Choose Exeter

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The University of Exeter, in the south west of the UK, is one of the top universities in the world. Our two locations in Exeter and Cornwall offer beautiful campuses in vibrant communities, and are ideal environments in which to study and live.

We received our Royal Charter in 1955, although our predecessor institutions, the Royal Albert Memorial College and the University College of the South West of England, were established in 1900 and 1922 respectively.

Why Exeter?

Here are just a few reasons to choose the University of Exeter:

  • TEF Gold award for teaching excellence - Consistently delivering outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students
  • Research excellence - 98% of our research is of international quality, with 82% rated world-leading or internationally excellent1
  • Top 200 of universities worldwide2
  • Graduate employability - 95% of graduates in employment or further study six months after graduation (DHLE Survey 2015/16)3
  • Member of the prestigious Russell Group of research intensive universities
  • Sporting success - 5th in the 2016-2017 British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) championship
  • International reputation - winner at the What Uni? Student Choice awards 2015 & 2017
  • Support for students - our support staff are on hand to support you throughout your degree, from our Wellbeing and Disability Services, to support for care leavers, mature and estranged students
  • Beautiful campuses - the University of Exeter has won Green Flag Awards for its picturesque and eco-friendly campuses
  • A perfect location - choose from a vibrant city centre location (Exeter) or the quirky seaside community of Penryn, near Falmouth (Cornwall), both with coast and countryside on the doorstep, offering an abundance of outdoor activities.

What our students say:

"Exeter ticks all the boxes – it’s such a great place to study and live"

“The combination of the beautiful campus, a really good department and Exeter as a city made me decide this was the place for me. I did my undergraduate degree here and staying for my Masters was an easy decision to make. Doing a Masters is more independent than I thought it would be: you can really explore what you want to. Someone said it’s like being an academic with stabilisers – you have freedom but you also have support.

I have two part time jobs but both are casual so I can choose how many hours I take on and work around deadlines. I like working part time as it gives some structure to my week. My advice would be do your postgrad in something you really enjoy – if you don’t enjoy it you won’t be motivated."

Anna, studying Theology and Religion MA

"Being a CSM graduate opens doors"

“The Masters course at Camborne School of Mines (CSM) is one of the very few that really prepares you for industry. In my experience it was well focused and I see the benefits of what we studied in almost every day of work. In addition to this the alumni seem to take care of their own. Being a CSM graduate opens doors due to the overwhelming respect for the degrees they offer within the industry.”

Michael, studying MSc Mining Geology

"The University’s ranking and reputation were key factors for me in choosing where to study"

“I chose to study at the University of Exeter for a number of reasons, however the University’s ranking and reputation were key factors for me in choosing where to study. As an international student, settling into Exeter was quite comfortable and easy. I come from the hustling and bustling city Dubai, but I really like the quiet nature of Exeter. It is a very different atmosphere compared to the one I was brought up in. The scenery Exeter has to offer is beautiful! The campus itself is of a great size and is a beauty in its own right. If you need anything urgently there are plenty of options within campus, including a great variety of cafes and restaurants!”

Sanjina, studying MSc Marketing

"The staff and my fellow students have been really supportive and welcoming"

"The staff and my fellow students have been really supportive and welcoming: I feel like I’ve become part of the Exeter Drama community. I think it’s important for any drama student to have access to performance space and the facilities at Exeter are amazing; the rehearsal rooms and studios are fantastic."

Alice, studying MA Theatre Practice

"The academics are world-class and that's really exciting"

“I wasn’t sure whether to do a masters but Exeter offered a good programme which I knew would help my career and be useful. Lots of jobs look for quantitative skills so I decided to go for a Masters which included it. My Masters was initially quite challenging but I’ve learned a lot and I know the skills I’m learning are valued by employers.

The city is in a great part of the country. It has everything you need as a student whatever you’re into. It gives you the space to focus on your studies – it’s not big and stressful like London.

If you’re thinking about doing a Masters really think about why. For me it was useful for my future career: it had to add value for me. In my department the academics are really experienced and have a lot of knowledge to share – they are world-class and that’s really exciting and a huge plus for Exeter. "

Nicolo, studying Policy Analytics MSc

"My course gave me the skills and knowledge to take the next step in my career"

“I found the course excellent because it explores what’s behind conflict – we looked at the political, social, religious and environmental factors which lead to conflict. There was so much variety and lots of freedom with module choices. I also undertook a work placement as part of the MA – I worked for an organisation called RedR UK who train aid workers for disaster relief, which was a great opportunity to apply the theory I was learning.

A week after I handed in my dissertation I set off for Uganda and spent three months designing and delivering a sexual health programme in schools and health centres, using skills I learnt on my MA. I’m looking forward to building a rewarding career in the third sector. ”

Amy, studying Conflict Security and Development MA

1Research Excellence Framework 2014
2THE World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings
3HESA 2014/15

Outstanding results in the Research Excellence Framework 20141

Top 200 of universities worldwide2

95% of graduates in employment or further study six months after graduation3

A member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities

Rated gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

Rated 5 stars in the QS Stars University Ratings 2018