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Fees and Funding

UK & EU Fee

£9,000 (2013/14)

Overseas Fee

£19,500 (2013/14)

General Funding Notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Specific Funding Notes

We offer the Fleming Scholarship for UK/EU students and the Barlow Scholarship for Overseas students. These scholarships are awarded to the student joining the department with the best examination performance.

Key Facts

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Engineering (Electronic and Electrical) MEng

UCAS Code: H601

This four-year programme provides a thorough coverage of the theory, devices and systems underpinning much modern technology, including: semiconductor devices and nano-electronics, control theory and communications, alongside business-related subjects. Applying for the MEng provides the most flexibility; the decision about which specialist programme to take can be made at the end of year two.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades AAA
Subjects Mathematics required, plus either Physics or Further Mathematics preferred.
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 38
Subjects A score of 18 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics and preferably Physics, with no score lower than 5.

Other Qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International Qualifications

International Qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Selected country's equivalent grades will appear here

University Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree Summary

Degree Benefits

  • Benefit from the wide choice and intellectual challenge and stimulation that derives from a world-class research department.
  • You will have access to state-of-the-art software and instruments in our extensive teaching laboratories. We offer professional practice sessions, a three-day residential course and team-working opportunities.
  • The degree is part of an integrated programme across engineering providing opportunities to broaden your horizons through interactions with other disciplines. There is also the flexibility to transfer to another engineering programme to match your changing interests towards the end of year two.
  • The MEng programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering (IET) and provides a direct route to chartered (CEng) status.

In the first and second year you will cover material fundamental to Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Your final choice between the BEng or one of the MEng programmes will be made towards the end of the second year. You have the choice of: with Communications; with Computer Science; with Nanotechnology; or the International Programme. Applying initially for a MEng gives you most control over your plans.

The International Programme enables students to spend their third year in a selected university in Europe (France, Germany, Spain, Italy), the USA or Australia.

Project work is undertaken every year, and your final year will include a substantial project. The work is varied and there are projects to suit all tastes, ranging from original research to intricate design and development of software and devices. In the third and fourth year you will choose options from a wide range of Electronic Engineering subjects and may select courses from other departments such as Computer Science, Management Science & Innovation (MS&I), and Medical Physics & Bioengineering.

Your Learning

Your courses will be taught in a number of ways, some highly innovative and some, such as lectures, more traditional. We are among the first in the country to introduce a scenario-based learning approach which enables students to put their learning into practice. In years one and two you will attend tutorials, while in years three and four you have project supervision sessions with an academic member of staff.


Courses are examined in the summer term of each year. In many cases a proportion of the total mark is allocated for laboratory and coursework.

Degree Structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory subjects

Circuit Analysis and Synthesis I
Communication Systems I
Digital Circuits
Electronic Circuits I
Electronic Engineering Design Principles
Mathematics for Electronic Engineers I
Object-Oriented Programming

Optional courses

All first-year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory subjects

Circuit Analysis and Synthesis II
Digital Design
Electronic Circuits II
Fields and Waves in Electronic Systems
Mathematics for Electronic Engineers II
Object-oriented Programming II
Semiconductor Devices

Optional courses

All second-year courses are compulsory.

Year Three

Compulsory courses

Project I

Optional courses

You will select credits from a wide range of optional courses, including:

Advanced Digital Design
Control Systems I
Electronic Circuits III
Electronic Devices and Nanotechnology
Numerical Methods
Optoelectronics II
Power Electronics
Renewable Energy
or options from Medical Physics, Computer Science, Management or Physics

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Project II (Master's Level)

Optional courses

You will select credits from a wide range of optional courses depending on the route chosen. Options may include:

Advanced Photonic Devices
Antennas and Propagation
Corporate Financial Strategy
Distributed Systems and Security
Electronic Circuits III
Electronic Devices and Nanotechnology
Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
Machine Vision
Marketing Communications
Medical Electronics
Numerical Methods
Optical Transmissions and Networks
Optics in Medicine
Photonic Subsystems
Radar Systems
RF Circuits and Subsystems
Satellite Communications

Further details available on degree page of subject website:

Your Career

The breadth of employment opportunities that our graduates enjoy is proof of the value of your UCL degree. Indeed, the sound grounding in numeracy, problem-solving, industry, computing and other technical matters that you will receive is highly regarded by employers across the globe.

With your UCL degree, you will have the opportunity to work in diverse environments such as the electronics industries in the UK, Europe and East Asia, your own business in software design or production, or financial and trading institutions.

Having graduated with an MEng, you may, depending on your chosen career path, consider further study for a PhD or another Master's, such as one of our MScs which, like the MEngs, are at Master's level but offer the option of a very focused education in a specialist field.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of this programme include:

  • Graduate Engineer, Network Rail (2010)
  • Technician, Lidco Ltd (2010)
  • Full-time student, PhD in Photonics at the University of Southampton (2010)
  • Process Engineer Trainee, NXP (2009)
  • Full-time student, MSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL (2009)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


Your Application

In addition to academic requirements, we will be very interested in your application if you are highly motivated and have high expectations of your own achievement. All applications are considered individually and carefully.

How to Apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


If your application demonstrates the academic and personal qualities we are looking for, you will be invited for an interview and a tour of the department and UCL. Distance may make such a visit difficult, but we do encourage it wherever possible.

Most of these visits last half a day and are arranged for small groups. Parents or guardians are welcome to attend if they wish.

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