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History at Penryn Campus: New students

History Penryn

We're currently planning our Induction Week activities from 14 September to welcome you to the University of Exeter, so the information provided here will be changing as new details are released. We're also working within Government guidelines meaning information and activities may change as that guidance changes as well. Please ensure you check back here frequently for updates, as well as your personal email account, new University of Exeter email account, and your My Timetable for the most up-to date information from us. Please note you must have registered with the University and activated your IT account to access My Timetable.

 If you have any questions about your induction or starting your studies, please contact the Penryn Hub, who support History Penryn students: info.penryn@ex.ac.uk or +44 (0)1326 371800

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

Freshers’ Week 2020: Monday 14 September - Sunday 20 September

In this unusual year, we recognise that not all students may have arrived on campus for the start of Freshers’ Week. Don’t worry if you are not able to be in Exeter for the start of term, we’ll be recording induction sessions that take place on campus and offering online alternatives so you can still join in.

If there is any reason why you may not be here for Freshers', 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, either in person or online.

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 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)

See also the History at Penryn summer reading list

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.