Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2017

Engineering (Electronic and Electrical) MEng

Electronic and electrical engineers invent and create the technology that typifies today's high-tech society, and this four-year programme provides a thorough coverage of the theory, devices and systems that underpin it. Applying for the MEng provides the most flexibility with the opportunity to specialise at the end of year two.

Key information

UCAS code
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2017
Applications per place
7 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
115 (2017 entry)*
* Figures relate to Electronic and Electrical Engineering subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Mathematics required, plus either Physics or Further Mathematics preferred.
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

A score of 18 points in three higher level subjects including grade 6 in Mathematics and preferably Physics, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Mathematics plus either Physics or Further Mathematics preferred.

AAA at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher). Mathematics required, plus Physics preferred at Advanced Higher

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA, including Mathematics. Either Physics or Further Mathematics also preferred.

International applications

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

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a twelve-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

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 and Electrical Engineering.

  • 97% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

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


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Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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).

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 years 3 and 4 you will choose options from a wide range of Electronic Engineering subjects and may select modules from other departments such as Computer Science, the UCL School of Management, and Medical Physics & Bioengineering.

This degree is part of the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP), a teaching framework that engages students in specialist and interdisciplinary engineering activities designed to create well-rounded graduates with a strong grasp of the fundamentals of their discipline and a broad understanding of the complexity and context of engineering problems. Students register for a core discipline, but also engage in activities that span departments so the development of fundamental technical knowledge takes place alongside specialist and interdisciplinary research-based projects and professional skills. This creates degrees encouraging professional development, with an emphasis on design and challenging students to apply knowledge to complex problems.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Compulsory modules

Analogue and Power Electronics
Design & Professional Skills
Digital Systems
Integrated Engineering
Introduction to Electronic Engineering
Mathematical Modelling and Analysis
Physics of Electronics
Signals and Systems

Optional modules

All first-year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory modules

Analogue Electronics
Communications Systems
Control Systems
Design and Professional Skills
Digital Design
Electromagnetic Theory
Mathematical Modelling and Analysis II
Minor I*
Programming II
Semiconductor Devices

Optional modules

* You will take one minor, chosen from a wide range from across the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, in areas such as Aerospace Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Management or languages. A minor consists of three related modules on the same topic; one is taken in the second year (Minor I) and two are taken in the third year (Minors II and III). UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering currently offers minors in Nanotechnology, Sustainable Energy and Networking Technologies.

Compulsory modules

Project I
Minors II and III

Optional modules

You will select 1.5 credits from the following modules (each is worth 0.5 credits):

Advanced Digital Design
Control Systems I
Digital Signal Processing
Electronic Circuits
Electronic Devices and Nanotechnology
Numerical Methods
Renewable Energy

Plus further options from a wide range including the following to a total of 4.0 credits:
Computer Music
Corporate Finance
Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
Image Processing
Medical Electronics and Neural Engineering
Networked Systems

Compulsory modules

Project II

Optional modules

You will select 1.5 credits from a wide range of modules (each worth 0.5 credits) including the following:

Advanced Digital Design
Control Systems I
Digital Signal Processing
Electronic Circuits
Electronic Devices and Nanotechnology
Numerical Methods
Renewable Energy

Plus further options from a wide range including the following to a total of 4.0 credits:
Advanced Photonics Devices
Analogue CMOS IC Design and Applications
Antennas and Propagation
Distributed Systems and Secutiry
Machine Vision
Mastering Entrepreneurship
Molecular Physics
Nanoelectronic Devices
Nanotechnology in Healthcare

Your learning

Your modules 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.


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

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Engineering (Electronic and Electrical) MEng.


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 a 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 (2012-2014) of this programme include:

  • Graduate Electronic Engineer, AECOM
  • Technology Analyst, Goldman Sachs
  • Hardware Design Engineer, Imagination Technologies
  • Associate Systems Engineer, Cisco Systems
  • Full-time student, PhD in Photonics System Development at UCL

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Student view

Before I applied to UCL I was shown around by one of the academic staff, and recognised an engaged and vibrant community and a huge drive for learning. I just knew that UCL would be the best fit for me. After graduating I hope to work in sustainable development programmes and event management companies. Laura Santos - Engineering (Electronic and Electrical) MEng (Fourth Year)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.

UK/EU students
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas students
£22,380 (2016/17)

Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

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.

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2017


If your application demonstrates the academic and personal qualities we are looking for, you will receive an offer and an invitation to visit the department and find out what UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering is all about. 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 for part of the visit if they wish.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students

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