Why choose Imperial
As the UK’s only university focusing entirely on STEM and Business, Imperial is a truly unique place.
We're ranked among the top ten best universities in the worl, and we're known for innovation, excellence and employability.
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 named us University of the Year for Student Experience 2022.
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Reasons to study EEE at Imperial
World class research environment
Imperial’s Faculty of Engineering is ranked best in the UK for engineering, and the university ranks top in the UK overall in the Research Excellence Framework 2021 – with a greater proportion of 4* “world-leading” research than any other UK university, and first for research impact among Russell Group universities
The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is at the forefront of research and innovation. You’ll learn from an inspiring community of academic staff across their specialist disciplines – with projects and coursework influenced by their current research in electronics, electrical energy, computers and software engineering, control systems, communications, image processing, machine learning and more. Find out more about some of our research.
You can get involved with research
Undergraduate students can also develop personally and professionally by taking part in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programme.
Industry and career focused
From classroom to client: Third year MEng students demonstrate their industrial project solutions in the Exhibition Road entrance.
Imperial is ranked top in the UK for Graduate Employability by the Guardian University Guide for 2022. A degree from Imperial College London is highly valued by employers across the world.
Through our department's close ties with valued industrial partners, we are well-placed to ensure our research and education remain relevant and leading.
With an integrated 6-month industry placement option you can give your CV a head-start as part of your 4-year course, and experience engineering in action.
Alternatively, you can also develop your business, leadership and communication skills with a major group project working on a design challenge proposed by an industrial client.
Say hello to Waldo! This friendly elephant contains a camera that recognises Makaton — a sign-language enabling adults and children to communicate — and can translate commands into speech for carers and assistants. The pads of its feet are buttons that can be programmed with longer messages to help the user.
“One of the best things is the focus on practical teaching. I did my industrial placement with Mercedes Petronas and got the opportunity to design new hardware boards and programming software to optimise the Formula 1 car. It was great to apply the things we learned on the course so soon, and learn from experienced engineers.” — Sven
“I'm currently working as a Software Engineering Intern. A placement is an invaluable experience that lets you explore career paths using the technical foundation Imperial provides. I get to solve business problems through software engineering and experience life as a working professional.” — Wendy
Climate culture: An immersive Italian language learning project developed with IBM lets users explore the city of Venice — without the negative environmental impact of travelling.
Innovators and entrepreneurs
Our department has a strong culture of enterprise. We support the development of tech spin-out companies, and our researchers and alumni are recognised for their commercially successful innovations..
Thanks to the app that he co-founded, GoodSAM, Ali Ghorbangholi took a leading role in responding to the pandemic.
Bonnet is a startup founded by EEE alumni Patrick Reich and Eliot Makabu, focused on improving the experience of electric vehicle drivers. Launched in January 2021, Bonnet offers customers confidence in accessing chargers along their journey, transparent pricing and reliable real-time information on charger availability.
BBOXX provides solar installations in pay-as-you-go instalments to rural communities in developing countries, helping people in areas with very little energy infrastructure to gain access to local power. It was founded by former EEE students Mansoor Hamayun, Christopher Baker-Brian and Laurent Van Houcke, and originally began from an idea developed in a second year group project.
Design your own degree
Go your own way
You have the freedom and flexibility to create a degree route to suit your interests:
- You'll have options to study specialist pathways in electronics with computer science and information engineering, or technical and business skills.
- You build your degree around your developing skills and interests, so you can choose to take a wide-ranging programme of study, or to concentrate your expertise in a particular field.
- Our extensive range of advanced modules evolves to take advantage of new technologies and research, with the result that in fourth year you can choose from around 35 advanced options such as human-centred robotics, speech processing and sustainable energy.
Get set for business
If you're an enterprising EEE student, you can take the option to specialise further with programme of business modules combined with EEE subjects. Study time is split 50:50 between technical and business modules in years 3 and 4. You’ll study topics such as accounting, corporate finance and economics, delivered by Imperial College Business School.
“Studying a combination of technical and business modules allows you to gain a more informed perspective on business through a technical, engineering lens. Whether working for a company or creating a startup, you’ll be in a better position to judge and justify the commercial expenses side of things, as well as the technical operations side. Having a better understanding of both the technical and commercial worlds allows you to be a more efficient and independent engineer or manager.” — Sanjana
Practical and creative projects
- Smart hairdryer - Third year embedded systems module. Real time monitoring of temperature and distance aims to maximise protection for your hair.
- Game on - First year project from design to prototype. Developing this game combined software and hardware engineering, together with signal processing and computer vision.
- Emergency drone - This second year project is a drone that can be remotely controlled by medics to fly to the scene of an accident and apply wound-sealing gel.
Our degrees recognise the skills and knowledge you need for a 21st century engineering career. You’ll apply them to increasingly ambitious project work throughout the course, ultimately showcasing your imagination, creativity and independent engineering expertise in a substantial final year project of your choice.
There's a strong emphasis on practical work which fosters innovation and creativity, supported by excellent ICT and laboratory teaching facilities.
Check out some of our students' coursework project videos:
"Parakeet is a smart parking helper which uses an ultrasonic sensor paired with MQTT to provide live updates on whether a parking bay is taken or not. Using the React JS web app, you can see where parking is available, where the special bays are i.e. disabled or EV charging and even view the live temperature of the car park. Upon arrival, the user can also scan the QR code for the bay and the app will remember exactly where they parked!"
"Welcome to RAII-Baby, the coursework group behind the music synthesizer deliverable for the Embedded Systems module. We were able to improve our coding-remote-collaboration skills as well as build a fully functional synthesiser, on which we can record multiple tracks with different, change the beat speed, volume, pitch, octave, and even visualize all of this interface on the provided display."
An international perspective
As future global problem solvers, our graduates understand engineering challenges from multiple perspectives, and work in diverse and international teams.
Broaden your horizons with a year overseas
For an extra international perspective, eligible students can choose to spend their 4th year at one of our partner universities in Europe, Singapore or the USA. There’s no need to decide now, you can find out more when you're here.
“The year abroad was not just an opportunity to explore a new city or country, but more of a chance to dive deeper into the field I love, explore things from a different perspective and form a well-rounded perspective of the engineering world. All of which set me on a path to become a globally engaged engineer.” — Christos
Imperial also offers a wide range of courses to stimulate your personal, professional and intellectual growth via Imperial Horizons, Imperial’s flagship Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication.
Our department's home is the tallest building on campus — other than the Queen's Tower. A 12-storey building at the heart of the South Kensington campus, with excellent views across central London.
The best student city?
We feel so lucky to be at the centre of one of the most exciting cities in the world — surrounded by historic parks and world-class museums, shopping, bars, theatre and entertainment, restaurants and clubs, festivals, street-food markets and famous landmarks.
London is the top student city according to the QS rankings 2023, based on the responses of over 50,000 students in areas including culture, graduate employability and international outlook.
With some of the world’s biggest businesses on your doorstep, studying at Imperial can be your launchpad to a life-changing career. Find out more about living in London.
“I really enjoy the proximity to world class firms, allowing you to attend any networking or career event without needing to travel far. The campus is a nice part of town, with plenty of museums to study in.” — Christy