University College London Electrical Engineering
University College London Electrical Engineering
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
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2018
- London, Bloomsbury
- Mathematics required, plus either Physics or Further Mathematics preferred.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C 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
- A score of 18 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:
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
The 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 wide range of choices as well as the intellectual challenge and stimulation deriving from our world-class research department. You will also have access to our 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.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK’s higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
- 97% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL’s research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 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 1.0 credit 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
Introduction to Electronic Engineering
Mathematical Modelling and Analysis
Physics of Electronics
Signals and Systems
All first-year modules are compulsory.
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.
First career destinations of recent Electronic and Engineering BEng graduates (2013-2015) at UCL include:
- Technology Analyst, J.P. Morgan
- Engineer, Saudi Aramco
- Lead Engineer, Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)
- Software Engineer, IBM
- Full-time student, MSc in Telecommunications at UCL
Data taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for 2018 entry will appear here as soon as they are available.
- UK/EU students
- £9,250 (2017/18 – see below)
- Overseas students
- £23,710 (2017/18)
The UK/EU fee quoted above may be subject to increase for the 2018/19 academic year and for each year of study thereafter and UCL reserves the right to increase its fees in line with UK government policy (including on an annual basis for each year of study during a programme). Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.
Please see the full details of UCL’s fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website.
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.
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
In addition to academic requirements, we will be very interested in applicants who are highly motivated and have high expectations of their own achievements. All applications are considered individually and carefully.
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 2018
If your application demonstrates the academic and personal qualities we are looking for, you will receive an offer and an invitation to visit the department and find out what our programmes are all about. Distance may make such a visit difficult, but we do encourage it wherever possible.
Most of these visits go for half a day and are arranged for small groups. Parents or guardians are welcome to attend for part of the visit if they wish.
For further information on UCL’s selection process see: Selection of students.