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Undergraduate Politics at Streatham Campus: New students

Welcome to the Department of Politics. We're currently planning our Induction Week activities from 18 September to welcome you to the University of Exeter, so the information provided here will be changing as new details are released. 

Please ensure you check back here frequently for updates, as well as your personal email account, new University of Exeter email account, and your My Timetable for the most up-to date information from us. Please note you must have registered with the University and activated your IT account to access My Timetable.

If you have any questions about your induction or starting your studies, please contact your Hub: 

Phone: +44 (0)1392 723301

Hubs are open Monday to Friday (term time) 9.00am to 5.00pm (UK time).

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

Ahead of your arrival, please complete our online pre-arrival induction. The induction is full of important information and advice about your studies and life as a student here. It also contains activities and discussion boards so you can start to get to know other students even before you start your course.

We strongly recommend that you access this as soon as possible and make the most of this fantastic opportunity to learn more about us, your peers and your programme.

Welcome Week 2023: Monday 18 September - Sunday 24 September

During Welcome Week you should attend the Academic Induction events and activities for your subject/s, as detailed below.

The Student's Guild is also running welcome events throughout the week, including a Welcome Festival and regular guided tours of campus.

Please check your academic timetable during Welcome Week, so that you know exactly where and when you need to attend your first classes and lectures!

The purpose of Academic Induction is to introduce you to your academic programme, complete any necessary pre-registration tasks, familiarise yourself with your academic buildings, and meet fellow students and the academic staff for your subjects. These sessions form the core part of your Freshers' Week timetable and we expect all students to be present at these compulsory sessions, either in person or online as appropriate.

This schedule may be subject to change – always check your personal timetable online for the latest information.

Induction timetable

An overview of the induction timetable can be found below but please do check ELE and your personal timetable for up to date information.

Mon 18 September 13.05-14.25 HASS Information Fair MR1 / Queens
MR2-3 /Queens
Tues 19 September 9.05-10.55 Politics and IR Year 1 - Welcome to the Politics Department Blue LT (A)/ Newman
Tues 19 September 12.35-14.25 Q-Step & BSc Programmes Induction 004 /Harrison
Tues 19 September 16.35-18.25 PPE Welcome Talk Parker Moot Room LT/ Amory
Thurs 21 September 14.05-15.25 Guest Lecture Politics and IR Parker Moot
Room LT/ Amory
Thurs 21 September 15.30-18.00 Politics & IR Social and drinks reception * Northcott Theatre

 * Tickets are available via eventbrite for the social and drinks reception on Thursday 21 September.

Please also be aware that an optional Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Information Fair will be held in Queen Margaret Rooms 1-3, Queen’s Building, Streatham campus on Monday 18 September. You will find details in your timetable when it is published.


If you have any further questions, worries or concerns you can get in touch with us at or on 01392 723301

Welcome to the Department of Politics!

We are very happy to have you with us. We look forward to engaging with you in our modules and activities.

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