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The facilities are fantastic and make campus study really convenient and accessible. For psychology in particular, the optional modules are much more open to personal direction than I have seen at other unis so it is easier to focus on your interests.
Blended teaching is great as it means you don't feel guilty for missing a lecture if you're ill etc. because you can easily catch up. Course hours are reasonable but certain compulsory modules require much more time than others, meaning it is impossible to allocate equal times to all modules. Lecturers are mostly very supportive and passionate about their topics.
Studying at the University of Exeter is amazing! One of the best things about being here is the peaceful student city. Compared to other big cities like London and Manchester, Exeter is much quieter, which makes it an ideal environment to focus on your studies. If you're looking to explore beyond the city, you can easily take a direct train to London or a quick train to Exmouth for a weekend getaway. In addition, the quality of education at Exeter is top-notch. The professors are knowledgeable, supportive, and passionate about their subjects, which makes learning here a truly rewarding experience. With a strong reputation as one of the top universities in the UK, you can trust that you're getting an excellent education. The only downside is the timetabling team could be more flexible when it comes to scheduling lectures and seminars, but this is a minor complaint when you take into account all the other amazing things that the university has to offer. Overall, I would highly recommend the University of Exeter to anyone looking for an outstanding place to study. The teachers are great, the extracurricular activities are diverse and engaging, and the campus facilities are modern and well-maintained. So if you're considering studying at Exeter, go for it!
My course experience has been great so far. One of the best things is how easy it is to book a session with lecturers. I can email them at any time to arrange a meeting, and they also post office hours on the ELE platform. I even got the opportunity to meet with the director of education once to ask some questions. The course is mainly taught in person, which I prefer, but there are also modules that include online teaching and blended learning. This variety of learning methods keeps things interesting and engaging. Overall, I'm happy with my course experience and feel supported by my lecturers.
Plenty of purpose built student accommodation on campus and in area. Easy access to town centre and shops, even easier just to order. Library online access great too (but probably not Exeter specific). Most staff very good, such as in my core module and philosophy, some staff amazing such as in my Japanese and Politics. Accommodation internet not bad, usually works well.
For MOST majors (mostly humanities but also politics and economics), 30-45 credits in first year may be chosen from any (usually first year, due to issues of priority) module offered by the university that you have the grades for. Despite the more limited variety of modules for first years there are still great options to choose from. An ancient or modern language must be taken, which is often 30 credits however advanced modules and sign language are only 15. 30 goes into the core module, and another 30 (typically) into the major, which has a specified, limited selection from which the mandatory quota must be chosen. Although there is a wider variety of choice for optional modules in second and third year, there are less credits to use on them, as 60 goes towards one’s major and 15 are taken by another core module. The third year leaves only 30 optional credits. This can be frustrating if your heart is set on one too many modules: Unless you are interested in studying modules from more than 3 subjects, FCH seems more liberal in terms of doing more of what you want. Each choice still has its own core modules, however liberal arts’ push for variety has lead to a variety of restrictions. Content for the first year core module does not teach skills from different disciplines. The core module should appeal to those interested in that area of literary criticism that turns into cultural theory - regardless of a week’s topic appearing political, historical, geographical or sociological, this is an overriding element that makes the core module uniform rather than interdisciplinary.
Right on campus but quiet too
There’s great study spaces on campus, just not really specifically for psychology and it’s hard to find a seat to study in the psychology building. More support from staff would be great because sometimes it feels like you’re totally left to your own devices. The content is mostly interesting and campus is great. Student accommodation is also good
covid and strikes affected us but now it’s mostly in person classes which are good, but not when they’re striking and don’t let us know
It’s so nice to be close to the beach and there’s lots of greenery and nice places to visit like the quay. There are lots of hills. And lots of crime lately for some reason, although there are safety people that walk around at night in the centre offering lollipops ? and a safe place you can go. You do have to be careful but it feels pretty safe during the day. It also has easy trains to london etc
Really great, double beds and en-suite bathrooms with big kitchens. Because it’s small it’s like a little community, everyone knows everyone which is fun. Also really close to campus so in a great place and can see green and trees out the windows. close to laundry and lemmy. Not amazing wifi but it’s mostly okay. fire alarm tests every wednesday scared me
Exeter has everything you need in walking distance - city centre, uni campus, supermarkets, the quay, and beaches a short train ride away.
Since COVID, the department has taken everyone's feedback on board and moved back to in-person teaching but with the large majority of exams still online.
Very close to campus and has a great student life associated with it. Also has a shop and laundry facilities in close vicinity as well as the uni club.
Great location - Exeter is a lovely student-friendly city and is ideally located for short weekend getaways. The campus itself is beautiful and spacious. The weather here is also pleasant - quite mild during both winter and summer. From my experience, the university is really welcoming and supportive of international students. High quality education and facilities. Lots of things to do, including a variety of student unions to join.
As a PhD research student, I do not attend classes. Research facilities and postgraduate offices are of a high standard. Support offered to postgraduate students.
Quite expensive, but an ideal place to stay during your first year at uni. Convenient - located close to central campus. Beautiful location and close to a number of nature walking routes. Good facilities and maintenance.
Students union should have more events
Not doing placement in first year
The campus is in a great location being distinct from the town but only a short-ish walk away. There are lots of really nice different pubs dotted around but the night-life in general is not particularly great.
The course is being taught entirely face to face, with 15 contact hours a week split up into 12 lectures, 2 tutorials and 1 computer-lab session, each lecturer also has office hours which can be used for help on the course and they all respond in reasonable time to emails and the such. Lecture and tutorial times can be a bit sporadic with the hours not necessarily being spread evenly through the week nor evenly through the day, with the earliest start time being 8:30 and the latest being 5:30. Quality of lecturers on the whole has been good but the variance is fairly large with a range from abysmal to amazing.
Exeter Halls is in a great location being both about a 10 min walk from the centre of campus and about a 15 min walk from the centre of town. There is easy access to tennis courts that are available to use at pretty much all times. It is a catered hall and the food quality is pretty good on the whole with some dishes being better than others. There is a common room and study space (Library) in Lopes Hall (one of the halls that makes up Exeter Halls) which are accessible to all Exeter Halls students during the day.
I specifically chose Exeter for its more up to date approach to Sociology and Anthropology and the breadth of modules they offer for both courses, which cover a lot of different subjects and things that are relevant to our times I have also enjoyed the diverse range of study places on and off-campus, although some spaces on campus can be a bit noisy
I like the diverse range of topics and the seminar-lecture style of classes I'd prefer some more contact and discussion time for some topics though
I love the rural but city location of Exeter and it's really easy to get to other cities, such as Bristol and London. It's also quite easy to get everywhere on foot. Unfortunately, living here is more on the expensive side and there is a lot of competition for houses