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University of Exeter

Location

Streatham Campus, Exeter United Kingdom

Ranking

# =169QS World University Rankings

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473Undergraduate programs

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224Postgraduate programs

Tuitionfee

21,500 GBPTuition Fee/year

About University of Exeter

At the University of Exeter, we offer exciting courses in beautiful and historic surroundings in South West England. As a member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research universities, we combine excellence in teaching and research with an outstanding student experience.

We welcome over 30,000 students from more than 150 countries to our four friendly campuses: Streatham and St Luke’s in Exeter, Devon, and Penryn and Truro in Cornwall. Our locations offer environments that are inspiring, safe places where you will soon feel at home. Exeter is a historic cathedral city, and the county of Devon has a fabulous coastline and two national parks. Cornwall has a unique and fascinating ecology with scenic beaches and dramatic clifftop views, coupled with a rich history of artistic and scientific innovation, including pioneering environmental technology. 

We’re lucky to have some of the most beautiful, green campuses in the UK, providing plenty of areas to socialise with friends and enjoy green landscapes and outside space. Our Streatham, St Luke’s and Penryn campuses have all received Green Flag Awards for being among the best parks and green spaces in the country. We are passionate about sustainability and we're making big strides to make our campuses even greener, and our target is to be net zero by 2030.

Whichever of our campuses you choose, we’re committed to making your student experience the best it can be. With bars, pubs, clubs, theatres and music venues, at the University of Exeter there is plenty to keep you entertained. You’ll also find world-class sports facilities for beginners and athletes alike. We’re the number one sports university in the south of England and Wales, and we frequently finish top 5 in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings each year.

We offer a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research degrees across 40 subjects, taught by world-leading academics. We were one of the few Russell Group institutions to receive a prestigious triple gold award from the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2023), whilst the 2021 Research Excellence Framework review showed that we are doing more research, of better quality, with a bigger impact on the world than ever before. Our world-leading research impact grew more than any other Russell Group university, more than 99% of our research was rated of international quality* and 12 of our subjects were in the Top 10 for world-leading impact.** 

We are one of the world’s Top 180 universities according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2024. We are also Top 20 in the THE Impact Rankings 2023, which measure universities’ overall impact through their work towards meeting the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These underline how the University of Exeter is a fantastic place for students to come and study from all over the world.

At the University of Exeter, we will challenge and inspire our community of learners from every background to thrive, develop the skills they will need for the future and lead the change the world needs. We will use the power of our education and research to create a sustainable, healthy and socially just future. 

* Research rated 4* + 3* + 2* in REF 2021
** Based on ranking for 4* impact in REF 2021

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Want to know more about what it's like to study at the University of Exeter? Chat with one of our current students on our Unibuddy platform to learn more about your subject or student life here at Exeter. 

About University of Exeter

At the University of Exeter, we offer exciting courses in beautiful and historic surroundings in South West England. As a member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research universities, we combine excellence in teaching and research with an outstanding student experience.

We welcome over 30,000 students from more than 150 countries to our four friendly campuses: Streatham and St Luke’s in Exeter, Devon, and Penryn and Truro in Cornwall. Our locations offer environments that are inspiring, safe places where you will soon feel at home. Exeter is a historic cathedral city, and the county of Devon has a fabulous coastline and two national parks. Cornwall has a unique and fascinating ecology with scenic beaches and dramatic clifftop views, coupled with a rich history of artistic and scientific innovation, including pioneering environmental technology. 

We’re lucky to have some of the most beautiful, green campuses in the UK, providing plenty of areas to socialise with friends and enjoy green landscapes and outside space. Our Streatham, St Luke’s and Penryn campuses have all received Green Flag Awards for being among the best parks and green spaces in the country. We are passionate about sustainability and we're making big strides to make our campuses even greener, and our target is to be net zero by 2030.

Whichever of our campuses you choose, we’re committed to making your student experience the best it can be. With bars, pubs, clubs, theatres and music venues, at the University of Exeter there is plenty to keep you entertained. You’ll also find world-class sports facilities for beginners and athletes alike. We’re the number one sports university in the south of England and Wales, and we frequently finish top 5 in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings each year.

We offer a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research degrees across 40 subjects, taught by world-leading academics. We were one of the few Russell Group institutions to receive a prestigious triple gold award from the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2023), whilst the 2021 Research Excellence Framework review showed that we are doing more research, of better quality, with a bigger impact on the world than ever before. Our world-leading research impact grew more than any other Russell Group university, more than 99% of our research was rated of international quality* and 12 of our subjects were in the Top 10 for world-leading impact.** 

We are one of the world’s Top 180 universities according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2024. We are also Top 20 in the THE Impact Rankings 2023, which measure universities’ overall impact through their work towards meeting the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These underline how the University of Exeter is a fantastic place for students to come and study from all over the world.

At the University of Exeter, we will challenge and inspire our community of learners from every background to thrive, develop the skills they will need for the future and lead the change the world needs. We will use the power of our education and research to create a sustainable, healthy and socially just future. 

* Research rated 4* + 3* + 2* in REF 2021
** Based on ranking for 4* impact in REF 2021

Connect with us:
Want to know more about what it's like to study at the University of Exeter? Chat with one of our current students on our Unibuddy platform to learn more about your subject or student life here at Exeter. 

Available programs

At the University of Exeter, you will find engaged, inclusive, and safe communities, with plenty of opportunities to make life-long friends from all over the world. We offer degree courses across 40 subject areas and provide great choice, flexibility and opportunities to expand your horizons. Field trips and the chance to study or work abroad are a key feature of many of our degrees. 

Work experience and study abroad

Many of our degrees offer ‘year abroad’ options which can help you develop a range of valuable skills. These give you either a professional work placement or a year’s study at one of our prestigious international partner universities. You could pick up a new language, learn about different cultures and make lasting friendships. Many destinations are in English-speaking countries or universities, so you don’t necessarily need to know another language. Usually taken during your third year of study, this additional year will provide you with valuable skills attractive to global employers. Many work placements are also available in the UK if you want to stay closer to home but still gain valuable work experience. 

Field trips

Field work is an essential part of many of our degrees, and an exciting optional extra for many others. We offer a range of field trip opportunities and our students can be found doing fascinating things in all sorts of locations. You can find full details of field trip modules on the programme pages on our website.

Summer schools

You can also take advantage of study opportunities during the summer vacation. Taught by our world-class academics and external experts, our summer schools offer the chance to learn new skills and acquire knowledge while interacting with people from all over the world.

Build your own degree

We have several ways that you can shape your degree, from multidisciplinary courses like Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences, to the opportunity to study modules from outside your main subject.

Flexible Combined Honours (FCH)

Flexible Combined Honours lets you combine any two or even three subjects from across the entire university, as long as they can be timetabled together and you meet any entry criteria. You can choose how you split your credits between each subject and build your own bespoke degree. What you choose to study determines the exact wording on your degree certificate when you graduate.

Proficiency in Law

Students studying on the Penryn Campus can add a specified number of law modules to their programme to obtain their degree ‘with proficiency in law’ (e.g. ‘Environmental Science with Proficiency in Law’).

Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences

Our two flagship multidisciplinary courses let you study complementary subjects. In Liberal Arts you choose a major from the humanities or social sciences, and core Liberal Arts modules introduce real-world issues and skills that cut across disciplines. Natural Sciences gives you a foundation across the sciences before allowing you to specialise.

Free-choice modules

The majority of our courses usually allow you to study up to 30 credits outside of your subject each year – out of 120 total – assuming timetabling works and you meet any necessary criteria. You could add a Marketing module to your English degree, drop some Philosophy into Computer Science or study a new language – it’s completely up to you.

Language Centre

The Language Centre offers daytime credit-bearing language modules that you can integrate into your degree and evening language courses you can study alongside your degree. Some of these courses offer an accreditation, allowing you to gain an additional qualification on top of your degree.

Scholarships and Bursaries 

The University of Exeter offers scholarships and bursaries for undergraduate students in a variety of circumstances. These include:  

  • Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarships starting from £5,000 which recognise high academic achievement are available to international fee-paying students.
  • The Access to Exeter Bursary provides additional funding to certain part time and full time Home or returning European Union students with a household income below £25,000.
  • The Cowrie Foundation Scholarship provides financial support covering tuition fee costs and a maintenance stipend to undergraduate Black African and Caribbean heritage applicants from socio-economically under-represented backgrounds.
  • A range of financial support for refugees and asylum seekers, care leavers, estranged students, undergraduate carers and mature students. 
  • Scholarships supporting sport, music and study travel.    
Visit our undergraduate financial support pages for detailed information about our full range of funding and scholarships.

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BA Anthropology

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BA Communications

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The University of Exeter offers postgraduate programmes across 40 subject areas. Find your perfect Masters degree course on our website.

We welcome students from over 150 countries around the globe, from all walks of life, and celebrate all people and cultures. Postgraduate education should be exciting and transformative. We’ll challenge you to explore new ideas, ask questions and solve problems. You’ll discover how to direct your own learning and take an active part in creating knowledge, ensuring you learn how to think and not what to think.

Innovative teaching

We are committed to building an inclusive environment where diversity is valued, and making sure that you feel welcome and able to succeed is our top priority. Our teaching is enriched by our inspiring lecturers and our partnerships with business, industry and professionals. Our academics are active researchers, and many are world leaders in their field. They bring teaching to life by exposing you to new perspectives and sharing the latest discoveries as they happen. 

An international education

Interacting with people from different cultures and backgrounds is a crucial part of university education. Our global learning community will broaden your experiences, challenge your perspectives and enable you to form extensive networks across continents. You will learn to work collaboratively, push boundaries and value diversity.

Expand your horizons

Some of our Masters programmes include a ‘with Industrial Placement’ option. Normally studied over two years, you’ll have the opportunity to combine your Masters with valuable professional experience, putting your learning into practice while studying, by completing a 9-12 month work placement relevant to your degree. 

Scholarships and Bursaries

Postgraduate scholarships are offered across a wide range of disciplines to postgraduate students in a variety of circumstances. These include:

  • Postgraduate Global Excellence Scholarships starting from £5,000, which recognise high academic achievement are available to international fee-paying students.
  • Green Futures Postgraduate Taught Scholarships for study on selected Masters programmes. 
  • University of Exeter students completing their degree this summer and progressing direct to a standalone taught Masters degree or research degree with the University are eligible for a scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees.  
  • University of Exeter alumni beginning a standalone taught Masters degree or research degree with the University are offered a scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees. 
  • University of Exeter alumni beginning a taught Masters degree in 2022/23 will be offered a scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees.
  • The University’s range of merit scholarships reward the very best students based on extra-curricular achievements.

Visit our website for detailed information about our full range of funding and scholarships.

MA Archaeology

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MA Philosophy

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LLB Graduate Law

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MA Education

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University information

Enquiries

If you have a question about studying at the University of Exeter, you can get in touch with us online

International students

All our courses are taught in English, so your English language skills will need to be at a certain level to study at the University of Exeter. Please see the relevant page on our website for further details:

How to apply

Visit our website to find out how to apply for our Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught courses.

Funding and scholarships

Visit our website for detailed information about our full range of funding and scholarships for students.

General

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Bachelor

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Master

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Our campuses
With beautiful green campuses in Devon and Cornwall, we’re a university of the whole South West. Our campuses offer a mix of historic buildings and modern facilities, but there’s plenty more to explore on the doorstep – including beautiful beaches, spectacular countryside, and exciting culture, food and arts.

Streatham Campus, Exeter

One of the most beautiful campuses in the country, our Streatham Campus on the edge of Exeter in Devon offers an unrivalled study environment, with parkland and gardens to enjoy throughout the year. The centrepiece of Streatham Campus is the stunning Forum which is home to a modern 24/7 library, technology-rich learning spaces, a 400-seat lecture theatre and a variety of retail and catering outlets. 

Penryn Campus, Cornwall

Our innovative Penryn Campus in Cornwall has stunning buildings set in a beautiful location close to the waterside town of Falmouth. Shared with Falmouth University, it is a unique place to study. The Penryn Campus is constantly developing, most recently the £12 million extension to the existing Science and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF), which builds upon the £30 million investment in the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI). Cumulatively, these facilities put not only the University, but also Cornwall as a whole, at the forefront of research aiming to solve problems associated with environmental change. Other recent additions include the Renewable Energy Engineering Facility (REEF), a £1.2 million Masters Suite and a £4 million sports centre and nursery.

St Luke’s Campus, Exeter

St Luke’s Campus, in the heart of Exeter, has been home to teaching in education since 1855. Now education, sport and medical students enjoy its vibrant collegiate atmosphere and historic setting. Exeter’s St Luke’s Campus is home to a range of academic facilities including a library, IT facilities, modern seminar rooms and lecture theatres. Sports facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, sports hall and an air-conditioned health and fitness studio. We invested £1.7 million in Cross Keys, a high-quality multipurpose space on campus. This has created a social heart to St Luke’s Campus, including a café and a large space for students to meet, eat and study. A £10.5 million upgrade to the South Cloisters provides additional, cutting-edge teaching and research space along with new dedicated space for the teaching of Medical Imaging.  

Truro Campus, Cornwall

Our Truro Campus is situated at the Knowledge Spa on the Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske) site, and  is the base for University of Exeter Medical School students studying for a proportion of their Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree during years 2, 3, 4 and 5.

At the University of Exeter we have a variety of different facilities to enhance your student experience:

Libraries:

We have dedicated libraries on all our campuses, and our Streatham and Penryn libraries are open 24/7 during term time. We have 1.2m e-books and 1m print books across our campuses as well as thousands of other digital resources, and our collections are expanding all the time. We also manage internationally important collections of manuscripts and rare items in our Special Collections and the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. 

Learning spaces:

For our students who prefer to study on campus, we provide quiet and group study spaces across our campuses. Most of our major academic buildings have study spaces and computer rooms available, with Wi-Fi and power sockets. 

Subject related facilities: 

Each of our subjects maintains the highest level of specific learning facilities – from rehearsal studios and costume collections for Drama, to laboratories and clean rooms for sciences. 

IT services:

From the iExeter mobile app and student portal – where you can access your timetable, email, library account and much more – to our highspeed wired and wireless network across our campuses and halls of residence, we make sure you have all the IT support you need to succeed. 

Digital learning:

We offer a high-quality digital learning experience, providing the flexibility to study wherever you are. We’ll support you to get the most out of our learning technologies: our Digital Hub is available online and in-person at our Streatham and Penryn campuses. You can use the Digital Hub to brush up on your digital know-how and get to grips with new tech through bitesize videos, written guides and real-time help with an expert.

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Student life

Your experience at university is about much more than studying. Societies, sports, student media and nightlife are just some of the activities that people talk about most enthusiastically. Depending on your choice of degree, you may be based at our Streatham Campus or St Luke’s Campus in Exeter, or at our Penryn Campus or Truro Campus in Cornwall. Both locations offer green campuses in some of the most beautiful parts of the country.

Whichever of our campuses you study at, you’ll have lots of opportunities to try new things, develop existing hobbies and skills, or do more of what you love. Your university experience can be anything you want it to be.

Accommodation

It’s important to have somewhere to call home when you go to university. Whether you want catered or self-catered, on or off campus, we have dedicated accommodation to suit you. Wherever you choose, living in university accommodation is a great way to expand your world by meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures, studying different subjects. 

Our accommodation website for our Exeter campuses and Penryn Campus gives you full details of all our residences, and can guide you through how to choose where you want to live. 

Students’ Unions

The students’ unions in Exeter and Penryn provide elective student representatives who champion students and drive change. The unions also organise events and entertainment, societies and groups, and offer advice and support whilst you are a student.

At our Exeter campuses there is the Exeter Students’ Guild and at our Cornwall campuses there is The Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union. You are automatically a member of one of these the moment you register as a student, so make sure you take advantage of all the opportunities on offer.

Clubs and Societies

Our student-led societies bring together students with similar interests as well as provide opportunities to try something new and different. We have around 400 societies that you can get involved with. If there’s a society you want that we don’t have, we’ll help you set it up. The full list is available on the Guild website and on The SU website.

Sport

Sport is an important part of the student experience, and we believe sport and wellness should be embedded in student life. We are renowned for our sporting reputation and we pride ourselves on inclusivity – catering for all abilities from casual sports enthusiasts to high performance athletes. Our superb facilities allow us to offer a large variety of participation opportunities for all students.

We’re the number one sports university in the south of England and Wales, and we frequently finish top 5 in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings each year. Our sports clubs and fitness classes offer something for everyone.

Sports facilities in Exeter:

  • 200+ station fitness centre at our Streatham Campus
  • 30+ station gym at our St Luke’s Campus
  • International standard water-based hockey pitch
  • Sand-based all weather training pitch
  • 3G all-weather rubber crumb multi-sport pitch
  • 10 court Exeter Tennis Centre
  • 4-lane indoor Devon Cricket Centre
  • 4 squash courts
  • Short-course golf practice area
  • Outdoor 25 metre pool
  • Indoor 23 metre pool (St Luke’s Sports Centre)

Sports facilities in Cornwall:

  • 4-court sports hall
  • Exercise studio and varied class schedule
  • 90-station gym
  • Outdoor gym equipment
  • All-weather multi-use games area

Support and Wellbeing

Your health, safety and wellbeing is important and now more than ever you need to take care of yourself and look after your mental health. We have a wide range of wellbeing services and resources which are available in a safe and accessible way, including mental health support. We offer a range of support services at all our campuses such as:

  • A personal tutor
  • Disability support
  • Childcare
  • Religious provision
  • Impartial advice
  • Emotional and mental health support
  • Students’ Guild and Students' Union student advice services
 
You can find out the full range of support services that we offer on our website.

Our students come from all kinds of backgrounds and have gone on to be politicians, pop stars, activists, scientists, entrepreneurs, judges, writers and more. Building a better life is one of the key reasons for going to university. We will help you gain the skills and experience to compete in the global job market or go on to Masters or PhD study.

Our degrees are designed to stimulate creativity, entrepreneurship, a global outlook, leadership, teamwork, analytical skills, resilience and imagination – all qualities employers are looking for. We offer a range of innovative employability programmes such as Grand Challenges, the Exeter Award and Professional Pathways and initiatives such as Future17- The Sustainable Development Goals Challenge Program.

Our dedicated Career Zone at our Streatham and Penryn campuses offers help at all stages of your career planning and will work with you to help you get the career you want after you graduate. We are well connected and work with over 9,000 active organisations and employers. 

Our support and services include: 

  • careers information, advice and guidance
  • multiple careers fairs, including industry-specific fairs
  • work placements at home and abroad
  • social enterprise and student entrepreneur support to start your own business
  • award-winning, sector-specific work experience and training schemes

We also offer: 

  • employability modules in degrees
  • interview guidance and coaching
  • psychometric testing – to find out what kind of job suits you
  • employer presentations and mentoring
  • CV and job application guidance
  • skills sessions
  • career and personal development workshops
  • extensive careers library and online resources
  • alumni careers networking and events

If you’re not sure what you want to do, we can help you figure that out when the time is right – our careers services are available forever after you graduate. Find out more about careers support on our website

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

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International Students

21,500 GBP
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Rankings & ratings

University of Exeter is one of the top public universities in Exeter, United Kingdom. It is ranked #=169 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #182
  • 2014
    #=168
  • 2015
    #161
  • 2016
    #161
  • 2017
    #=164
  • 2018
    #=158
  • 2019
    #=154
  • 2020
    #163
  • 2021
    #164
  • 2022
    #=149
  • 2023
    #163
  • 2024
    #153
  • 2025
    #=169

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