We have former postgraduates employed with a range of Blue Chip Organisations including Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Reuters and GlaxoSmithKline, and in the public sector, within the National Health Service, local government and the Armed Forces. A number of postgraduate students have also gone on to set up successful careers running their own businesses.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

This is a national graduate training scheme in which the University is a partner. A Knowledge Transfer Partnership will enable you to undertake a six-month to three-year research-based, in-company project which is central to the company’s strategic development. You are paid a salary, given structured training and provided with mentoring support. KTP projects often lead to an offer of a permanent post with the host company. The scheme is available to students at both Exeter and Cornwall campuses.

Graduate Business Partnerships (GBP)

After completing your programme of study, you can participate in the Graduate Business Partnership scheme. This project-based scheme, which normally lasts 12 months, offers work placements in regional businesses. Projects have taken place in a range of areas including IT and e-commerce, market research, product development, and environmental research. During your placement you also benefit from a structured training programme run by the University.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

College-based assistantship schemes are available to postgraduate students undertaking research degrees. They offer a valuable and challenging opportunity to develop further skills as well as helping you to finance your studies. For details please see Teaching and Research Assistantships.

PhD CASE awards

A CASE award can enable you to part- or fully-fund your PhD and gain valuable work experience in the process. You will be employed by a company for the duration of your PhD which will be based around a research problem which the company require solving. For full details, please see our PhD funding webpages.

Career Zone

Postgraduate study is about giving you the edge in the careers market, and at the University of Exeter we go beyond providing excellent academic postgraduate programmes to make sure you have the skills to get your dream job.

In addition to employability officers in colleges on the Streatham Campus, our careers teams at the Career Zone – our award winning careers service – can help guide you through a wealth of information to match your skills and interests to a career that will suit you. Our staff work with regional, national and international employers to develop new work placement, project and graduate opportunities.

A selection of our services are listed below. Please see the Career Zone webpages for the full range.

Career Zone Award winning career service, where you can access careers advice, resources and enhance your interview and application skills.
My Career Zone An online hub for all your skills development and career planning needs, including access to vacancies advertised by more than 700 employers.
Careers fairs Attended by numerous local and multinational companies and organisations.
Skills training Workshops and seminars on all aspects of career development, recruitment and selection.
Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award Boost your experience and abilities to demonstrate to employers that you have developed transferable skills.
Enterprise and entrepreneurship sessions Develop skills for self-employment and enterprise. Support provided if you wish to start your own business.
Interview Experience Postgraduate students employed to help us run this training course in interview techniques. Provides really useful training in how to support others and how to provide constructive feedback, as well as a chance to gain useful tips on how to be interviewed.