Medical Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2016 entry

I chose to study Medical 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

Are you curious about how equipment can educate us about our own bodies, from spotting abnormalities to treating conditions and improving quality of life? Come, be inspired, and work alongside the internationally renowned Centre for Biomedical Engineering, a key teaching and research area based on campus.

The fastest-growing engineering discipline of the twenty-first century, medical engineering requires professionals with a thorough grounding in engineering and technology, and an understanding and empathy for key clinical concepts.

Programme overview

Designed with clinical and industrial relevance in mind, our Medical Engineering degree programmes provide you with a firm foundation in the subject, combining technical competence and industrial awareness with crucial personal and clinical skills. Our accredited programmes can also lead to Chartered Engineer status and you will benefit from close interaction with practising clinical and healthcare engineering professionals and visits to clinical and industrial centres, particularly in your final year.

By studying Medical Engineering at Surrey, you will benefit from nearly 50 years’ experience of teaching and research in the field. Teaching is informed by our internationally renowned Centre for Biomedical Engineering, giving you access to the latest pioneering techniques, such as the analysis of human movement for clinical and sports applications, biomedical signal processing for disease diagnosis, and electrical stimulation for limb movement following spinal cord injury, stroke or cerebral palsy.

You will benefit from close interaction with practising clinical and healthcare engineering professionals and visits to clinical and industrial centres, particularly in your final year.

Our Medical Engineering programmes share a common first year with our Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering and Aerospace Engineering programmes, giving you the opportunity to communicate with engineers from other specialisations. Direct entry to the MEng programme normally requires higher qualifications, but transfer from the BEng to the MEng is possible during the degree programme, depending on academic performance (normally after year 2). Transfer is also possible from the MEng and BEng programmes without a Professional Training year to ones with (and vice versa). This transfer can be made after year 1, giving you time to consider the benefits of the Professional Training placement year.

Read about the experiences of Medical Engineering students Matthew Taylor and Manisha De Mel.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

In Year 1, not only do you study the technical topics such as mechanics, design and thermodynamics, but you develop the key broader transferable skills of communication and teamwork. All first-year students are also given practical training in standard workshop and laboratory practice.

Modules include:

  • Mathematics
  • Materials and Statics
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • Electronic Instrumentation 1
  • Experimental and Transferrable Skills
  • Design and Component Production
  • Solid Mechanics 1

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

In Year 2, the programme allows you to specialise, with modules including Human Biology and Biomechanics, alongside core mechanical engineering modules.

Modules include:

  • Biomechanics
  • Human Biology
  • Electronic Instrumentation 2
  • Solid Mechanics 2
  • Design Project
  • Control
  • Numerical and Experimental Methods

Professional Training placement (optional)

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, the Transport Research Laboratory and the National Health Service. Our success rate in placing students is very high.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

In Year 3, your studies cover a range of applied medical engineering areas, plus a group design project, individual research project and management studies. Recent examples of projects include ‘Tissue engineering for bone grafts’, ‘Designing a syringe pump’ and ‘Assessment of the effects of electric fields on human bone cell growth’.

Modules include:

  • Group Design Project
  • Final-Year Project (BEng only)
  • Biomedical Signal Processing
  • Clinical Rehabilitation
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Materials
  • Control and Dynamics

Year 4 (MEng only, FHEQ Level 7)

Year 4 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.

Modules include:

  • Multidisciplinary Design Project
  • Final-Year Project
  • Professional and Research Skills
  • Medical Implants and Biomaterial Applications
  • Human Movement and Rehabilitation
  • Biomedical Sensors and Signals

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:

1. Fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng)

2. 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 for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.

Professional Training

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

While on your Professional Training year, you are paid by your employer, but are nevertheless still members 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 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.

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.

Your communication skills, vital to professional medical 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.


Our degrees are awarded on a combination of examinations and continuous assessment, in the form of coursework, laboratory reports, projects and presentations. First-year marks do not count towards your degree, but ensure that you are making good progress.

In the BEng programme, your second and final years contribute to the final degree award. The MEng programme is assessed on Years 2, 3 and 4.


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

Career opportunities

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. Medical 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 medical engineering and related disciplines.

Graduate prospects

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

Global opportunities

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 the partner institutions in the USA (eg, Texas, North Carolina, Cincinnati or Florida), Australia, Singapore or South Korea.

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 or 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.

2016 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?


For BEng programmes: Grades required - AAA-AAB

For MEng programmes: Grades required - A*AA

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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

For BEng programmes: D*DD-DDD

For MEng programmes: D*D*D

(in an appropriate subject, with a supporting A-level in Mathematics at grade A)

International Baccalaureate

For BEng programmes: 36-35 points 

For MEng programmes: 38 points

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 or above (or international equivalent – see relevant country page).

Mathematics to full A-level (or equivalent) is required for all programmes. Physics to full A-level (or equivalent) is recommended. Where an applicant does not have Physics A-level, two other science/ technology A-levels would be considered instead.

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 our International Foundation Year.

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

See 2015 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, bursaries & scholarships

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Fees for UK/EU students

Tuition fees are currently set at £9,000 per year for UK/EU undergraduates starting in 2015. Fees for 2016 entry will be available in the autumn.

Fees for overseas students

Fees for students classed as overseas for fees purposes are as follows: £16,600 for 2015 entry. Fees for 2016 entry will be available in the autumn.

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.

View a complete list of all fees for our undergraduate programmes.

International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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Why Surrey?

  • Surrey has been ranked third for medical technology by The Complete University Guide 2015
  • Surrey offers integrated medical engineering Professional Training placements on its five-year MEng and four-year BEng programmes
  • Surrey’s Mechanical Engineering programmes have been rated tenth for the subject in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015
  • Surrey’s taught material is underpinned by leading-edge biomedical engineering research programmes
  • Surrey’s mechanical, production and manufacturing engineering courses rose to tenth position for student satisfaction, according to the National Student Survey 2014; students gave the programme a 93 per cent satisfaction rate
  • Excellent opportunities to apply knowledge in project work
  • Strong clinical and healthcare industry partnerships
  • Programmes enhanced by closely related disciplines at the University

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