Studying here

Our teaching excellence: the TEF 

We are very proud to have been awarded a Gold rating in the first Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Our Gold rating takes into account our teaching, programmes, facilities, and our students’ success.

We have been particularly praised for

  • our outstanding commitment to ensuring positive outcomes for all students
  • our use of business, industry and professional experts in our teaching
  • our outstanding teaching environments
  • offering the highest quality support for independent study and research
  • having optimum levels of contact hours and class size 

This means we are now recognised for excellence in both our teaching and our research (98% of our research rated as of “international quality” in REF2014)

Given that we’re also top 5 in BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport), and 158th rated in the world by the international QS rankings, this is yet further proof that Exeter is one of the very best universities in the UK.

Find out more about our teaching excellence and what lead to our TEF Gold rating.

Academic excellence

The University of Exeter featured in the UK’s top 14 in the past 5 years (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide) and the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015 places us 34th in the world for involvement in scientific collaboration and impact. We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research intensive universities.

The quality of education and experience received at the University of Exeter means we rank 8th in the UK in the latest Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

According to the latest Higher Education Statistics Agency Data, we are placed 9th out of all UK universities for achievement: 84 per cent of our students graduate with either a First or 2:1.

Our students demand a lot of us and we of them – we aim to make our teaching inspirational and your learning exceptional.

Research-inspired teaching

The staff who teach you at the University of Exeter don't just give lectures; they also work on world-class research, creating new knowledge and expanding our understanding of the world and ourselves, conducting the experiments, writing the articles, and authoring the books that other people teach from. 98 per cent of our research is rated as world-leading or internationally recognised (Research Excellence Framework 2014). You will be taught by experts and be part of a culture that is inspired by research, discussing the very latest ideas in seminars and tutorials and may become an active member of a research team.

What our students say

"I never thought I'd make a map of the Milky Way"

"The ethos cultivated by Exeter University was what ultimately won me over to come here. The department clearly not only cared about the college, but about the students as individuals.

The course is undoubtedly challenging and would be a whole lot harder if we didn’t have the resources we had and the support of our personal tutors. However, the course is also rewarding; I never thought I would write my (admittedly, crude) computer game or made a map of the Milky Way. As someone who just loves physics these are things I’ll be proud of and remember, when I graduate from here."

Leo from Kingston, studying Physics


"University is much much more than just a qualification"

"The best thing about studying here are the opportunities to try new things: student societies; launching campaigns and initiatives within your college; or just simply collaborating with students from other disciplines and backgrounds.

University is much, much more than just a qualification. By the end of your brief stay, you will have uncovered where your talents, passion, and abilities lie, whilst gaining life skills, confidence, and frienship that will stand the test of time. "

Doug from London, studying Engineering


Students are integral to research capability

Professor Geoff Nash discusses the important part research plays in our Natural Sciences programme.

The role of business within student learning

Dr Esther Reed explains how students get involved in her Theology & Business Ethics module.

Student led research projects

Professor Craig Williams explains how students are involved with leading research projects in Sport and Health Sciences.

Involving students in research

Dr Paul James explains the value of engaging students with research.