Freshers' Week in History at the Streatham Campus

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 Richard Toye

Welcome to History at the University of Exeter.

Studying History at university is about developing your confidence, independent thinking and your ability to work without supervision. It will help you to identify key reading, collect and organise important information quickly and express it clearly in written and oral work, to support your own ideas. History at Exeter offers a range of subjects, stretching from early Medieval England, through histories of religion, class, power, race, war and empire, into the late twentieth century. We hope that you will enjoy the mix of subjects, approaches, time periods, and that you benefit from the expertise, enthusiasm and commitment of my colleagues.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Richard Toye
Head of History

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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 Wednesday 12 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.

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 History: Single Honours (SH) and Combined Honours (CH).

Date Start Finish Details Location
Tuesday 18 September 11:30 13:00 SH and CH students: History Welcome Meeting
Please be punctual for the meeting
Forum Auditorium
Thursday 20 September 13:00 17:00

SH and CH: Field trip into Exeter - Orientation quiz in teams

All History students will attend one afternoon only - see personal timetable for allocation.

Amory Parker Moot
Friday 21 September 13:00 17:00

SH and CH: Field trip into Exeter - Orientation quiz in teams

All History students will attend one afternoon only - see personal timetable for allocation.

Amory Parker Moot

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

Choosing your modules using the Online Module Selection System

In readiness for this process you should familiarise yourself with your appropriate programme specification and modules on the College intranet. Please ensure you indicate History - level 1 in the Module Category box.

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 Wednesday 12 September using the Online Module Selection System. After Wednesday 12 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

Preparatory reading

In readiness for the start of academic work, you should read some works relating to the core 'Making History' module. You should read any two of the following books:

  • Peter Claus and John MarriottHistory: An Introduction to Theory, Method and Practice (Harlow: Pearson, 2012)
  • Ulinka Rublack ed.A Concise Companion to History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • Ludmilla JordanovaHistory in Practice (London: Arnold, revised 2nd ed. 2006)
  • John ToshThe Pursuit of History (London: Longman, revised 3rd ed., 2002)


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.