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

"Exeter has truly helped me gain confidence."

"One of the reasons I chose Exeter was its campus. The thought of studying with all the facilities together was far more appealing to me than a university with buildings spread throughout a city. The Law School is also highly recognised, and there are a huge number of extra-curricular activities. I’ve become a very active student; last year I was appointed as the Senior Law Representative, while also taking up the responsibilities of a Residence Life Mentor and a Pathways to Law Mentor. Since arriving I have undertaken several work experiences in law firms, all facilitated by the University. I am also Vice President for both the Islamic and Pakistani Societies, giving me the chance to develop leadership skills, fantastic for employability. Exeter has truly helped me gain confidence and provides a huge range of opportunities that I’m always grabbing. I love Exeter and would never regret choosing it."

Iqra from London, studying LLB Law

"Coming to Penryn I immediately fell in love with the unique surroundings."

"The course seemed different from any kind of history degree I’d come across so far, and the Public History module was a big factor in my coming here. If you’re looking for a more avant-garde course, ranging from environmental history to social and public history, this is the place to be. The modules are intellectually stimulating, and the lecturers are passionate as well as knowledgeable about their subjects. One of my favourite aspects of studying at Penryn has been the local, cosy atmosphere, the ‘we’re-all-in-the-same-boat’ feeling that makes for great camaraderie among students. Falmouth and Penryn are lovely towns, and sharing a campus with Falmouth University provides a great blend between academic and creative ideas, views and people. "

Tomas from Made, the Netherlands, studying History at Penryn.

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.