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History at Penryn Campus: New students

History Penryn

History Penryn

Welcome message from Dr Kate Hext

Welcome to the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus and congratulations on securing a place on a programme in the Department of Humanities here.

You are joining a unique university community which offers you a world-class education in a small, friendly environment. The Department of Humanities at Penryn is a warm and supportive community both in and out of the seminar room. The department is fortunate to have a range of vibrant student-led subject societies, in addition to the campus’ sports societies, and an active Student-Staff Liaison Committee.

We are located in one of the most beautiful areas in the UK, and I often see students heading down to the beach together after seminars. Penryn and Falmouth also offer a host of opportunities to get involved with community life beyond the campus.

We all look forward to meeting you in Welcome Week and, indeed, to the rich contribution you will make during your time here.

Dr Kate Hext
Head of Humanities Penryn

Ahead of your arrival, please complete our online pre-arrival induction which is available via FutureLearn; your Exeter email will have a message with the link. The induction is full of important information and advice about your studies and life as a student here. It also contains activities and discussion boards so you can start to get to know other students even before you start your course.

We strongly recommend that you access this as soon as possible and make the most of this fantastic opportunity to learn more about us, your peers and your programme.

Freshers’ Week 2021: Monday 13 September - Sunday 19 September

During Fresher's Week you should attend the Academic Induction events and activities for your subject/s, as detailed below. If there is any reason why you may not be here for Fresher's Week, please contact the Penryn Hub, who support History Penryn students, as soon as possible by emailing

The Student's Guild is also running welcome events throughout the week, including a Welcome Festival from September 10th-12th and regular guided tours of campus.

Please check your academic timetable during Freshers’ Week, so that you know exactly where and when you need to attend your first classes and lectures! If you have any timetable-related problems or questions, please contact the Penryn Hub at

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.

We will send you more information about online module selection before it opens.

Useful information

Modules are available at a range of levels via the 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 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 Language Centre page.