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MSc Biomedical Engineering

Course Description

Our MSc is an advanced programme spanning a wide range of topics, providing you with an in-depth introduction to the field of biomedical engineering.


Running for over 50 years, our MSc is one of the longest-established biomedical engineering degree programmes in the world and has been highlighted for an ‘excellent’ grade in the UK Teaching Quality Assessment scheme as well as being highly commended by external examiners for the breadth and depth of material taught.

Programme overview

Biomedical engineering is one of the most important growth areas in the engineering sector in the first half of the twenty-first century. Internationally, the rise in demand for biomedical engineers is, and will remain, greater than in any other engineering discipline.

Our course will suit you if you want to gain the skill-set and experience required to embark on a future career within clinical engineering, the medical industry or healthcare science and research. You will benefit from a thorough taught knowledge base, covering areas such as biomaterials, biomechanics, movement analysis, human biology, instrumentation, micro-engineering, physiological measurement, medical implants, rehabilitation engineering and safety.

Why not read profiles of past and present students studying our subject, including Alex Bates (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/features/my-surrey-experience-%E2%80%93-alex-bates-msc-biomedical-engineering), who took his MSc in Biomedical Engineering?

Module overview (all compulsory)

On this MSc there are four semester 1 modules which are taught over ten weeks. In semester 2, you will undertake another four modules, each taught intensively over two weeks. You will also complete a Research Project which spans over the two semesters and the summer period. If you are studying on a part-time basis, you will take two modules per semester over the two years, and complete your Research Project in the second year.

Modules (all compulsory):

- Human Biology
- Instrumentation
- Biomechanics
- Professional and Research Skills
- Computer Methods in Biomedical Engineering Research
- Human Movement and Rehabilitation
- Medical Implants and Biomaterial Applications
- Biomedical Sensors and Signals
- Research Project

Human Biology:

This module will give you a solid foundation in human biology, with particular reference to the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system and the senses, the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, the urinary system, and skin and superficial soft tissues.


This module will provide core knowledge in instrumentation for biomedical engineering applications, introducing key concepts and techniques through applied tutorial and laboratory sessions. The module covers basic concepts including analogue and digital circuits, measurement equipment, amplifiers, filters and signal acquisition, and is underpinned by applied medical engineering examples. The material will complement that taught in other modules.


You will be taught the principles from which to quantify the load, strength, failure and equilibrium performance of musculoskeletal structures. You will also be introduced to the biomechanical principles from which to quantify behaviour of the ‘fluid systems’ within the body.

Professional and Research Skills:

This module will prepare you for a career as a professional biomedical engineer, studying subjects such as the scope and range of biomedical engineering, professional and regulatory bodies, professional development, clinical and research governance, and ethics. Additionally, students will learn about research methods, statistics, publications, funding and other skills required of a biomedical engineering researcher.

Computer Methods in Biomedical Engineering Research:

The module introduces the student to the application of modern computational methods in biomedical research. Within the context of real-life problems encountered in biomedical engineering practice, the student will be introduced to and provided with practical experience in using:

- Finite element software
- Software for reconstruction of anatomically realistic geometries from clinical images
- High-end programming languages for a wide range of data analysis and mathematical simulation tasks

Human Movement and Rehabilitation:

The module provides students with an up-to-date knowledge base on the assessment of human movement with particular focus on clinical gait analysis, including an in-depth evaluation of the state-of-the-art measurement and analysis tools currently used in clinical and performance management.

Medical Implants and Biomaterial Applications:

This module covers the principles of the design and use of medical implants, orthopaedic implants in particular; related prosthetic technology and biomaterials such as metals, ceramics and polymers and composites with specific reference to biomedical applications.

Biomedical Sensors and Signals:

This module describes the use of equipment (such as electroencephalography, electrocardiography, and imaging methods among others) to measure important information about the physiological state of a patient. The module also provide the student with an up-to-date knowledge base on the theory and professional practice of engineering applied to the rehabilitation of people with sensory and neurological disability.

Research Project:

This module is a supervised independent study undertaken by the student to demonstrate the ability to conduct research at MSc level on a specific topic in biomedical engineering. The student will apply theoretical knowledge and practical techniques gained through the taught modules, as well as additional knowledge and skills acquired independently for the purpose of conducting the research.


The Biomedical Engineering MSc has accreditation from the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).


Our Admissions Policy (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/policies/postgraduate-admissions-policy) provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.

Further information for applicants - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate

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

(Student Profile)

Miguel Hernandez Silveira

604.jpg The University of Surrey provides excellent academic support for PhD students as well as all the resources necessary to carry out a worthy research project. In addition, Surrey has offered me the opportunity of participate in sports and other activities that has led me to meet new people from different countries. Finally, I have found that Guildford is a special place to live, with a beautiful high street, outskirts and kind, friendly people.

(Student Profile)

Professor Julie Yeomans; Director of the Industrial Doctorate Centre in Micro and Nanomaterials and Technologies

"The Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences has a wealth of opportunities for anyone thinking about postgraduate study. From aerostructures, Alzheimer’s disease and adhesion to vehicle dynamics, water pipes and wind engineering, our research tackles issues that make a real difference to people’s lives."

(Student Profile)

Alex Bates

"After seven years within marketing and sales, I decided to come back to education to study for an MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Surrey. I’ve always been interested in human biology and how the body works, and was attracted to the wide range of topics the course covered – everything from motion analysis, to engineering principles of prosthetics, to cell culture.

My supervisors were great, always available to give a helping hand or point in the right direction when needed, taking an interest in what I was doing and providing me with prompt and informative feedback on my work. I also found the lectures really interesting and was able to understand the material even if I wasn’t an expert on it – this shows how good the course material was and how well it was delivered. Some of my favourite modules included Gait Analysis and Rehabilitation Engineering, and I loved the hands-on approach to learning, using a movement analysis lab and experimenting to test theory within practical sessions.

I received a lot of opportunity on my course to interact from those within industry. Visiting speakers helped expand my knowledge and there were also numerous trips to hospitals and private companies at the cutting edge of research. During my MSc I was able to organise a week-long work experience placement at the Queen Mary Hospital in Roehampton, within the Gait Analysis lab, observing patients undergoing testing.

I’m now a PhD student, investigating how the knee moves in those with hypermobility syndrome. I feel that Surrey’s MSc in Biomedical Engineering not only gave me a broad knowledge-base of the subject, but also an understanding of a career in academia."


Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on .


GREAT Surrey Scholarships India - 6 Awards

Funded by the University and the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign, up to six scholarships worth £5,000 (paid in the form of a fee discount) are being offered on postgraduate taught courses from the following subjects:- Chemical and Process Engineering
- Chemistry
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Environment and Sustainability
- Mathematics
- Mechanical Engineering Sciences
- PhysicsWHO CAN APPLY?You can apply for a GREAT Surrey Scholarship if:- You hold a high first-class degree from an Indian university (the minimum requirement is 65 per cent from a prestigious university or 70 per cent from a regional university).
- You hold an offer from Surrey to study any MSc course within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, as listed above (you must hold an offer before submitting an application for a scholarship)

Value of Scholarship(s)



The GREAT Scholarship – India programme is aimed at high-calibre Indian students who want to study for a postgraduate programme in engineering.

Application Procedure

To apply, you will need to complete the online form - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/content/great-scholarships-india-2016

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A minimum 2.2 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in engineering, physical sciences, medicine, or life/medical/paramedical sciences. Other related paramedical professional qualifications may be considered. Occasionally students may be admitted with a lesser academic qualification, if they can prove several years’ relevant industrial (or Health Service) experience.

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