The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities. It has invested heavily in science, engineering, mathematics, and medicine research, and has a world-class reputation in the humanities and social sciences. One of the University’s most famous alumni is Harry Potter author J.K Rowling.

Key Facts


  • #12 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • #11 in the Complete University Guide 2020
  • #10 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2020

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 18,200

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 5,000

Year founded

  • 1855

  • It was awarded gold in the first Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in recognition of the high quality of its teaching. 
  • 98% of its research was rated as international quality in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF). 
  • The University is organised into six academic colleges and has campuses in Exeter, and Penryn and Truro in Cornwall.
Areas of recognition

The Times Higher Education World subject rankings 2020 place Exeter in the Top 100 universities globally for Arts and Humanities, Life Sciences and Social Sciences.

Within the in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, Exeter is ranked 2nd in the UK for Sports Science, 3rd for Communication and Media Studies and Radiography, 4th for Anthropology, 5th for Classics/Ancient History, 6th for Philosophy, 7th for English, 8th for Geology and Materials Technology, 8th for Geography/Environmental Science, 9th for History and Archaeology/Forensic Science, 10th for Biological Sciences, 11th for Accounting and Finance and Politics and Medicine, 12th for Psychology, Civil Engineering and Business Studies and18th for Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Kings alumni at University of Exeter

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