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About the Doctoral College

About the Doctoral College

A world-class research hub

We are particularly committed to encouraging new ideas and nurturing talent at the University of Exeter, and as such we boast an extremely high number of early career researchers. 

The University of Exeter Doctoral College brings together institution-wide support, training, and administration for all of our postgraduate and early career researchers. The Doctoral College works across all three Academic Faculties within the University as well as key Professional Services, to ensure that postgraduate and early career researchers have an outstanding start to their research careers.

The Doctoral College is world-class research hub, committed to a vibrant research culture and community, to sector-leading training and development, and to providing outstanding facilities and resources.

Prospective Student

If you are a prospective student please contact our admissions team via the contact details found on the Admissions website. 

Current Student(s)

If you are a current student please and have an enquiry then please look at the information on our Postgraduate Research Student (PGR) support webpage

Other Enquiries

For all other enquiries, that are not academic related please email the Doctoral College directly at the following email address:

Professor Stacey Hynd Dean of Postgraduate Research and of the Doctoral College
Drs Astrid Wissenburg Director of Research       
Fiona Pac-Soo Assistant Director - Research Environment and Doctoral College
Dr Rachel Hogden Head of Postgraduate Research Support 
Dr Chris Wood Head of Researcher Development and Research Culture 

Welcome to the University of Exeter and our Doctoral College. At Exeter we strive to create a supportive, inclusive and vibrant research environment for our diverse community of postgraduate researchers (PGRs). PGRs are an integral part of our interdisciplinary academic community and our Strategy 2030 ambitions for delivering world-leading research to create healthier, greener and fairer societies. Exeter is one of the fastest growing research-intensive universities in the UK, ranked 18th out of 134 universities in the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The Doctoral College aims to provide first-class support to postgraduate research students across our beautiful Streatham and St Lukes (Exeter) and Cornwall (Penryn) campuses. We assist the progress and development of all PGRs in our Faculties of Environment, Science and Economy, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and Health and Life Sciences. Our Doctoral College team brings together academics and professional services to support our PGRs from their initial applications, through their research and training, to the completion of their studies and future career plans both within and beyond academia. We are committed to building a dynamic and inclusive research culture to foster research innovation, inspire creativity and bring people together tackle local, national and global challenges, generating impactful and cutting-edge research. To do so, we aim to create a healthy and supportive research environment for our postgraduate students, with dedicated researcher development, international student, postgraduate support and postgraduate welfare teams. We’re proud that our performance in the national Postgraduate Research Experience Survey reflects this commitment, with overall satisfaction and wellbeing support results well ahead of sector benchmarks. We constantly strive to improve both the research opportunities and the support available to our PGRs, to help them achieve their research and career goals. We’re delighted that so many researchers from across the world choose to join our community and make Exeter or Cornwall their destination for postgraduate and doctoral study.

Professor Stacey Hynd - Dean of Postgraduate Research and of the Doctoral College