Biomedical Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
Our BEng and MEng Biomedical Engineering courses are informed by research conducted in our internationally renowned Centre for Biomedical Engineering.
You’ll be taught by leading academics, in collaboration with clinicians and industry professionals, and benefit from our exceptional strengths and long history in health-related engineering. You’ll learn in our new £12.5m Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory, and experience visits to clinical and industrial centres. Our courses draw on over 50 years’ experience, and many of the top clinical engineers in the UK have been educated at Surrey.
What you will study
The strength of our BEng and MEng Biomedical Engineering courses comes from our breadth of teaching and our strong applied clinical focus. This is not limited to ‘hips and knees’, but includes human movement, biosensors, prosthesis design and biomedical signal processing, as well as core topics such as implant technology.
As a biomedical engineering student, you will be a part of Surrey’s pioneering ‘Innovation for Health’ project, designed to bring together computer, data and health scientists to develop technologies that will change the future of healthcare.
You can apply to study for either a BEng or MEng (Masters 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.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BEng (Hons)||36 months||HB38||View KIS data set|
|BEng (Hons)||48 months||HBJ8||View KIS data set|
|MEng||48 months||HB3V||View KIS data set|
|MEng||60 months||HBH8||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you 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 a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Biomedical Engineering placements
A Professional Training placement provides a valuable opportunity to gain a real taste of the biomedical engineering industry, whilst enhancing study outcomes and future career prospects.
While on your Professional Training placement, you are paid by your employer but are nevertheless still a member of the University. Our students tell us that the time they spend 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 your 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”.
Our success rate in placing students is very high and we have long-established links with major biomedical engineering related companies and organisations such as:
- GE Healthcare
- DePuy Synthes
- Eli Lilly
- Smith & Nephew
- Philips UK Healthcare
- Transport Research Laboratory
- National Health Service.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
BEng (Hons) - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered 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 an Incorporated Engineer and partially 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 consistently been at or near the very 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 of our biomedical engineering graduates proceed directly to employment in the biomedical engineering profession. Biomedical engineers can work in a number of areas, for example 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 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 degrees 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. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
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 our biomedical engineering programmes 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).
The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country without paying additional tuition fees to your hosting institution. In doing so you will broaden your horizons, 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 and adjust to the culture and climate of another country.
In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending 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 will 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 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.
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.
"My greatest achievement of the last year was moving to the United Kingdom and settling in at the University and in Guildford."
“In my second year we designed and made a prosthetic hand for a child…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.”
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
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.