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Course content

In the first semester of the programme, graduates from a range of backgrounds are brought up-to-speed on core knowledge in engineering, biology and research practice.

This is followed by specialist modules in the second semester on human movement analysis, prostheses, implants, physiological measurements and rehabilitation, as well as numerous computer methods applied across the discipline.

The course makes use of different approaches to teaching, including traditional lectures and tutorials, off-site visits to museums and hospitals, and lab work (particularly in the Human Movement and Instrumentation modules).

The core lecturing team is supplemented by leading figures from hospitals and industry.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over two academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a research project.

All modules are taught on the University main campus, with the exception of visits to the health care industry (e.g. commercial companies and NHS hospitals).

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The course aims:

  • To educate engineering, physical science, life science, medical and paramedical graduates in the broad base of knowledge required for a Biomedical Engineering career in industry, healthcare or research in the United Kingdom, Europe and the rest of the world
  • To underpin the knowledge base with a wide range of practical sessions including laboratory/experimental work and applied visits to expert health care facilities and biomedical engineering industry
  • To develop skills in critical review and evaluation of the current approaches in biomedical engineering
  • To build on these through an MSc research project in which further experimental, analytical, computational, and/or design skills will be acquired

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate breadth and depth of awareness and understanding of issues at the forefront of Biomedical Engineering
  • Demonstrate broad knowledge in Human Biology, Instrumentation, Biomechanics, and Professional and Research skills
  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge in Implants, Motion analysis and rehabilitation, and Medical signals
  • Understand how to apply engineering principles to conceptually challenging (bio)medical problems
  • Appreciate the limitations in the current understanding of clinical problems and inherent in adopted solutions
  • Understand routes/requirements for personal development in biomedical engineering including state registration
  • Understand key elements of the concept of ethics and patient-professional relationships, recognise, analyse and respond to the complex ethical issues

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Evaluate a wide range of applied engineering and clinical measurement and assessment tools
  • Design and implement a personal research project; this includes an ability to accurately assess/report on own/others work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies, showing insight and understanding of alternative points of view
  • Carry out such research in a flexible, effective and productive manner, optimising use of available support, supervisory and equipment resources, demonstrating understanding of the complex underlying issues
  • Apply appropriate theory and quantitative methods to analyse problems

Professional practical skills

  • Make effective and accurate use of referencing across a range of different types of sources in line with standard conventions
  • Use/ apply basic and applied instrumentation hardware and software
  • Correctly use anthropometric measurement equipment and interpret results in the clinical context
  • Use/apply fundamental statistical analysis tools
  • Use advanced movement analysis hardware and software and interpret results in the clinical context
  • Use advanced finite element packages and other engineering software for computer simulation
  • Program in a high-level programming language and use built-in functions to tackle a range of problems
  • Use further specialist skills (laboratory-experimental, analytical, and computational) developed through the personal research project

Key / transferable skills

  • Identify, select, plan for, use and evaluate ICT applications and strategies to enhance the achievement of aims and desired outcomes
  • Undertake independent review, and research and development projects
  • Communicate effectively between engineering, scientific and clinical disciplines
  • Prepare relevant, clear project reports and presentations, selecting and adapting the appropriate format and style to convey information, attitudes and ideas to an appropriate standard and in such a way as to enhance understanding and engagement by academic/ professional audiences

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

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


Visit the Biomedical Engineering MSc page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

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