Our Penryn Campus is ideally situated close to some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK

Why study at Exeter?

Our Penryn Campus

We are able to offer supervision for research degree students at our Penryn Campus, depending on the research interests of our staff.

Our Penryn Campus - situated just outside Falmouth only 2.5 hours from Exeter and 5 hours from London, by regular express train or by car - is expanding ambitiously with many new facilities opening in 2012.  Investments like The Exchange, a student-centred building with a collaborative lecture theatre and innovative groupwork spaces, improve the already excellent student experience and provide a cutting-edge resource for learning.  Meanwhile the exciting Environment and Sustainability Institute, a £30 million interdisciplinary centre investigating the consequences, mitigation and management of environmental change, mark Penryn out as a truly world-leading hub for research.

The campus is known for its vibrant yet intimate character; it is shared with Falmouth University, making for a dynamic, creative community unlike any other in the UK.  The modern, purpose-built campus offers an unrivalled location for study and growth, and it's beautiful location and the distinctive spirit of the Cornish peninsula are reflected in our courses.  The educational experience in Cornwall, with its intimate, small-group teaching and close contact with our academic staff, is incredibly well suited to studying and researching in Humanities.

English in Penryn is a hotbeb of world-leading research into the relationship between literature, identity and place, focused around the ECLIPSE research centre (Exeter Centre for Literatures of Identity, Place and Sustainability).  Our research takes you into the cultural landscape of Cornwall, Devon and beyond, moving literary study out of the classroom and into the outside world.  You're encouraged to ask questions about the relationship between cultural construction and the natural world, and to think about the broader utility of an English degree beyond university.

The County of Cornwall

It isn't just the mighty cliffs, glorious sandy beaches, wild moorlands and peaceful woodlands that make Cornwall such a special place.  In Cornwall you will also find fantastic, traditional local food and a lively arts scene.

It is home to some of the UKs best known visitor attractions, including the Eden Project and the Tate St Ives.

Just a short 30 minute journey from Falmouth, by train or by car, is the bustling Cathedral City of Truro which is the centre for administration, commerce and tourism for the County of Cornwall.  Truro is an historic Market Town full of richness and diversity, whilst still offering all the amenities and comforts of a modern city.

Truro is characterised by it's magnificent Cathedral, which was built in the later part of the 19th century with part of the original 13th century church that originally stood on this site being incorporated into the architecture of the cathedral that still occupies the site today.

You can learn more about student life at the University of Exeter by visiting our dedicated Student Life webpage.