Undergraduate prospectus 2021


Engineering (Electronic and Electrical) BEng

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.

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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2021
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Application deadline
29 January 2021
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Mathematics required, plus either Physics or Further Mathematics preferred.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. UCL requires all UK-based students to have, by the time of their UCL graduation, a basic competence (GCSE grade C or 5 or equivalent) in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Hebrew or Latin). UCL offers plenty of opportunities to study a language to the required level once you join us. Further information is available at ucl.ac.uk/ug-regs.

Contextual offer

ABB (more about contextual offers)
Grade A in Mathematics required, plus either Physics or Further Mathematics preferred.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. UCL requires all UK-based students to have, by the time of their UCL graduation, a basic competence (GCSE grade C or 5 or equivalent) in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Hebrew or Latin). UCL offers plenty of opportunities to study a language to the required level once you join us. Further information is available at ucl.ac.uk/ug-regs.

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

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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 Maths for Technicians and Distinction in Further Maths 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. Modules relevant to Electronic and Electrical Engineering are preferred.

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: Good

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

Degree benefits

  • 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.

  • The programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the UK's professional engineering body.


The BEng has been accredited by the IET as partially meeting the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Full satisfaction of the academic requirements would generally require one year of further accredited study at Master's level.

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).

All our degree programmes have a common first and second year covering material fundamental to electronic and electrical engineering. You can make a final choice between remaining on the BEng or joining one of our MEng programmes during your second year (subject to your grades and any visa requirements if applicable). Applying initially for a MEng gives you the most control over your 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 Intergrated 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.

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


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.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Analogue and Power Electronics
  • Design & Professional Skills
  • Digital Electronics 1
  • Engineering Challenges
  • Introduction to Electronic Engineering
  • Mathematical Modelling and Analysis 1
  • Physics of Electronics and Nanotechnology
  • Programming 1
  • Signals and Systems 1

Optional modules

All first-year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory module(s)

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

Optional modules

Minor I

You will take one minor, chosen from a wide range offered across UCL Engineering, in areas such as Intelligent Systems, Crime and Security Engineering, 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 which you are also free to choose.

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 1
  • Digital Signal Processing and Systems
  • Electronic Circuits III
  • Electronic Devices and Nanotechnology
  • Numerical Methods
  • Photonics II
  • Renewable Energy
  • Power Electronics
  • Robotics

Plus further options from a wide range including the following to a total of 4.0 credits:

  • Corporate Financial Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • Quantum Physics
  • Networked Systems

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 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.

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


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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.

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 Master's or PhD qualification, your degree will also provide a firm foundation for this.

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 2021/22 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 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK students
£9,250 (2021/22)
Overseas students
£31,200 (2021/22)

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 or 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).


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.

Departmental scholarships

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.

Chris Seymour Bursary

Deadline is 2 July 2021
Based on financial need

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

All applications are considered individually and carefully. In addition to academic requirements, we are looking for applicants who are highly motivated and have high expectations for their future achievements. Applicants need to clearly set out in their personal statement their motivation to study Electronic and Electrical Engineering given that it is not generally taken as a standalone high school subject. This could be through a range of relevant interests or experiences, although we have no specific requirements for what should be included.

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: 29 January 2021


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 you receive an offer of a place, and are based in the UK, we will also send you an invitation to attend an open day afternoon in the department to find out in more detail about we offer. You will have the opportunity to meet academic staff and current students, and to tour the department and wider campus. Distance may make such a visit difficult, but we do encourage it wherever possible. Parents or guardians are welcome to attend for all or part of the open day if they wish.

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

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

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