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University of Exeter Medical School

New students - postgraduate

Welcome to our postgraduate education community at Exeter! We are delighted that you have chosen to join us and hope that you will make the most of all the opportunities available: on your programme, through the wider postgraduate academic community and through extracurricular activities. 

This is a great part of the world in which to live and work and a great university at which to study. Our postgraduate taught (PGT) students are a diverse group, and we are actively seeking to increase and celebrate that diversity. We have students of all ages, nationalities and professions. We have some full time students who will spend much of their time on our campuses in Exeter and Truro and other full time and part time students who will learn mainly from a distance. We hope you will enjoy getting to know your programme leads, module tutors and fellow students over the coming year and benefit from the richness of all those interactions.

PGT induction

We will be updating this page regularly as new details of induction and welcome activities are released. Please ensure you check back here frequently for updates.

Induction MOOC 

We want to ensure that you feel part of our community even before you arrive, so we have put together a helpful MOOC that aims to introduce you to fellow students and will take you through some important information and support that is available to you. There will also be the opportunity to consider the healthcare and medical science communities to which you will soon belong and to start thinking about the latest scientific and healthcare issues that you might encounter during your studies with us.

Finally, my role as Director of Postgraduate Education is to lead our portfolio of postgraduate taught degree programmes (e.g. Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters) and our short courses. I always enjoy hearing directly from postgraduate students about their experiences and our Student Staff Liaison Committee is a key forum at which this happens and an important way in which we ensure the high quality of our programmes. You will soon meet your academic tutor, your programme director and module leads - but please also feel free to contact me about your postgraduate education. And, if you see me around, online or on campus, please do say hello and let me know how you’re getting on! Meanwhile, below is some information to get you started with your studies.

Wishing you all the best for a happy and productive academic year.

Useful information

Postgraduate taught programmes is the university terminology for all taught programmes at Masters level or above and includes Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters programmes. You will hear the shorthand ‘PGT’ used, so we thought it was useful to define that here!

ELE is our managed learning environment, which contains a host of useful information. Each programme and module has its own ELE page, containing information relevant to your teaching and assessment, including your programme handbook. Module pages will be developed and added to throughout the year, to ensure the very latest resources can be included. This means the content may not be complete until shortly before the module begins, so do take a look now but please also check back to Term 2 and 3 modules closer to the time for up-to-date content and resources.

In addition, there is a cross-programme ELE page, which includes more general information (e.g. inclusion, study skills, student-staff liaison committee) and a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that cover topics such as attendance, submitting assignments, mitigation and academic misconduct. I recommend that you spend some time reading your programme handbook and the FAQs. If you have questions that are not covered by the FAQs, then please do contact us.

A key resource for you is the module titled ‘Academic Honesty and Plagiarism’ which is also available on the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE). Every student has access to this course and students are required to complete it at the start of the academic year.  

Please note that we typically only contact students via their university email addresses. Please make sure that you know how to access your university email account and that you check it regularly. If you have a different ‘main’ email account, then you may want to forward your University emails to another email address . Please report any problems to the Student Information Desk (SID).

The university subscribes to multiple software programmes, including the Microsoft Office Suite. You can download these for free on your personal device. More information