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I decided to come to Exeter after meeting the faculty here who genuinely care about their students and how we use our time here to prepare for what comes after we graduate.

Exeter also has a great employability program that focusses on preparing students for the job market. Whatever stage you are at in the process, the career consultants in the Career Zone are always sure to be able to help point you to the resources you need or provide career counseling if you are stuck.

Serafin, MA International Relations

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Studying with us


Our postgraduate students sustain and develop the research culture on which we all depend. At Exeter, we encourage the direct involvement of postgraduate students in research seminars. Frequently the academic sessions are led by postgraduates – presenting their work in progress. Many among this community co-author conference papers and articles with their supervisors; all are valued and heard.

In common with other research intensive universities, we have postgraduate students on taught MA programmes (usually for 1 year but can be studied for 2 years part-time) and PhD programmes. All IR PhDs undertake a research training programme that has been approved by the Economic and Social Research Council.  The faculty encourage a variety of methodologies – all have to be rigorous and subjected to critical scrutiny.

Research programmes

Taught programmes

International Summer School