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History at Streatham Campus: New students

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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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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 Amory Hub, who support History 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 Amory Hub at

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, either in person or online as appropriate. 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 14 September 12:00 13:30 Welcome to the Department! Forum Alumni Auditorium LT
Thursday 16 September 09:30 10:30 Understanding The Modern World Northcott Theatre
Thursday 16 September 11:00 12:00 Making the History of Exeter Streatham Court A
Thursday 16 September 12:00 13:00 Making the History of Exeter Streatham Court A
Friday 17 September  09:30 10:30 Making History by seminar group

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

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)

See also the History summer reading list


Modules for Combined Honours programmes

For students on Combined Honours programmes, module choice information will be released and co-ordinated by the lead discipline for the programme, that is the first named subject in the degree title. For example, BA Archaeology and Anthropology is led by the Archaeology department; BA Philosophy and Theology is led by the Philosophy department. (Please see the ‘Combined Honours or Flexible Combined Honours Students’ link above for more information).

Useful information

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

• French
• German
• Italian
• Japanese
• Korean
• Mandarin Chinese
• Russian
• Spanish
• British Sign Language

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.

If you are not able to take a language as part of your programme due to timetabling constraints, or if you are interested in studying a language that is not currently available via modularity, our Language Centre also runs an Evening Language Programme with many more language options.

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