Biomedical Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2020 entry

Why choose this course

Our BEng and MEng Biomedical Engineering courses are taught by leading academics, drawing on over 50 years’ experience training biomedical engineers.

You’ll have the opportunity to take a Professional Training placement at organisations like GE Healthcare, DePuy Synthes, 3M and the NHS.

Our BEng and MEng courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

What you will study

With a strong focus on clinical applications, our biomedical engineering courses explore a broad curriculum. This includes human movement, biosensors, prosthesis design, biomedical signal processing and implant technology, among other topics.

You can apply to study for either a BEng or MEng (Master of Engineering). The MEng builds on the BEng course with a masters year and is a direct route to a masters qualification. Depending on your progress, you may have the option to switch to a BEng or MEng during your studies.

Key information

Start date: October 2020

BEng (Hons) UCAS: HB38

3 years

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BEng (Hons) UCAS: HBJ8

4 years with professional training

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MEng UCAS: HB3V

4 years

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MEng UCAS: HBH8

5 years with professional training

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Professional Training placements

A Professional Training placement provides you with the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and many of our students are offered employment upon graduation by their placement provider.

The Professional Training placement year gives our students an insight into their subject and career potential, and early access to professional experience. It can be invaluable in developing work-based skills and helping them secure a graduate career.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Biomedical Engineering placements

As well as giving you a real taste of the biomedical engineering industry, doing a Professional Training placement can potentially enhance your study outcomes and future career prospects.

While on your Professional Training placement, you’re paid by your employer but will still remain a member of the University. Our students tell us that the time they spend in a real engineering context transforms them into the professional engineers they want to be.

The year enables you to get practical experience that can’t be gained in a lecture theatre or laboratory class, and you’ll find that the placement boosts your understanding of your studies in the later stages of your course.

It also allows you to try out a specialised engineering sector, improve your CV and build up a network of contacts, all of which stand you in good stead for your future career.

The experience gained on placement is the underlying reason our graduates are so employable. As one company put it: “University of Surrey engineers come with batteries included”.

Surrey has long-established links with major biomedical engineering related companies and organisations such as:

  • GE Healthcare
  • DePuy Synthes
  • Eli Lilly
  • Smith & Nephew
  • Philips UK Healthcare
  • Siemens
  • Elekta
  • Renishaw
  • Transport Research Laboratory
  • National Health Service.

Applying for placements

Most students apply for and secure their Professional Training placement through our online employability and careers platform, Surrey Pathfinder, which gives you access to thousands of placement opportunities each year. We do not place students but provide plenty of support and guidance throughout the recruitment process. Having applied, you will participate in the placement provider’s own recruitment and selection procedures, which will vary depending on the organisation.

The University will also support students who want to source their own placement outside of Surrey Pathfinder, subject to University requirements being met.

Please be aware that attending interviews and assessment centres at a placement provider’s premises may require travel expenses.

Professional recognition

BEng (Hons) - Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

MEng - Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

MEng - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

The University of Surrey has an excellent track record for graduate employment. This is due to the professional focus of our courses, accreditation by professional institutions and our high-quality industrial placements.

Most of our biomedical engineering graduates proceed directly to employment in the biomedical engineering profession. Biomedical engineers can work in a number of areas, including as clinical scientists in the NHS, in rehabilitation, as designers of medical equipment, or even in sports science or biomechanics.

A significant number of our students also go on to further their studies with postgraduate qualifications in biomedical engineering and related disciplines.

Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

  • Bioengineer, DePuy Synthes
  • Graduate Researcher, Safety and Technology at Transport Research Laboratory
  • Graduate Engineer (Design and Simulation), Manufacturing Technology Centre
  • Medical Engineer, Fourth State Medicine
  • Assistant Medical Auditor/Project Handler, TUV SUD Product Service
  • Quality Assurance Engineer, Medisafe International
  • Development Engineer, Zimmer Biomet
  • Operations Graduate, McLaren Racing
  • Clinical Scientists and Engineers for the NHS.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

Surrey’s 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 course.

For students on our biomedical engineering courses, this might be possible in your second year at one of our partner institutions:

  • US (North Carolina, Florida or CalState, LA)
  • Australia (Swinburne University of Technology)
  • Singapore (Nanyang Technological University)
  • South Korea (Seoul National University)
  • Hong Kong (the Hong Kong Polytechnic University).

This exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country without paying extra tuition fees to your hosting university. In doing so, you’ll widen your perspective, meet other exchange students from around the world, and experience student life in one of the world's most prestigious universities.

Studying abroad also enables you to become more independent, teaching you how to adapt to the culture and climate of another country.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to spend your Professional Training placement working in another country. Previous students have worked at laboratories in many different international companies, such as Siemens in Germany.

If you work in another part of Europe you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also to improve or learn another language.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
 
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Year 3

Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6

Semester 1: Choose 2 of the 3 listed optional modules. Semester 2: Choose 1 of the 2 listed optional modules.

Year 4

Optional modules for Year 4 - FHEQ Level 7

Option Set A: Choose 2 of the 3 listed optional modules in Semester 2.
Option Set B: Choose 1 of the 2 listed optional modules in Semester 1.
ENGM262 is optional for Option Set A and compulsory for Option Set B.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

We recognise that each student is an individual with a unique academic background. We try to accommodate these differences with a blend of teaching methods ranging from lectures, through group tutorials, to working in small groups in laboratories.

Your communication skills, vital to professional biomedical engineers, are developed in communications and information technology modules, while our innovative group design spaces enable you to work with other engineers on design projects.

Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences.

Programme leader

ABASOLO D Dr (Mech Eng Sci)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress
  • Pastoral/welfare issues
  • Personal/professional development and employability.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Disability and Neurodiversity Service

The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

Find out more about the support available or contact the team directly for further information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall:

  • BEng (Hons): AAB-ABB.
    • Required subjects: Mathematics at grade A and Physics or two other science subjects. 

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

  • MEng: AAA-AAB.
    • Required subjects: Mathematics at grade A and Physics or two other science subjects. 

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall:

BEng (Hons): DDD and A-level Mathematics at grade A.

MEng: D*DD-DDD and A-level Mathematics at grade A.

Required subjects: BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate

Overall:

BEng (Hons): 34-32.

MEng: 34.

Required subjects:

BEng (Hons): HL6/SL7 in Mathematics and HL5/SL6 in Physics or two other science subjects.

MEng: HL6/SL7 in Mathematics and HL5/SL6 in Physics or two other science subjects.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall:

BEng (Hons): 82%-78%.

MEng: 85%-82%.

Required subjects:

BEng (Hons): Grade 8.5 in Mathematics and 7.5 in Physics or two other science subjects.

MEng: Grade 8.5 in Mathematics and 7.5 in Physics or two other science subjects.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics – 6.

Access to HE Diploma

  • BEng (Hons):
    • QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit to 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit and A-level Mathematics grade A.
  • MEng:
    • QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction to 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit and A-level Mathematics grade A.

Required subjects: Modules must be in relevant subjects.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Scottish Highers

Overall:

  • BEng (Hons): AAABB-AABBB.
    • Required subjects: Mathematics at grade A and Physics or two other science subjects.
  • MEng: AAAAB-AAABB.
    • Required subjects: Mathematics at grade A and Physics or two other science subjects.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics Scottish National 5 – C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall:

  • BEng (Hons): Pass overall with AAB-ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.
    • Required subjects: A-level Mathematics at grade A and Physics or two other science subjects.
       
  • MEng: Pass overall with AAA-AAB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.
    • Required subjects: A-level Mathematics at grade A and Physics or two other science subjects.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

We normally make offers in terms of grades.

If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2020

BEng (Hons)

UK and EU To be confirmed

Overseas £21,700

BEng (Hons) (with professional training year)

UK and EU To be confirmed

Overseas £21,700

Professional training To be confirmed

MEng

UK and EU To be confirmed

Overseas £21,700

MEng (with professional training year)

UK and EU To be confirmed

Overseas £21,700

Professional training To be confirmed

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: While the UK is part of the EU, the University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by the Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. Once the UK has left the EU, the fees rules may change and the University is bound to comply with applicable legislation.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

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.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this BEng (Hons) course:

  • Books/stationery/admin: Laboratory book purchase for Year 1 and Year 2
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 - PPE equipment.

Grand total: £30

There are associated costs with this MEng (Hons) course:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £10 – Laboratory book purchase for Year 1 and Year 2
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 - PPE equipment.

Grand total: £30

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Admissions information

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Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.

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