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Exeter Marine

Research-led teaching

Our cutting edge marine research underpins a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that are listed below.

Biosciences at the University of Exeter is a vibrant and rapidly expanding centre for research and teaching across a broad spectrum of biological sciences.

Undergraduate students are taught by world-leading experts in subjects at the frontiers of science, including systems biology, conservation and ecology, whole organism biology and microbiology, molecular and cellular biology, computational biology and biological chemistry.

Our degrees are also available with study abroad or industrial and professional placements.

Undergraduate programmes Campus
BSc Marine Biology Penryn
BSc Animal Behaviour Penryn
BSc Conservation Biology and Ecology Penryn
BSc Environmental Sciences Penryn
BSc Evolutionary Biology Penryn
BSc Zoology Penryn

Postgraduate students join a community of world-leading experts in subjects ranging from evolutionary biology, conservation and ecology, through whole organism biology and microbiology, to molecular and cellular biology, computational biology and biological chemistry. Students are supported by the Doctoral College, which offers institution-wide support, training, and administration for all of our postgraduate and early career researchers.

Postgraduate programmes Campus
MSc Conservation and Biodiversity Penryn
MSc Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology Penryn
MSc Marine Environmental Management Penryn
MSc Marine Vertebrate Ecology and Conservation Penryn
MPhil/PhD Biological Sciences Penryn and Streatham
MSc by Research Biological Sciences Penryn and Streatham

Geography offers world-class research and teaching at the frontiers of social and natural sciences.

Undergraduate Geography offers challenging programmes that aim to develop students' ability to better understand the world, as well as the knowledge and skills to shape solutions for the future. Through our programmes students will consider critical global issues and challenges of the 21st century that are likely to affect environments and societies in the coming years. Our degrees are also available with professional placement or study abroad.

Undergraduate programmes Campus
BSc Environmental Science Penryn
MSci Environmental Science Penryn
BA/BSc Flexible Combined Honours Penryn
BA/BSc Flexible Combined Honours Streatham
BA/BSc Geography Penryn
BA Geography Streatham
BSc Geography Streatham
BSc Geography with Applied GIS Streatham
BSc Geography and Geology Penryn
BSc Marine Science Penryn
BSc Natural Sciences Streatham
MSci Natural Sciences Streatham
BA Politics and Geography Penryn

Postgraduate Geography at the University of Exeter offers a lively, thriving and innovative research environment at campuses in both Cornwall and Exeter. We offer a range of innovative taught programmes, relevant to 21st century challenges and developed with input from industry. Students are supported by the Doctoral College which offers institution-wide support, training, and administration for all of our postgraduate and early career researchers.

Postgraduate programmes Campus
MSc Marine and Coastal Sustainability Penryn
MSc Sustainable Development Penryn
MRes Sustainable Futures Penryn
MRes Critical Human Geographies Streatham
MPhil/PhD Human/Physical Geography Penryn & Streatham
MPhil/PhD Sustainable Futures Penryn & Streatham
MSc by Research Geography Penryn & Streatham

At both the Streatham and Penryn campuses there are a number of Law modules which link to environmental and marine themes. 

UG Streatham (open to law students only): LAW3200 - Environmental Law

UG Penryn (open to non-law students): 

  • LAW1016C - A Legal Foundation to Environmental Protection
  • LAW2016C - Environmental Regulation and Redress
  • LAW2116C - Legal Foundations for Sustainable Business
  • LAW3016C - Legal Response to Environmental Destruction
  • LAW3300C - Law and Policy for Sustainability

PG Penryn (open to non-law students): 

  • LAWM184C - Climate Change Law
  • LAWM185C - Earth Law and Guardianship

Psychology at Exeter has over 60 academic staff, many research staff, and over 200 postgraduate students, including nearly 100 postgraduate research students. Our staff is recognised internationally for academic excellence, high quality research and applied output.

Our MSc Animal Behaviour is unusual in that it is offered within a Psychology department. This benefits you by providing a strong background in a broad cross-section of research methods used by researchers studying human and animal behaviour, a strong training in statistical methods and multidisciplinary study environment.

Postgraduate programmes Campus
MSc Animal Behaviour Streatham

In Renewable Energy our academics are committed to working with a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure a better informed and more inclusive approach to sustainable energy solutions. We have expertise in energy policy, marine renewables, bio-fuels, electrical power and networks, wind, photo-voltaic and thermal technologies.

Specialising in energy engineering with a focus on clean and renewable energy technologies for over a decade, our programmes are well established in providing graduate engineers to the sector. They offer excellent vocational training in the areas of renewable and clean energy, but with each programme tailored to students strengths and with a clear progression towards employability outcomes for each. The BEng/MEng is tailored to students who want to focus on an engineering career, while the BSc programme has a broader remit towards consultancy or policy opportunities.

Undergraduate programmes Campus
BEng Energy Engineering Penryn
MEng Energy Engineering Penryn
BSc Sustainable Energy Futures Penryn

Postgraduate research opportunities enhanced by expert academic supervision and excellent field and laboratory research facilities.

Postgraduate programmes Campus
MSc by Research/MPhil/PhD Renewable Energy Penryn
EngD in Offshore Renewable Energy Penryn

Delivered at the Knowledge Spa located on the Royal Cornwall Hospital Site in Truro this research inspired programme will include contributions from the University of Exeter Medical School’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health, the Met Office, Age UK and the World Health Organisation.

The programme would suit graduates who are planning or already undertaking a career within public health, health promotion, environmental health and protection, occupational health, workplace wellbeing or social enterprise. The programme has been developed with reference to the training requirements of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the UK Faculty of Public Health to maximise your future employability in the discipline of environment and human health sciences.


Postgraduate programmes Campus
MSc Environment and Human Health Cornwall (Truro)
2nd year UEMS Oceans and Human Health Module Cornwall (Truro)

Meet our students

Graduate In Focus series

In the MSc Graduate In Focus series we speak to graduates from our MSc programmes. They share their experiences of studying in Cornwall, how their course has helped them in their careers and what they are doing now. So if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to study with us, look no further!

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