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Welcome from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean

"The core mission of the College is to provide an innovative, intellectually challenging and distinctive educational experience for our students to equip them for life after graduation, and create a future generation of researchers, thinkers, and enablers.

We are committed to pursuing world class research that has a positive impact; broadening knowledge and awareness, and influencing practice and policy around the world. Our research is amongst the very best and makes a difference to how we understand human behaviour and interactions; makes a significant academic and theoretical contribution; and has an impact on professional practice and policy.

It is a very exciting time at the University of Exeter, and within the College of Social Sciences and International Studies.”

Professor Gareth Stansfield
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean


About us

About us

About us

Social Sciences at the University of Exeter is in the top 125 of the prestigious Times Higher Education Social Sciences Rankings.

Interdisciplinary collaboration is a hallmark of the College, reflected both in research and our varied curriculum, which offers flexibility and choice.

All our programmes are based on research-led teaching and are structured to offer growing disciplinary expertise while developing key generic skills sought by employers. With us you have the chance to study in a supportive environment with excellent facilities and amenities in a strong student community. Our location offers you the security and atmosphere of a separate campus, but within walking distance of an up-and-coming city centre.

High quality teaching

  • A very wide range of undergraduate programmes, each with considerable flexibility in module selection, is supplemented by options that allow even wider choice both within and outside the College.
  • All our programmes are based on research-led teaching and are structured to offer growing disciplinary expertise while developing key generic skills sought by employers.
  • We are part of the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership, one of the largest centres of postgraduate research training for social scientists in the UK.
  • Our postgraduate students have access to a wide range of funding awards offered by the College and organisations such as the AHRC

World leading research

  • We are home to a number of major research projects which seek to push back academic boundaries and have important policy and societal implications.
  • The College hosts numerous research conferences, seminars and workshops, and is also home to several international journals.
  • Close cooperation between and across disciplinary groupings improves the quality and diversity of our teaching as well as encouraging the free movement of ideas and cross-disciplinary exchanges.

At a glance

Streatham Campus - Exeter

Subjects based on our Streatham Campus have a botanic garden setting with lakes, parkland, woodland and gardens that offers an enjoyable environment for study and research, only a 15-minute walk from Exeter’s city centre. With state-of-the-art facilities and the new Forum building winning several architecture and design awards, the campus itself reflects the outstanding quality of the researchers, staff and students who occupy it.

Penryn Campus - Cornwall

Politics on our Penryn Campus in Cornwall, is located in the Peter Lanyon Building. Law is also available where students benefit from collaboration with the University of Exeter Business School (Penryn Campus).  Set in 100 acres of countryside in Penryn, and close to the waterside town of Falmouth, it boasts beautiful views over the Fal estuary combined with modern facilities and student accommodation, while the small campus size allows for direct access to world-class academics.

St Luke's Campus - Exeter

The St Luke’s Campus is 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre and just over a mile away from the Streatham Campus across the city. It is home to students in the Graduate School of Education, the School of Sport and Health Sciences and the University of Exeter Medical School.


We incorporate a broad range of disciplines, all of which provide world-leading research alongside exceptional teaching.

Our areas of expertise include: