Published: 28 April 2022

Five reasons to study biomedical engineering at Surrey

What makes our biomedical engineering degrees different and what’s the secret behind our graduates’ successes? Here we reveal five reasons why you should choose the University of Surrey for your biomedical engineering degree.

1. Fantastic work placement opportunities

Surrey won the award for 'Best University Placement Service' (over 750 placements) for the third year running in 2021. On our renowned Professional Training placement programme you can gain a year’s valuable work experience with a company like:

  • GE Healthcare
  • DePuy Synthes
  • Siemens
  • The NHS.

Read about biomedical engineering student Ngan Le’s placement experience at Abbott Diabetes Care.

2. Flexibility with common first year

Whether you opt for our Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering or Aerospace Engineering courses, you’ll study a common first year which means you can swap to a different pathway, if you decide it’s a better fit, up until the end of your first year.

3. Professionally accredited courses

Our biomedical engineering degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), which means you’ll be well on the way towards chartered status after studying at Surrey. Our MEng courses fully meet the academic requirements to become a Chartered Engineer, while our BEng programmes partially meet the academic requirement and can be supplemented by further study.

4. Compete in prestigious competitions

Learning at Surrey isn’t just about lecture theatres and labs. Our students enter prestigious challenges run by organisations such as IET, IMechE and the Engineering Trust - improving their knowledge and presentation skills while raising their professional profile.

Emma Wright won the coveted Cadzow Smith Award – given to just one final year student from across 11 universities. Amie Buttle was awarded the 2020 IET Dennis Hill Award for her research into Alzheimer’s and Giulia Creed won the 2020 NAFEMS (International Association for Engineering Modelling) Students Award for her project on peristalsis (an essential function of the digestive system).

5. Industry-standard facilities

You’ll benefit from fantastic facilities such as our:

  • Newly fitted state-of-the-art microengineering facilities, clinical-grade human movement lab, and unique bioelectronic laboratory
  • Latest design software and computer-numerical-control (CNC) machine tooling equipment within our Design Centre.


These are just five reasons why our biomedical engineering courses are ranked in the UK top 20 by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 and the Complete University Guide 2023. Discover more about our programmes in biomedical engineering.

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