Electrical Engineering

Build on your study of electrical and electronic engineering with a substantial management component in this professionally accredited integrated Master’s degree.

Key information

Award

MEng

Duration

4 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: H6N2
  • ECTS: 256.5/282
  • Start date: October 2018

Summer School

Applications now open for 2017 Global Summer School.

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.

It’s a discipline which impacts on almost every area of our lives, including communications, commerce, entertainment, manufacturing, healthcare, transport, energy and the environment.

This degree prepares future engineering leaders to manage the business of engineering through a series of modules taught by Imperial College Business School. The knowledge and skills you gain will form part of the foundation for your future career, which could be working in a large organisation or even starting up your own company. This course is also a popular route into graduate positions in the finance sector; and if you aspire to a management role in a technical environment, this degree provides the best of both worlds.

Study programme

Years one and two follow a core programme covering the fundamentals of electrical and electronic engineering in areas such as analogue and digital electronics, communication and control, alongside mathematics and computing modules.

You will learn to analyse and optimise systems by modelling them. You will also focus on programming, with the chance to use the latest computing technologies.

Over your third and fourth year you will take six business modules in addition to a range of specialist technical modules. The business modules are delivered by Imperial College Business School, which is triple-accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB, and will equip you with an understanding of the management of the operating environment of business organisations.

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.

The fourth and final year of the integrated Master's course offers a wide choice of advanced modules based on state-of-the-art research carried out in the Department. Studying to this level means that graduates require fewer years of work experience to become a Chartered Engineer (see Professional accreditation).

The most important part of your final year is the individual project. It allows you to implement the technical information assimilated over the course of your degree, 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 studentsYou'll start developing your engineering skills through a structured programme of project work from your first year, with a group project to establish the basics of the engineering design process.

You begin by deconstructing a simple electronic toy and using a circuit simulation program to understand how it works. You then propose and design some enhancements to the toy and try them in the circuit simulator. Finally, you build your chosen design and test it in competition with other groups.

Group projects in your second and third year let you investigate the technical, social and financial aspects of products and services, and how to design, build and test them.

You will also have weekly classes in the electrical and computer laboratories to gain valuable practical experience.

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 Electrical and Electronic Engineering courses mean that transfer between the technical and management streams 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 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 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 Electronic Engineering course to a course in Electronic and Information Engineering you need to do so by the end 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

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Year 1

Core modules

Taught modules
  • Analogue Electronics 1
  • Analysis of Circuits
  • Digital Electronics 1
  • Energy Conversion
  • Engineering Design and Practice
  • Introduction to Signals and Communications
  • Mathematics 1
  • Semiconductor Devices
  • Software Engineering 1: Introduction to Computing
Practical modules
  • Electronics Lab
  • Group Design Project

Year 2

Core modules

Taught modules
  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Analogue Electronics 2
  • Communication Systems
  • Computer Architecture
  • Control Engineering
  • Digital Electronics 2
  • Mathematics 2
  • Power Engineering
  • Signals and Linear Systems
Practical modules
  • Computing Lab
  • Electronics Lab
  • Group Design Project

Optional modules

You choose two modules from below.

  • Algorithms and Complexity
  • Devices
  • Fields

Year 3

Core modules

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship (online)
  • Project Management

OPTIONAL MODULES

Group 1

You choose three modules from below.

  • Analogue Integrated Circuits and Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biomedical Electronics
  • Communication Networks
  • Communication Systems
  • Control Engineering
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Electrical Energy Systems
  • Mathematics for Signals and Systems
  • Microwave Technology
  • Optoelectronics
Group 2

You choose two modules from below.

  • Advanced Electronic Devices
  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Digital System Design
  • Embedded Systems
  • High Level Programming
  • Instrumentation
  • Introduction to Machine Learning
  • Power Electronics
  • Real-time Digital Signal Processing

Project

You choose between an industrial placement or group project.

Six-month industrial placement

A six-month industrial placement (as an alternative to an internal project) runs from April to September. 

The placement is supervised by a member of staff from the company you will be working for and a member of staff from the Department. It must be related to your degree in technical, business or commercial content. Departmental staff will help you set and agree objectives for your placement, which is assessed by a written and oral report.

Students have previously enjoyed placement opportunities with:

  • Altera
  • Bang & Olufsen
  • Dialog Semiconductors
  • Goldman Sachs
  • IBM
  • Ocado Technology
Group 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.

Year 4

Core modules

  • Corporate Finance (online)
  • Managerial Economics (online)
  • Managing Innovation

Optional modules

You choose five modules from an extensive list of over 40 specialist modules, in addition to choosing one business or humanities option.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering modules
  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Coding Theory
  • Communication Networks
  • Communication Systems and Theory
  • Computation and Networks
  • Control Engineering
  • Digital Signal and Image Processing
  • Digital Signalling Processing and Imaging
  • Digital System Design
  • Embedded, Linear, and Discrete Systems
  • Information Theory
  • Integrated Circuit Design
  • Mathematics for Signals and Systems
  • Optical and Wireless Communications
  • Radio Frequency Electronics
  • Real-time Digital Signal Processing
  • Robotics
  • Stability and Sustainability of Systems
  • VHDL and Logic Synthesis
Computing modules
  • Advanced Computer Architecture
  • Computational Finance
  • Graphics
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
Humanities and Business

You can substitute a choice above for one of the modules below.

INDIVIDUAL PROJECT

You can choose a project from an extensive list proposed by members of academic staff. Due to the variety of staff expertise, the list covers a wide range of engineering topics. Proposing your own project is encouraged, and 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. It also provides you with a faster route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in your chosen field by satisfying the educational requirements of this professional qualification. This means you won’t need to undertake any further academic study on your route to gaining Chartered status, though you will need to demonstrate your ability to meet 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.

It 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 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

Assessment

  • 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

See how this course compares with similar courses at different institutions using the Unistats Key Information Set (KIS).

You can use the KIS to find out how this course compares in areas such as the proportion of time spent in timetabled teaching and independent study, how the course is assessed, 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)

2017 entry
£9,250 per year

The above fee applies to the academic year 2017–18 only. This is the maximum rate of tuition chargeable by institutions that achieved a ‘meet expectations’ award under the first year of the UK government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

In its TEF: Year Two specification guidance document, the government confirmed that all institutions achieving a Bronze rating or higher in Year Two will be able to charge the maximum capped amount. These ratings will be announced in spring 2017.

You should expect the fee to increase for each year that your course lasts, subject to UK government regulations on fee increases.

We expect EU students will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition as long as the UK remains in the EU, and for the duration of their course, provided this remains lawful.

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.

The government has confirmed that EU students entering university in the UK in 2017 and 2018 also 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 (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
£27,750 per year

The above fee applies to the academic year 2017–18 only. The fee for the 2018–19 academic fee has not yet been set by the College. We will update this page as soon as this fee information is available so please check back before submitting an application for 2018 entry.

Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Additional course costs

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study which have to be budgeted for in addition to tuition fees and living expenses. This section provides examples of these and it is possible that all, or some, of these will be relevant to you.

Please note that the cost figures given are based on what such costs were in previous academic years and these are likely to change 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 cost in previous years.

This section details whether the additional costs are essential or optional. Essential costs are highlighted as costs that you will need to pay to fully participate and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies and you will be free to opt out of these.


Summary
DescriptionMandatory/optionalGuide to cost
Equipment (course materials) Mandatory Provided
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.

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: H6N2
  • UCAS institution code: I50

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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