University Of Exeter Courses

by / Thursday, 13 February 2014 / Published in University Of Exeter

At Exeter we redefine the meaning of the MBA, where “A” stands for Action, not administration!

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The  MBA has produced successful entrepreneurs capable of running profitable businesses with a purpose. Those values are embedded in One Planet MBA experience, and entrepreneurship will play an even bigger part in 2014.

WaterWell was the winning entry to MBA Sustainability Challenge 2013, sponsored by Coca Cola and SAB Miller, an international MBA competition organised and hosted by very own MBA. Created by most entrepreneurial students, WaterWell is a radical vision for the world’s first digital governance platform for water stewardship.

The WaterWell team have recently returned from Rajasthan in India with SABMiller studying water stewardship in the local context of a region suffering extreme water stress. Find out what they’ve been up to by following MBA blog. This week we launched the 2014 competition, and discussions are under way with L’Oreal and the corporate partners to set the 2014 theme.

MBA students come to contribute and make a difference.

The students are competing for one of the most high profile MBA competition that exists: the Hult Prize, sponsored by former US President Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative. The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship, with US$ 1million funding available to the winning team. Exeter MBA team has reached the regional semi finals which will take place in London in March where they will present their innovative solution to tackling healthcare in emerging countries. Follow their progress on the MBA blogas the competition unfolds.

Taught by the world’s best leaders

MBA students are taught by the experts.

exeter teachngOn Wednesday we welcomed Nicolas Marang, L’Oreal’s Director of International Coordination CSR & Sustainability. Nicolas delivered this week’s MBA hands-on workshop in award-winning, exclusive MBA Suite. Using analytical tools in use at L’Oreal students learnt how to design and brand a CSR strategy and how best reconcile the conflicting interests of stakeholders across the 130 countries L’Oreal is operating in.

networking reception followed the workshop during which MBA students interacted with Nicolas and secured L’Oreal’s support towards the MBA competition they will be organising in June.

Helping Google drive business performance

Fuji holds an MBA with Distinction from us at the University of ExeterEXETER girl Business School, and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Germany. She is half-Colombian and half-Japanese and has spent most of her life in Brazil. However, she left the country at the age of 18 to work and study in Germany, Singapore, then last year joined MBA at Exeter.

Fuji has just graduated and she will join Google’s HQ in Germany as an Industry Analyst. Her new role involves developing key insights and strategies for Google’s largest customers with the aim to complement their business intelligence and drive business performance. Find out more about the relevance of MBA to Google’s needs on brand new MBA blog.

Scholarship Programme for 2014/15 with the brand new £10,000 Emerging Global Leader scholarship joining our extensive portfolio of scholarships sponsored by IBM, IKEA, Lloyds and the many corporate partners that contribute the MBA.

University of Exeter PhD & Doctoral Studies


Pages from Doctoral and PhD Studies Brochure (PGR Study) pdf (2)_0001As an academic researcher based at the University of Exeter, I’ve witnessed first-hand how the research we undertake has hugely increased in its quality and impact over the past decade. Our research income has doubled since 2007/08, and the results of the research we conduct are actively shaping our understanding of the world.

From researching the smallest molecules and applying next generation genomic technologies in order to help find Pages from Doctoral and PhD Studies Brochure (PGR Study) pdf (2)_0001cures for diseases, to understanding the global impact of climate change on society, the interdisciplinary research conducted by the University and its partners is a force for good, offering the potential to solve key world issues.

Developing the next generation of talented research staff is key to our ongoing success. This is why recruiting and supporting the best research students is so vital to us. Our PhD students work as part of our world-leading research teams to help us further our knowledge of the world we live in; past, present and future.

If you think you have what it takes to join our outstanding research community, then we’d love to hear from you.

Pages from Doctoral and PhD Studies Brochure (PGR Study) 1_0001Professor Stephen Rippon is Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Research and a landscape archaeologist with interests in the Roman and Medieval periods of Britain and North West Europe.

Why the University of Exeter?

A world-class research environment

  • In the top 1% of universities worldwide.
  • 90% of research is internationally recognised and all subjects include world-leading 4*research (Research Assessment Exercise, 2008).
  • Research environment is being enriched further with an investment of £235 million in research infrastructure and staff.
  • Success rate with Research Council applications is the second highest in the Russell Group* and research income has more than doubled in the last 5 years.

One of the best places in the UK to be a research student

  • Exeter is an academic powerhouse Pages from Doctoral and PhD Studies Brochure (PGR Study) pdf (2)_0001ranked among the top 70 fastest growing organisations in Europe and the top 25 in the UK.
  • Offer exceptional PhD funding opportunities — in recent years we have made available over 100 Research Council funded PhD studentships per year.
  • By 2015, we anticipate 40% of our research income will be a result of external funding from partners requiring our expertise to solve real world problems. At Exeter, the seed of an idea that forms a PhD thesis can go on to directly solve a challenge facing organisations today.
  • Great facilities include 2417 access to our newly refurbished main library and Research Commons; our world-class research library facility.
  • PhD and Doctoral students are an integral part of the University. Some are also actively involved as Graduate Teaching Assistants, developing their skills further and benefitting undergraduates with their research.
  • Source: Times Higher Education Data on Research Council awards (20/1/12)

Creating strong partnerships to answer problems nationally and internationally

  • Our research collaborations extend beyond those with colleagues from other departments. We have numerous agreements with other leading UK universities, along with industrial and international partners, to ensure the pieces of the puzzle we can answer are there to complete the picture.
  • These successful collaborations have led to the establishment of a number of Research Council funded Doctoral Training Centres, providing PhD students with access to funding, training and expertise from all partner universities.

Dedicated Doctoral and PhD support and training

Researcher Development Programme provides support and training to help you achieve your goals. A core set of workshops will enhance your research and employability skills, while our eProfile system provides the online shop window to showcase your research expertise.

Students from overseas can access specialist English language preparation programmes and free English language classes once here.

Sara Le-Roux, PhD Economics – Testimonial

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For Me, The University of Exeter stands out for several reasons. The mix of students means you get to debate with people from incredibly diverse backgrounds. That, couples with the quality of the teaching and research, and the beautiful environment, means I would definitely recommend this as a place to do a PhD.

Yes, it will be a rigorous academic experience, but the University offers a lot in return and there are great people to support you every step of the way. I have taught classes at both undergraduate & postgraduate levels, co-presented papers & attended conferences with some of the world’s experts in Economics. In facts, I have enjoyed both the teaching and research so much that I have decided to carry on in academia.

Subject Areas:

  • Accounting
  • Advanced Technologies Ageing
  • Ancient History
  • Animal Behaviour Anthropology
  • Arab and Islamic Studies Archaeology
  • Art History and Visual Culture Astrophysics
  • Behaviour, Ecology and
  • Conservation
  • Biblical Studies
  • Biochemistry and Biocatalysis Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical and Clinical Sciences Biomedical Physics
  • Business Studies
  • Cardiovascular Studies
  • Children’s Health, Exercise and
  • Paediatrics
  • Classics
  • Climate Change
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognition
  • Computing
  • Conservation and Ecology Cornish Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama
  • Dynamical Systems and Control Economic Psychology Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Ecotoxicology and Ecophysiology Education
  • Electromagnetic Materials Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Change and Modelling
  • Environment, Energy and Resilience
  • Environment and Human Health
  • Esotericism
  • Ethno-Political Studies European Politics Evolutionary Genetics Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • French Studies
  • Geography – Human Geography – Physical Geology
  • German Studies
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Studies Italian Studies Kurdish Studies Latin American Studies
  • Law
  • Leadership Studies Legal Practice Management
  • Maritime Historical Studies Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Medical History
  • Medical Statistics Medical Studies Medieval Studies Mediterranean Studies
  • Mental Health
  • Middle East Politics and Studies Minerals/Mining Engineering Neurosciences
  • Nanomaterials Organisational Psychology Offshore Renewable Energy Palestine Studies Performance Practice Pharmacology Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Plant and Microbial Sciences Politics
  • Primary Care
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration Public Health and
  • Epidemiology
  • Renewable Energy Russian Studies
  • Quantum Systems and
  • Nanomaterials
  • Security, Conflict and Justice Sociology
  • Sport Sciences
  • Strategy and Security Theology and Religion Tourism
  • Victorian Studies
  • Water Systems
  • Women and Gender Studies

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Research degrees available at Exeter

Anticipated duration

Entry Requirements*

Taught modules?
Masters by Research (MSc by Res; MA by Res) Available in selected subjectsOffers the opportunity to obtain a research degree, without the commitment of a longer-term PhD Masters by Research (by Publication) may be possible if you already have a portfolio of suitable quality published work 1 year full-time2 years part-time Normally a Merit or equivalent at taught Masters level. Study may be possible in Science, Engineering and Maths subjects with a 2. I Honours degree or equivalent and demonstration of strong research potential. NO
Master of Philosophy (M Phi I) Widely available in all colleges, assuming suitable supervision can be foundOften possible to transfer from an MPhil to a PhD without increasing the total duration of the PhDMPhil by Publication may be possible if you already have a portfolio of suitable quality published work 2-3 years full-time4-6 years part-time Normally a Merit or equivalent at taught Masters level. Study may be possible in Science, Engineering and Maths subjects with a 2. I Honours degree or equivalent and demonstration of strong research potential. No
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Only awarded if an original contribution to knowledge in the field is made,- Normally assessed by a written thesis and oral examination PhD by Publication may be possible if you already have a portfolio of suitable quality published workSplit site/distance study may be possible dependent on individual circumstances 3-4 years full-time6-8 years part-time Normally a Merit or equivalent at taught Masters level. Study may be possible in Science, Engineering and Maths subjects with a 2. I Honours degree or equivalent and demonstration of strong research potential. No
EngD Awarded for industrially relevant researchProvides a more vocationally oriented approach to obtaining a Doctorate in engineering commensurate with that of a PhD Varies dependent on programme Normally a 1st Class Honours Degree or a 2. I Honours Degree and a Masters degree. A good understanding of science or engineering is required. Vanes dependent on programme
Doctor of Medicine (MD) Master of Surgery (MS) Only Awarded if an Original Contribution to knowledge in the field is made.Normally assessed by a written thesis and oral examination 2 – 3 years Full Time4 – 5 years part – time Clinical degree or equivalent and demonstration of strong research potential. No
Professional Doctorates Combine a significant taught element with production of a research thesis.Designed to help members of specific professions develop their academic and professional knowledge Varies dependent on programme Normally a Merit or equivalent at taught Masters level. Study may be possible in Science, Engineering & Maths subjects with a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent and demonstration of strong research potential. Some programmes required professional experience in the relevant field. Yes

Application process

  • Investigate research areas available and pinpoint staff research interests
  • Do I meet the academic and English language requirements?*


The majority of our funded PhD studentships are competitive and available during Winter and Spring for start the following Autumn.

APPLY FOR FUNDING: Please note some international funding schemes require you to apply to study first.



This normally includes:

  •  Your PhD proposal
  •  Two academic references
  •  Details of qualifications and experience

 If you require a UK visa to study you should aim to apply six months before you intend to start


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