; optical packet networks; high speed optical systems
  • Photonics: ultrafast photonic devices; wireless over fibre devices and systems; photonic generation of THz signals; advanced liquid crystal devices; uncooled and coherent wavelength division multiplex technology
  • Sensors, systems and circuits: radar and sonar; antennas and EM modelling; medical electronics; RFID systems; IC design.
More information can be found on the department website: Electronic and Electrical Engineering MPhil/PhD


A number of competitive EPSRC studentships are normally available for candidates liable to pay fees at the UK/ EU rate. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) also awards competitive scholarships for graduate study

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the departmental pages.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Many of our recent PhD graduates have taken up positions as postdoctoral researchers at leading universities, whilst others continue their research careers in industry (Nokia UK, Qinetiq). A significant number use the PhD as a stepping stone to careers in other sectors, including management consultancy and finance. Several have started up their own businesses and become successful entrepreneurs.


Our research students are in high demand post-graduation, going on to take up careers in industry, in academic research as postdoctoral researchers, and in many cases continuing to permanent academic positions at such institutions as the University of Liverpool; Queen Mary, University of London; University of British Columbia; Aston University; City University and the University of Hokkaido. Many of our students have taken up senior positions in industry at such companies as Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia-Siemens, Deutsche Telekom, and some have taken up Directorships. Several graduates have been awarded prestigious fellowships, including Leverhulme Trust Early Career Awards and EPSRC Fellowships.


Our doctoral students engage widely with the world outside academia via mechanisms including Knowledge Transfer (KT) programmes, public engagement, and outreach activities. In the former case, we have seconded students to collaborating companies via KT studentships to carry out highly industrially relevant work and the students are often employed by the company at the end of their PhD. Students are required to present posters at the Unit’s annual Barlow & Mildner lectures during each of the three years of their PhD study, offering networking opportunities with senior academic and industrial partners.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Our department is the oldest electronic engineering department in England, and remains one of the most highly regarded and research active. Our research is at the cutting edge of the discipline, and we have an enviable track record of exploiting our research in new technologies.

Our facilities are world class, with access to the state-of -the-art London Centre for Nanotechnology, and excellent in-house design and test facilities for RF, radar, communications, optical networks, and phonic research. More than this, we also offer comprehensive training and support packages, with dedicated staff, and access to the support system offered by UCL graduate school.

Department: Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Student / staff numbers › 102 staff including 63 postdocs › 80 taught students › 140 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

Student view

"I knew UCL was a brilliant institution to pursue a postgraduate degree. However, I became even more convinced of studying at UCL after meeting with my research project supervisor whom I admired for his depth of knowledge from the very first."

Ajmal Gharib

Electronic and Electrical Engineering PhD
Student view

"The Study Abroad experience at Yale was a once in a life time opportunity. I would highly recommend anyone looking to study abroad, not to refuse. Highly recommend for graduate studies and research."

Salman Malik

Electrical Engineering PhD

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Application deadlines

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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