The student view
We're a large department, but we aim to ensure a real community spirit among our staff and students.
The Electrical and Electronic Engineering student society — EESoc, is here to help provide a warm welcome, offer advice, and organise events and networking opportunities to help you make the most of your time at Imperial.
Here's the view from from some of our students..
Mwana, Arjit, Helen
“I was thinking: What skills do I need to become the female Iron Man?
The course encompasses everything you need to build something cool, and that’s what I was looking for” — Mwana
“I always enjoyed science and the arts, so engineering seemed a good fusion: I liked creating physical things.
I chose this course because of the opportunity to do both hardware and software which isn’t that common in university degrees." — Helen
"When I applied I wasn't particularly sure about what career I wanted, but I enjoyed solving complex maths problems for real-life scenarios.
The most important thing is to have a passion for problem solving and a creative mindset." — Arijit
Umut and Priya
As a teenager, I used to spend my weekends repairing and disassembling faulty electronics — hi-fi Systems, tape players, game consoles bought from local car boot sales. I wanted to be able to look at a circuit and understand how it operated, and knew that I would like to study something to do with circuit design and electronics.
I went to a summer school at the EEE department, and some lectures including one by Professor Lucyszyn on Infrared Communication. It was clear that Imperial is at the forefront in research, and this feeds right back into the undergraduate lectures.
What I love about EEE is the flexibility and variety of courses to choose from. I specialised in Analogue Circuit Design, but also took modules in Digital Image Processing! The option to do a 6-month placement is a great way to gain exposure to industry — I spent an immensely useful placement at the chip company MediaTek.
I am now in my final year working on a major analogue design project on RF power amplifiers. The supporting modules have been amazing — I highly recommend Full Custom IC Design and Instrumentation in the 4th year.
Although I liked the sound of engineering in general, I chose to study EEE because I wanted to understand the everyday devices we use, and what the future of technology could look like.
The EEE degree course went deeper than I realised, and I've loved exploring the various facets of it — whether its electronics projects in 1st year that emphasised how easy it is for anyone to create new things, or my optional modules in Biomedical Electronics and Sustainable Energy in years 3 and 4. It's been super cool to learn about so many applications of engineering that are often at the cutting edge of innovation.
Outside of EEE, Imperial is such a unique place, so I'd encourage everyone to just get stuck in and maximise the opportunities you get!
Swtha, Manuel Jaafar
"This course has taught me how to think like an engineer. If you are interested in electronics and enjoy mathematics go for it!
There's a close-knit cohort of female students that interact regularly through the WiEE society, which is a nice place to relax and support one another amidst the busy terms of EEE” — Swetha
"If you enjoy maths and using your hands to build something cool, or making or fixing things – you probably have the right mind-set for engineering.
I couldn't decide between maths and physics, but engineering falls between the two, plus you get to do the fun stuff – creating real products people can use and you can be proud of, which is very rewarding." — Manuel
"The course develops you as an engineer because the open-ended nature of the deliverables forces you to find and put together different resources effectively. Being resourceful is key for an engineer!" — Jaafar