Freshers' Week in Drama

Congratulations on getting a place at the University of Exeter. This page gives you the information you need for Freshers’ Week and what you need to do before you get here. We look forward to welcoming you to the College in September.

Welcome message from Professor Stephen Hodge

Welcome to all new students joining the Drama Department and congratulations on making it here.

50 years ago this autumn, when Exeter started its Drama Department in 1968, we took a pioneering step to introduce practice-led teaching and research into a Higher Education context. We have consistently performed well in this respect, and are currently ranked 1st in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 2nd in The Complete University Guide 2019. Our teaching, technical and administrative staff are committed to helping you to settle into University life and to get the most out of your studies and all the opportunities that the University offers.

We all look forward to meeting you in September.

Professor Stephen Hodge 
Head of Drama

Follow Drama on Twitter: @UoEDrama and join us on Facebook: University of Exeter: Drama

Before you get here you'll need to register with the University, activate your University IT account and select optional modules if they are available to you. You will need to have chosen your modules by Friday 14 September 2018 and you will not be able to access your entire timetable until your module choices are confirmed. For more information about the above please use the links at the bottom of this webpage.

Freshers’ Week 2018: Monday 17 September - Sunday 23 September

All students are expected to be on campus by Monday 17 September at the latest.

If there is any reason why you may not be here by this date, please get in contact with the Humanities Education Office as soon as possible by emailing

During Freshers' Week you should attend the Academic Induction events and activities for your subject/s. Attending the Academic Induction Welcome Talk and Registration on Tuesday 18 September is compulsory. The other activities are optional, however we hope you can make some of them to meet other students.

For more information about this please see our 'Joining instructions'.

The purpose of Academic Induction is to introduce you to your academic programme, complete any necessary pre-registration tasks, familiarise yourself with your academic buildings, and meet fellow students and the academic staff for your subjects. These sessions form the core part of your Freshers' Week timetable and we expect all students to be present at these compulsory sessions. If you need any advice about issues or clashes within your Freshers' Week timetable please contact

Academic Induction timetable for new undergraduate students studying Drama 


 The following events may help you to meet other new Drama students, and are hosted/led by second and third year Drama students.

Date Start Finish Details
Monday 17 September 14:00 16:00

Lunch at Imperial Pub
meet outside Alexander Building, Thornlea, 2pm.
Note: the company’s free but the food’s not!

Tuesday 18 September 12:00 17:15

Academic Induction -  Welcome Talk & Registration- COMPULSORY
Meet at Roborough Studios (building 8 on the campus map) next to the University Chapel and just down the hill from Queens' Building at 12pm. Please bring a passport sized photo of yourself and a pen & notebook.
12:00 - 14:00 Welcome Talk and Induction
Drama staff will welcome you all formally to the Department and introduce how we go about our lives and work in the Department. During this session, we will go through the structure of the Degree Programme and the timetable for your first term with you, and you will be put into buddy groups with members of other year groups.

14:30 - 15:30 - Registration
In your buddy groups, you’ll be issued with a set of black 'kit' - a black t shirt and karate trousers - which you will wear in your studio sessions. These are issued free of charge, but if you require additional items, they can be bought from reception in the Alexander Building (extra T-shirts are £3, extra Trousers are £8).
We will also take your photograph if you’ve not brought one with you.

15:30 - 16:30 - Questions and Meet your tutor
After a question & answer session to fill in any remaining blanks, you’ll walk with your buddies to the Thornlea site (10 minutes downhill) to meet your personal tutor.
You will be free to go back to your accommodation for dinner by 5pm.

Wednesday 19 September 11:00 13:00 (non-compulsory)
Entertainment Tours
Two tours of the town showing you entertainment venues such as the Exeter Phoenix, Picture House cinema and other places of interest. Tours leaves the Alexander Building, Thornlea at 11am (lasts 2 hours)
Friday 21 September 18:00 19:15

Drama Presentation
Location: RS2 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road). Full details of the performance can be found on the Drama website

If you are a Combined Honours or Flexible Combined Honours student please ensure you view the Freshers' Week information for all your subjects since each will have its own Academic Induction information and timetable. 

College of Humanities

Flexible Combined Honours

College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Anthropology; Arab and Islamic Studies; Law; Philosophy, Politics and International Relations; Sociology; and Strategy and Security Institute

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

BiosciencesGeographyPsychologySport and Health Sciences

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Computer Science; Engineering; Geology; Mathematics; Medical Imaging; Natural Sciences; Physics and Astronomy; and  Renewable Energy

The Business School and
Accounting and Finance; Economics; Business; Management; Leadership; Marketing; and Tourism

The University of Exeter Medical School
Medical Sciences; Medicine

Joining instructions

Preparing for your studies

In preparation for your course, try to see as wide a variety of live theatre and performance as you can - not only plays but also popular and experimental theatre forms: street theatre, performance art, magic shows, digital performance, music theatre, dance, Punch and Judy, etc.

Please familiarise yourself with your appropriate programme specification, modules and reading lists on the College intranet.

Choosing your modules using the Online Module Selection System

First you will need to register with the University and activate your University IT account. To find out how to do this use the links in the tabs below for the 'Before you arrive' section of the New Students’ website. Once you have activated your University IT account you will have access to iExeter, the student portal. You should find the Online Module Selection System by clicking on the 'Student Record' tab and then by following the instructions.

For some programmes where your first year of study includes either optional modules and/or the need to select between specific core modules, you must make your Year 1 module choice between Wednesday 29 August and Friday 14 September using the Online Module Selection System. After Friday 14 September module availability may be restricted within your discipline/s. Please contact us if, for any reason, you have not been able to make your module choices by this date.

Modules for Combined Honours programmes

For students on Combined Honours programmes, module choice information will be released and co-ordinated by the lead College for the programme, that is the first named subject in the degree title.  For example, Combined Honours History and Politics is led by the College of Humanities; Combined Honours Politics and Modern Languages is led by the College of Social Sciences and International Studies.

Useful information

Modules are available at a range of levels from Beginners to Advanced via the Foreign Language Centre in:

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Spanish

To find out more about language modules and other languages offered by different departments see the Foreign Language Centre pages.