Electronic and Electrical Engineering BEng

London, Bloomsbury
Electronic and Electrical Engineering BEng (2024)

Electronic and electrical engineers invent and create the technology that typifies today's high-tech society, from devices and systems that monitor our health and well-being, to global data networks, driverless cars and renewable energy. The BEng gives you a broad education in the engineering, mathematics, physics and computer science underpinning these technologies, whilst at the same time giving you the skills needed to put your theoretical understanding into practice.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
Duration
3 academic years
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
£9,250
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
£37,500
Programme starts
September 2025
Application deadline
29 Jan 2025
UCAS course code
H600

Entry requirements

Grades
A*AA
Subjects
A* in Mathematics required, plus either Physics or Further Mathematics preferred as the second subject. Where students have Further Mathematics but not Physics then it is preferable to have Biology, Chemistry, Design and Technology, or Electronics as the third subject.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 4.

Contextual offer information

Contextual offers are typically one to two grades lower than the standard offer. Grade and subject requirements for contextual offers for this programme will be published in Summer 2024.

Points
39
Subjects
A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects including grade 7 in Mathematics and preferably Physics, with no higher level score below 5. The programme will accept either 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' or 'Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation' at higher level. 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' is preferred.

Contextual offer

Contextual offers are typically one to two grade boundaries (equivalent to A levels) lower than the standard offer. IB Diploma grade and subject requirements for contextual offers for this programme will be published in Summer 2024.

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.

D2,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Mathematics plus either Physics or Further Mathematics preferred.

A1AA at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher). Mathematics required, plus Physics preferred at Advanced Higher

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

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

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

Resits

This programme does not accept resits. A resit is a second or subsequent attempt to improve a qualification outcome, for which you already hold an award. For further information on what UCL considers a resit, please see UCAS explained.

 

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry to this undergraduate programme, you may be eligible to apply for the Engineering Foundation Year at UCL. Designed for individuals from non-traditional educational backgrounds who do not meet standard entry requirements for UCL's undergraduate engineering degrees, this pre-degree programme helps you develop confidence, academic and study skills, and subject specific knowledge. On successful completion of the Engineering Foundation Year, you can gain access to a selection of the engineering undergraduate degree programmes at UCL. Find out more about the Engineering Foundation Year.

 

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) prepare international students for a UCL undergraduate degree who don’t have the qualifications to enter directly. These intensive one-year foundation courses are taught on our central London campus.

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: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

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

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

Course overview


All our degree programmes have a common first and second year covering material fundamental to electronic and electrical engineering. You can make a choice between remaining on the BEng or switching to one of our MEng programmes during your second year (subject to your grades and any visa requirements if applicable). So applying initially for our BEng gives you considerable flexibility over your future plans.

Project work is undertaken every year including an individual final year project which can range from original research to design and development of new software or devices. In the first two years projects are team-based in the form of Engineering Challenges and week-long Scenarios where you apply your theoretical knowledge to solving real problems.

This degree is part of UCL's 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.

What this course will give you

You will gain a solid technical understanding of the subject together with the requisite set of analytical, problem solving and collaborative skills necessary to build a successful career at the cutting edge of technological innovation and engineering. Your transferable skills would also be applicable to employment in other sectors such as finance or consultancy.

You will benefit from close interaction with many of our world-leading research activities through project work and our emphasis on research-led teaching. You will also have access to state-of-the-art software and instruments in our extensive teaching laboratories.

The degree is part of an integrated programme across UCL Engineering which provides opportunities to broaden your horizons through interactions and projects with students from other engineering disciplines.

Our BEng programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Please see the additional information below about further requirements for achieving Chartered Engineer status. 

Teaching and learning

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).

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BEng (Hons) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Modules

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

In the first and second year of the BEng most modules are compulsory since they cover the 'core' material that every Electronic and Electrical Engineer needs to be familiar with. But in the third year of the BEng there is more flexibility, with a wide choice of optional modules offered to suit different interests. See the tabs below for further information. In addition to the modules shown, during your second and third years you will also take an IEP 'minor' (one module in the second year and two modules in the third year) on a specific engineering topic. Minors are offered by most departments in the UCL Engineering Faculty and allow you to experience another branch of engineering as part of your Electronic & Electrical Engineering degree.

Your learning

Your modules will be taught in a number of ways: some highly innovative and some, such as lectures, more traditional. We were amongst the first in the country to introduce a scenario-based learning approach. In years one and two you will attend tutorials, while in year three you will have project supervision sessions with an academic member of staff.

The number of contact hours per week with academic staff varies throughout each academic year, and between the years of the programme. But as a rough guideline students can expect 18 to 21 contact hours in a typical week in the first year across all activities (lectures, labs, tutorials and workshops). In addition students will generally need to devote a similar amount of time each week to self-directed study (for instance reviewing taught material and completing coursework).

Assessment

The majority of 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.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing team.

The foundation of your career

Careers for graduates of this programme are available in diverse environments including the extensive electronics and IT sectors in the UK, Europe, North America or Asia. You might even start your own business in hardware or software design and production, or alternatively join a financial or trading institution on graduation.

If you instead wish to continue studying towards a more specialist, postgraduate Master's or PhD qualification, your BEng degree will also provide a firm foundation for this (subject to any grade requirements).

Employability

The breadth of employment opportunities our graduates enjoy around the world demonstrates the value of our degree programme with its strong emphasis on using teamwork to provide novel engineering solutions to real world problems. The thorough training we provide in areas such as advanced mathematics, problem-solving, engineering design and computer simulation is highly regarded by a wide range of employers across many different sectors.

Accreditation

Full satisfaction of IET requirements to register as a Chartered Engineer would require one year of further accredited study at MSc level. In order to meet the Engineering Council requirements for an accredited degree (which apply to all programmes professionally accredited by the Engineering Council, across all universities), students on this programme must pass all modules, with some possible specific exceptions for a limited number of optional modules. If a student fails a module (two attempts are permitted) they may be eligible to transfer to a related non-accredited degree.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £9,250
Tuition fees (2024/25) £37,500

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2024/25 academic year. The UK 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 2024/25 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

Foundation Year fees for UK students are £6,000.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

This programme does not have any additional costs outside of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding and photocopying.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding your studies

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.

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.

Next steps

Your application

In addition to their academic grades, applicants should demonstrate a strong interest in Electronic & Electrical Engineering and a high motivation to study it in future. There is no specific skill or previous activity that we look for in an application, but examples given could include relevant hobbies, relevant out-of-school projects, relevant summer schools/workshops attended, or relevant work placements.

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.

Selection

For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

If you receive an offer of a place, we will invite you to attend an Open Day in the Department to find out about what we offer in more detail. These Open Days may either be in person, or online. You will have the opportunity to meet academic staff and current students; and if the event is in person, to tour the department and campus. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend for all or part of the event if they wish.

We base all our decisions on your academic profile and the information you and your referee supply through UCAS. We do not hold further interviews.

If UCL Admissions require any additional documents to process your application, they will contact you by email and ask you to upload them securely to Portico (UCL’s applicant portal). Additional documents should not be sent to the Electronic & Electrical Engineering Department.

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