Biomedicine with Electronic Engineering BSc (Hons) – 2017 entry

What you'll study

Our degree in Biomedicine with Electronic Engineering aims to develop bioscientists who have a strong understanding of the human body and the treatment of illness but also of how technologies (such as wearable health monitoring devices) function.

This will enable them to understand not only the information that needs to be captured but also how to do this in the most effective, secure way to ultimately enable front-line healthcare professionals to deliver the highest quality care to patients.

Programme overview

The field of mHealth (the integration of mobile communication technology into healthcare) is significantly transforming the way disease is diagnosed, monitored and treated and our graduates will be well placed to make a positive impact in this field. With the 5G Innovation Centre and new Engineering for Health centre, the University of Surrey will be at the forefront of this new technology.

This course forms part of the University of Surrey’s Engineering for Health programme, designed to bring together engineers and health scientists to meet the challenges of an ageing population, changing patterns of disease and the appropriate technologies to facilitate improvements to healthcare.

Surrey has a long-standing reputation for inspiring teaching and pioneering research in the field of biosciences. Our modular structure helps you develop a broad range of skills in your first year. This ensures you have a solid foundation on which to build during the later stages of your course.

The programme allows you to pursue the subjects essential to your degree, but at the same time offers you the flexibility to study other topics of interest.

We offer modules covering all the traditional medically related subjects such as biochemistry, immunology, physiology, pharmacology and microbiology, whilst integrating relevant electronic engineering topics such as electronic instrumentation and biomedical signal processing ensuring you are well-placed for the evolving bioscience job market.

The strong practical emphasis of our degree programme (for example learning clinically relevant techniques such as urine testing and blood counts) will add to your portfolio of transferable skills, increasing employability in the numerous career paths that will be available to you.

Students will benefit from Surrey’s new Engineering for Health laboratory, a £12.5 million facility that will house shared learning areas for engineering, biosciences and computer science students. Individual and group projects during the degree will give you a chance to work with academics from our research centres, helping you develop skills in specialist areas.

Engineering for Health

Building on our existing reputation in the fields of engineering, biosciences and computer science, we have developed the Engineering for Health programme centred on a £12.5m new facility. The key objective for the programme is to educate students to enable them to drive the technology that addresses the future needs of industry and society. Surrey’s Engineering for Health laboratory will be home to:

  • A Biology laboratory
  • A Human movement laboratory
  • An Electronics laboratory
  • A Computing area
  • A Central active learning space

Discover more about our project now. 

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

In Year 1, you will acquire a broad basic knowledge and practical skills. The programme has the flexibility to accommodate students with or without A-level Chemistry, to bring every student up to the standard necessary for Year 2.

You will start to consider some of the health challenges which we currently face and, working with staff and students from other Engineering for Health pathways in disciplines such as engineering and computer science you will look to find innovative solutions.

Considering the future of healthcare will be a common theme running through all years of the programme.

Modules include:

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

During Year 2, you will study compulsory modules in subjects such as physiology, pathology and medicine, whilst continuing to investigate health challenges in the twenty-first century which in Year 2 will focus on the research skills needed for this constantly changing area.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Professional Training placement (optional)

The majority of our students choose to undertake a Professional Training placement to gain vital work experience and develop professional skills required by employers.

Many of our Professional Training placements are salaried roles, with opportunities in the UK including pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, the NHS and research institutes.

Recent Biosciences placements have taken place at international institutions including Cornell University, Washington State University, Harvard Medical School (USA), the University of Turku (Finland) and several other European universities.

Placements offered by long-standing partners of both contributing faculties will provide suitable opportunities for students enrolled on the Biomedicine with Electronic Engineering programme to enhance their interdisciplinary professional skills through the exciting interface between medical science and electronics at Surrey.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

In Year 3 you will delve further into how data is collected, analysed and interpreted.

As part of your final year you will complete a research project into an area of particular interest. You will be supported to enable you to undertake a project which considers the different disciplines within Engineering for Health.

Compulsory modules:

  • Research Project
  • Biomedical Signal Processing
  • Emerging Engineering for Health Challenges

Optional modules:

Professional recognition

This programme is seeking accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 - The equipment pack includes laboratory coat, laboratory glasses, laboratory book, pen and padlock. Students are responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing/replacing any equipment

Grand total: £20

Global opportunities

Our international exchange programme offers you the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university for either one semester or a full academic year as part of your degree.

For Biosciences students this might be possible for one or two semesters in your second year at one of our partner institutions in the USA (for example, Texas, Cincinnati or Florida) or in Australia (Swinburne University of Technology).

The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country and earn credits that contribute towards your Surrey degree, without paying additional tuition fees.

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 travelled to the USA, Australia and many European countries, and typically work in a research laboratory at a partner institution.

If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant, as well as your full student loan if undertaking an unpaid research placement. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language.

Learn more about the Erasmus programme.


We offer a modular degree based on a structured programme of advanced study, which allows you to pursue the subjects essential to your particular degree, but at the same time offers you the flexibility to study other subjects of interest.

The practical component of your degree will begin in your first year with organised lab practicals representing around a quarter of your taught time.  

By the time you reach your final-year, your final year research project will allow you to integrate your knowledge of biomedicine and electronic engineering in order to plan and tackle your own independent scientific research.

Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to consider some of the key health challenges of the future. These sessions will be delivered with engineers and computer scientists to help you develop fundamental teamwork and communication skills, drawing on the specific knowledge of the different areas.

The new Engineering for Health building will have a number of active learning spaces' which are designed to encourage group working.

Watch a video of a Biochemistry laboratory session.


Each module is assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment is by a combination of examination and/or coursework. Credits are then accumulated towards the award of Bachelor of Science (BSc) with Honours.


As a student on the Biomedicine with Electronic Engineering degree you will benefit from the new £10 million Engineering for Health building at the University of Surrey.

This three-storey building will include:

  • Biology laboratory: a 200-seat laboratory for undergraduate bioscience teaching programmes
  • Human movement laboratory: housing state-of-the-art technology enabling detailed biomechanical analysis of gait (walking patterns) and upper-limb movement: equipment includes a motion capture system, force platforms, a medical grade treadmill, pressure mat and electromyography (EMG) kit
  • Electronics laboratory: accommodating 50 students, this will enable users to assemble and troubleshoot hardware-based projects such as health monitoring equipment, sensor-based instrumentation, body area networking projects, short-range wireless communication projects and data acquisition and processing projects
  • Computing area: accommodating over 70 students, this will include lab and lecture space, enabling ‘show and tell’ teaching for computing projects, as well as hardware projects that involve embedded programming components
  • Central active learning space: including eight project ‘pods’ designed to enable group work, this is where engineering and physical science students will solve key engineering for health challenges: it will also be used by researchers and healthcare professionals to develop key ideas, and for research sessions with members of the public

This is in addition to all of the existing laboratory and teaching spaces which you will have access to as a student.

Academic support

You will be allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on option and career choices, helping you get the most from your studies with us.

As a student at Surrey, you will be treated as an individual. You will feel welcome from your very first day and our low student-to-tutor ratio ensures that you will get to know your personal tutor and other academic staff members well during your years with us.

Career opportunities

In addition to the more traditional careers in academic research, as well as work within the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, which many of our Biosciences students follow, specific career opportunities were identified when the programme was designed, including:

  • The NHS Scientist Training Programme
  • The health and telemedicine industries (for example Telefonica)
  • Academic research (especially for those who wish to develop the bioscience and engineering systems and applications of the future)

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



Not including General Studies or Critical Thinking

It is desirable for those applicants taking part in the Science Practical Endorsement in either Physics, Biology or Chemistry to obtain a pass.

Access to HE Diploma

QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 39 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 6 Level 3 Credits at Merit - QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 Credits at Merit.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

75 per cent-74 per cent

International Baccalaureate

35-34 points

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers AAB/Scottish Highers AAABB-Scottish Advanced Highers ABB/Scottish Highers AABBB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA-Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AB

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.

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Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

Two science/mathematics A-levels, to include Biology and Maths or Physics.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates may 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 IELTS minimum overall (or equivalent)

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill (or equivalent)

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 2018 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years B994 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years B995 View KIS data set

* Subject to validation

Subject to validation

This programme is subject to approval. This means that it has received initial agreement from the University and is currently undergoing a detailed final approval exercise, through the University’s quality assurance processes. These processes are a requirement for all Higher Education Institutions within the UK, to ensure that programmes are of the highest standard. Occasionally there may be instances where the University may delay or not approve the introduction of the programme. In these instances applicants will be informed by no later than 5 August.

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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 additional costs section 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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