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					     Undergraduate Entry 2009
     3-year BEng and 4-year MEng degree courses in
    Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Information Systems Engineering

to Admissions Day
     Dr Stepan Lucyszyn
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

        Kay Hancox
   Admissions Administrator
        Schedule for the Afternoon
12:45-1:00   Arrival
1:00-2:00    Welcome talk, overview of course, admissions process,   Dr Stepan Lucyszyn
             student talk                                            Ellin Barklund
                                                                     Tom Carlson
             Sandwich lunch

             Green              Purple             Red                  Blue
2:00-2:30    Interview          Dept               Campus               Hall
2:30-3:00    Dept               Interview          Hall                 Campus
3:00-3:30    Hall               Campus             Interview            Dept
3:30-4:00    Campus             Hall               Dept                 Interview

4:00         Tea and close
Why Imperial College?
Our Department’s History
Aryton and Perry - designers of the
permanent magnet ammeter in 1883

Hertha Aryton - first woman member of the IEE (now IET)

Developed the Aryton Flapper Fan which was use to clear
trenches of poison gas in the First World War

Alec Harley Reeves CBE - invented
pulse-code modulation in 1937

Denis Gabor – invented holography. Nobel prize winner.
Used today on credit cards worldwide

Eric Laithwaite - linear motors and magnetic levitation
(Maglev). The high-speed link between Beijing and
Shanghai is the fastest train in the world.
                  Staff Background
    Our teaching staff earned their PhDs at world leading universities
•    Imperial (x15)
•    Cambridge (x6)
•    Oxford
•    Brooklyn Poly (USA)
•    UCLA (USA)
•    Yale (USA)
•    Nanyang (Singapore)
•    University of Natal (South Africa)
•    Lausanne (France)
•    LIAFA University Paris VII (France)
•    IMEC-Brussels (Belgium)
•    ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
•    Firenze (Italy)
•    University of Seville (Spain)
Research Assessment Exercise
Current Research
Mini breathing monitor (CAS)
to prevent sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

Phoenix Mission to Mars (OSD)
provided the micromachined 'substrates' to hold the
dust and soil of Mars for examination under atomic
force and optical microscopes

Smart wheelchairs (ISN)
design of smart wheelchairs based around
the user’s abilities

Improvement of motorcycle dynamics (CAP)
use of mathematical models to improve the design
of ECOSSE Spirit’s F1 bike
              We are the largest
          EEE Department in the UK!
         …. with ~ 637 U/G students…
           … and have the highest
             entry requirements!!

           we can focus on EEE/ISE,
 instead of forcing more general engineering
        we teach in a non-competitive
       and down-to-earth environment
 we are located in one of the most exciting and
       cosmopolitan cities in the world

        But, what others think of us…
October 2008
           Minimum Entry










May 2008
                  All applications 1995-2008
400                                                                           30

                               Total Registered Students                      25
                               A-level points

200                                                                           15


 0                                                                            0
      1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
   Women Undergraduates 2008/9

 16% of all the department’s undergraduates are women
        Our Degree Courses
Information Systems Engineering (BEng, MEng)
Understand and design computer systems,
from hardware to software

Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BEng, MEng)
Understand and design hardware,
from sub-micron-scale transistors to national-scale electricity networks
• Do ISE if…                                       ISE is systems oriented

  –   you want to do big things with microprocessors
  –   you like to see computer vision
  –   you want to play with the latest robotics
  –   artificial intelligence is something to think about
• Do EEE if…
  –   Currents are a piece of cake
  –   Semiconductor physics can fill your quantum universe
  –   Power systems turn you on
  –   You find that its not the size that matters with
      Microelectromechanics                      EEE is hardware oriented
      Year 1      Year 2     Year 3        Year 4
                                         EEE with
ISE    2-year core course               Management

                                      EEE/ISE Advanced
EEE    2-year core course                 Technical

                            3 –YEAR    EEE/ISE with
                            EEE/ISE    a Year Abroad

                             BEng          MEng
     EEE and ISE Year Abroad
• Follow the ISE or EEE course for years 1-3

• 4th year in an overseas university
  – Links are currently held with:
     •   France (ENST Paris, Paris Tech, IPNG Grenoble)
     •   Switzerland (ETH Zurich)
     •   Sweden (Royal Inst. of Tech, Stockholm, Lund University)
     •   Belgium (KU Leuven)
     •   Germany (RWTH Aachen)
     •   Italy (Politechnico de Milano)
     •   Holland (TU Delft)
     •   Spain (Madrid University)
     •   USA (University of California)
             BEng or MEng?
• Bachelor of Engineering - BEng
   – Years 1 and 2 - core courses same as MEng
   – Year 3 - optional courses plus individual project

• Master of Engineering - MEng
   – Years 1 and 2 - core courses same as BEng
   – Year 3 - optional courses plus team project
   – Year 4 - optional courses plus individual project

• All ISE and EEE courses are accredited by the
  Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
 3rd Year Technical Courses
ISE: 22 technical courses                   EEE: 18 technical courses
Advanced signal processing                  Advanced electronic devices
Artificial intelligence                     Advanced signal processing
Communication networks
                                            Analogue integrated circuits
Communication systems
Computer networks and distributed systems   Artificial intelligence
Concurrency                                 Communication networks
Control engineering                         Communication systems
Custom computing                            Control engineering
Databases                                   Digital signal processing
Decision analysis                           Digital system design
Digital signal processing
                                            Discrete maths & computational complexity
Digital system design
Graphics                                    Electrical energy systems
Human-computer interaction                  Instrumentation
Introduction to bioinformatics              Mathematics for signals and systems
Maths for signals and systems               Microwave technology
Operations research                         Optoelectronics
Real-time digital signal processing
                                            Power electronics and machines
Real-time operating systems
Simulation and modelling                    Real-time digital signal processing
Software engineering methods                VHDL and logic synthesis
VHDL and logic synthesis
      4th        Year Technical Courses
ISE: 39 advanced technical courses. Classes are shared with our MSc students
Advanced communication theory                     Distributed computation
Advanced computer architecture                    Identification and adaptive control
Advanced data communication                       Information theory
Advanced databases                                Intelligent data and probabilistic inference
Advanced graphics and visualisation               Introduction to digital integrated circuit design
Advanced operations research                      Machine learning
Advanced topics in software engineering           Mobile radio communications
                                                  Multi-agent systems
Automated reasoning
                                                  Network security
Coding theory
                                                  Optical communication
Cognitive robotics                                Optimisation
Complexity                                        Parallel algorithms
Computational finance                             Performance analysis
Computer vision                                   Predictive control
Computing for optimal decisions                   Quantum computing
Custom computing                                  Stability and control of non-linear systems
Design of linear multi-variable control systems   Spectral estimation
Digital image processing                          Speech processing
Digital signal processing and digital filters     Synthesis of digital architectures
                                                  Wavelets and applications
Discrete-time systems and computer control
      4th        Year Technical Courses
EEE: 40 advanced technical courses. Classes are shared with our MSc students
Advanced communication theory                       MEMS and nanotechnology
Advanced computer architecture                      Mobile radio communication
Advanced data communication                         Modelling and control of multi-body mechanical
Advanced operations research
                                                    Network Security
Computation finance
                                                    Optical communication
Current-mode analogue signal processing             Optimisation
Design of linear multivariable control systems      Performance analysis
Digital image processing                            Power system control, measurement and protection
Digital signal processing and digital filters       Power system economics
Discrete-time systems and computer control          Predictive control
Distributed computation and networks                Probability and stochastic processes
Estimation and fault detection                      Radio frequency electronics
FACTS and power electronics                         Real-time operating systems
                                                    Spectral estimation and adaptive signal processing
                                                    Speech processing
High performance analogue electronics
                                                    Stability and control of non-linear systems
High voltage technology and HVDC transmission       Sustainable electrical systems
Identification and adaptive control                 Synthesis of digital architectures
Information theory                                  Traffic theory and queuing systems
Intelligent data and probabilistic inference        Wavelets and applications
Introduction to digital integrated circuit design
  3rd & 4th Year
Business Courses
Business economics
Business strategy
Finance and financial management
Innovation management
International business
Introduction to management and organisations
Organisational behaviour and human resource management
Project management

Business management (1st Year compulsory for everyone)
     Languages and Humanities
Japanese     Philosophy
Mandarin     Controversies and ethical dilemmas in science and technology
 Spanish     European history 1870-1989
 German      Global history of twentieth century things
             History of medicine
   Arabic    Music and western civilisation
  French     Science and technology in western civilization
   Italian   Communicating science
 Russian     Roman empire
             Creative writing
             Music technology
             Saying true things: how science invents and persuades
             Film studies
                Teaching Methods
• whole class lectures for years 1 and 2
• small study groups (one for every two lectures)
• Tutorials every 2 weeks
                                                  Robot Wars TV Star
• laboratory work (~ 30% in years 1 and 2)
• group projects in years 1 and 2                  Domestic energy
                                                consumption project
   – design and build
   – literature review
• final year individual project

                          theatre lighting
                          3rd year project
              Work hard…
• About 25 hours scheduled learning time
  – Lectures (10)
  – Labs (7)
  – Study Groups (5)
  – Tutorials (fortnightly)
  – Other (projects, technical communications,
    careers programme)

• Private study
 How to get in ….
….. and what to do
when you get out…
             Entry Requirements
(with A in all modules)
Physics                                                           A
3rd subject
Accounting, Applied ICT, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry,     A
Computer Science, Computing, Design and Technology,
Economics, Electronics, Further Mathematics, ICT, Music
Technology, Statistics or Technology

English language
   GCSE grade C
   IELTS 6.5 with 5 in writing
   TOFEL 600 with 4.5 in writing (PBT) or 250 (CBT) with 4.5 in writing
   or 85 (IBT) 22 in writing and 20 in speaking
A-level entry points

  A-level Points for 2008 Entry
       359 (29.9) for EEE
       360 (30.0) for ISE

      maximum = 360 for 3As
 International Baccalaureate
Higher level Mathematics             6/7 (86%)
Higher level Physics                 6/7 (86%)
English (H or S level)               5/7 (71%)
Overall (can include bonus points) 38/45 (84%)

Approximately 5% of our students have IB
  Skills Development
Our graduates' final scores demonstrate
      the excellence of our intake
        Career Development
• Department has a skills development programme that
  covers CV writing and interview skills
• Advertising of job vacancies: both vacation work and
  graduate careers
• Presentations from companies
• Careers fair
• Summer work – Home and Overseas students can earn
  between £250 and £800 a week
            Where have recent
            graduates gone to?
• Industry: Airbus, Arup, Arm, Detica, EdF, MoD, Procter and
  Gamble, Schlumberger

• City: Barclays Capital, City Group, Deutsche Bank, Deloitte,

• Education: Imperial College, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge,
  MIT, Cass Business School
                      Year Out
• Can spend a Year in Industry
  – Royal Academy of Engineering’s Year in Industry Scheme

• Can go travelling

• Can do voluntary work

• Deferment of entry
  – Always guaranteed IF applied for before 31st July
 Big band       Musical theatre

Fellwanderers     Ice hockey

  Racing           Parachute
            Music at Imperial
The College boasts a vigorous musical life
• 5 orchestras (best in the UK!), 5 choirs, wind
  band, big band, brass ensemble
• Music rooms for private practice
• Subsidized lessons in violin, piano, voice
• Free weekly lunch time concerts featuring
  world-class soloists and ensembles
            Sport at Imperial
• Sports centre at South Kensington offers 75 station
  gym, 25 m pool, exercise studio, sports hall,
  5 badminton courts, 3 squash courts, sauna, steam
  room and spa, climbing wall, café
• Free use of gym, pool, sauna, steam room and spa
              Sport at Imperial
• Boathouse at Putney: 80 boats, indoor tank
• Harlington sports ground: 3 rugby pitches,
  10 soccer pitches, 2 cricket squares, hockey pitches
• Teddington sports ground: 2 rugby pitches, 2 soccer
  pitches, 1 lacrosse pitch, 3 tennis courts, 2 netball
  courts, 1 cricket square
• Imperial is one of the few London universities
  that guarantee a place in Halls to all 1st years.
• Students live in private accommodation in years 2-4
• Most live in west London: Fulham, Hammersmith,
  Acton, Ealing
• College has a Private Housing Office who provide
  lists of flats for rent, and provide advice on housing
• Union provides factual information about landlord
  responsibilities and rental agreements
          How much does it cost?
• Cost of living is a worry
• Tens of thousands of students come to London
  each year and manage to survive
• The key is learning to budget

Weekly budget guide for a student living in halls
       Accommodation         £90 - £170
       Entertainment         £40
       Food and toiletries   £40
       Travel                £12
       Other                 £15
Finding somewhere else to live
• Popular areas are Earls Court, Shepherds Bush,
  Fulham, Battersea
• 30 minutes walk, 10 minutes cycle
• Form group with friends (this is easy)
• Find house / flat – lots property becomes
  available at the same time so search may be
  intense, but if often quick. Can find somewhere
  within a week.
• Private Housing Office offers searchable
  database of accommodation, lists of landlords,
  general advice
• Students exempt from Council Tax
• Shared houses for £95 to £170 a week
• Students eligible for discount Oyster card
  (33% off). Monthly zone 1-2 ticket costs £65

    Weekly budget guide for a student living
          in private accommodation
      Accommodation             £95 - £170
      Entertainment             £40
      Food and toiletries       £40
      Travel                    £65
      Gas, electricity, water   £10
      Other                     £15
Fees and Financial Support
Home and EU students
• Fees are £3,225 a year to be paid back after graduation

Overseas students
• Fees not yet set for 2009/10,
  but currently £19,450 a year for 2008
Home students: Study Support Bursaries
• Need to be assessed as ‘Home’ by Imperial
  College and LEA
• Need to be eligible for a HE Maintenance grant
• Up to £3,300 a year
• Further information at
                 Imperial College Scholarships
                        for UK students
• Student opportunities fund
  – £1,000 a year, for a maximum of four years
  – for exceptional candidates from financially disadvantaged backgrounds
  – all UK nationals holding an offer will be send information on how to apply

• City and Guilds scholarships
  – £2,5000 a year for a maximum of four years
  – 2 scholarships for exceptional candidates from financially disadvantaged

• Grocers’ Company Queen’s Golden Jubilee scholarship
  – £2,250 a year, for a maximum of four years
  – 1 scholarship awarded on basis of academic merit
  – All UK nationals holding a conditional firm or unconditional offer of
    admission to an undergraduate course in the Faculty of Engineering will be
    sent details on how to apply for this award.
Department Scholarships for Home students
• Maurice Hancock Award for Excellence
  – £1,000 on entry
  – 12 exceptional entrants with high A-level scores in 2008
             IET Scholarships
• IET offers 78 undergraduate scholarships in UK
• Further details can be found at
           • IET
  • Energy and Utility
      Skills Council
     • 7 Universities
• 19 Industrial Partners
        IET Power Academy
• The Power Academy has been established to form
  an engineering scholarship fund for home students
  studying electrical engineering.
• Bursary £2,200 a year, book allowance of £220 a
  year, payment towards university fees at end of
  years 1 and 2 of employment with sponsor, a
  summer seminar, minimum of 8 weeks paid
  vacation training, company mentor, IET student
 Further details can be found at
Ash Music Scholarship
• x5 within the College
• Lessons on chosen instrument or voice at
  Royal College of Music
• Criteria: Distinction at Grade 8
• Selection: by audition
• Apply by 28 February 2008
                     Sports Scholarships
Developing Excellence
  Support of up to £2,000, or equivalent in services, is available to
  students who are performing to a high standard in their chosen sport,
  have aspirations to compete nationally and internationally and are
  representing the College in British University Sports Association (BUSA)
  or other approved competitions.

Rowing Scholarship
• x3 within the College
• worth £5,000 each
• awarded each year to rowers of a sufficiently high standard with
  links/aspirations to national squad level who will be taking up a
  place at Imperial (any full-time course)
Any Questions?
        Career Development
• Department has a skills development programme that
  covers CV writing and interview skills
• Advertising of job vacancies: both vacation work and
  graduate careers
• Presentations from companies
• Careers fair
• Summer work – Home and Overseas students can earn
  between £250 and £800 a week
• UK graduate schemes aimed at Chinese students with KPMG,
  Ernst & Young, Tesco, ICI, McKinsey & Company

• Global employers looking for Chinese graduates: Rolls-Royce,

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