Start date: October 2021
BEng (Hons) UCAS: HB38 3 years
BEng (Hons) UCAS: HBJ8 4 years with professional training
BEng (Hons) UCAS: HB40 4 years with foundation year
BEng (Hons) UCAS: HB41 5 years with foundation year and professional training
Why choose this course
Our BEng Biomedical Engineering course is 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.
“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.” Chloe Hinchliffe, student
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.
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.
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.
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 Operations and Systems Engineer, CMR Surgical
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
BEng (Hons): BBB.
Required subjects: Mathematics and physics. Alternatively, two other science subjects can be accepted in place of physics. Suitable science subjects include further maths; biology; chemistry; environmental science; geology; geography; computing; computer science; design and technology; economics; statistics; product design; psychology and electronics.
Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.
BEng (Hons) with foundation year: CCD including mathematics C and either physics or chemistry or equivalent.
Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.
GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.
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 annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021
You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.
A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
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. You’ll also 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 our students have completed Professional Training placements at organisations such as:
Abbott Diabetes Care
Smith & Nephew
Transport Research Laboratory
National Health Service
"I find that all the academic staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences are very friendly and want us to do the best we can.“ Ngan Le, student
"I found Surrey to be a welcoming and friendly place and immediately felt very at home. The campus is a fantastic place to study and live.” Alex Gleed, student
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.
Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.
Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, but you will also develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
Surrey’s international exchange programme offers you as an undergraduate the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university for either one semester or a full academic year as part of your 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)
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 different international companies, such as Siemens in Germany or Verb Surgical Inc. in the US.
"Having had a phenomenal experience studying abroad, I realised I wanted to get a taste of American corporate life during my Professional Training placement.” Illes Nigicser, student