Student life

Postgraduate students are often attracted to the beautiful environment of the South West as well as the research profile of the University and its excellent facilities and postgraduate provision. Here in Biosciences we aim to make each postgraduate student feel welcome and part of a vibrant, exciting department which is continually achieving in its field.

You can read more about what it is like living in Exeter or Cornwall in the tabs below.

Your voice as a student

We are committed to enabling all students to communicate their views and to receiving suggestions to influence changes to our policies and procedures. Taught postgraduate students of Biosciences have a voice through the College of Life and Environmental Science postgraduate Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC). This single SSLC, which exists for all disciplines in the Colleges, gives you the opportunity to voice your opinions about studying with us and to comment on a wide range of issues and possible developments.

The SSLC is presided over by Subject Chairs (a student elected by the Students’ Guild) and composed of elected student representatives from each year and programme and appropriate staff representatives. The Associate Dean (Education) and Assistant College Manager (Education) for the College of Life and Environmental Sciences meet with Subject Chairs on a regular basis, and Subject Chairs are represented on College’s Education Strategy Group.

For biologists there are few places better in the UK than Cornwall. With the area’s natural features of coastline, rivers and moorland on your doorstep, students are surrounded by beautiful landscape and a wealth of opportunities for study.

Cornwall has a rapidly growing economy fuelled by investment from business, the Government and acclaimed developments such as the Eden Project, and is leading the way in renewable energy technologies.

The local area complements course-related fieldwork beautifully, but a wide variety of outdoor pursuits are open to you – from surfing (some of the best in the country) to walking, kite boarding to diving. The campus is based in Penryn, near Falmouth, which is a lively town with bars, pubs restaurants and a vibrant café culture to explore, plus theatres, cinemas, shops and galleries.

Facilities and services

The University has all the services and facilities you'll need to make the most of life on campus, view our Penryn Campus page and Why Exeter? pages for more information. The Penryn Campus is a modern campus with a friendly, vibrant atmosphere, enhanced by its shared location with Falmouth University.

Maps and directions

You can find a map and directions for the Penryn Campus on our Visiting us webpages.

Exeter is a city with an attractive mix of vibrant culture and a safe, student-friendly environment. With its excellent shopping, including the £235 million Princesshay development, and pubs, cafes, restaurants, theatres and cinemas there is plenty to do in the city, from the popular mainstream to the quirky and unusual.

Exeter is well placed for easy access to beautiful countryside and moorland, with Dartmoor and Exmoor on your doorstep – perfect for walkers and horse riders, plus the stunning coastline provides scope for surfing, swimming, kiteboarding, sailing, diving and almost any other watersport you can think of.

Streatham Campus

The Streatham Campus is an attractive campus with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, located an easy 15 minutes’ walk into the city centre. Student halls are located on campus and at a variety of locations closer to the city centre, giving students the convenience of easy access to both locations.

Virtual tours and maps

You can see virtual tours and a map of the Streatham Campus on our visiting us webpages.

Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, MSc graduate

If you are looking for a department that is not afraid of dreaming big and matching its dreams with brave steps and actions, then Biosciences at the University of Exeter is the place to be... I'd like to share that one of the most striking things you'd notice about the University of Exeter the first time is the willingness by staff and students whom you've never met before to lend a helping hand at all times. For me, it was a refreshing change from the aloof indifference common in big city universities like those in London. The genuine interest and warm support of the Employability and Graduate Development office is truly remarkable. Their efforts have seen key industry players and choice companies scrambling for Exeter graduates at the end of every year. The University of Exeter has one of the highest rates of students graduating with a 2:1 or a First in the country – the quiet, conducive learning atmosphere might not be unconnected to that result.

Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, MSc graduate