• Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.08 / 4.00
  • Academic Services Spend 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 Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.18 / 5.00
  • Facilities Spend 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 Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    79.6 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    96.0 / 100.0
  • Good Honours 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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    84.8 / 100.0


  • The university's origins stretch back to the foundation of Schools of Art and Science in the 1800s.
  • Royal Charter granted full university status in 1955.
  • In 2004 the university established the innovative Penryn Campus in Cornwall, which is shared with Falmouth University.
  • In 2013 the university of Exeter Medical School opened.

Location and Transport

  • Three main campuses: Streatham Campus and St Luke's Campus in Exeter; Penryn Campus near Falmouth, in Cornwall.
  • The main Streatham Campus is situated on the edge of Exeter city centre, in hundreds of acres of parkland.
  • The Penryn Campus in Cornwall stretches over more than 100 acres.
  • Both Exeter and Falmouth have excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe via rail, air, and road.

Entry Requirements

  • Typically A*AA–BBB but requirements vary across specific programmes.
  • Visit our website for detailed information on entry requirements.

Student Mix

The 20,555 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 79%
  • Postgraduate 21%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 94%
  • Part Time 6%


  • UK 75%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 19%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

Course Flexibility

  • Study or work abroad – many of our programmes offer the opportunity to study or work abroad, or undertake a work placement.
  • Students can apply for direct entry to programmes offered with Study Abroad and, in some cases, can transfer to the study abroad variants after the first year of study.

Teaching Standards

  • Exeter scored an average positive score of 90% for Teaching in the 2015 National student survey.
  • We were ranked 3rd for overall satisfaction among Russell Group universities.

Research Standards

  • Research income has grown by 85% since 2009–10, to £69.8m in 2014–15. RCUK income has increased 66% and EU has increased more than four-fold (£3.1m to £13.0m) over the same time period.
  • Between 2009–10 and 2013–14 RCUK income grew by 61%, the highest percentage increase in the Russell Group.
  • We were ranked 16th in the national Research Excellence Framework (REF) taking account of our quality and the proportion of staff submitted.
  • Since 2008 £340m has been invested in science, including the university’s largest single investment of £53m to establish the Living Systems Institute.
  • Our long standing partnership with the Met Office makes Exeter a world-leading centre for climate change and weather system research.
  • Our involvement in all available RCUK Doctoral Training Centres places us at the forefront of world-class research in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences, as a leading centre for postgraduate research.
  • Exeter is a leading player in the GW4 research network of universities in the South West of the UK and the SETsquared enterprise collaboration, which was ranked as the global number 1 University Business Incubator by UBI Global, a leading organisation in performance analysis of business incubators.

Academic Strengths

  • 82% of Exeter's research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
  • We have nine Units of Assessment in the top 10 nationally for world-leading or internationally excellent research with four in the top five.

Thirteen subjects were ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey:

  • Medical Technology
  • Biology
  • Zoology
  • Sports Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Sociology
  • Classics
  • Italian Studies
  • European Languages
  • African and Modern Middle Eastern studies
  • Archaeology
  • Theology
  • Flexible Combined Honours

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Student Facilities

  • In the 2015 National Student Survey, Exeter scored in the top ten for Organisation and Management.
  • 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 £9m 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 220 affiliated societies, with thousands of members between them.
  • The RAG appeal by the Guild raised over £124,000 in 2013–14 with the money donated to local, national and international charities.

Careers Guidance

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

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The university has invested £380m in facilities on the Streatham Campus. This includes a £130m investment in new on-campus student residences, a £50m student-facing redevelopment of the heart of the campus called The Forum, a £25m investment in the Business School and £25m for new facilities for Biosciences.
  • A £50m 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.
  • Work has recently completed on a £10.5m redevelopment at our St Luke's Campus. This investment will provide new research space, teaching and learning space, as well as providing a new purpose-built home for our Medical Imaging programme.
  • 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 £30m Environment and Sustainability Institute is putting the university at the forefront of environmental and climate change research.

Notable Alumni

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

Further Details

Address University of Exeter
Northcote House
The Queen’s Drive
UCAS Code E84
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