Dr David Thomas - EIE course director
You’ll gain the technical knowledge and practical skills of computing and electrical engineering, together with a big picture view of how it all connects, preparing you for a career in cutting edge technology in industry or research."

Dr David Thomas

Director of Electronics & Information Engineering degree course

"Electronic and Information Engineering helps you understand the entire stack of modern networked computers, from the design and architecture of the CPU in a smart-phone, to the information theory and wireless protocols connecting it to the internet, and the operating systems and databases providing back-end support in the cloud."

BEng Electronic & Information Engineering HG65 180 3
MEng Electronic & Information Engineering GH56 246/270* 4
MEng Electronic & Information Engineering with a Year Abroad HG6M 246/270* 4
*MEng degrees earn 270 ECTS with the Industrial Placement option, or 246 without
Summary of the table's contents



You’ll follow core modules in years one and two and begin to specialise in year three. Some of the core modules are delivered jointly with students on the Electrical and Electronic Engineering programmes, others are designed specifically for Electronic and Information Engineering students, and some are taught by the Department of Computing.

BEng students conduct a substantial individual project in their third year, while MEng students will do this in their fourth year. Students on the Year Abroad programme will spend their fourth year at an overseas university.

MEng Year Abroad

Engineering is an international business, so in the job market it can be a real advantage to have had experience of working methods outside the UK. It’s also a great addition to enhance your CV and help you stand out from others.

Our Year Abroad course can give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a different culture, practice and refine your language skills as well as broadening your academic knowledge.

Subject to successful performance in the third year of your MEng, you can choose to complete your final year at a major engineering university in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the USA.

You will take a Horizons language module to improve your capability in the language of the European country you will visit on your exchange.  If you are already fluent in the langauge you are not required to take the language module.

For destinations where teaching is in the host country's language youwill have to achieve a satisfactory level of proficiency in the language six months before you go abroad.

There is competition for the limited number of exchange places to the USA and Singapore.  You are therefore not guaranteed a place on one of these exchanges even if you are enrolled on the Year Abroad course.

You will normally need to be achieving at least 2.1 degree standard academically to be eligible for the Year Abroad.

During the year you'll complete a substantial technical project, a dissertation and take lecture modules equivalent to our MEng fourth year.

Partner Universities

  • Ecole Polytechnique, France
  • ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • KU Leuven, Belgium
  • National University of Singapore (1 place)
  • ParisTech, France
  • RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • TU Delft, The Netherlands
  • University of California, USA (1 place)
  • University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy

Programme structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Our courses are taught through a combination of lectures, study groups, personal tutorials, laboratory work and projects.  As your knowledge builds, you will practice more and more ambitious project work so that by the final year you can demonstrate all your applied knowledge and invention through your individual project.

Year 1

In the first year, you follow a core programme of nine modules, which are supported by study groups, tutorials and experiments in electrical and computer laboratories.

You will learn how to program in C and become familiar with software design, programming concepts and tool use – skills that will transfer to any programming language/environment that you encounter.

You will take part in a group project that allows you to perform image and  video processing on a configurable hardware board. There is no processor, only a Field Programmable Gate Array. This will enable you to carry out high performance parallel processing by essentially building your own processor designed to process your own algorithm and design a game. Your project is assessed by report and demonstration.

  • Analysis of Circuits
  • Digital Electronics
  • Introduction to Computer Architecture and Systems
  • Introduction to Signals and Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Software Engineering 1: Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Software Engineering 1: Introduction to Computing
  • User-centred information systems
  • Professional engineering
  • Weekly laboratory practicals (electronics and computing)

Year 2

In the second year, you continue to follow the core programme by taking 11 compulsory modules.

Your second year project is a four-day IBM Computer Architecture Workshop, run by staff from IBM and Imperial. This will give you the opportunity to apply your understanding of systems architecture, databases, middleware, operating systems and network hardware and software to a real IT systems challenge.

  • Algorithms and Complexity
  • Communication Systems
  • Computer architecture
  • Computer networks and distributed systems
  • Databases
  • Digital Electronics 2
  • Feedback Systems
  • Language Processors
  • Mathematics 2
  • Signals and Linear Systems
  • Software Engineering 2: Object-Oriented Software Engineering

Year 3

In the third year you start to design your degree programmes to fit your interests and skills by selecting from a range of advanced subjects from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and the Department of Computing. You are aided in this choice by a consultation with your personal tutor.

We offer around 22 technical modules each year of which you select seven (BEng) or eight (MEng). You also choose a business or Imperial Horizons module, giving you a total of eight modules (BEng) or nine modules (MEng).

Modules are offered in the areas of:

  • Communications
  • Computer Networks
  • Concurrent Programming
  • Databases
  • Integrated Circuit Design
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Signal Processing

For the modules taught in the Autumn term you will be assessed by written examination in January. The Spring term modules are assessed by coursework and a short written examination.

The third year of our MEng degree is structured to include a six month industrial placement as part of your degree (as an alternative to an internal project). The placement runs from April to September, allowing you to tackle significant industrial projects that helps develop skills in solving real engineering problems, and provides invaluable experience of engineering as it is really practiced.

The industrial placement is supervised by a member of staff from the company you will be working for and a member of staff from the Department. The placement must be related to your degree in technical, business or commercial content. Departmental staff will help you set and agree objectives for your placement.  The placement is assessed by a written and oral report.

To help you find a placement the Department provides support in the form of direct talks with companies, industrial fairs that allow you to meet companies, workshops to enhance your CV, and by advertisements for internships.

Alternatively you can do a group project (6-8 people) during the summer term.  The group acts as a technical consultant to a brief provided by an industrial client. The project will involve the specification, design, implementation and testing of a pre-production prototype of a new product or technical solution. 

Recent projects have included a project to send a ballon to near-space, collect data and find an interesting and visual way to present the data.

BEng students will dedicate the nine-week Summer term to their individual project. The project accounts for 35 per cent of the final year mark.

Year 4

MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering

You will select further specialist subjects, choosing eight advanced technical options from a selection of around 37 Master’s-level modules taught by the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the Department of Computing, and Horizons module.

Modules are offered in the areas of:
  • Biomedical Electronics
  • Communication Networks and Coding
  • Computational Finance
  • Computer Architecture
  • Computer Graphics
  • High-Performance Quantum Computing
  • Integrated Circuit Design
  • Multi-agent Systems and Machine Learning
  • Signal and Image Processing

You can also participate in the inter-department exchange (IDX) scheme, which allows you to take modules from other engineering departments. Increasingly significant ground-breaking innovations are generated when engineers work in inter-disciplinary teams and at the boundaries of their individual fields. The IDX scheme offers students an opportunity to develop and demonstrate the ability to learn another specialist ‘language’.

The most important part of your final year is the individual project, which contributes 33 per cent to the year mark.

It provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate independence and originality, to plan and organise a large project over a long period, and to put into practice some of the techniques you have learnt throughout the course.

This project is your opportunity to show your individuality and imagination. It should be the most satisfying and inspiring piece of work in your degree.

MEng Electronic and Information Engineering with a Year Abroad (HG6M)

Engineering is an international business, so it is a real advantage in the competitive job market to have experience of working methods outside the UK.

Our Year Abroad programme gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a different culture, practise and refine your language skills, and broaden your horizons and academic knowledge.

Subject to successful performance in the third year of your MEng, you can choose to complete your final year at a major engineering institution in one of the following countries:

  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • the Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • the USA

During the year you will complete a substantial technical project and a dissertation, and take lecture modules equivalent to our fourth year MEng.

Overview of modules

First YearSecond YearThird YearFourth Year
Algorithms and data structures Algorithms and complexity  selection of modules in the areas of  selection of modules in the areas of
Analysis of circuits Communication systems Communications Biomedical electronics
Computer architecture Computer architecture Computer networks Communications
Digital electronics Databases Concurrent programming Computational finance
Introduction to computing Digital electronics Databases Computer architecture
Mathematics Feedback systems Integrated circuit design Computer graphics
Professional engineering Lanaguage processors Intelligent systems High-performance quantum computing
Signals and communications Mathematics Signal processing Integrated circuit design
User-centred information systems Networks and communications   Multi-agent systems and machine learing
  Object-orientated software engineering   Networks and coding
  Signals and linear systems   Signal and image processing
Weekly laboratory practicals (electronics and computing) Weekly laboratory practicals (electronics and computing)  Spring term modules assessed by coursework  Some modules assessed by coursework
 Horizons module (non assessed) Horizons module (non assessed)   Humanities, language or business module Humanities, language or business module 
 Group project  IBM workshop  MEng: Industrial placement or group project MEng: Individual project
     BEng: Individual project   MEng Year Abroad: spent overseas
as of March 2015