Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2019

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

Programme starts

September 2019
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2019
London, Bloomsbury
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Mathematics required, plus either Physics or Further Mathematics preferred.
(contextual offer)
ABB (more about contextual offers)
(contextual offer)
A in Mathematics with Physics or Further Mathematics preferred as the second subject.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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.
(contextual offer)
34 (more about contextual offers)
(contextual offer)
A total of 16 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

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) D*, D*, D* to include Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians and Distinction in Further Mathematics for Technicians or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with D*, D*, D* to include Distinction in Engineering Principles and Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems.

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

UCL 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 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

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

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

  • You will benefit from the intellectual challenge and stimulation deriving from our world-class research.

  • 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 opportunities for team work.

  • The degree is part of an integrated programme across engineering providing you with opportunities to broaden your horizons through interactions with other disciplines. There is also the flexibility to add a specialism to your MEng programme towards the end of year two, to match your evolving interests.


All our MEng programmes have been accredited by the IET as fully meeting the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 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 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

In the first and second years you will cover material fundamental to electronic and electrical engineering. You will make your final choice between the BEng or one of the MEng programmes towards the end of the second year. You will have the choice of the following routes: with Communications; with Computer Science; with Nanotechnology; or the International Programme. Applying initially for a MEng will give you the 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. There are projects to suit all tastes, ranging from original research to intricate design and development of software and devices.

In years three and four you will choose options from a wide range of electronic engineering subjects and may select modules from other departments such as UCL Computer Science, the UCL School of Management, and UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering.

This degree is part of the 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.

Core or compulsory module(s)

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

Optional modules

All first-year modules are compulsory.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Analogue Electronics
Photonics and Communications Systems
Design and Professional Practice II
Digital Design
Semiconductor Devices and Electromagnetic Theory
Mathematical Modelling and Analysis II
Programming and Control

Optional modules

Minor I

You will take one minor, chosen from a wide range across UCL Engineering, in areas such as Intelligent Systems, Crime and Security Engineering,  Biomechanics, Entrepreneurship and Management, or Modern 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 and Networking Technologies/Connected Systems.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Project I

Optional modules

Minors II and III

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

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

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

Core or compulsory module(s)

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
Digital Signal Processing
Electronic Circuits
Electronic Devices and Nanotechnology
Numerical Methods
Renewable Energy
Power Electronics

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 Security
Machine Vision
Mastering Entrepreneurship
Molecular Physics
Nanoelectronic Devices
Nanoscale Processing and Characterisation for Advanced Devices

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, enabling 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 our graduates enjoy proves the value of your UCL degree. The sound grounding in numeracy, problem-solving, industry, computing and other technical matters that is involved in the programme is highly regarded by employers.

Careers for graduates of this programme are available in diverse environments such as the electronics industries in the UK, Europe and East Asia. You may wish to start your own business in software design or production or join a financial or trading institution.

Graduating with a MEng you may, depending on your chosen career path, consider further study for a PhD or another Master's programme. Our MScs offer the option of a very focused education in a specialist field.


First career destinations of recent Electronic and Electrical MEng graduates (2013-2015) at UCL include:

  • Operations Critical Telecommunications Engineer, BP
  • Technology Analyst, J.P. Morgan
  • High Performance Computation Engineering Intern, Cisco Systems
  • Camera Design Engineer, Airbus
  • Full-time student, PhD in Electronic & Electrical Engineering 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 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2018/19)
Overseas students
£25,960 (2018/19)

Overseas fees for the 2019/20 academic year are expected to be available in July 2018. Undergraduate UK/EU fees are capped by the UK Government and are expected to be available in October 2018. Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.


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.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Departmental scholarships

The scholarships listed below are for 2018 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2019 entry will be published when they are available.

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 applicants who are highly motivated and have high expectations of their own achievements. 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 2019


If your application demonstrates that you have 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 our programmes are all about. Distance may make such a visit difficult, but we do encourage it wherever possible.

Most of these visits are for 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.