University of Exeter

University of Exeter

University of Exeter

The institution

The University of Exeter traces its origins back to schools and colleges established in the nineteenth century, and received its charter from the Queen in 1955. Boasting four campuses – two each in Exeter and Cornwall – its largest base is at the Streatham Campus on the edge of Exeter city centre. A registered Botanic Garden, Streatham has all the benefits of a campus university while being very close to the heart of a young, vibrant city steeped in Roman and Tudor history. The University's primary presence in Cornwall is at Penryn, where an innovative campus is shared with Falmouth University. Today the University is firmly established in the UK top 10, is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, and has an excellent reputation for student satisfaction.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate study, at both Masters and Doctoral level, is embedded throughout the University of Exeter. We offer a full range of academically rigorous taught postgraduate degrees, including a number of programmes developed specifically for working professionals. Many of our programmes are innovative, drawing directly on the research of our academics, and utilising industrial partnerships and ground-breaking delivery techniques.

We are a research intensive institution, attracting leading research staff from around the world and funding from major Research Councils; we are partners in nine highly respected Doctoral Training Partnerships, receiving funding from all of the major UK Research Councils to train doctoral students in multi-institution collaborations. We offer a full range of postgraduate research degrees, including Masters by Research, Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).


The University of Exeter is a vibrant centre for new ideas; a university free of internal boundaries. As a member of the Russell Group our research makes a difference across the world. We are leaders in cutting-edge science, engineering, mathematics, and medicine research, and have a world-class reputation in the humanities and social sciences.

We are constantly seeking new ways to engage with government, industry, and the community in order to build productive, sustainable partnerships and tackle some of the fundamental issues facing humankind. Our research income has more than doubled in the five years to 2013 and nearly 90% of our research was internationally recognised at the most recent Research Assessment Exercise in 2008.


In recent years we have we have invested more than £500 million in the facilities across our campuses. This includes new and redeveloped spaces for teaching, learning, research and studying as well as sport, accommodation and social spaces.

We boast state-of-the-art laboratories for science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine across all our campuses, including the £30 million Environment and Sustainability Institute at our Penryn Campus. At our Streatham Campus we are currently developing the Living Systems Institute; a £50 million interdisciplinary research centre bringing together leading mathematicians, physicists, cell and molecular biologists, biomedical scientists and engineers to apply investigative techniques from engineering and physics to make biology a predictive as well as an observational science.

Our main library facilities at Streatham and Penryn are open 24/7, and we also have specialist library space for postgraduate students, Research Commons, which houses our Special Collections and Bill Douglas Cinema Museum.

Key information

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
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+44 (0)1392 661000
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