Electronic and Electrical Engineering MEng

London, Bloomsbury
Electronic and Electrical Engineering MEng (2024)

Electronic and electrical engineers create the technology at the heart of our modern world, from high speed communication networks, to off-shore renewable power generation, to future driverless vehicles in smart cities. Like our BEng, the MEng covers the core mathematics, physics, programming and engineering underpinning such technology, but with the additional fourth year it allows advanced topics to be studied in greater depth at Master's level.

UK students International students
Study mode
4 academic years
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme starts
September 2023
Application deadline
25 Jan 2023
UCAS course code

Entry requirements

A* Mathematics required, plus either Physics or Further Mathematics preferred.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer information

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Grade A in Mathematics required, plus either Physics or Further Mathematics preferred.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
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

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A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects including grade 6 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.

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.

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.

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

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

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

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.

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

In the first two years of the MEng you will cover the core material fundamental to electronic and electrical engineering. During the second year you can decide whether to graduate with a BEng or continue on the MEng. You will also have the choice of switching to the following specialist MEng routes: with Communications; with Computer Science; with Nanotechnology; or the International Programme. The International Programme (Year Abroad) enables MEng students to spend their entire third year studying at a selected partner university around the world.

A significant amount of project work is undertaken every year including a substantial final year team project which can range from original research to design and development of new software or devices. In the earlier years, project work includes Engineering Challenges and week-long Scenarios where you learn to apply your theoretical knowledge to solving real world problems.

In years 2 and 3 you will take a minor, chosen from a wide range offered across the UCL Engineering Faculty to allow you to broaden your experience and develop an insight into a specific aspect of engineering. Each minor consists of three related modules on the same topic. One is taken in year 2 (Minor I) and two are taken in year 3 (Minors II and III).

The minors currently offered include Applications Programming for Data Science, Biomechanics, Crime and Security Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Engineering, Intelligent Systems, Management, Modern Languages and Ocean Engineering. UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering also offers its own minors in Connected Systems, Nanotechnology and Robotics which you are also free to choose.

In years 3 and 4 you will choose optional modules from a wide range of electronic engineering subjects. (Some modules are designed for students who haven't taken our related minor.) You may also select certain optional modules from other departments as well such as Computer Science, Management, and Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering, depending on your specific MEng route.

The MEng is part of the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP), a teaching framework that engages students in specialist and interdisciplinary 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

In choosing our MEng, you will gain the deepest possible technical understanding of the subject together with a very strong set of analytical, problem solving and team working skills. These will enable you to forge a career at the cutting-edge of technological innovation and engineering.

Second-year students can opt to partly specialise in their third and fourth years via specialist MEng routes in Communications, Computer Science or Nanotechnology. Students who choose one of these specialist routes are required to take a related minor. Alternatively students can apply to spend their third-year studying abroad at partner universities as part of our International Programme (Year Abroad) - see below for further information about the costs of this scheme.

As an MEng student, you will also be part of an integrated programme (IEP) across UCL Engineering providing you with opportunities to broaden your horizons through interactions with other disciplines.

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 480 credits, you will be awarded a MEng (Hons) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.


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 are 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.

Compulsory modules

Students will also take the modules 'Minor II' and 'Minor III' based on the IEP Minor chosen in year 2.

Students on one of our specialist MEng routes will have a slightly different set of options relevant to their specialism (for instance in Computer Science or Nanotechnology).

In addition to the modules shown here there are a range of optional modules offered from the UCL School of Management in areas such Finance, Accounting and Entrepreneurship.

Compulsory modules

Students on one of our specialist MEng routes will have a slightly different set of options relevant to their specialism (for instance in Computer Science or Nanotechnology).

In addition to the modules shown here there are a range of optional modules offered from the UCL School of Management in areas such Finance, Accounting and Entrepreneurship

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.

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).


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


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

Upon graduation you may, depending on your chosen career path and evolving interests, consider pursuing a research degree such as a PhD, or a further one-year Master's degree allowing to you to develop a specialism in new field of interest.


The breadth of employment opportunities our graduates enjoy around the world demonstrates the value of our MEng programme. Our graduates benefit from the strong emphasis from the outset of our programme in providing novel engineering solutions to real world problems through teamwork. The thorough grounding we provide in areas such as advanced mathematics, problem-solving, engineering design and computer simulation is highly regarded by a wide range of employers in different sectors.


Our MEng programme is accredited up to 2022 entry by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the UK Engineering Council. As such it fully meets the academic requirements needed to register as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). The programme will be put forward for a renewal of its accreditation in February 2023. Formal accreditation can only be granted after an IET accreditation visit and approval from the IET's Academic Accreditation Committee. Note 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 (2023/24) £9,250
Tuition fees (2023/24) £35,000

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2023/24 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 2023/24 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: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/funding-your-studies.

Additional costs

The programme does not have any additional costs outside of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding and photocopying. Students who choose the Year Abroad option continue to pay their usual tuition fees to UCL for the year away, but at a reduced rate depending on their fee status. They do not need to pay any tuition fees to the host institution, but they are expected to pay their own travel, accommodation and living costs, together with any service fees charged by the host institution (for items such as printing, etc).

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.


Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme and 2023/24 entry.

Telles Scholarship

Value: Full fees and stipend of £20,000/yr (3yrs)
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: Overseas

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

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.


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 in more detail about we offer. These Open Days may be either 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 very 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.

Additional documents relating to an existing UCAS application, such as exam certificates, should be sent directly to UCL Admissions (undergraduate-admissions@ucl.ac.uk) rather than to the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department.

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