Why study for a Humanities PhD at Exeter?

Studying at the College of Humanities

As a large interdisciplinary College, we are able to offer an excellent and rewarding experience for postgraduate study. We provide a lively study environment for both our taught and research students across our subject disciplines. 

Exeter is a portal to a rich variety of research resources offering unique archives in medieval and modern history, modern and contemporary literature and film. Dynamic partnerships with arts, culture and heritage organisations – British Museum, Historic England, London Film School, National Trust, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Tate Britain among many others – give our researchers access to a remarkable range of research collections and facilities.

Key features

  • Research excellence across our disciplines including world-leading research in many fields;
  • Wide ranging supervision for PhD study across our core disciplines and exciting areas of interdisciplinary study;
  • PhD funding opportunities including AHRC, ESRC and other awards;
  • Excellent support for postgraduate students including research skills training and dedicated postgraduate facilities.

Unique to Exeter

Exeter offers PhD students exceptional support:

  • A dedicated personal research mentor
  • Two PhD supervisors giving you a teamed approach to supervision combining research expertise from across our disciplines
  • A well-established postgraduate research culture including annual conferences and journal publications
  • Dedicate Humanities Graduate School support network 
  • A framework of research and career development opportunities across the University and through our network of partners
  • An exclusive study suite for Humanities postgraduates
  • Funding opportunities for individual research needs

Watch our postgraduate research videos

Watch our playlist of videos to hear from current staff and students about what it's like to study at Exeter's College of Humanities.