Electrical Engineering

Enrich your study of Electronic and Information Engineering with a year abroad in this professionally accredited, integrated Master’s degree.

Key information




4 years


Minimum entry

Three A-level offer: A* A* A

Four A-level offer: A* AAA

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Applications : admissions ratio

10 : 1

Based on 2021 entry data

  • UCAS course code: n/a*
  • ECTS: 240/270
  • Start date: October 2023
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Get an insight into studying Electronic and Information Engineering at Imperial, from the people who know it best - our students.


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.

You also have the chance to complete an integrated year abroad at one of our partner universities where you can challenge yourself in a different academic and cultural environment.

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.

MEng students have the option to complete a six-month industrial placement, gaining valuable skills and experience by solving real engineering problems. Alternatively, you can take part in a three-month group project, acting as technical consultants to a brief provided by an industrial client. This involves specifying and designing, implementing and testing a pre-production prototype of a new product or technical solution.


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

Electrical and Electronic Engineering students and Electronic and Information Engineering students share a common first year. This gives you a solid theoretical base and lets you understand and explore the two subjects before making your choice.

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.

Within the Electronic and Information Engineering degree, you have further options for your studies:

  • You can decide whether to study the BEng (3 years) or the MEng (4 years) at the end of your second year.
  • You can transfer from to the MEng with a Year Abroad during your third year. The placements are competitive and the final selection is made following an interview. 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 an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your student visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.


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

Core modules

  • Mathematics 1A
  • Mathematics 1B
  • Topics in Electrical Engineering
  • Analysis and Design of Circuits
  • Digital and Computer Architecture
  • Programming for Engineers
  • Electronics Design Project 1

Year 2

Core modules

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

Year 3

Core modules

You will take the following core modules.

  • Individual Industrial Placement – part 1 or Group Consultancy Project
  • I-Explore
Individual Industrial Placement

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.

Group Consultancy Project

As an alternative to the industrial placement, you can take part in 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.


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
  • Principles of Classical and Modern Radar
  • High Level Programming
  • Deep Learning

Year 4 (Year abroad)


The third year consists of an agreed programme of study at an approved university in either Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland or the USA. We currently have exchange agreements with:

  • KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Ecole Polytechnique, France
  • Telecom, Paris Tech, France
  • RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • University of Rome, Tor Vergata, Italy
  • Technical University of Delft, Netherlands
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • KTH Stockholm, Sweden
  • ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • University of California, USA

This is an integrated year abroad so the grades you achieve will count directly towards your Imperial degree.


Language proficiency

Teaching is in the language of your host country in France and Germany, so you will need to reach an acceptable proficiency in the relevant language before you go. Free language classes are available at the College to help you prepare.


There are limited places available on the Year Abroad programme, which means that competition for selection is strong and a placement cannot be guaranteed.

Normally, only students with marks of 60% or above will be eligible for placements in France and Germany. Only students with marks of 70% or above will be eligible for placements in Singapore and the USA.


  • Please note the above is an illustrative list of universities located abroad which the Department is currently partnered with. Partnerships with universities are subject to continuous review and individual partnerships may or may not be renewed.
  • There may be limitations placed upon your ability to live and study in these locations. If applicable you will need to successfully apply for the relevant visa. This applies to all students, including Home students, in light of the UK's decision to leave the European Union. Find the latest information on Imperial and the EU.


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 a Chartered Engineer.

Achieving a professionally accredited integrated Master's degree (MEng) means that you have satisfied the first step to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in your chosen field by satisfying the educational requirements of professional registration. To gain Chartered status, you will need to demonstrate your ability to meet additional graduate level competences described in the Engineering Council's UK-SPEC.

A CEng is a highly respected qualification earned by professionals working in engineering, which can lead to higher earning potential and better career prospects.

Professional registration also brings international recognition of your qualification, which is particularly useful for students preparing for a career abroad.

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 202324 academic year. The Department expects to be accredited into the future.


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


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


  • 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).

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

The overall ECTS credit will depend upon the selection of modules, and whether you choose to do an industrial placement (greater ECTS credit) or the group project alternative (lower ECTS credit).

Compare this course

Discover Uni compares things like student satisfaction and what graduates do after they finish the course.

Because acceptance onto this course is via in-course transfer, it does not have its own Discover Uni page.

However, there is a high degree of overlap with the main course in this Department. You should look at the Discover Uni data for that course instead.

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.


Minimum entry standards

Our minimum entry standard for 2023 entry is A*A*A or A*AAA overall, to include:

  • A* in Mathematics
  • A*/A in Physics (A* is required if applying with three A-levels. At least an A is required if applying with four A-levels)
  • A in a third and/or fourth subject
Recommended subjects
  • Further Mathematics (strongly encouraged but not essential)
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science /Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Electronics

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Students taking English exam board science A-levels will be required to pass the practical endorsement.

Typical offer range

As a guide, here are the typical offers made to at least 80% of A-level applicants for 2021 entry:

  • Three A-level offer: A*AA-A*A*A

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 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 2023 entry is 40 points overall, to include:

  • 7 in Mathematics at higher level
  • 7 in Physics at higher level

Typical offer range

As a guide, the typical offer made to at least 80% of IB applicants for 2021 entry was 38–40 points.

Mathematics Higher Level

Mathematics Analysis and Approaches or the Applications and Interpretation syllabi will be accepted at higher level, but Analysis and Approaches is preferred.

Additional Mathematics support

Our A-level Mathematics online course 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
  • 5 in two further relevant subjects

Additional Mathematics support

Our A-level Mathematics online course 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.

Admissions test

If your application passes initial screening, you'll be invited to take a 60-minute, online mathematics aptitude test.

The test will be held in November (for applications received by 15 October 2022) and in February (for all other applications).

The test is designed to assess your understanding of core mathematical concepts.

You'll have the chance to take a readiness test a few days before, which we'll send to you by email, to familiarise yourself with the platform and test format.

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 you may be invited for an online interview.

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.

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


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:

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 and 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 and Physics

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

  • Engineering

Contextual admissions

We want to make sure that the Imperial learning community is as diverse as the society we serve. So to make our admissions process as fair as possible, we have introduced admissions schemes for Home students that allow us to consider your application in the full context of any additional barriers you may face.

Find out if you meet the eligibility criteria for our contextual admissions schemes. 

If your predicted grades meet the minimum College entry standard of AAA at A-level or an equivalent level qualification in the relevant subjects, this department will guarantee you an interview.

Read more about the contextual admissions scheme in this department and others.

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.

Competence standards

Our competence standards highlight the core skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of this course.

View the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering's competence standards‌:

We believe in providing the widest practicable access to all of our degree programmes and will make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support your study. For more information, please contact the Department using the contact details below.

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

T: +44 (0)20 7594 6196
E: admit.eee@imperial.ac.uk

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.

Home rate of tuition

2023 entry

£9,250 per year.

Year abroad

£1,385 for that year.

Read more about funding for year abroad placements.

Inflationary increases

Fees shown relate to the year of entry advertised only. You should expect and budget for your fees to increase each year. Find out more about our tuition fees payment terms, including how inflationary increases are applied to your tuition fees in subsequent years of study.

Which fee you pay

Whether you pay the Home or Overseas fee depends on your fee status. This is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status. Find out how we assess your fee status.

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.

Overseas rate of tuition

2023 entry

£37,900 per year.

Year abroad

100% of the relevant fee for that year.

Read more about funding for year abroad placements.

Inflationary increases

Fees shown relate to the year of entry advertised only. You should expect and budget for your fees to increase each year. Find out more about our tuition fees payment terms, including how inflationary increases are applied to your tuition fees in subsequent years of study.

Which fee you pay

Whether you pay the Home or Overseas fee depends on your fee status. This is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status. Find out how we assess your fee status.

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.

DescriptionMandatory/optionalGuide to cost
Equipment (course materials) Mandatory Provided
Equipment (laptop computer) Optional Variable
Placement (travel and/or accommodation) Optional Variable
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.

Industrial placement

You have the opportunity to undertake a six-month industrial placement as part of the Department's MEng degrees. The industrial placement is optional and there is a group project alternative (see Structure for more information).

The additional costs associated with the industrial placement will vary depending on where your placement is based. You should expect to budget for travel and/or accommodation, though you will also receive a salary from your host company which you can put towards these costs.

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.


In every industry where you find modern technology, you’ll also find our graduates. Because of the diversity of our field, our students go on to careers in every type of organisation you could imagine, from energy suppliers to investment banks, from computer game designers to car manufacturers. 

Recent graduates have become:

  • Electronics Engineer, Sony
  • Chassis Electronics Engineer, Multinational automotive company
  • Software Engineer, Goldman Sachs
  • Technology Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Low Carbon Engineer, Electricity distribution company

How to apply

UCAS key information

  • UCAS course code: n/a*
  • UCAS institution code: I50
Apply on UCAS

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You can start and track your application on UCAS Hub. There you can add this course as one of your choices.

* Apply initially to MEng Electronic and Information Engineering (GH56)

Application deadlines

25 January 2023 at 18.00 (UK time).

If your application includes a medicine course, the deadline is 15 October 2022 at 18.00 (UK time).

Any questions?

Explore our step by step guide on how to apply. You can also find answers to your questions about admissions.

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