A warm welcome to our College.

We are rated among the top 100 universities for the study of arts and humanities in the world, and are one of the UK’s leading centres for research and teaching across our diverse range of subjects, reflecting all aspects of human experience, culture and creativity through disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) over 75% of College research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.*

Operating on two campuses at Streatham in Exeter and Penryn in Cornwall, we offer nearly 100 degree programmes at undergraduate level, many with integrated study abroad in Europe and North America. We run a wide range of world-class postgraduate masters programmes, provide postgraduate research opportunities across our disciplines and are a member of the AHRC’s South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. We also offer PhD programmes with partners such as the London Film School.

The College has a large number of external partners, locally, nationally and internationally, across a wide range of activities, including research impact and student employability. The College is pursuing a vigorous internationalisation programme and is actively developing academic partnerships with leading institutions in China, Europe, India and the USA.

As a member of the Russell Group, we are committed to support, promote and conduct the highest calibre research in the arts and humanities. We are keen to explore opportunities for interdisciplinary practice, developing international research partnerships and fostering a vibrant atmosphere for intellectual exchange.

Streatham Campus - Exeter

Humanities subjects based on our Streatham Campus have a botanic garden setting with lakes, parkland, woodland and gardens that offers an enjoyable environment for study and research, only a 15-minute walk from Exeter’s city centre. With state-of-the-art facilities and the new Forum building winning several architecture and design awards, the campus itself reflects the outstanding quality of the researchers, staff and students who occupy it.

Penryn Campus - Cornwall

On our Penryn Campus in Cornwall, Penryn Humanities brings together English and History, and is located in the Peter Lanyon Building. Set in 100 acres of countryside in Penryn, and close to the waterside town of Falmouth, it boasts beautiful views over the Fal estuary combined with modern facilities and student accommodation, while the small campus size allows for direct access to world-class academics. 

The College of Humanities at the University of Exeter incorporates a broad range of disciplines, all of which provide world-leading research alongside exceptional teaching. Across the College, our disciplines regularly rank in the top ten for student satisfaction. 

Our areas of expertise include Archaeology; Art History and Visual Culture; Classics and Ancient History; Drama; English; Film Studies; History; Liberal Arts; Modern Languages; Theology and Religion.

• 3,962 students (2015-16) 
• 3,688 students on undergraduate programmes (2015-16)
• 274 Postgraduate students (2015-16)
• 314 academic staff
• The value of the research grants we currently hold is almost £17 million
• Humanities were awarded 45 grants in 2014/15 with a total value of £3.9m
• Over 75% of College research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent*

Exeter is one of the UK’s key centres for Humanities research and education, as can be seen by our progress towards the top of the national and international league tables. Significant investment has helped us build further on already excellent research performance and student satisfaction at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This is an exciting time to be involved with the Humanities at Exeter

Professor Andrew Thorpe, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean

*Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*.