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 wellbeing to global communications networks and renewable electric energy. The BEng gives a broad education in the mathematics, science and engineering that underpins this subject.
- UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
- Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2020
- London, Bloomsbury
- Mathematics required, plus either Physics or Further Mathematics preferred.
- 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
- ABB (more about contextual offers)
- Grade A in Mathematics required, plus either Physics or Further Mathematics preferred.
- A score of 18 points in three higher level subjects including grade 6 in Mathematics and preferably Physics, with no score lower than 5.
- 34 (more about contextual offers)
- 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:
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.
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.
You will gain the analytical and problem-solving skills required for employment in engineering as well as a diverse range of fields including finance and consultancy services.
You will benefit from the intellectual challenge and stimulation deriving from our world-class research. 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 IET.
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 study at Master's level.
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 will make your final choice between the BEng or one of the MEng programmes towards the end of the second year (subject to any visa requirements if applicable). Applying initially for a MEng gives you the most control over your plans.
Project work is undertaken every year, and your final year will include a substantial individual 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.
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 l
- Signals and Systems
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
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)
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 Electronics
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
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. 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.
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.
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.
Alternatively, if you wish to continue studying towards a Master's or PhD qualification, your degree will 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
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2020/21 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 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
- UK/EU students
- £9,250 (2020/21)
- Overseas students
- £28,610 (2020/21)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
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).
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.
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.
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