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English in Exeter
Dr Paul Williams
Hello! I’m delighted that you’re considering English at Exeter. And why wouldn’t you? We work closely with our students on creating varied courses that include traditional approaches as well as the most important new developments in literary studies. It’s this diversity of approach that makes the Department of English such an exciting place to study – and work. Whether you want to analyse medieval poetry or twenty-first-century texts, our broad range of options allows you to examine a variety of media, periods, and genres, including film and creative writing.
I hope you’ll come to one of our Offer-Holder Visit Days – the University of Exeter has one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK and I’d love for you to get a taste of what being a student here is like. We’re a friendly department and we never stop looking for ways we can improve our teaching. I look forward to meeting you!
English Subject Co-Chair
Congratulations on your offer and welcome to English at Exeter! English is an exciting degree to study and there is lots of scope for pursuing your own particular interests so it’s likely to be very rewarding. Many of the modules available are research-led and there are also inter-disciplinary modules available.
I most enjoy... The flexibility! Even in first year you can select some of the modules you want to study, and so you can tailor your degree to areas you are interested in, or have a passion for.
The University provides so many opportunities to get involved in events, whether it be sports, charity fundraisers, or career days, there's always something going on! The library is modern and huge, and makes a nice space for studying. I love living in Exeter because it’s so green - so many trees! - and the High Street is a short walk away.
I most enjoy... the range of material. From early works of literature such as Genesis or Homer to Modernism such as Joyce or Woolf, to graphic novels, and particularly the access to the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. It's great because there's always something that you'll enjoy. I love Exeter for its size - it’s not too intimidating, but big enough to have a great range of shops. As an out-doorsy person, its closeness to Dartmoor, Exmoor and Exmouth is fantastic, and provides some great days out!
I most enjoy... The lectures. I have learnt so much from the passionate teaching and excellent research. The hybrid of pastoral and academic support offered is also invaluable. The cultural scene in Exeter is incredible. There is always something unique and brilliant happening, whether it’s a high budget company such as Globe on Tour visiting the on-campus theatre or society-organised trips to out of town events like the tar barrels at Ottery. I really want to go straight into an English MA when I graduate.
BA English and Modern Languages with Study Abroad
I most enjoy... The flexibility of the course, and the ability to tailor my degree. I enjoy discovering new ideas and perspectives under the guidance of passionate academics. I enjoy the atmosphere of the university, always buzzing with passionate and positive students. Exeter is also pretty small, but has everything a city needs and you’re only a short train ride away from a trip to the seaside or quaint little towns. I would love to go on to study an MA in Broadcast Journalism when I graduate.
BA English (with Study Abroad)
I most enjoy ... the flexibility of the course. In my 3 years here I have been able to take modules in all time periods and covering so many themes. Because the quality of teaching is so high and the lecturers so passionate about their work, I still haven’t specialised in any one area – there’s just way too much I’m interested in!
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BA English and Drama
I most enjoy... The fact that my degree is so flexible and this is something that made me want to study here. There are a lot of optional modules that you choose yourself meaning you are always studying something that you truly want to learn about! Because I’m doing joint honours, my course is so diverse! One minute I’m reading Beowulf, the next I’m warming up with a game of capture the flag!
I most enjoy... The thing I enjoy most about my degree is being able to work with people who truly love what they are doing – both staff and students. The university and city of Exeter are great places to live and study with that perfect mix of modern student life and historical beauty. When I graduate, I am interested in potentially going to drama school as a post-graduate degree or potentially travelling to explore the literary and theatrical cultures of other countries.