Student life

As an undergraduate Physics student at Exeter you will join a lively department, and you will be supported by academics that want you to succeed. We pride ourselves on providing a challenging academic experience enhanced with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. 

Socialise and Study

All undergraduates have unlimited access to social and library areas on campus, as well as communal study areas within each academic building. As a Physics student, you will have access to both study areas in Physics (the "social" study area on the 1st floor, and the "quiet" study area on the 7th floor), plus similar facilities across the rest of the college (e.g. in the Harrison building).


The Physics Society is one of over 200 societies at Exeter, all of which are great opportunities to meet new people at University. PhySoc in particular gives you a fantastic chance to socialise with your fellow physicists from all years away from lectures and labs. We organise fortnightly socials ranging from pub crawls and bowling to beach trips and karaoke, as well as competing with our own PhySoc sports teams in the Football, Netball and Badminton intramural leagues. Our two biggest events of the year are the Christmas Meal and Summer Ball and we now also run a yearly trip abroad, previous locations being Amsterdam and Paris with another to follow in 2016!

Your voice as a student

Our academics and students develop strong working relationships over the course of a degree programme, a factor we feel is important to your success.

SLC: Student-Staff Liaison Committees

Student-Staff Liaison Committees (SSLCs) are student-run forums for suggestions and feedback to and from the College staff. SSLC's are fairly informal committees, chaired by one of the student representatives, which meets about once a term to discuss a wide range of issues and developments.

SSLCs include representatives from each year and each programme. Their job is to provide a point of contact for the students on their programmes.

MACE: Module and course evaluation

Feedback from students is requested for every module. Module leaders receive this feedback and are required to respond to the scores and comments received via the Annual Module Review process. The responses are subsequently shared with students.

University life and student support

The University provides many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of your studies. The Students’ Guild runs clubs and societies across a whole range of activities and interests and has one of the most advanced student media networks in the country. Our sports facilities are also amongst the best in the country. We aim to make sure our students leave us with memories of their time at university that they will treasure, and benefit from, for a long time after they graduate.

You can find out more about what life is like for students on the Streatham campus and what support is available for you on the student life pages.

A beautiful location to study and socialise

A beautiful location, close to Dartmoor and the coast.  This is the view from the 7th floor study area.

PhySoc - the Physics Society

PhySoc is the student run society within the department that contribute to the communal environment, running events such as the Summer Ball as well as annual trips abroad.

All our MPhys and Single Honours BSc degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics. Accredited MPhys degrees fully satisfy the educational requirements of the Chartered Physicist (CPhys) professional qualification.