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Undergraduate Study

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Academic excellence

We strive to make our teaching inspirational and your learning exceptional.

We are currently ranked:

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Top 15 in the UK

11th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 and 15th in the Complete University Guide 2024

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6th in the UK, 8th in Europe and 31st in the world in the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2023

By percentage of articles in the top 10% most-cited

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137th in the world in the 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings

The most influential global league table

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9th in the UK for student achievement

According to the latest Higher Education Statistics Agency Data: 84% of our students graduate with either a First or a 2:1

Research-inspired learning

The staff who teach you at the University of Exeter don't just give lectures; they also work on world-class research, creating new knowledge and expanding our understanding of the world and ourselves, conducting the experiments, writing the articles, and authoring the books that other people teach from.

You will be taught by experts and be part of a culture that is inspired by research, discussing the very latest ideas in seminars and tutorials and may become an active member of a research team.

Students are integral to research capability

Professor Geoff Nash discusses the important part research plays in our Natural Sciences programme.

The role of business within learning

Dr Esther Reed explains how students get involved in her Theology & Business Ethics module.

Student led research projects

Professor Craig Williams explains how students are involved with leading research projects in Sport and Health Sciences.

Learning support

Working with you

We are proud to work in partnership with our students to continuously improve the education and student experience. Students volunteer to run change projects and receive training from University staff to help them succeed.

Additionally, all degree programmes have student representation through Student-Staff Liaison Committees, where your feedback on teaching and learning can be embedded into continually improving teaching.

Supporting your learning

To help you reach your full potential, we offer a variety of skills programmes, workshops, online and physical resources, all designed to develop your skills so that you can thrive. The support on offer includes areas such as:

  • essay writing
  • managing dissertations
  • presentation skills
  • time management and prioritising
  • critical reading and writing
  • revision strategies and exam techniques
  • note-taking

Academic personal tutoring

Your personal tutor will be available to discuss any problems with you, academic or otherwise. Your tutor will also support you to identify specific advice relating to your programme of study.