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

Typical offer

Three A-level offer: A*AA–A*A*A

See full entry requirements

Applications : admissions ratio

5.4 : 1

Based on 2015 application data

Professionally accredited

Read about this course's accreditation

  • UCAS course code: HG65
  • ECTS: 186
  • Start date: October 2018
Apply on the UCAS website

Overview

Electrical and electronic engineers are at the forefront of the challenge to use technology to improve the performance of electronic equipment in terms of speed, cost and sustainability; to improve power distribution and control for a robust and sustainable future energy network; and to improve communication in different aspects of life.

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 can design the course to fit your interests and skills in consultation with your personal tutor, by choosing from a wide range of optional modules from within the Department and from the Department of Computing. You will also take a humanities or language module through Imperial Horizons, or a business module in collaboration with Imperial College Business School.

The most important part of this year is the individual project. It allows you to implement the technical information assimilated over the past four 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 our Electronic and Information Engineering courses mean that transfer between these degrees is usually possible up until the end of your second year.

  • 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).
  • You must normally be achieving at least a 2:1 degree standard in order to be eligible for the Year Abroad degree.

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.

If you wish to transfer from an Electrical and Information Engineering course to a course in Electrical and Electronic Engineering you need to do so by the start of the first year.

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

Please note that the curriculum of this course is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for 2018 entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

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 changes we have made.

Year 1

In the first year you take 12 core modules, supported by study groups and experiments in electrical and computer laboratories.

Core modules

Taught modules
  • Computing Lab
  • Analysis of Circuits
  • Digital Electronics 1
  • Engineering Design and Practice
  • Introduction to Computer Architecture and Systems
  • Introduction to Signals and Communications
  • Mathematics 1
  • Software Engineering 1: Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Software Engineering 1: Introduction to Computing
  • User-centred Information Systems
Practical modules
  • Electronics Lab
  • Group Design Project

Year 2

Core modules

Taught modules
  • Algorithms and Complexity
  • Communication Systems
  • Computer Architecture 2
  • 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
Practical modules
  • Architecture Workshop
  • Computing Lab
  • Electronics Lab

 

Year 3

modules

You will choose eight modules in total, including at least one from both Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Computing and one humanities or business module.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Communication Networks
  • Communication Systems
  • Control Engineering
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Digital System Design
  • Embedded Systems
  • High Level Programming
  • Introduction to Machine Learning
  • Mathematics for Signals and Systems
  • Real-time Digital Signal Processing
Department of Computing
  • Advanced Databases
  • Computer Vision
  • Concurrent Programming
  • Custom Computing
  • Distributed Algorithms
  • Graphics
  • Operations Research
  • Robotics
  • Simulation and Modelling
Humanities and Business

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.

Professional accreditation

This course is professionally accredited by IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) on behalf of the Engineering Council.

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 2019–20 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
  • Group projects
  • Hardware laboratory
  • Individual projects
  • Industrial placement (MEng option only)
  • Problem solving classes
  • Software laboratory
  • Tutorial sessions

Teaching, independent study and placement hours

 Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures, seminars and similar 460 (31%) 450 (30%) 254 (18%)
Independent study 1,040 (69%) 1,050 (70%) 1,171 (82%)
Placement
Based on the typical pathway through the course; percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number
 

Assessment

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

Assessment types

 Year 1Year 2Year 3
Coursework 31% 36% 56%
Practical 6% 2% 7%
Written 63% 62% 37%
Based on the typical pathway through the course; percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number
 

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).

Compare this course

See how this course compares with similar courses at different institutions using the Unistats information below.

You can use the Unistats website to find out how this course compares in areas such as student satisfaction and what our graduates are doing six months after completing this course.

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

Typical offer range

As a guide, the typical offer made in 2016 to at least 85% of applicants studying A-levels was A*AA–A*A*A.

Subject and grade requirements (2018 entry)

We expect applicants for 2018 entry to meet the following grade requirements in these subjects:

  • A* in Mathematics
  • A in Physics
  • A in another subject

Further Mathematics is preferred as the third subject. We also accept Applied ICT, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computing, Design and Technology, Economics, Electronics, English Literature, Geography, History, Languages (Classical and Modern), Music Technology, Music, Statistics or Technology.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

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.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer range

As a guide, the typical offer made in 2016 to at least 85% of applicants studying IB was 38–39 points overall.

Subject and grade requirements (2018 entry)

We expect applicants for 2018 entry to meet the following grade requirements in these subjects:

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

Advanced Placements

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

  • 5 in Calculus BC
  • 5 Physics C (Electricity and Magnetism, or Mechanics)
  • 5 in another Physics C subject, or any other subject*

* excluding Calculus AB, Physics 1 or Physics 2

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. It is the College’s policy to not make offers below three A’s at A-level in relevant subjects, 38 IB points with at least a grade 6 at higher level in relevant subjects, or their equivalent.

A typical range of offers made by this Department in 2016 (encompassing at least 85% of applicants who studied A-level or IB) is shown above.

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.

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.

English language qualifications (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 standard 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.

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)

2018 entry
£9,250 per year

The above fee applies to the academic year 2018–19 only.

The fee for Home/EU students is controlled by the UK government.

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 students

The UK government has confirmed that funding arrangements for EU students starting a course in 2018 means they will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition and have access to the Tuition Fee Loan for the duration of their course.

This will remain the case even if their course finishes after the UK's exit from the European Union.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
£29,000 per year

The tuition fees for Overseas and Islands students are set by Imperial College London.

You should expect and budget for your tuition fee increasing each year by an inflationary amount. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Additional course costs

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

Please note that the figures provided are usually based on the cost in the most recent academic year. These are likely to change from year to year. However, it is useful for you to be aware of the types of things you may have to pay for and their approximate cost to help you budget for student life at Imperial.

This section indicates whether any additional costs that apply are mandatory or optional. 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 will be free to opt out of these.


Summary
DescriptionMandatory/optionalGuide to cost
Equipment (course materials) Mandatory Provided
Equipment (laptop computer) Mandatory £100 (refundable)
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 loan for the duration of your course. A deposit of £100 is required, refundable when you return the laptop at the end of your course.

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.

Over 90 per cent of Imperial undergraduates choose to live in our halls of residence in their first year. You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

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
Apply on the UCAS website

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).

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 2018 for entry in October 2018.

The deadline for medicine courses at Imperial starting in 2018 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2017.

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.

You may also be interested in the following related departments and the courses they offer:

Contact us

Electrical Engineering students

Got a question?

Kay Hancox
T: +44 (0)20 7594 6166
E: admit.eee@imperial.ac.uk

Read more on the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering website.

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