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Exeter is one of the UK’s key centres for Humanities research and education, as shown by our progress towards the top of the national and international league tables. Significant investment has helped us build on already excellent research performance and student satisfaction at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels

Professor Jo Gill, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean

About the College of Humanities

About us

A global 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.


As a member of the Russell Group, we are committed to support, promote and conduct the highest calibre research in the arts and humanities. Our varied research centres and institutes explore opportunities for interdisciplinary practice, developing international research partnerships across the world and fostering a vibrant atmosphere for intellectual exchange. The College of Humanities has seen a 53.8% increase in our world-leading research since REF 2014 (based on portion of research rated 4* in REF 2021).


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 actively developing academic partnerships with leading institutions in China, Europe, India and the USA.

At a glance

Streatham Campus - Exeter

The majority of Humanities subjects are based at the Streatham Campus, which is our largest site in Exeter. The campus is one of the most beautiful in the country and offers a unique environment in which to study, with lakes, parkland, woodland and gardens as well as modern and historical buildings. It has state-of-the-art facilities including the Forum building which provides the Student Services Centre, a modern 24/7 library, technology-rich learning spaces, a 400-seat lecture theatre, the University’s reception, and retail catering outlets. 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.


We incorporate 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:

Our College by numbers

  • 5,220 students (2020/21)
  • 4,667 students on undergraduate programmes (2020/21)
  • 553 Postgraduate students (2020/21)
  • 342 academic staff (January 2021)
  • The value of the research grants we currently hold is almost £23.6 million
  • Humanities were awarded 54 grants in 2019/20 with a total value of £6.5m
  • The College of Humanities has seen a 53.8% increase in our world-leading research since REF 2014 (based on portion of research rated 4* in REF 2021)