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Overview

Diederick Moeys"Top universities like UCL mean a good investment in research and facilities and contact with leaders in the field."

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Electronic and electrical engineers invent and create the technology that underpins much of today’s high tech society. From devices and systems that monitor our health and wellbeing, through a global communications network, to harnessing nature to produce renewable electrical energy. The always on always connected world, typified by the smartphone, has been made possible by advances in our understanding of the electronic properties of materials, the transmission of information and the ability to construct and analyse highly integrated electronic systems.

Why UCL?

In the Electronic and Electrical engineering courses at UCL students are exposed to the science and mathematics that electronic engineers use to model and design new devices and systems, from the interactions of electrons and manipulation of single atoms in nanotechnology devices through to design of new hardware and protocols for the internet.

They are then given the opportunity to put this into practice through free-form challenges such as capturing and analysing the signal from a phone line or creating electronic components from household materials. In later years students carry out detailed design projects, such as, the development of bio-compatible nano-wires to replace nerves, robotics for search and rescue, free space optical communications for community networks. This approach to the study of engineering, from theory to application, produces graduates who are highly valued by employers.

Academic excellence and conducting research that addresses real-world problems are central to all we do. UCL is a research powerhouse, ranked 4th best university in the world in the QS World Rankings 2013 and our most recent Nobel Prize winner in Electronic and Electrical Engineering was Charles Kao in 2009, who was awarded Nobel Prize for Physics for his invention of low loss optical fibres and their application to global communication systems.

2014 National Student Survey (NSS) 90% overall student satisfaction.
"The ability to specialise or generalise across a broad spectrum of subfields within Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Lots of opportunities available for interested students; staff extremely friendly and attentive.”
Full NSS Results

UCL, as a multi-faculty university set in the heart of London, offers a wealth of experiences, from interacting with students from other courses through to the attractions of living in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.

UCL was established in 1826 to open up education in England for the first time to students of any race, class or religion. UCL was also the first university to welcome female students on equal terms with men. More information about UCL can be found here.

UCL Electronic and Electrical engineering achieved 90% overall student satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS). This score is much better than the national average for Electronic and Electrical engineering and equals Imperial's Electronic and Electrical engineering score. Full NSS results for our BEng and MEng programmes.

Programmes

At UCL our engineering programmes are designed to be flexible. As someone interested in studying Electronic and Electrical Engineering you would choose either:

as your core discipline, but as you progress through your degree you will have a variety of options that you can select as you gain a better understanding across the engineering field and what interests you. Both degrees have common first and second year courses giving the flexibility to change between our different programmes at the end of the second year or specialise in one of the focused MEng programmes in: Nanotechnology, Communications, Computer Science, and the year abroad scheme with the International Programme.

CiscoThrough a selective internship programme, students can spend an all expenses paid year in California working with Cisco to develop new technologies gaining real world engineering experience. Read more...

At UCL the first year of programme is integrated across the Engineering Faculty so not only will you study Electronic Engineering subjects but you will also work with other engineering disciplines on real world engineering design projects. More information on the Integrated Engineering programme.

You can also choose to study courses from outside your core discipline (selecting, for examples, other engineering subjects, business-oriented programmes, or topics from another faculty altogether) or in interdisciplinary fields through collaboration with other subjects.

All Engineering courses contain elements of professional practice, communications, teamwork and other transferrable skills relevant across engineering and beyond, recognised as increasingly important by both professional bodies and employers.

The two Electronic and Electrical Engineering courses are fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). We encourage students to complete the four MEng degree, as this fulfils all the educational requirements for chartered engineering status.  For more information on the benefits of choosing IET accredited programmes


Teaching

First year students testing their weighting lifting design

Our approach to the teaching of electronics focuses on the rigorous study of the science and mathematics, that underpins electronic and electrical engineering, balanced with effective practical application. Experience has proven this leads to well rounded graduates whose skills are highly valued by employers within the Engineering industries as well as in many other fields such as IT, Finance and Consultancy Services. We pride ourselves on providing small group teaching and tutorials with academic teaching staff to support and enhance the learning process.

We mix traditional methods of teaching (e.g. lectures) with small group tutorials and innovative approaches such as PBL (Problem Based Learning), and Scenarios to demonstrate the application of knowledge and improve key skills commonly sought by employers.

Living in London

Big BenUCL has an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research, attracting students from over 130 countries as well as all parts of the United Kingdom. By successfully applying to UCL you will be studying in a prestigious and cosmopolitan university in the centre of one of the World's most exciting and vibrant cities.

To live in London is to experience one of the most exciting cities in the world. Students gain from UCL's location in the centre of the capital city; an international hub of culture and arts, the centre of politics, government media and of the great financial institutions of the City.

You can find more information on UCL's Accommodation for first years and Living in London web pages.

Diverse Careers

Dimitry Ignatyev
Dmitry Ignatyev (MEng Graduate)
Electrical Engineer, Siemens, UK.
"The engineering knowledge and common language gaining during my degree has been invaluable in working within the electrical motor drives R&D team at Siemens." Read more...

It’s great to be an engineer, but just because you study engineering doesn’t mean you have to work as one. The skills you develop in an engineering degree are highly sought after across a wide range of career paths.

On graduation, you will have a strong grounding in the fundamentals and application of your discipline, as well as transferable leadership, teamwork and communication skills and the ability to work flexibly, creatively and internationally. Our students leave us and go on to make changes whatever they choose to do.

You’ll be a good problem solver, keenly numerate and skilled in analysis – but you’ll also be well-rounded, with an understanding of the impact of engineering on society, and with experience working in teams. Engineering and technology industries are obvious destinations, but around half of our graduates go elsewhere – pursuing careers in architecture, web design, teaching, the Civil Service, financial analysis, and much more.

Whatever they do, the majority of our graduates take up work at a graduate level (2005-2011 figures from the independently-conducted HESA survey suggest that 92% of graduates started work at a graduate level), and are well compensated for their effort, with a median starting salary of £29,483.

We employ two dedicated members of staff to organise careers events, build relationships with employers and offer CV and interview advice specifically tailored for students in Engineering. Each department also has a designated Careers Liaison Tutor who will be looking out for discipline-specific opportunities for their students. It’s a good idea to start thinking about your future career early: when you enrol, register with the Engineering Careers and Events page on Moodle and the UCL Talent Bank to see all opportunities as they come up.