University of Exeter

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Quick Facts

  • Top 10 UK University (CUG 2016, Guardian 2016, & Sunday Times 2016)
  • Global Top 200 University, 27th ranked in the UK and 161st in the world (QS 2015/16).
  • Member of the prestigious Russell Group.
  • One of the ‘20 universities most targeted by UK top graduate employers’.

The university’s origins can be traced back to three separate educational institutions that existed in the city of Exeter and in Cornwall in the middle of the nineteenth century. Originally founded in 1855; Royal Charter Granted in 1955.

Exeter is a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive UK universities.[15] The university is also a member of Universities UK, the European University Association, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities and is an accredited institution of the Association of MBAs (AMBA). 82% of Exeter’s research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Eighteen subjects were ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey: General Engineering, Geology, Materials and Minerals Engineering, Medical Imaging, Flexible Combined Honours, Classics, Film Studies, Drama, French, History, Spanish, Theology, Other European Languages, Sport Science, Zoology, Arab and Islamic Studies, Sociology, and Medicine.


Exeter and Canada
There are currently 100 students from Canada enrolled on programmes as diverse as BA English, BA Management with Marketing, BSc Psychology, BMBS Medicine, LLB Law, Graduate LLB, MA Classics and Ancient History, MA Applied Security Strategy, MEd TESOL, MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management, MSc Conservation and Biodiversity, LLM Law, MPhil History, PhD Sociology, PhD Middle East Politics, PhD Mining and Minerals, PhD History, PhD English, PhD Theology and EdD Education.

The University hosts a number of Study Abroad students from Canada each year. Partner institutions include Carleton University, the University of Toronto, the University of Alberta, and the University of Ottawa.

Colleges and Schools
The university organises its academic and administrative departments into six academic colleges. Each college contains a number of subject disciplines, institutes and research centres. The colleges are led by a dean who works in partnership with a college manager and is supported by two associate deans, one for research and knowledge transfer and one for education. There are approximately 70 research centres and institutes within the University of Exeter

For information on international student fees (non-EU), click here.

To learn more about the University of Exeter’s international scholarships, click here.

Over 21,000 students and nearly 4,000 staff.

Entrance Requirements
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To find out what accommodation options the University of Exeter has to offer and to see what is important to you, see our ‘how to choose‘ pages for information and advice.

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Exeter has invested £275m in new facilities and accommodation on the Streatham campus. The Forum in the heart of the Streatham campus includes a student services centre, a refurbished library, learning spaces, a 400-seat lecture theatre, a reception, and retail and catering outlets.

Other facilities include a £130m investment in on-campus student residences, a £25m investment in the business school and £25m in new biosciences facilities. Exeter has opened a £30m Environment and Sustainability Institute in Cornwall, and has increased the capacity of the existing learning resource centre with a new facility called The Exchange. £8.1m is being invested in new sports facilities, making Exeter’s among the best in the country. A £20m disease research centre is also due to be built on the Streatham campus.

The university has also formed its own medical school, following a successful 10-year partnership with Plymouth University in the Peninsula Medical School. The University of Exeter Medical School has an annual intake of about 125 students and follows the same student-focused ethos developed by Peninsula. The school is based in Exeter, but operates across the south-west.

Exeter is within easy reach of the rest of the UK, with excellent road, rail and air links. Wherever you are, you are not far away from the breathtaking scenery of one of the most beautiful areas in the country.

The city is just over 2 hours from London on the train, 1 hour from Bristol and 1.5 hours from Cardiff

Living in Exeter
Exeter is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the UK, with a high quality of life and a low crime rate. The city has something for everyone, whether your tastes are for exploring the city or enjoying the countryside.

With a population of about 120,000, Exeter is a student-friendly city which happily combines modern life with a sense of the past. Cafés, restaurants, pubs and modern shops mix easily with historic buildings, including the Cathedral, consecrated in 1133 and rebuilt in the late medieval period, the Guildhall which is the oldest civic working building in the country, Mol’s Coffee House and the Ship Inn, both favourite haunts of Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh.

‌The Exeter Phoenix is a thriving centre for the arts. Its programme includes top quality theatre, dynamic dance, live music from around the world, exhibitions of visual arts and crafts, thought-provoking film, children’s events, readings, talks and discussions. The University’s Great Hall is a major venue for concerts, and live music can be enjoyed throughout the City in pubs, clubs and concert halls and at the large Westpoint venue.

The South West has the largest growing population in the UK and around two-thirds of those moving to the region are of working age. Exeter is seen as an increasingly attractive place to do business with major firms such as the Met Office choosing to relocate.