Undergraduate Politics at Penryn Campus: New students

Congratulations on securing a place in Politics at the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus. Welcome!

You are joining a unique community of scholarship in which students and academic staff are part of a common project of learning. We offer an outstanding university education in a supportive and diverse learning environment.

The Penryn and Falmouth areas are among the finest places to live in the United Kingdom, and offer a host of opportunities to get involved with the life of the community beyond the campus. Our friendly campus has a wide range of academic and extra-curricular activities, including a diverse range of sporting and cultural activities, student societies, and volunteering opportunities.

In addition to our welcome week activities, we are organising a day trip for all new students to the remote former mining village of Pendeen on Friday 27 September. The field trip will help you get to know other students and staff in a relaxed atmosphere while also learning about the region in which you have come to study.

On behalf of all staff and students in politics, we look forward to welcoming you in September, and to the rich contribution you will make during your time here.

Andrew Schaap
Head of Politics at the Penryn Campus, Cornwall

Information about things you'll need to do before arriving at Exeter can be found on our New Students website.

During your time at University, you may have the opportunity to attend Day Fieldtrips away from the University, and it is very important that we hold current, up to date details about your emergency contact and any medical conditions you may have so we can greatly assist the Emergency Services and allow your nominated emergency contact to be quickly informed. This may mitigate the consequences of your injuries and alleviate unnecessary concern.

The information you provide will be kept safe for the current academic year and will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Please complete the form as soon as you have registered in order to ensure that you are able to attend the day trip we have planned to Pendeen in the first week of term.

This schedule may be subject to change – always check your personal timetable online for the latest information.
Last updated: 20th August

Mon 16 September 10:00-11:00 Politics Welcome Meeting Peter Lanyon Building Lecture 5
Mon 16 September 11:00-12:00  Cream Tea                          Peter Lanyon Seminar 03
Mon 16 September 12:00-13:30 Supporting Your Learning in Politics Peter Lanyon Building Lecture 4
Tues 17 September 11:00-12:00 Education & Student Services Talk Daphne de Maurier Building Lecture A/B
Tues 17 September 14:00-15:00 Politics Employability Session Daphne de Maurier Building Lecture A/B
Thurs 19 September 09:00-11:00 Getting to Know Each Other Peter Lanyon Building Seminar 02


Your introduction to University life will be through Freshers' Week which runs from Monday 16 to Sunday 22 September 2019. Arrivals weekend is therefore Friday 13 - Sunday 15 September.

Freshers' Week comprises:

  • Academic Induction activities
  • University-wide events (for example, information about services to support you as a student - these often run multiple times so you can select one at a time that works for you)
  • Social events

Academic Induction activities are the key sessions for you to attend so you should make sure you are aware of these, and then fit any University-wide and social events around them.

You will be able to see the entire Freshers' Week timetable from the beginning of September in iExeter but you will need to activate your IT account first. Please see the main University webpages for new students for details of what to do before you arrive which provides further information about this process.

A note for international students

It is important that you bring your original certificates of qualification so that we can register you at the University. Copies of certificates, such as those downloaded from a web portal for example, cannot be accepted.

Below are texts which Penryn Politics staff  have put together as an introductory reading list for new students, should you want to prepare before you arrive. There is no requirement to read all this before term begins, although if you have not studied politics before, it may be useful to get a head start. Many of these books are key texts in your first year courses.


Jenny Edkins and Maja Zehfuss. Global Politics: A New Introduction (any edition) Routledge.

Robbie Shilliam, Nivi Manchanda and Alexander Anievas. Race and Racism in International Relations: Confronting the Global Colour Line. Routledge.

John Bayliss, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens. The Globalisation of World Politics. OUP.

Sankaran Krishna. Globalisation and Postcolonialism: Hegemony and Resistance in the 21st Century. Rowman and Littlefield.

Andrew Heywood. Politics. Palgrave MacMillan.

Jones, B., Norton, P., Daddow, O., 2018 (9th edition). Politics UK. Routledge.

Paul Whiteley (2011) Political Participation in Britain: The Decline and Revival of Civic Culture. Palgrave MacMillan.

Michael Hill. The Public Policy Process. Routledge.

Francis Fukuyama The Origins of Political Order and Political Order and Political Decay.  Profile Books.

Peter Mair. Ruling the Void: the Hollowing of Western Democracy. Verso.

W. Phillips Shively. The Craft of Political Research. Pearson Classics in Political Science.

If you have any further questions, worries or concerns you can get in touch with us at  politicspenryn@exeter.ac.uk or on + 44(0)1326 371800.


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Welcome to the Department of Politics!

With over sixty full-time faculty members across two campuses, we are one of the largest departments in the UK.

We are also one of the most diverse groups of scholars in the country, specialising in all of the major sub-fields of political studies, including public policy, international relations, political theory, and comparative politics.

During your studies of Politics and/or International Relations, you will first learn the 'core' elements of the disciplines, through a combination of lectures and tutorials.

In your final year, as well as undertaking a supervised independent study project in your dissertation which will be supervised by an expert in the field, you will have the opportunity to study topics that interest you in much greater depth, in our seminar-based third-year modules which are inspired by the cutting-edge research of our staff.

We hope your time studying with us will be intellectually stimulating and that you will be exposed to new ways of thinking about and understanding political phenomena. We also hope it will be hugely enjoyable; the department regularly engages with the Politics Society, organising social events and hosting guest speakers from both academia and the world of politics.

Professor Robert Lamb
Head of Department