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Penryn Campus, Cornwall

The Penryn Campus is set in 100 acres of countryside, close to the waterside town of Falmouth, and boasts beautiful views over the Fal estuary. It offers peace and tranquillity as well as a lively student community with a vibrant mixture of students from science, engineering, humanities and arts backgrounds.

Our Penryn Campus rates in the top ten nationally for student satisfaction: students say it’s a highly personal experience, intellectually stretching but great fun, where everyone quickly gets to know their peers.

Cornwall’s energy and feel are unique; people tend not to end up here by chance, they come for a reason, and there are plenty of good reasons to choose from. The smaller scale, for example: students tell us how much they like recognising faces and being recognised themselves. They also tell us this is a great place to live, not just because of what they expect (beaches, beauty, sunsets, friendliness) but because of what’s surprising (music, culture, energy, ambition).

Sharing a campus with Falmouth University helps too, creating a vibrant mix of students with a wide range of diverse backgrounds and interests.

The environment and sustainability are important to us and feed - directly and indirectly - into all our degree programmes. Our Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) brings together state-of-the-art resources with leading academics to pioneer cutting-edge research into solutions to problems of environmental change. 

Its work complements that of the University Medical School’s European Centre for Environment & Human Health, based on our Truro Campus. The Centre conducts world-class research into the interconnections between the environment and health. Specifically, its researchers investigate the health implications posed by a range of environmental threats.

You can hear more about the Penryn Campus from some of our current students.

Studying at a top world-class university like Exeter, in a great environment like Cornwall, is a brilliant combination. I hope to utilise the scientific knowledge, research skills, leadership capacities and global connections I'm gaining through my Exeter career to the benefit of research, education and social entrepreneurship in Ghana.

Gameli Adzaho, MSc Environment and Human Health, Penryn Campus