Medical Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2014 entry

The Medical Engineering course is varied and I enjoyed the multidisciplinary project. The option for hands-on experience in the workshop is important for understanding techniques and getting your hands dirty!

What you'll study

Medical engineering is a major growth area in the world healthcare market. It is an interdisciplinary subject that requires you to have a thorough grounding in engineering and technology, and an understanding and empathy for key clinical concepts.

Our Medical Engineering degree programmes are designed for clinical and industrial relevance. They provide you with the necessary technical competence and industrial awareness, alongside the necessary personal and clinical skills, for this rewarding career path.

Programme overview

In joining our Medical Engineering programmes, you place yourself in the front line of delivering society’s future healthcare needs and aspirations – an exciting and challenging prospect.

You will study through our internationally renowned Centre for Biomedical Engineering, a key teaching and research area. As one of the longest-established medical engineering activities in the UK, you benefit from nearly 50 years’ experience of teaching and research. Our cutting-edge expertise ensures that you gain the latest techniques and knowledge.

Our medical engineering activities feature analysis of human movement; electrical stimulation for limb movement following spinal cord injury, stroke or cerebral palsy; osseointegrated implants for above-knee amputees; design of artificial (prosthetic) limbs; sensory feedback; and dielectrophoresis in disease detection. Our activities also benefit from strong collaborative links with both the UK health services and the national and international medical engineering industry.

Our degrees provide you with a firm foundation in medical engineering through accredited programmes that can lead to Chartered Engineer status. Close interaction with practising clinical and healthcare engineering professionals provides you with expert guidance as you progress through your degree.

Your lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions are supplemented by visits to clinical and industrial centres, particularly in your final year. These degrees share a common first year with our Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering programmes. This ensures that you can communicate with engineers of different specialisations and allows you the opportunity to change your degree choice. 

Direct entry to the MEng programme normally requires higher qualifications, but transfer from the BEng to the MEng is possible during the degree programme, depending on academic performance. This would normally happen after Year 2.

Transfer is also possible from the MEng and BEng programmes without a Professional Training year to ones with (and vice versa). This transfer can be made after Year 1, giving students who were initially undecided time to consider the benefits of the Professional Training placement year.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Not only do you study the technical topics such as mechanics, design and thermodynamics, but you also develop the key broader transferable skills of communication and teamwork. All first-year students are also given practical training in standard workshop and laboratory practice.

Modules include:

  • Mathematics
  • Materials and Statics
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • Electronic Instrumentation
  • Experimental and Transferrable Skills
  • Design and Component Production
  • Solid Mechanics

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

The programme becomes distinct and allows you to specialise, with modules including Human Biology and Biomechanics, alongside core mechanical engineering modules.

Modules include:

  • Biomechanics
  • Human Biology
  • Electronic Instrumentation
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Design
  • Control
  • Numerical and Experimental Methods
  • Engineering Experiments

Professional Training placement (optional)

A salaried Professional Training placement year provides a valuable opportunity to gain a real taste of medical engineering, while enhancing study outcomes and future career prospects. We have strong and long-established links with major medical engineering-related companies and organisations such as GlaxoSmithKline, QinetiQ/DSTL, Smith and Nephew, the Transport Research Laboratory and the National Health Service. Our success rate in placing students is excellent.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

In Year 3, your studies cover a range of applied medical engineering areas, plus a group design project, individual research project and management studies. Recent examples of projects include ‘Tissue engineering for bone grafts’, ‘Designing a syringe pump’ and ‘Assessment of the effects of electric fields on human bone cell growth’.

Modules include:

  • Group Design Project
  • Final-Year Project (BEng only)
  • Biomedical Signal Processing
  • Clinical Rehabilitation
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Materials
  • Control and Dynamics

Year 4 (MEng only, FHEQ Level 7)

Year 4 includes a multidisciplinary project, an extensive individual research project (in collaboration with a medical engineering organisation) and a choice of optional advanced modules. The MEng degree has been developed in conjunction with the medical engineering profession specifically for undergraduates of high academic and practical calibre who will achieve leading roles as Chartered Engineers.

Modules include:

  • Multidisciplinary Design Project
  • Final-Year Project
  • Extensive Research Project (in collaboration with an external partner)
  • Professional and Research Skills
  • Implant Technology
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Gait Analysis and Human Movement
  • Safety and Physiological Measurement

Professional recognition

Fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as the fastest route to Chartered Engineer status (CEng).

Professional Training

A salaried Professional Training placement year provides a valuable opportunity to gain a real taste of medical engineering, while enhancing study outcomes and future career prospects. We have strong and long-established links with major medical engineering-related companies and organisations such as GlaxoSmithKline, QinetiQ/DSTL, Smith and Nephew, the Transport Research Laboratory and the National Health Service. Our success rate in placing students is excellent.

While on your Professional Training year, you are paid by your employer (students typically earning around £14,900 per year), but are nevertheless still members 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 year 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 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.

You are allocated a personal tutor who guides you through the programme, advising you on option and career choices, and helping make sure you get the most from your time at Surrey.

Your communication skills, vital to professional medical 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.


Our degrees are awarded on a combination of examinations and continuous assessment, in the form of coursework, laboratory reports, projects and presentations. First-year marks do not count towards your degree, but ensure that you are making good progress.

In the BEng programme, your second and final years contribute to the final degree award. If a Professional Training year is taken, this also counts towards your degree. The MEng programme is assessed on Years 2, 3 and 4, plus the Professional Training year, if taken.


Specialised facilities include: 

  • A microengineering laboratory for tissue integration studies
  • A gait (human movement) laboratory
  • The Clinical Biomedical Engineering Centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton

Career opportunities

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 medical engineering profession. Medical 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 medical engineering and related disciplines.

Graduate prospects

Recent graduates from our Medical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes have gone on to postgraduate studies in medicine, including PhD research, or have entered employment in roles such as:

  • NHS – Clinical Scientists and Engineers
  • Ford – Car Safety Engineer
  • Jaguar – Graduate Engineer
  • Medical Research Council
  • TRL (Transport Research Laboratory) – Research Engineers
  • UK/US universities – Medical Engineering Research
  • Stanmore Implants – Graduate Medical Engineer

2014 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?


MEng: A-level grades AAA

BEng: A-level grades AAB

We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

DDD (in an appropriate subject, with a supporting A-level in Mathematics at grade A)

European Baccalaureate

MEng: 76%

BEng: 75%

(including 8 in Mathematics and Physics)

International Baccalaureate

MEng: 37 points

BEng: 35 points

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.

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Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent).

Mathematics to full A-level (or equivalent) is required for all programmes. Physics to full A-level (or equivalent) is also required for all programmes. Where an applicant does not have Physics A-level, two other science/ technology A-levels can be considered instead.

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.

English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-skill (or equivalent).

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

See 2015 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BEng (Hons) 3 years HB38 View KIS data set
BEng (Hons) 4 years HBJ8 View KIS data set
MEng 4 years HB3V View KIS data set
MEng 5 years HBH8 View KIS data set

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Why Surrey?

  • Mechanical and Medical Engineering at Surrey was ranked number 2 in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2012
  • A strong emphasis on developing both technical and personal/professional skills
  • Taught material underpinned by leading-edge biomedical research programmes
  • Excellent opportunities to apply knowledge in project work
  • Integrated medical engineering Professional Training on five-year MEng and four-year BEng programmes
  • Professionally accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Strong clinical and healthcare industry partnerships
  • Further opportunities to study to MSc and PhD level
  • Programmes enhanced by closely related disciplines at the University

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