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Exeter University

We are the UK’s fastest-growing, fastest-rising research university.1

And we’re looking for the brightest and best postgraduate researchers to continue with us on our journey.

Why Exeter for your doctoral degree?

  • A Russell Group university which consistently ranks amongst the best in the UK2 

  • Huge range of research topics – from archaeobotany to zooplankton – astrophysics to visual culture 

  • 98% of our research is of international quality

  • 22,000 students from 178 countries and our international collaborations span a range of disciplines and countries

  • We offer hundreds of PhD studentships annually, often through our numerous Research Council-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships

  • Global top 100 university for the study of arts and humanities4 

  • Education, Law and Social Sciences amongst the global top 1005 

  • Our Business and Management submission to the last Research Assessment Exercise was the largest in the UK: the majority of research was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent

  • Industry partners include Airbus, Glaxos Smith Kline, IBM and Rolls Royce in addition to research partnerships with other Russell Group universities and publically-funded bodies.

Award-winning research with impact Exeter University

The global challenges of the 21st century require research which spans traditional subject boundaries and uses research collaborations locally, nationally and internationally.

Our interdisciplinary research is helping to answer the big questions – from climate change and sustainability – to diabetes and dementia. The knowledge we create helps ensure a sustainable future for generations to come: changing attitudes, government policy and everyone’s understanding of the world.

Recent awards include the Guardian’s Research Impact award for microplastic research; the BBSRC Innovator of the Year award for Social Impact on bee protection and the Outstanding Early Career Impact award (ESRC) for research which will lead to more transparent and safer policing.



A vibrant postgraduate research community

Our postgraduate research students and early career researchers are at the heart of what we do. Our Doctoral College works across discipline boundaries to ensure all research students and early career researchers receive excellent training and support and are part of an inspiring and collaborative research community. Find out more about our postgraduate research culture and opportunities available to you on our Researcher Developer and Research Culture webpages.

Supporting you to reach your full potential

Research excellence is not achieved alone. In addition to your supervisor(s), you can access support through our Researcher Developer Programme, which provides a wide range of training courses and professional development opportunities. Successful recipients of Doctoral Training Partnership studentships can access support and training through these centres, whilst all postgraduate researchers can benefit from access to skills training and resources from across the Great West 4 (GW4) institutions of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.

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Want to find out more?

Our postgraduate research pages contain information on the postgraduate research degrees we offer, funding currently available, how to apply or how to contact us.

You can also discover more about our campuses, including our main campus and see what life’s like in the beautiful South West.


1 Between 2006/7 – 2015/16, the University saw the greatest rise in research income compared to all other Russell Group universities

2 We have featured in the top 15 of all the major UK league tables since 2011

3 UK Government’s Research Assessment Framework, 2014

4 Times Higher Education World University rankings 2017/18

5 Times Higher Education Subject Rankings 2018


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Choose Exeter for your Masters

“I wasn’t sure whether to do a masters but Exeter offered a programme which I knew would help my career and be useful. The city is in a great part of the country - it has everything you need as a student whatever you’re into.” Nicolo studying Policy Analytics MSc

‘Exeter’s success is richly deserved…it has consistently embodied the very best in British Higher education.’ Alastair McCall, Editor of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide

World-class teaching and research

A Masters at the University of Exeter is a great way to gain a competitive edge in your field or gain specialist training in a particular subject area. At Exeter we combine teaching excellence and high levels of student satisfaction with world class research. A member of the Russell Group, our success is built on a strong partnership with our students and a clear focus on high performance. We are the fastest growing research-intensive university in the UK and 98 per cent of our research was rated as international or world-leading quality in the last national Research Excellence Framework

Scholarships and funding

We recognise the financial challenges facing masters’ students and this year we are making available more than £1.5 million worth of scholarships. Combined with the UK government postgraduate loan scheme, bursaries and crowdfunding opportunities, there are many ways to make studying a Masters affordable. You can search for funding on our website

Beautiful campuses University of Exeter

Our exceptional campuses in Exeter and Cornwall give you the chance to live and study in some of the most beautiful parts of the UK. You can enjoy the best of what the South West has to offer, from its historic cities to national parks and beautiful beaches. Streatham Campus in Exeter is a registered botanic garden covering 370 acres, and with transport links now better than ever, Exeter is just 40 minutes from London by air.  The Penryn Campus covers 100 acres at the heart of the living laboratory that is Cornwall, with a wealth of outdoor activities to be enjoyed and scenery to be explored. 

Choose Exeter

•    One of the world’s top 200 universities 
•    TEF Gold
•    5 star rated from QS
•    Top 15 in all major UK league tables since 2011
•    A member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities

How to apply

You can apply for all our Masters degrees online. Masters student Aleeha talks through the steps to apply in this short video.

We offer taught and research Masters degrees in: 

Arab and Islamic Studies 
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Business and Management
Classics and Ancient History
Computer Science
English and Creative Writing
Geology and Mining Engineering
Medicine and Health
Modern Languages and Translation Studies
Politics and International Relations
Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology
Sport and Health Sciences
Theology and Religion

Find out more: Postgraduate Open Days

We hold Postgraduate Open Days in November and March. These small and friendly events take place in Penryn, Cornwall and Streatham, Exeter. Reserve your place today. We look forward to meeting you.

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