College of Humanities
Study Abroad Team
College of Humanities
University of Exeter
The Queen's Building
Exeter EX4 4QH
Telephone: +44 (0)1392 725538
University of Exeter
Inbound Study Abroad Team
University of Exeter
8th Floor, Laver Building
Exeter EX4 4QE
Telephone: +44 (0)1392 725739
Information for Inbound Students
Welcome to the College of Humanities! Our areas of study include Archaeology, Art History and Visual Culture, Classics and Ancient History, Drama, English, Film Studies, the Foreign Language Centre, History, Liberal Arts, Modern Languages and Theology and Religion.
We are looking forward to you coming to study with us and we hope this page gives you some guidance on how to choose our modules and it helps you put together your study plan.
One semester students must take 60 Exeter credits. This is equivalent to 30 European credits (ECTS). Be careful not to take modules that run over both terms (highlighted in purple as Terms 1 and 2)
Full year students must take 120 Exeter credits (60 ECTS). We strongly recommend that you take 60 Exeter credits per semester as this will give you a balanced workload.
Most of our modules are either 15 or 30 Exeter credits. You would therefore usually take 2-4 modules per semester.
When choosing the modules you would like to take, please check carefully the terms of tuition, the number of credits and any pre-requisites required.
Understanding course codes
The letters at the start of each course code represent the subject area. In the College of Humanities, these are:
- ARC– Archaeology
- AHV – Art History and Visual Culture
- CLA – Classics and Ancient History
- DRA– Drama
- EAS– English
- EAF– Film Studies
- FLB/FLC/FLF/FLG/FLI/FLS - Foreign Language Centre
- HIC - History (Penryn campus, Cornwall)
- HIH - History
- LIB - Liberal Arts
- MLF/MLG/MLI/MLM/MLP/MLR/MLS/SML - Modern Languages
- THE - Theology and Religion
- TRU - English (Penryn campus, Cornwall)
The initial number indicates the level of the course unit – EAS1037 is a first year module in English, CLA3010 is a third year module in Classics and Ancient History.
Modules coded TRU and HIC are respectively English and History modules taught at the Penryn campus in Cornwall. Please only select these modules if you are studying at Penryn during your time here. You cannot study at both the Exeter (Streatham) and Penryn campuses.
When choosing modules, we recommend you read the general information here first and also check with your home university which departments you can choose modules from.
Students should only choose modules within the departments with which their home university has an agreement.
For example, if the agreement between the College and your home university is within the department of Modern Languages (referred to as "Modern EC Languages" within the Erasmus programme), then you must choose modules from this department.
See a full list of modules taught within the College of Humanities. However, please remember that the College cannot guarantee the modules you have been allocated until you have arrived at Exeter.
Furthermore, please read the following guidance concerning modules in each department. We do ask that when you complete your Study Plan during your application, you provide us with a list of at least 6 requested modules per semester in order of preference. This will help us when we are allocating your modules.
- Many Level 2 and 3 Archaeology modules have pre-requisites, so please check carefully each module description.
- ARC3611 is only available to students who have previous experience in Archaeology.
- AHV2005 is only available to students on a specific Art History and Visual culture programme.
- There are pre-requisites on a number of Level 2 and 3 Language modules.
- For Level 3 modules, some previous knowledge of the subject is required.
- Due to the popularity of Drama modules, please read all of the information below and consider carefully the modules you request.
- Please only choose Drama modules if you are a Drama major student and your home university has an agreement with the Drama department.
- If you wish to come and study at Exeter for the full year, it will not be possible to take all 120 credits in Drama unless you choose Level One modules. As such, you will need to request modules in other departments as well. We have a number of modules related to Drama in departments such as Art History and Visual Culture, English, Film and Modern Languages that are often very popular with Drama major students.
- You must choose all your Drama modules at the same level. For example, if you are studying at Exeter for the full year, you cannot choose two modules at Level 2 and two and Level 3.
- You must choose one theory (seminar) module per semester. It is not possible to choose only practical (studio) modules.
- Level 2 practical (studio) modules are only available in Term Two (Semester Two).
- Level 3 modules are only available in Term One (Semester One).
- English modules are extremely popular so we will do our best to allocate you the modules you request but, as with other disciplines, we cannot guarantee these choices.
- If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you choose Level 1 or Level 2 modules.
- If English is not your first language, we suggest that you also look at the modules available in our INTO centre. These are modules in English Language and are extremely useful for improving your level of English to help you cope with the demands of contributing orally to your seminars and with your written assessments. More information can be found here.
- If you are a European student, please check the Erasmus agreement that your home university has with Exeter. If the agreement is with Modern Languages, then we cannot guarantee you English modules. As such, you should choose your modules in the Modern Languages department.
- You can also choose from English modules at our Cornwall campus in Penryn, where there can often be more availability on modules. These module codes begin with TRU. However, please remember that it is not possible to take modules at both Exeter and in Cornwall.
- f you would like to study a language in the Foreign Language Centre (FLC) you will need to demonstrate your ability and experience in that language. To help us with this, we ask you to complete the FLC_registration_form as part of your application.
- If you are a complete beginner in a language, you must join the Beginners class in Term One. It is not possible for beginners to join classes in Term Two.
- Level 3 modules run across both terms. Therefore, if you are only studying with us for one term, you must choose modules at level 1 or 2.
- If you are coming to study just for Term Two, we cannot guarantee modules (particularly at Level 2), so please could you give us a selection of choices.
- History modules are extremely popular so we will do our best to allocate you the modules you request but, as with other disciplines, we cannot guarantee these choices. As such, please remember that we have a number of modules historically-related modules in other departments such as Archaeology, Art History and Visual Culture, Classics and Ancient History, Modern Languages and Theology and Religion that are often very popular with History students.
- You can also choose from History modules at our Cornwall campus in Penryn, where there can often be more availability on modules. These module codes begin with HIC. However, please remember that it is not possible to take modules at both Exeter and in Cornwall.
- If you are from a European university, you will probably need to take modules in Modern Languages. Please check the Erasmus agreement that your home university has with Exeter.
- The third letter in each module code refers to the language of the module. MLF = French, MLG = German, MLI = Italian, MLM = Mandarin Chinese, MLP = Portuguese, MLR = Russian, MLS = Spanish. However, SML refers to modules not connected to just one language and these modules are available to students from all language background.
- Within each language, there are modules on linguistics, literature and culture.
- Please check carefully the pre-requisites for each module
- Generally, you will need to have some understanding of the language if you would like to take a module in that language. This is necessary for Level 2 and 3 modules. However, Level 1 modules might be fine for complete beginners - please check to be sure.
- Many of the modules in Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese and Russian do not require previous knowledge of that language.
- Native Italian speakers cannot request MLI1055.
- The following modules are not available to the native speakers of the respective languages: MLF3111, MLG3111, MLI3111, MLS3111. Instead, these students are strongly encouraged to take the following: MLF3101a, MLG3101a, MLI3101a, MLS3101a.
- The following modules are unavailable for 2016-17: MLF2065, MLF3069, MLS2017, MLS2053, MLS2067, MLS3027, SML3010, SML3020, SML3025, SML3031, SML3036.
- The following modules are considered to be particularly interesting for our inbound exchange students: MLG2047 (German language needed), MLG3026, MLG3039, MLG3112, MLI2207, MLI2220, MLM2010, MLM3010, MLP2002, MLP2004, MLR2019, MLR3017 (Russian language needed), MLR3025, MLS3045 (Spanish language needed), SML2246, SML3013.
The information on this page is intended to give you some guidance on how to request modules. However, please be aware that the availability and specifications of modules may be subject to change between now and the start of teaching. The timetable is not finalised until near the start of your semester, so it is not possible to confirm the exact timings of classes until then.
We do our very best to give you the modules you request, but we cannot guarantee them until you have arrived at Exeter. So if a module which you are planning to take is no longer available, or you have clashes on your timetable, don't worry! It is possible to change modules before and during the first two weeks of term. If you need to do this, you can come and speak to our Study Abroad team for more information and we will try to help you.
For any enquiries, or for further guidance, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively you can telephone us on +44 1392 725538.