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Engineering (Electronic and Electrical) MEng

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.

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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2021
UCAS code
H601
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Accreditation
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Application deadline
15 January 2021
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAA
Subjects
Mathematics required, plus either Physics or Further Mathematics preferred.
GCSEs
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.

Contextual offer

Grades
ABB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
Grade A in Mathematics required, plus either Physics or Further Mathematics preferred.
GCSEs
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.

IB Diploma

Points
38
Subjects
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

Points
34 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
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

  • 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. Alternatively they can apply to spend their third-year studying abroad at partner universities as part of our International Programme.

  • 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.

Accreditation

Our MEng programmes are accredited by the IET as fully meeting the academic requirements for achieving Chartered Engineer status without the need for an additional qualification. Thus they provide a very streamlined academic path for those wishing to become a professionally recognised engineer.

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).

In the first two years 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 enables MEng students to spend their third year studying at a selected partner university in Europe, North America, Asia or Australia.

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.

You will take a 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).

In years three and four you will choose options from a wide range of electronic engineering subjects and may select modules from other departments such as Computer Science, Management, and Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering.

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.

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

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.

Compulsory module(s)

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

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 undertake the first module of an IEP Minor subject, chosen from a wide range of options. Find out more on the Integrated Engineering (IEP) webpage.

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 I; 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; Networked Systems; Atomic and Molecular Physics; Quantum Physics

Compulsory module(s)

Project II

Optional modules

You will select 1.5 credits from a wide range of modules (each worth 0.5 credits) including: Advanced Digital Design; Control Systems I; 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: Advanced Photonics Devices; Analogue CMOS Integrated Circuit Design and Applications; Antennas and Propagation; Distributed Systems and Security; Machine Vision; Mastering Entrepreneurship; Molecular Physics; Nanoelectronic Devices; Nanoscale Processing and Characterisation for Advanced Devices


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.

Assessment

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.

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

Accessibility

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.

Careers

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.

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.

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.

Student view
My four years of study at UCL have been by far the best four years of my life. Situated in the heart of London, UCL gave me the chance to experience the fast-paced lifestyle of Londoners, with never ending choices of things to do. UCL’s international and diverse environment allowed me to develop life-long friendships with people from countries around the world. Nedeen Al-Sharif - Engineering (Electronic and Electrical) MEng Fourth Year
Student view
The facilities we have available to us are second to none and help build up a broad range of practical skills as an engineer. Dan Mannion - Engineering (Electronic and Electrical) MEng Fourth Year

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).

Funding

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.

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 our academic requirements, we are looking for applicants who are highly motivated and have high expectations for their future achievements. Applicants need to 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: 15 January 2021



Selection

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 from us, and are based in the UK, we will also send you an invitation to attend an open day afternoon in the department to learn more before you make your final UCAS choices. You will have the opportunity to meet academic staff and current students, and to tour the department and 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.


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