Biomedical Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2018 entry

I chose to study Biomedical Engineering because the subject combines both engineering and medical sciences, and seeks to further technical advances to massively improve the quality of life for an ageing population.

I’ve definitely matured from my university experience and I feel I’ve made friends with people from many different backgrounds. My passion for the subject has increased since I started this course.

What you'll study

Our Biomedical Engineering programmes draw on 50 years’ experience of teaching the subject in collaboration with clinicians and industry professionals. Many of the top clinical engineers in the UK have been educated at Surrey, and we continue to provide highly sought-after graduates.

Programme overview

Our Biomedical Engineering programmes are informed by our internationally renowned Centre for Biomedical Engineering which gives you access to the latest pioneering techniques. You will also benefit from Surrey’s new £12.5m Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory, where you will interact closely with practising clinical and healthcare engineering professionals, and experience visits to clinical and industrial centres, particularly in your final year.

The strength of our programme comes from our breadth of teaching and strong applied, clinical focus. This is not just limited to ‘hips and knees’, but includes human movement, biosensors, prosthesis design and signal processing, as well as core topics such as implant technology.

The degrees are part of Surrey’s pioneering Innovation for Health programme, designed to bring together computer, data and health scientists to meet the challenges of an ageing population and changing patterns of disease, developing technologies that will facilitate improvements in healthcare.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Year 4 (FHEQ Level 7)

Year 4, for MEng students only, includes a multidisciplinary project, an extensive individual research project (in collaboration with a medical engineering organisation) and a choice of optional advanced modules.

The MEng degree has been developed in conjunction with the medical engineering profession, specifically for undergraduates of high academic and practical calibre who will achieve leading roles as Chartered Engineers.

Professional recognition

Our courses have been accredited by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

MEng Accredited CEng (Full)

This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

BEng (Hons) Accredited CEng (Partial)

This degree is accredited as:

  • Fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
  • Partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) – a programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng

See The Institution of Mechanical Engineers website for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.

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Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £55
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £15
  • Grand total: £70


We recognise that each student is an individual with a unique academic background. We attempt to meet these differences with a blend of teaching methods, ranging from lectures, through group tutorials, to working in small groups in laboratories.

Your communication skills, vital to professional biomedical engineers, are developed in communications and information technology modules, with the whole spectrum of communication media being explored, from chalk-and-talk to state-of-the-art computer software presentation packages.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.


Specialised facilities include:

  • A microengineering laboratory for tissue engineering studies
  • A gait (human movement) laboratory
  • The Clinical Biomedical Engineering Centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor who guides you through the programme, advising you on option and career choices and helping make sure you get the most from your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

The international exchange programme offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university for either one semester or a full academic year as part of their degree.

Currently, for students on the Medical Engineering programme this might be possible in your second year at one of our partner institutions:

  • USA (North Carolina or Florida)
  • Australia (Swinburne University of Technology)
  • Singapore (Nanyang Technological University)
  • South Korea (Seoul National University)

The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country without paying additional tuition fees to the partner. In doing so you will broaden your horizons meet other exchange students from around the world and experience student life in some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Studying abroad also enables you to become more independent, teaching you how to adapt and adjust to the culture and climate of another country.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country. Students have worked at laboratories in Genoa, Italy and at Siemens in Germany.

If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

A salaried Professional Training placement provides a valuable opportunity to gain a real taste of the medical engineering industry, whilst enhancing study outcomes and future career prospects.

While on your Professional Training year, you are paid by your employer, but are nevertheless still a member of the University. Our students tell us that the time spent in a real engineering context quite simply transforms them into the professional engineers they want to be.

The year allows you to gain practical experience that cannot be achieved in a lecture theatre or laboratory class, and you will find that the placement enhances your understanding of studies in the later stages of your degree.

It also allows you to try out a specialised engineering sector, enhance your CV and build up a network of contacts, all of which stand you in good stead for your future career.

The experience gained is the underlying reason why our graduates are so employable. As one company put it, “University of Surrey engineers come with batteries included!”

We have long-established links with major medical engineering-related companies and organisations such as:

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Eli Lilly
  • Smith & Nephew
  • Philips UK Healthcare
  • Siemens
  • Elekta
  • QinetiQ/DSTL
  • Transport Research Laboratory
  • National Health Service

Our success rate in placing students is very high.

Graduate prospects

The University of Surrey has consistently been at, or very close to, the top of the league table for graduate employment. This is due to the professional focus of our degrees, with accreditation by professional institutions, and the quality of our industrial placements.

Most graduates from these programmes proceed directly to employment in the medical engineering profession. Biomedical engineers can work in a number of areas, for example, as clinical scientists in the NHS, in rehabilitation or as designers of medical equipment, or even in the areas of sports science or biomechanics.

A significant number of our students go on to further their studies with postgraduate qualifications in biomedical engineering and related disciplines. 

Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

  • Biomet UK, Graduate Engineer
  • Chas A Blatchford & Sons, Research Engineer
  • Elekta, Research Engineer
  • Jaguar, Graduate Engineer
  • NHS, Clinical Scientists and Engineers
  • Stanmore Implants, Graduate Medical Engineer

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?


For BEng programme: AAB

For MEng programme: AAA

Mathematics, and Physics or two other science/technology A-level subjects are required.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

For BEng programme: DDD and A-Level Mathematics at Grade A

For MEng programme: D*DD and A-Level at Grade A

European Baccalaureate

For BEng programme: 75 per cent overall

For MEng programme: 76 per cent overall

International Baccalaureate

For BEng programme: 34 overall including 6,6,5 at Higher Level

For MEng programme: 34 overall including 6,6,6 at Higher Level

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass

Scottish Highers

For BEng programme: AAABB

For MEng programme: AAAAB

Welsh Baccalaureate

For BEng programme: Pass overall with AAB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

For MEng programme: Pass overall with an A in the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and A-level AA

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent)

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2017 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BEng (Hons) 3 years HB38 View KIS data set
BEng (Hons) 4 years HBJ8 View KIS data set
MEng 4 years HB3V View KIS data set
MEng 5 years HBH8 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the fees page for full details.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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