Electronic Engineering for Medicine and Healthcare BEng (Hons) or MEng (Hons) – 2017 entry

What you'll study

Driven by increasing pressures on the health service, mHealth (the integration of mobile communication technology into healthcare) will transform the way disease is diagnosed, monitored and treated in the future.

Tomorrow’s electronic engineers will play a crucial role in this transformation, developing technology such as wearable devices which continuously collect, store and transmit health information.

Programme overview

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.

With the 5G Innovation centre and a new Engineering for Health centre hosted on campus, the University of Surrey will be at the forefront of this new technology.

On our Electronic Engineering for Medicine and Healthcare programmes you will learn how to develop the innovative user interfaces that will underpin a future health service focused on prevention, diagnosis and wellness.

We focus on applying theory to real engineering problems and technologies, combining professional engineering skills with scientific research methods. Time spent working in our well-equipped practical laboratories underpins the lecture courses, helping you to understand the theory.

Students will also 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. Our professional development modules cover product design and implementation, preparing you to work as a professional engineer.

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.

The flexible structure of our degrees and the wide range of options available allow you to tailor your studies to your desired career. Transfer between the different degree pathways is possible, as is transferring between the BEng and MEng degrees, subject to performance.

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)

Year 1 is common to all programmes. A typical week in the first year consists of approximately 23 contact hours in total, made up of twelve hours of lectures, six hours of laboratory work, two hours of tutorials and problem classes, two hours of programming experience and one hour of professional skills (including report writing, data presentation and oral presentation).

During laboratory classes, experiments are conducted in pairs, allowing you to get to know and learn from each other. Small group tutorials are carried out in groups of four to five students and are held each week in your personal tutor’s office.

Core modules:

Compulsory modules:

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Year 2 builds on Year 1 and incorporates modules appropriate to the Medicine and Healthcare pathway. You will also learn about the professional aspects of being a modern engineer, with fundamentals of product design and elements of team building, leadership and problem solving.

Compulsory modules:

Professional Training placement (optional)

The Professional Training placement starts at the end of the second academic year, when you have sufficient knowledge and practical experience to join companies as a practising ‘junior engineer’.

Well-known companies that have participated in the Professional Training programme for Electronic Engineering pathways include:

  • BAE Systems
  • Mitsubishi
  • Intel
  • Logica
  • Samsung
  • Microsoft
  • Sharp
  • BBC
  • Surrey Satellite Technology

In addition, we have contacts with many smaller companies which provide excellent placement opportunities. Many of our students return from their placement with offers of employment and often with financial sponsorship from their placement company.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

In Year 3, a wide range of modules is available and students will select those most appropriate to their degree title and their own areas of interest. Every student completes a year-long individual project which will include aspects of design, analysis, construction and testing,

Core modules:

  • Project (linked to Engineering Solutions for Health Challenges)

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules: (Choose 2 modules)

Year 4 (FHEQ Level 7)

Core modules:

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Professional recognition

This programme is seeking accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Professional Training placements

While a university degree in itself opens the door to many careers, the Professional Training that is offered as part of our degree programmes provides a significant extra dimension to the qualification and can dramatically enhance your employability in today’s difficult job market.

The industry experience that Professional Training affords gives our students insights into both their subject and their career potential that cannot be gained by academic study alone. We believe that Professional Training is a key element in ensuring that Surrey graduates are consistently at the top in terms of graduate employability.

Professional Training can be used in partial fulfilment of the training component for Chartered Engineer status.

You will be assisted during the second year to find appropriate placements in industry, and we endeavour to ensure that the placement matches your interests and aspirations. Over many years, we have established strong relationships with industry and hence there is a great demand for our students.

This ensures that there are many interesting and challenging opportunities on offer. In recent years, we have had students in placements with 85 different companies within our Electronic Engineering programmes.

During the Professional Training year, you remain a member of the University but are also a paid, full-time company employee. You will be visited by an academic member of staff who monitors your progress and, in discussion with the company, decides on a programme of work that will develop your expertise.


Teaching styles vary, from large group lectures to small group tutorials in your personal tutor’s office and practical laboratory sessions. The tutorial system within the Department underpins all our teaching activities and ensures individual attention when needed.

In the first year, our students meet once a week with their personal tutor, in small groups (up to five students), to establish an effective but informal working relationship. Regular meetings occur throughout the student’s time at Surrey.

Our staff at Surrey are approachable and friendly, and we pride ourselves on the rapport we have with our students.


You will study modules worth 120 credits over the academic year, split between two semesters.

Students are assessed through examinations and by coursework. Examinations take place at the end of each semester. Your degree marks are determined on the performance from your second and subsequent years.


Students undertaking the Electronic Engineering for Medicine and Healthcare degree will benefit from the new Engineering for Health building at the University of Surrey. This is a brand new multi-million pound facility, part-funded by a grant from HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council of England) along with a direct investment from the University.

The three-storey building will include:

  • Biology laboratory: a 200-seat laboratory for undergraduate molecular biology 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

Extensive teaching laboratories with modern equipment and networked computer suites with 24-hour access are available to all undergraduate students in the Electronic Engineering Department. We actively encourage you to do project work outside of timetabled hours, as long as you follow safe working practices.

Global opportunities

You have the option of spending one or two semesters abroad in your second year at one of our partner universities including:

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Seoul National University
  • Cincinnati University
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of North Texas
  • Texas Tech University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Sydney University
  • La Trobe University

If you choose to study at one of our European partners Oulu in Finland, Koc in Turkey or Tor Vergata in Italy you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

International experiences expose you to a new cultural environment that develops your adaptation and communication skills and your ability to deal with unfamiliar situations, thus strengthening your academic and professional profile.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country. 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.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?




We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

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

BEng: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction - QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 39 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 6 Level 3 Credits at Merit.

MEng:QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

BEng: D*DD

MEng: D*D*D

In an appropriate subject, with a supporting A-level in Mathematics at grade A.

European Baccalaureate

BEng: 76 per cent

MEng: 78 per cent

International Baccalaureate

BEng: 36 points

MEng: 38 points

Scottish Highers


Scottish Advanced Highers AAA/Scottish Highers AAAAB-Scottish Advanced Highers AAB/Scottish Highers AAABB


Scottish Advanced Highers AAA/Scottish Highers AAAAA-Scottish Advanced Highers AAA/Scottish Highers AAAAB

Welsh Baccalaureate


Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA


Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level A*A-Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma 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.

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Required subjects

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

A-level Mathematics and at least one of the following A-level subjects:

  • Physics
  • Electronics
  • Computing/Computer Science
  • Further Mathematics

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 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

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.

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Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BEng (Hons) 3 Years H619 View KIS data set
BEng (Hons) 4 Years H611 View KIS data set
MEng (Hons) 4 Years H618 View KIS data set
MEng (Hons) 5 Years H617 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.

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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