New postgraduate students

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate students

Welcome message from Professor Beverley Hawkins

Congratulations on achieving your place to study at the University of Exeter Business School. We're really looking forward to meeting you, and are delighted that you chose Exeter.

You will be working with exceptional people who will work hard to support and guide you, but you will get the most out of your time studying with us by committing to your own learning and the wider opportunities available to you. This starts with the pre-arrival aspects of your academic induction, and below you can discover more about how to access these. This year, we’ll work with you to continue to adapt our teaching and learning in accordance with any further restrictions that COVID-19 presents, and following student feedback from last year. We are looking forward to sharing the new academic year with you and welcoming you as part of our Business School community.

Welcome to Exeter!

Professor Beverley Hawkins
Associate Dean of Education, University of Exeter Business School
Associate Professor of Leadership/Organisation Studies

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Your academic induction

Freshers’ Week 13th – 19th September is an important and exciting start to your university life and incorporates your academic induction as well as a range of other activities. You will learn more about your course, and meet key staff and other new students at programme-specific welcome events by the Business School. Your event will appear in your personal timetable in iExeter when you have enrolled and have an active Exeter IT account.

Ahead of your arrival, please complete our online pre-arrival induction which is available via FutureLearn; your welcome email will include an invitation link, or click on the Business School pre-arrival academic induction link in the New Students’ Guide 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.

Buddy-Up Scheme

You can also register now to be matched up with a current Business School student via our Buddy-Up Scheme. This is a great way to get friendly peer-led support through your first few weeks with us.

Your programme may contain optional modules in the year ahead, and if so you will need to go to Online Module Selection (OMS) to choose them. We encourage you to explore this as early as possible. More information can be found here and on our new students' website.

Often pronounced 'Ellie', ELE is the university's online virtual learning environment. Each of your modules has an ELE page that will guide you through all of the activities and resources you need to succeed on your course. It sits alongside the live, synchronous sessions that you will participate in on campus or online.

iExeter is a free app that provides all students with a personalised dashboard of important information, such as your timetable, absence reporting, ELE, Career Zone, study spaces with spare seats, and even laundry and transport around campus.

You do not need to worry about purchasing any books in advance of your course, and all core resources will be available electronically via our library. We will provide guidance on optional reading in our online pre-arrival induction.

Right now, as well as exploring our online pre-arrival induction (link in your email) you can also explore the university’s New Students’ Guide, and the iExeter app once you have registered. You can also explore our Education Support Team’s Information Point ELE pages here.


Share your experiences, support prospective students and earn while you learn. Find out more about more below:

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 We look forward to hearing from you!

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Any questions?

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