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University of Exeter

2015 League Table Ranking 10
2015 Overall Score 870
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Entry Standards 458 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 16.6 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.62 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,538 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.22 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 636 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 76.9 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 96.5 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 84.6 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 50.5 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Originally founded in 1855; Royal Charter Granted in 1955.
  • Establishment of Cornwall Campus in 2004.
  • Establishment of the University of Exeter Medical School for entry in 2013.

Location and Transport

  • The university has three campuses: Streatham Campus and St Luke's Campus are in Exeter and the Penryn Campus is near Falmouth, in Cornwall.

Entry Standards

  • A*AA–BBB. Visit the website for information on entry requirements at Exeter.

Student Mix

The 19,520 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Flexible Combined Honours This scheme is available in both Exeter and Cornwall and enables students to combine modules from a number of different fields of study not otherwise available through an existing Combined Honours programme.
  • Free choice modules Many programmes include the opportunity to take a 30-credit module outside the main subject of study. For example a foreign language, a leadership module or an IT module.

Teaching Standards

  • Exeter has one of the highest National Student Survey rankings in the country, being in the top ten since the survey began. In 2013, the University came 10th for Overall Satisfaction and 5th for Teaching in the UK.

Research Standards

  • Exeter’s research income has doubled since 2007–08 to an impressive £50 million in 2011/12. Our success rate with research council applications is the second highest in the Russell Group.  
  • Our partnerships with Universities such as Bristol, Bath, and Edinburgh as part of AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC and ESRC funded Doctoral Training Centres, place us at the forefront of world-class research in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences.
  • We are currently investing £120 million in research facilities and make numerous PhD studentships available annually. PhD students benefit from support in the form of our Researcher Development Programme and Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Programme.
  • Research investment at the Penryn Campus includes the development of the £30-million Environment and Sustainability Institute.
  • The University of Exeter is a major player in global warming research, with links to the Met Office through jointly-funded professorships. 

Academic Strengths

  • Nearly 90% of Exeter's research was rated as being at internationally recognised levels in the latest (2008) Research Assessment Exercise.
  • Sixteen subjects were ranked in the top ten, with 27 in the top 20 (based on percentage of research categorised as internationally excellent or world leading).
  • Sixteen subjects were ranked in the top ten for Overall Satisfaction in the 2013 National Student Survey: Business Studies, General Engineering, Materials and Minerals Engineering, Mining Engineering, Geography, Geology, Classics, Italian, Film Studies, German, Theology, Drama, English, French, Spanish, Biosciences, Arab and Islamic Studies, and Sport Science.

Student Facilities

  • In the 2013 National Student Survey, Exeter scored in the top ten for teaching, academic support, organisation and management, and overall satisfaction.
  • The Main Library is open 24/7 throughout the academic year. Exeter has one of the highest UK academic library ratios of printed books to students with a stock in excess of 1.2 million and a dedicated Ready Text collection of the very highest demand items.
  • Across the campuses, the libraries have completed a £9-million investment.

Disability Services

  • Visit the website for information about disability services at the University of Exeter.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Guild plays a big part in creating buzz and energy around campus.
  • The Guild is a dynamic, innovative and award-winning organisation, existing to represent all the diverse students of the University of Exeter.
  • The Guild boasts over 180 affiliated societies, with thousands of members between them. The RAG appeal by the Guild raised over £145,000 in 2011–12 with the money donated to ten local charities.


  • £20-million has been invested in sport and this includes a £2.25-million indoor cricket centre and tennis facilities to LTA standards on the Streatham Campus. The most recent developments to the Sports Park include a new fitness suite, renewal of pitches, covering of courts, and a new pavillion for outdoor sport.
  • Exeter finished 5th in the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) rankings in 2012–13.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The University has invested £380-million in facilities on the Streatham Campus. This includes a £130-million investment in new on-campus student residences, a £50-million student-facing redevelopment of the heart of the campus called The Forum, a £25-million investment in the Business School and £25-million for new facilities for Biosciences.
  • The Forum is an exciting new development, at the heart of Streatham Campus, which provides an inspirational mix of outside and inside space and a new Student Services Centre, new technology-rich teaching and learning spaces, a 400-seat lecture theatre and retail and catering outlets.
  • The Penryn Campus offers the very latest in academic, research and residential facilities, designed to meet the expectations of students in the 21st century. The latest development is the £30-million Environment and Sustainability Institute will help put the University at the forefront of environmental and climate change research.
  • A £50-million Living Systems building is currently under construction on the Streatham Campus, with work due to be completed in 2016. The centre concentrates on research looking at how cells operated and how diseases were caused, and will bring together 200 scientists, mathematicians, physicists and biochemists. The research will also focus on designing better diagnostic and therapeutic tools for alleviating illness.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Career Zone on the Streatham Campus will help with information on graduate jobs, term time work, project placements with local companies, skills training and volunteering.

Notable Alumni

  • Will Young
  • JK Rowling
  • Frank Gardner (BBC Security Correspondent)
  • Nick Baker
  • Emma B
  • Steve Bell (cartoonist)
  • Rhod Gilbert (comedian)
  • Steve Backshall
  • Caroline Lucas (leader of Green party of England and Wales)
  • Peter Phillips
  • Thom Yorke
  • Dennis Gillings (Quintiles)
  • Jeremy Budd (IBM)
  • Simon Greenberg
  • Claire and Les Halpin

For further information

  • 0300 555 60 60 (UK callers)
  • +44 (0)1392 723044 (EU/International callers)
  • University of Exeter
    Northcote House
    The Queen’s Drive
    EX4 4QJ
UCAS Code E84

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