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Welcome to all new postgraduate students

New postgraduates

Please note

This information is for new Postgraduate Taught (PGT) students. PGT students are those studying for an MA or MRes.

If you are studying for an MPhil or a PhD then you are a Postgraduate Research (PGR) student; if this applies to you, please see the Doctoral College website for your induction information.

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.

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

Tuesday 19 September 12:30-14:30 MPA Master of Public Administration & MPA Applied Studies Social event with refreshments  Laver 320
Thurs 21 September 09:30-10.30 Politics & IR PGT Welcome Reception Introduction to the department Newman Green
Thurs 21 September 10:30-11:30 MSc Public Policy Induction to the programme followed by refreshments. Laver 320
Thurs 21 September 10:30-12:30 MA Conflict, Security and Development and MRes Conflict, Security and HR Induction to the programmes followed by refreshments. Amory B316
Thurs 21 September 10:30-12:30 MPA Master of Public Administration & MPA Applied Studies Induction to the programmes followed by refreshments. QUB/LT6.2
Thurs 21 September 11:00-12:00 MSc Global Governance Induction to the programme. Amory B316
Thurs 21 September 13:00-15.00 MA Intermational Relations Induction to the programme followed by refreshments. Amory C501
Thurs 21 September 13:30-15:30 MA Politics and IR of the Middle East Induction to the programme followed by refreshments. Laver LT 3
Thurs 21 September 13:30-15:30 MA Political Thought Induction to the programme followed by refreshments. Amory B218
Thurs 21 September 13:30-15:30 MSc Global Security Studies Induction to the programme followed by refreshments. Amory C417
Thurs 21 September TBC MA Social Data Science Induction to the programme. Clayden Computer Labs

Library events

Online Library Induction: Online introduction to key library resources, services and facilities

Share your experiences, support prospective students and earn while you learn

Can you commit to one hour a week chatting to prospective students on your smartphone? Do you enjoy talking/writing? If yes, apply to become a Unibuddy Ambassador for the University of Exeter.

  • Share your experiences of University life
  • Build professional skills
  • Improve your CV and increase employability prospects
  • Support students just like you
  • Earn while you learn

Unibuddy is a social platform that connects current students with prospective applicants from around the world. Through informal chats, blogs and videos, Unibuddy ambassadors offer support, guidance and information to help applicants make the right decisions about higher education.

As a Unibuddy ambassador you will:

  • Answer questions from students about study, life and your experience at university (one hour per week at the standard ESA (Exeter Student Ambassador) hourly rate).
  • Help students find the right information and contact details for particular departments/people at the University of Exeter.
  • Check your account on a daily basis and answer questions in a timely manner.
  • Keep conversations going and build up a friendly relationship with students by asking questions and being engaging.
  • Provide a real insight into the University of Exeter experiences through chats, blogs and videos (a minimum of two pieces of content per month).

To be a successful Unibuddy you will:

  • Be a confident communicator who enjoys producing engaging content.
  • Have a positive outlook on university life and study.
  • Be flexible and willing to respond to questions quickly and efficiently.
  • Adopt a mature and professional approach to conversations.

How to apply:

To apply for this role, please express your interest to look forward to hearing from you!

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 at the University of Exeter.

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

You are now studying at one of the best all round Politics departments in the UK, where we excel in research and teaching across all the main areas of political science including international relations, political theory, public policy and administration, comparative politics, public opinion and political behaviour.

Our taught masters programmes reflect this diversity and the fact that our research directly shapes the modules we deliver at this level.

We have grown significantly in recent years and our reputation for high quality research has helped us recruit staff with excellent records, providing us with a breadth and depth of expertise that makes us a world class Politics group.

Our staff aim to be friendly and approachable so feel free to come and discuss with us any issues that you may have. We welcome your feedback and ideas. 

Professor Robert Lamb
Head of Department