Student profile
Chloe Hinchliffe

Chloe Hinchliffe

"In my second year, we designed and made a prosthetic hand for a child. This kind of real-life work is not common in UK universities, and it's one of the things that makes Surrey a unique place to study engineering."

"I fell in love with the University of Surrey when I came for an applicant day: it felt like home and I knew that this was where I wanted to study.

I originally studied Mechanical Engineering but after my first year I decided to switch to Medical Engineering because I found the medical applications we were learning about to be fascinating.

The University was very helpful when I was trying to decide, and changing courses was very quick and simple.

What I love most about my programme is the wide range of different subjects it covers. The course features a lot of maths and physics, but also human biology, chemistry, coding and computer languages, and design and experimentation. I am gaining so many different skills, which would typically range over many different programmes, all in a single degree.

I also really enjoy the group projects that we do at Surrey, and the opportunity to learn project management.

In my second year we designed and made a prosthetic hand for a child, and this year I’m designing a functional electrical stimulation cycle for paraplegics. This kind of hands-on work is not common in the UK, and is one of the things that makes Surrey a unique place to study engineering.

I think the academic staff at Surrey are amazing at their jobs. They are kind and strive to make our lectures interesting and engaging. They are always available to help if there’s something that you don’t fully understand.

The main reason I applied to Surrey was its excellent reputation for industrial engineering placements, and now that I’m here I know how helpful the University is in finding placements and developing your CV.

"Surrey promotes an excellent work/play balance – I feel encouraged to achieve but not over-worked."


I’m currently looking to secure a summer placement doing research and development in the USA.

I joined the Ballroom and Latin Dance Club and the Pole Fitness Society in my first year just to try them out. Ballroom and Latin, particularly, has had a massive influence on my experience here.

I competed as a ‘professional’ in Strictly Come Surrey – a fundraiser which won the Best Student Run Event – but the thing I’m proudest of is being placed fourth out of 179 couples at the national Intervarsity Dance Competition in Blackpool! Through these clubs, I’ve also made the most amazing friends with whom I’ve travelled all over the UK and Europe.

I’ve definitely grown up a lot at Surrey. I’ve overcome a lot of challenges and I’m feeling more confident about the prospect of going out into the real world and being a proper adult – in fact when I graduate I’m considering doing a PhD or moving to a new country and getting a graduate job in research and development."


Discover more about our mechanical engineering programmes, including our BEng and MEng Biomedical Engineering.