History at Penryn Campus: New students

Welcome message from Dr Timothy Cooper

Congratulations on securing a place on the History Programme at the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus. Welcome!

You are joining a unique community of scholarship, one in which students and academic staff are part of a common project of learning. We offer an outstanding university education in a richly supportive environment. We highly value the international academic community that we are building in the heart of Cornwall. It is an exciting time to be part of an expanding humanities community in Penryn, and we look forward to your joining us and contributing to this project.

The Penryn and Falmouth areas are among the finest places to live in the United Kingdom, and offer a host of opportunities to get involved with the life of the community beyond the campus. Our friendly campus has a wide range of academic and extra-curricular activities, including a diverse range of sporting and cultural activities, student societies, and volunteering opportunities.

On behalf of all staff and students in the humanities, we look forward to welcoming you in September, and to the rich contribution you will make during your time here.

Dr Timothy Cooper
Head of Humanities Penryn

Before you get here you will need to familiarise yourself with the reading list, register with the university and activate your university IT account. Once you have activated your University IT account you will have access to iExeter, the student portal.

Reading lists will be posted on ELE pages for individual modules before the start of term.

Online module selection will open between university Registration (5 September) and the Thursday of Fresher’s Week (19 September). We will send you more information about this before it opens.

If you have any questions please visit the Info Point on the ground floor in Peter Lanyon Building or email: info.penryn@exeter.ac.uk

Freshers’ Week 2019: Monday 16 September - Sunday 22 September

All students are expected to be on campus by Monday 16 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 Administration Team by emailing: info.penryn@exeter.ac.uk as soon as possible. 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 the Student Information Desk in Peter Lanyon Building.

Academic induction timetable

For new undergraduate students studying English programmes at our Penryn Campus as Single Honours (SH), Combined Honours (CH) and Flexible Combined Honours (FCH).

Please note the induction timetables are not yet finalised and may be subject to some change - we recommend that you keep checking this webpage in the run-up to Fresher’s week. The information will also be available via the iexeter app in due course. 

DateStartFinishDetailsLocation
Monday 16 September 11:00 12:00

History Induction Talk for Single Honours, Combined Honours and Flexible Combined Honours students - please note you must attend this event.

You will be introduced to all the things you will need to know to start your degree and be told about the other events to follow.

Lecture 5,
Peter Lanyon Building (PL)
Monday 16 September 14:30 15:00

Combined Honours Induction

Lecture 5,
Peter Lanyon Building (PL)
Monday 16 September 15:00 16:30

History Reception

Seminar 4 and 6, Peter Lanyon Building (PL)
Tuesday 17 September 09:00 10:00

In Conversation: Humanities and the University

Old Chapel Lecture Tremough House (TH)
Tuesday 17 September 11:00 12:00 Education & Student Services Talk Lecture Theatre A/B, Daphne du Maurier Buidling (DM)
Wednesday 18 September 12:00 13:00

Employability Talk

Old Chapel Lecture Tremough House (TH)

Thursday 19 September 15:00 16:00 Introduction to Assessment Old Chapel Lecture Tremough House (TH)
Friday 20 September 11:00 12:00

Fresher's Tea

Seminar K and L, Daphne du Maurier Buidling (DM)

If you are a Combined Honours or Flexible Combined Honours student please ensure you view the New Students 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

Arab and Islamic Studies; Law; Politics; Sociology; Philosophy and/or Anthropology

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Biosciences; Geography; Psychology; Sport 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

College of Medicine and Health

Medical Sciences; Medicine

The Business School

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

Joining instructions

History Penryn suggested summer reading list

The following reading might be useful to you over the summer, although it is not compulsory! Each title is linked to a relevant first year module.

  • People’s History: Sources and Skills (HIC1007): Carl J Griffin & Briony McDonaugh, Remembering Protest in Britain Since 1500: Memory, Materiality and Landscape (Springer, 2018)
  • European History (HIC1008): Tim Blanning, The Pursuit of Glory: The Five Revolutions that Made Modern Europe, 1648-1815. (Penguin, 2007)
  • World History: Globalisation (HIC1306): Jack Goody, The Theft of History (CUP, 2006)

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.

Online module selection, where appropriate, will open between 5 September - 19 September and we will send you more information about this before it opens.

Useful information

Modules are available at a range of levels via the Foreign Language Centre in:

  • French
  • German
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Spanish


We can help you get the language you study with us named on your degree title. This involves successfully completing a minimum of 60 credits in one language taken through the Foreign Language Centre. You could choose to start a new language from scratch or develop an existing one. For example, a Geography student who passes 30 credits at Spanish Beginners and a further 30 credits at Spanish Intermediate 1 could have their degree title amended to BA (Hons) Geography with proficiency in Spanish.

To find out more about language modules see our Foreign Language Centre page.