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Postgraduate Research in the College of Humanities

As a large interdisciplinary College we offer a rich and diverse graduate culture across our subject disciplines, backed up by strong supervisory and teaching expertise, high quality training, excellent workspaces as well as extensive research resources. 

Why pursue a research degree with us?

  • Excellent postdoctoral destinations and very competitive record in the procession of our PhD students, particularly within academia
  • One of the largest and most diverse departments of our type in the Southwest
  • One of the research-active Russell-Group universities
  • Access to world-class research in one of the top 100 universities globally
  • Operating across three distinctly different campuses: Streatham 
    and St. Lukes in Exeter, Devon, and Penryn, Cornwall
  • Excellent workspaces and resources including Digital Humanities labs and research seminars
  • Study part-time with the same access to supervision, training, facilities and resources. You can spend up to 7 years to finish your PhD (6 years up to submission + 1 year examination/viva/corrections).
  • Long distance study also allows you to work from home whilst receiving supervision via skype and visits to campus for short intensive periods. You will also be able to stay in contact with your research environment through podcasts, research papers and videos.

We offer our PhD student’s exceptional support during their time studying with us, support for students includes:

  • A teamed approach to supervision combining research expertise from across our disciplines and access to a personal research mentor;
  • A dedicated Humanities Graduate School, a single point-of-contact for all programme and practical needs;
  • A framework of research and career development opportunities across the University and through our network of partners;
  • An exclusive study suite for Humanities postgraduates;
  • A well-established postgraduate research culture including annual conferences and journal publications;
  • Funding opportunities for individual research needs.
  • Our teaching and administrative-support staff are committed to helping you make the most of all that the University of Exeter has to offer during your research studies.
  • The Researcher Development team at Exeter offer personal and professional development opportunities to enhance your research and your employability in academia or beyond.

Exeter is a portal to a rich variety of research resources offering unique archives in medieval and modern history, modern and contemporary literature and film. Dynamic partnerships with arts, culture and heritage organisations – British Museum, Historic England, London Film School, National Trust, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Tate Britain among many others – give our researchers access to a remarkable range of research collections and facilities. The College is also home to a number of world leading research centres that capitalise on academic expertise. 

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