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A Russell Group university with world-class research and high student satisfaction

University of Exeter - A Russell Group university with world-class research and high student satisfaction

At the University of Exeter, we offer exciting study opportunities in beautiful and historic surroundings in South West England. We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of top UK research universities, having been ranked 137th in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023. We are proud that in the National Student Survey 2022 we were ranked first amongst Russell Group universities for overall student satisfaction.

Exeter is committed to encouraging new ideas and nurturing talent, and as such we boast an extremely high number of early career researchers. Studying a PhD at the University of Exeter will give you the opportunity to become an expert in your field, develop excellent research skills and help you build the foundations for your career.

World-class research that makes a difference across the world

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 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 percent of our research was rated of international quality* and 12 of our subjects were in the Top 10 for world-leading impact.**

Our ambitious Strategy 2030 aims to use our outstanding education, research and global connections to lead meaningful action against the climate emergency and ecological crisis; make key breakthroughs to transform human health and wellbeing; and lead the progress towards creating a fair, socially just and inclusive society.

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

A Russell Group university with world-class research and high student satisfaction

Outstanding support for postgraduate and early career researchers

The University of Exeter Doctoral College provides support, training and guidance to all our postgraduate and early career researchers. We offer a wide-ranging training and development programme, access to skills training and resources from across the GW4 Alliance, a range of collaborative events, interactive workshops and engagement opportunities, a dedicated careers coach and lots more.

Scholarships and funding

We attract funding to support postgraduate study and research from all major research councils through a number of high profile funded centres, and via a multitude of philanthropic sources, as well as investing heavily ourselves. Visit our PhD funding page for more information.

A Russell Group university with world-class research and high student satisfaction

Beautiful campuses in amazing locations

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.

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. Explore our website to learn more about our campuses.

A Russell Group university with world-class research and high student satisfaction

Open days and ways to get in touch

Visit our website to find out more about in person and virtual open days, campus tours and various ways to speak with our staff and students.

Academic Units

The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at Exeter is based at both the Streatham Campus in Exeter and Cornwall Campus near Falmouth. Both campuses provide exemploray teaching and research facilities.
The College supports an interdisciplinary research environment and provides collaborative projects across the University and with industrial partners. Research is undertaken across our constituent subject specialisms: computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, mining and minerals engineering, physics and astronomy, and renewable energy.

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Exeter is one of the UK’s most popular and respected universities - it attracts high quality students and staff to a beautiful part of the world and an enviable working environment. A research-led institution, Exeter maintains the traditional British university values of scholarship and high quality teaching, alongside new technology and innovation.

The College has a lively and innovative research environment at campuses in both Exeter and Cornwall, which supports a diverse postgraduate community of around 650 taught and research students. As a postgraduate student in the College you will be part of this thriving community, benefiting from quality research-led teaching or supervision and access to outstanding facilities.

Key features
* Research excellence across our disciplines including world-leading research in many fields
* Wide ranging supervision for PhD study across our core disciplines and exciting areas of interdisciplinary research
* Masters programmes providing discipline-specific and generic skills sought by employers
* Numerous funding opportunities, including PhD studentships funded by a variety of research councils and partners
* Exemplary facilities for all subjects, including recent major investments in new and refurbished facilities, providing a fantastic learning environment
* Excellent support for postgraduate students including research skills training and dedicated postgraduate facilities

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The University of Exeter Business School ( is a research-led institution that is ranked in the Times top ten subject rankings. It places a high importance on postgraduate research and has a vibrant postgraduate research community comprising over 120 doctoral students.

The University of Exeter Business School excelled in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which assesses the quality of research in universities and colleges in the UK. 94 per cent of our research was classified as being of international quality: Accounting and Finance ranked 2nd, and Management 16th, in the UK for world leading and internationally excellent research; and 75 per cent of Economics research was classified as world leading or internationally excellent.

All of our research training programmes are accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). In 2008, Exeter was chosen by the ESRC to host its capacity building cluster in Sport, Leisure and Tourism, which is led by the University of Exeter Business School. As one of a kind in this area, this £1.5 million investment, with 15 PhD studentships attached, is the national centre for doctoral training and research for the UK ahead of the 2012 Olympics.

The School's capacity to supervise research in specialist areas is considerably enhanced by the existence of the Centre for Finance and Investment (Xfi), Centre for Sport, Leisure and Tourism Research (CSLTR), Centre for Leadership Studies (CLS), the Exeter Centre for Research in Strategic Processes and Operations (XSPO), the Finance and Economics Experimental Laboratory at Exeter (FEELE), and the Centre for Service Research (CServ).

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