Electrical Engineering

Cover the technical knowledge and practical skills of both computing and electrical engineering in this professionally accredited degree.

Key information

Award

BEng

Duration

3 years

full-time

Minimum entry

Three A-level offer: A* A A

See full entry requirements

Applications : admissions ratio

7 : 1

Based on 2019 entry data

  • UCAS course code: HG65
  • ECTS: 180
  • Start date: October 2021

Overview

Electrical and electronic engineers are at the forefront of the challenge to connect our world; to design and build more efficient and affordable technology; to provide a robust and green energy network; and to help us live better, healthier, smarter and more sustainably.

Our Electronic and Information Engineering degrees will provide you with an understanding of the entire stack of modern networked computers, from the design and architecture of the CPU in a smartphone, to the information theory and wireless protocols connecting it to the internet, and on to the operating systems and databases providing back-end support in the cloud.

Study programme

The first two years follow a core programme in areas such as circuits, systems, networks and high-level programming. You will learn to program in C++ and become familiar with software design, programming concepts and tool use – skills that are transferable to any programming language/environment that you encounter.

Some of the core modules are delivered jointly with students on our Electrical and Electronic Engineering courses, others are designed specifically for Electrical and Information Engineering students, and some are taught by the Department of Computing.

Taught modules are supported by study groups and lab classes in the electrical and computing laboratories.

In your third year, you tailor your degree to fit your interests and choose from a number of advanced topics that broaden and deepen the material covered in years one and two. You choose from a range of advanced subjects in electrical and electronic engineering and from the Department of Computing.

The most important part of this year is the individual project. It allows you to implement the technical information assimilated over the past three years and develop novel approaches to present day problems.

Projects

Engineers are innovators and problem solvers – you need practical skills, planning, time management and the ability to work as part of a team.

Electrical Engineering students in the labYou'll start developing your engineering skills through a structured programme of project work from your first year.

The first year project allows you to perform real-time video processing on a configurable hardware board. Students combine knowledge from digital logic, signal processing and software engineering in order to propose their own unique solution, with past projects including virtual pianos, platform games, and augmented reality goggles.

The second year project is a five-day IBM computer architecture workshop, run by staff from Imperial and IBM. This gives you the chance to apply your understanding of systems architecture, databases, middleware, operating systems and network hardware and software to a real IT systems challenge.

By your final year you'll be fully equipped to demonstrate all your knowledge, skills and innovation in a large and ambitious individual project. This project is the most important single piece of work in your degree programme, giving you the chance to demonstrate independence and originality, and to plan and organise a large project.

Transfer between courses

The common first and second years of Electronic and Information Engineering courses mean that transfer between streams is usually possible up until the end of your second year; or third year for the Year Abroad option.

  • Transfer from the BEng to the MEng stream is conditional upon meeting specified academic criteria (such as a certain minimum grade in Year 2 Mathematics).
  • Transfer from MEng to Year Abroad is made during Year 3
  • You must normally be achieving marks of 65% and above at the time of selection to be eligible for the Year Abroad course.

There is no benefit in applying to more than one course in this Department so you should only apply to one. If you are unsure which to choose, you have the option to transfer to another course within the Department during the first year, though you will need to meet the original requirements of the course you are transferring to.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering students and Electronic and Information Engineering students share a common first year. At the end of your first year you choose whether to study on the Electrical and Electronic Engineering stream, or the Electronic and Information Engineering stream.

If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.

Structure

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about them.

Year 1

In the first year you take the core modules listed below, supported by study groups and experiments in electrical and computer laboratories.

  • Mathematics: Principles and Engineering Applications
  • Programming for Engineers
  • Analysis and Design of Circuits
  • Digital and Computer Architecture
  • Electronics Laboratory Skills
  • Electronics Design Project 1

Year 2

You will take the core modules listed below.

  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Instruction Architectures and Compilers
  • Software Systems
  • Information Processing
  • Communications
  • Cyber-physical Systems
  • Computer Engineering Design Project

Year 3

Core modules

You will take the following core modules.

  • Individual Project
  • I-Explore
Individual project

You can choose a project from an extensive list proposed by academic members of staff. Due to the variety of staff expertise, the list covers a wide range of engineering topics. Proposing your own project is encouraged, and is done in collaboration with a member of staff who is an expert in the proposed field.

I-Explore

Your I-Explore module offers you choices from a range of subjects hosted outside of the department. Here you will be taught alongside students from other courses with options including business, management and many more.

Optional modules

You will take seven optional modules in total. You will choose at least three modules in total from Group A and Group B. You will also take at least two modules from the Department of Computing. These are not listed below.

Group A
  • Advanced Mathematics for Signals and Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Communication Systems
  • Communication Networks
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Control Engineering
Group B
  • Embedded Systems
  • Digital Systems Design
  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Real Time Digital Signal Processing
  • High Level Programming
  • Deep Learning

Download the programme specification‌ [PDF] – this is the most up-to-date version available for this course. It may change for your year of entry. If/when changes to this course are approved by the College, we will update this document and the information on this course page.


I-Explore

Through I-Explore, you'll have the chance to deepen your knowledge in a brand new subject area, chosen from a huge range of for-credit modules.

All of our undergraduate courses include one module from I-Explore's wide selection. The module you choose will be fully integrated into your course's curriculum and count as credit towards your degree.

Find out more about I-Explore

Professional accreditation

This course is professionally accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Achieving a professionally accredited degree demonstrates to employers that you have achieved an industry-recognised standard of competency.

Like our MEng degrees, our BEng degree counts towards the educational requirements for becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A CEng is a highly respected qualification earned by professionals working in engineering, which can lead to higher earning potential and better career prospects. It also brings international recognition of your qualification, which is particularly useful for students preparing for a career abroad.

While our MEng degrees fully satisfy the educational requirements of this professional qualification, BEng graduates will need to undertake further study on graduation to demonstrate that their knowledge is at Master's degree level.

All applicants for CEng status will also need to demonstrate their ability to meet competences described in the Engineering Council's UK-SPEC.

Our accreditation agreement with the Institution of Engineering and Technology is renewed every five years. The current accreditation agreement is due to be renewed for students starting their studies in the 2023–24 academic year. The Department expects to be accredited into the future.

Associateship

As well as your main Imperial degree, you will also receive the award of the Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (ACGI) on completion of this course.

The City and Guilds of London Institute is one of three historic Colleges that came together to form Imperial College London in 1907.

Find out more about our Associateships.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We place great importance on teaching you the underpinning analytic bases of the subject from the start. To do this, we use a combination of the following teaching methods:

  • Lectures
  • Design and build projects
  • Flipped classroom approaches
  • Group projects
  • Laboratory work (software, hardware and embedded systems)
  • Individual projects
  • Industrial placement (MEng option only)
  • Problem solving classes
  • Software laboratory
  • Workshops
  • Video recordings
  • Tutorial sessions

Assessment

  • Coursework software or hardware deliverable
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Reports
  • Written examinations

Staff expertise

All your modules are taught by our academic staff, who are experts in their field and often bring their extensive research experience into the classroom. Some modules, such as mathematics, are taught by specialised teaching fellows. Your laboratory sessions are run by academic staff, who are supported by our technical staff, and graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants (GTAs and UTAs).

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Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis – see selection process below.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (see Contact us).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

A-levels

Minimum entry standards

Our minimum entry standard for 2021 entry is A*AA overall, to include:

  • A* in Mathematics
  • A in Physics
  • A in a preferred subject

Further Mathematics is strongly recommended but not essential.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.


Preferred subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Economics
  • Electronics
  • English Literature
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages (Classical and Modern)
  • Music
  • Music Technology

Typical offer range

As a guide, here are the typical offers made to at least 80% of A-level applicants for 2019 entry:

  • Three A-level offer: A*AA

Practical endorsement (practical science assessment)

If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.

The practical endorsement is part of the reformed English linear A-levels.


Additional Mathematics support

Our new A-level Mathematics online course covers a range of key topic areas to help you gain a deeper understanding of the skills and techniques required to succeed in your A-level Mathematics exams.

This optional course has been built around the A-level syllabus with the aim of developing your thinking skills, fluency and confidence.

Please note: this course is not compulsory and does not form part of the entry requirements for this course. It is available free of charge via the EdX website. It is self-paced so you can start it at any time.

International Baccalaureate

Minimum entry standards

Our minimum entry standard for 2021 entry is 38 points overall, to include:

  • 6 in Mathematics at higher level
  • 6 in Physics at higher level

Typical offer range

As a guide, the typical offer made to at least 80% of IB applicants for 2019 entry was 38–40 points.


Mathematics Higher Level for award in 2021

For entry in 2021, the Mathematics Analysis and Approaches or the Applications and Interpretation syllabi will be accepted at higher level with no preference.


Additional Mathematics support

We have recently launched an A-level Mathematics online course, which is available free of charge via the EdX website.

Although this optional course has been built around the A-level syllabus, it is relevant to your curriculum too.

Please note: this course is not compulsory and does not form part of the entry requirements for this course. It is self-paced so you can start it at any time.

Advanced Placements

The grades detailed below are the minimum requirements for students offering only Advanced Placements as their exams for entry to Imperial.

If you are studying a High School Diploma that is accepted by Imperial alongside Advanced Placements, requirements may apply to both your Diploma and Advanced Placements.

Please consult our country index to check whether we accept your High School Diploma programme for admission.

Our minimum requirement for this course is grades 5, 5, 5, 5, to include:

  • 5 in Calculus BC
  • 5 Physics C (Electricity and Magnetism or Mechanics)
  • 5 in two other subjects* (excluding Calculus AB, Physics 1 or Physics 2)

*The other Physics C subject is preferred.


Additional Mathematics support

We have recently launched an A-level Mathematics online course, which is available free of charge via the EdX website.

Although this optional course has been built around the A-level syllabus, it is relevant to your curriculum too.

Please note: this course is not compulsory and does not form part of the entry requirements for this course. It is self-paced so you can start it at any time.

Selection process

Assessing your application

Admissions Tutors consider all the evidence available during our rigorous selection process and the College flags key information providing assessors with a more complete picture of the educational and social circumstances relevant to the applicant. Some applicants may be set lower offers and some more challenging ones.


Post-application open day and interview

We encourage applications from all who want to learn what it takes to create our future. You should have the potential to succeed in a challenging course, as demonstrated by meeting our entry grades. But we are looking beyond your raw marks for a passion in developing your knowledge and understanding of this broadest form of engineering. In addition to your academic ability, we will look at your personal statement and reference to understand your personal motivation, your commitment to your chosen area of study, and your broader interests.

Interview afternoon

If your UCAS application indicates that you are likely to satisfy our requirements and you live within reasonable travelling distance of the College you will be invited for one of our interview afternoons.

Here you will be interviewed by a member of academic staff on general engineering topics and your aspirations for the future. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about our courses and life at Imperial and be shown around the campus by our Department’s undergraduate students.

If we are considering making you an offer and you are overseas, or unable to visit, we will arrange a telephone or Skype interview.


Pilot admissions schemes (Home students)

From 2020 entry, we will be using information about our applicants in a number of new pilot admissions schemes, to consider the wider context of Home students from groups underrepresented at the College.

More about pilot admissions schemes

Foundation programmes

A foundation course is a one-year preparation course, designed for international students, which leads to undergraduate programmes in the UK. Foundation programmes are normally for school-leavers who have studied a non-British curriculum but wish to pursue a degree at a UK university.

Foundation programmes are offered by many UK universities, but only two would be considered for entry to Imperial: 

  1. UCL’s Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate for Science and Engineering (UPCSE), and 
  2. Warwick’s International Foundation Programme (IFP) in Science & Engineering

UCL UPCSE

A year-long programme for international students whose school leaving qualifications do not allow them direct entry to UK universities. Students must complete four modules across the year – two compulsory and two elective modules:

ModuleStatus
Research and Academic Skills: Science and Society Compulsory
Academic English Compulsory
Biology Elective
Chemistry Elective
Mathematics Elective
Physics Elective
Information correct at time of publishing, but subject to change
Summary of the table's contents

To be considered for admission to Electrical and Electronic Engineering, international students studying UCL UPCSE must achieve:

  • 80% overall
  • 80% in Mathematics + Physics

Warwick IFP Science and Engineering

A year-long programme for international students whose school leaving qualifications do not allow them direct entry to UK universities. 

To be considered for admission to Electrical and Electronic Engineering,  international students studying Warwick IFP Science and Engineering must achieve:

  • 80% overall
  • 80% in Mathematics + Physics

To meet these requirements, students should choose from the following IFP pathways:

  • Engineering
  • Physical Sciences

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for undergraduate applicants.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students who apply for this course.

For more information about the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), please see the International Student Support website.

View our terms and conditions on visas.

Tuition fees and funding

We charge tuition fees for every year that your course lasts. The fee you will be charged is based on your fee status, which is determined by government regulations.

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2021 entry

The fee for Home students is controlled by the UK government and has not been confirmed for the 2021-22 academic year.

As a guide, the Home rate of tuition for the 2020-21 academic year was £9,250.

Please note that the fee you pay may increase annually by an amount linked to inflation and approved by Parliament under the Student Fees (Inflation Index) Regulations 2006 – currently the measure of inflation used is the RPIX.

Government funding

If you're a Home student, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK government to cover the entire cost of tuition for every year of your course.

You can also apply for a means-tested Maintenance Loan to help towards your living costs.

EU/EEA students

The government has not confirmed whether the finance arrangements for EU students starting university in 2021 will remain the same following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. This includes whether they will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition and have access to the Tuition Fee Loan.

We will update these pages when the government has confirmed finance arrangements.

Find updates on the implications of ‘Brexit’ and Imperial and the European Union.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2021 entry

The fee for Overseas and Islands students is controlled by the College and has not been confirmed for the 2021–22 academic year.

As a guide, the Overseas and Islands rate of tuition for the 2020–21 academic year was £31,750.

You should expect and budget for your tuition fee increasing each year by an amount in line with inflation. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPIX) value, taken from April in the calendar year in which the academic session starts. For example, the RPIX value in April 2021 will apply to fees for the academic year 2021–2022.

Additional course costs

This section outlines additional costs relevant to this course. These are not included in your tuition fees. It's possible that all, or only some, of these will be relevant to you.

Figures are approximated, usually based on costs in the most recent academic year. They are likely to change each year but it's useful for you to be aware of the things you may have to pay for. This can help you budget for life at Imperial.

Mandatory costs are those that you will need to pay to fully participate in and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies so you can opt-out of these.


Summary
DescriptionMandatory/optionalGuide to cost
Equipment (course materials) Mandatory Provided
Equipment (laptop computer) Variable Optional
Personal Protective Equipment Mandatory Provided
Please review the information below for more information on the costs listed in the table.

Course materials

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering will provide you with the necessary materials for your study free of charge, within reason. We encourage you to bring your own devices, but a number of laptops can be obtained on loan. The Library has multiple copies of the recommended textbooks to support the different modules.

Laptop computer

You will need a laptop for some classes and coursework. Any modern device running Windows, Linux or Mac OS X will be suitable. For Windows users, the minimum specification for the 2017–18 academic year was:

  • Windows 10 capable
  • Intel i5/i7 6th/7th generation processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256 GB SSD HDD

The Department has a number of laptops available for daily loan.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Wearing personal protective equipment is compulsory for some activities on this course. Where this applies, we will provide you with the necessary PPE free of charge.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

Most Imperial undergraduates choose to live in our halls of residence in their first year. You can compare costs across different accommodation options.

Read our rough guide to university spending in London.

Careers

Our graduates are highly sought after worldwide for a wide range of careers in fields such as electrical energy, circuit design, computer gaming, software development, image processing, technical consultancy, academic research, telecommunications, finance and management.

Recent graduates of the Department have become:

  • Graduate Electronic Engineer, Dyson Technology
  • Chassis Electronics Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Financial Software Developer, Bloomberg LP
  • Graduate Engineer, Transport for London
  • Research Assistant, Imperial College London

How to apply

UCAS key information

  • UCAS course code: HG65
  • UCAS institution code: I50

UCAS Apply system

To apply to study at Imperial you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can view this course on the UCAS website.

Application deadlines

All applications, other than those which include choices for medicine at Imperial, must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2021 for entry in October 2021.

The deadline for medicine courses at Imperial starting in 2021 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2020.

Tracking your application

Once you’ve completed and submitted your application through UCAS’s online Apply service, you can use UCAS’ Track system to follow its progress and manage your choices.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

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