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The Exeter Award

Enhance your employability


  • combine subjects not otherwise possible at Exeter
  • cross-subject degrees to suit your interests and career ambitions
  • leads to a named degree title of the subjects you study
  • study two subjects, or sometimes three
  • create your own themed pathway
  • vary the proportion of the subjects each year
  • add vocational elements to your studies
  • opportunities for study and work abroad


Student studyingHow much do I write or produce?

The length of what you submit for your independent study depends on the nature of what you are working on.

For example, the submission could take the form of a 'traditional', straightforward written dissertation or it could be a combination of practical and written components.

You will talk through the form of the submission with your supervisor, and they must approve the final form.

If the work takes the form of a written dissertation, the allowed number of words, excluding bibliography and references, is:

  • 15 credits = up to 6,000 words
  • 30 credits = up to 12,000 words

If the work is a combination of a written and other component (e.g. a rationale or critique that accompanies a film, web pages, graphic design etc), the total amount of submitted material should be 'equivalent in effort' to the number of words specified above for 15 or 30 credits, as appropriate to how many credits for which you are taking the independent study. Such equivalencies can admittedly be slightly subjective to calculate, but provided your supervisor is happy with what is proposed, then that is fine.