UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering



How it all started

The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) at UCL was established by Professor Sir Ambrose Fleming, inventor of the thermionic valve and hence the founder of the discipline of electronics, in 1885 as the first department of electrical technology in England. That same pioneering tradition of innovation and excellence continues to underpin our work. We push in new directions across research, education and entrepreneurship, building on our long-established links with industry and benefitting from our loyal and supportive alumni community. We are committed to develop individuals and careers, across staff and students, developing and supporting our subject discipline.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

We are enormously proud to be part of the UCL team delivering the award winning UCL Integrated Engineering Programme. This pioneering programme enables our undergraduate students to not only benefit from an education built on the foundations of discipline-specific expertise but to participate in interdisciplinary activities and develop transferable professional skills in the context of real-world engineering projects. This blend of knowledge and experience is greatly valued by a broad range of employers and all our undergraduate programmes are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status. We also offer a range of MSc programmes that continually evolve and are underpinned by our excellent research. We are particularly excited to be launching a new MSc in 2019 in ‘Integrated Machine Learning Systems’ which seeks to provide graduates with the software and hardware skills required to design and build real-world machine learning systems of  societal and economic value.

Our research.

Our vibrant research community of academic and research staff and PhD students is organised across five research groups: Information and Communication Engineering; Photonics; Optical Networks; Sensors, Systems and Circuits; Electronic Materials and Devices. We are a major contributor to the London Centre for Nanotechnology and are increasingly active in a range of interdisciplinary activities including involvement with the UCL Robotics Institute and the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering. We are proud to have launched in 2018 our Institute of Communications and Connected Systems. We have a strong commitment to postgraduate training and lead the EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems (IPES), a joint centre with the University of Cambridge. Other CDTs which EEE academics contribute to are the Imperial-UCL CDT in Advanced Characterisation of Materials and the UCL CDT in Developing Quantum Technologies.

EEE prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive community which is proud to be part of UCL and where all individuals are encouraged to flourish. In this way we will nurture not only our own future health but also that of our discipline for generations to come.