Biomedical Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2018 entry

Why choose this course

Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for Mechanical Engineering, with our programmes ranked within the top ten of The Complete University Guide 2018 and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 .

Our Biomedical Engineering programmes draw on 50 years’ experience of teaching the subject in collaboration with clinicians and industry professionals. Many of the top clinical engineers in the UK have been educated at Surrey, and we continue to provide highly sought-after graduates.

What you will study

Our Biomedical Engineering programmes are informed by our internationally renowned Centre for Biomedical Engineering which gives you access to the latest pioneering techniques. You will also benefit from Surrey’s new £12.5m Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory, and experience visits to clinical and industrial centres, particularly in your final year.

The strength of our programme comes from our breadth of teaching and strong applied, clinical focus. This is not just limited to ‘hips and knees’, but includes human movement, biosensors, prosthesis design and signal processing, as well as core topics such as implant technology.

The degrees are part of Surrey’s pioneering Innovation for Health programme, designed to bring together computer, data and health scientists to meet the challenges of an ageing population and changing patterns of disease, developing technologies that will facilitate improvements in healthcare.

Course facts

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 salaried 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 year, you are paid by your employer, but are nevertheless still a member 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 have long-established links with major biomedical engineering-related companies and organisations such as:

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Eli Lilly
  • Smith & Nephew
  • Philips UK Healthcare
  • Siemens
  • Elekta
  • QinetiQ/DSTL
  • Transport Research Laboratory
  • National Health Service

Our success rate in placing students is very high.

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.

Professional recognition

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 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 biomedical engineering profession. Biomedical 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 biomedical engineering and related disciplines. 

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

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 the Biomedical Engineering programme this might be possible in your second year at one of our partner institutions:

  • USA (North Carolina or Florida)
  • Australia (Swinburne University of Technology)
  • Singapore (Nanyang Technological University)
  • South Korea (Seoul National University)

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 and 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.

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. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

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.


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

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 either compulsory, or optional depending if a student takes Option Set A, or Option Set B.


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.


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.

Your communication skills, vital to professional biomedical 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.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.


This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical 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.


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.

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH 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.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?



BEng (Hons): AAB. 

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

MEng: AAA.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required subjects: Mathematics and Physics. Alternatively, Mathematics and two other science/technology subjects.

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


BEng (Hons): DDD BTEC Extended Diploma and A-Level Mathematics at Grade A.

MEng: D*DD BTEC Extended Diploma 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


BEng (Hons): 34.

MEng: 34.

Required subjects:

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

MEng: HL6/SL7 in Mathematics and Physics. Mathematics and Physics. Alternatively, HL6/SL7 in mathematics and two other science/technology subjects.

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

European Baccalaureate


BEng (Hons): 82%.

MEng: 85%.

Required subjects:

BEng (Hons): Grade 8.5 in Mathematics and with at least 7.5 in Physics Alternatively, Grade 8.5 in Mathematics and at least 7.5 in two other science/technology subjects.

MEng: Mathematics and Physics grade 8.5 . Mathematics and Physics. Alternatively, Mathematics and two other science/technology subjects at grade 8.5.

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

Access to HE Diploma

This qualification is not currently accepted for this programme.

Scottish Highers


BEng (Hons): AAABB.


Required subjects: Mathematics and Physics. Alternatively, Mathematics and two other science/technology subjects.

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

Welsh Baccalaureate


BEng (Hons): AAB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

MEng: AAA from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required subjects: A-level Mathematics and Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: Completion of GCSE English and Mathematics equivalents within the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

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.

Select your country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 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. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

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.

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.


Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BEng (Hons) 36 months £9,250 £20,500 Not applicable
BEng (Hons) 48 months £9,250 £20,500 £1,800
MEng 48 months £9,250 £20,500 Not applicable
MEng 60 months £9,250 £20,500 £1,800

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

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.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this BSc (Hons) programme:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £10 - Compulsory Book puchase; Rogers GFC & Mayhew YR, Thermodynamics and Transport Properties of Fluids (SI Units), 5th ed, Blackwell, 1995. (ISBN 978-0-631-19703-4)
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £15-£20 - PPE equipment

Grand total: £25-30

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

  • Books/stationery/admin: £10 - Compulsory Book puchase; Rogers GFC & Mayhew YR, Thermodynamics and Transport Properties of Fluids (SI Units), 5th ed, Blackwell, 1995. (ISBN 978-0-631-19703-4)
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £15-£20 - PPE equipment

Grand total: £25-30

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.

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Admissions information

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