History at Streatham Campus: New students

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 11 September 2019 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 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 Amory Hub Team, who support History students, as soon as possible by emailing history@exeter.ac.uk.

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 history@exeter.ac.uk

Academic Induction timetable

 For new undergraduate students studying History: Single Honours (SH) and Combined Honours (CH).

Date Start Finish Details Location
Tuesday 17 September 11:30 13:00 SH and CH students: History Welcome Talk Forum Alumni Auditorium
Wednesday 18 September 12:30 13:30

SH and CH students: Meet the Department

Devonshire House Great Hall
Thursday 19 September 09:35 12:25

SH and CH students: Personal Tutor Meetings

Please check your timetable

Thursday 19 September 10:00 14:00

SH and CH students: Lecture followed by Field trip into Exeter.

All History students will attend one session only – please see personal timetable for allocation.

Amory Parker Moot Room
Thursday 19 September 14:00 18:00

SH and CH students: Lecture followed by Field trip into Exeter.

All History students will attend one session only – please see personal timetable for allocation.

Amory Parker Moot Room
Friday 20 September 09:35 12:25

SH and CH students: Personal Tutor Meetings

Please check your timetable
Friday 20 September 13:30 17:30 SH and CH students: HIH1400 Making History Seminar Group Meetings Please check your timetable

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)


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 Thursday 29 August and Wednesday 11 September using the Online Module Selection System. After Wednesday 11 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 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 Foreign 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 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.

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 Foreign 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 Foreign Language Centre pages.