Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

New students

Medical Sciences

Wecome to Medical Sciences at the University of Exeter. We're currently planning our Induction Week activities from 14 September to welcome you to the University of Exeter, so the information provided here will be changing as new details are released. We're also working within Government guidelines meaning information and activities may change as that guidance changes as well. Please ensure you check back here frequently for updates, as well as your personal email account, new University of Exeter email account, and your My Timetable for the most up-to date information from us. Please note you must have registered with the University and activated your IT account to access My Timetable.

If you have any questions about your induction or starting your studies, then the Info points are the place to go for any questions you may have about your life as an Exeter student. Ours is Info at St Luke's; you will find them in South Cloisters, St Luke’s Campus or you can contact them on Tel: +44 (0)1392 724837 or Email:

This page gives you the information you need for your Academic Induction and what you need to do before you get here.

We look forward to meeting you online!

View timetables for induction activities and other key information through the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE)

Please note: you must activate your IT account and register with the university before logging into ELE. Further information can be found on the New Students website


An overview of the induction timetable can be found below but please do check ELE and your personal timetable for up to date information.

Tuesday 15th September 10:30am - 12pm: Welcome from academic staff and the support team. 

Time (GMT)




Welcome from the Programme Directors & programme overviews

Dr Emma Taylor, programme director

Dr Clare Gallon, deputy programme director

Welcome from key year 1 staff

Dr David MacDonald, module lead for Fundamental Skills for Medical Scientists

Dr Sam Pollard, module lead for Integrated Human Physiology

Dr Vrinda Nayak, academic lead for BAME student support

Dr Tudor Chinnah, academic lead for international student support

David Massey, education support team)


Dr Alex Clarke



Supporting you on your academic journey: Academic Tutors

Dr David MacDonald, Lead academic tutor for Year 1

Supporting your welfare and wellbeing

Michelle Jagger, Education support (welfare)

Signposting: the Welcome Week ELE page

Dr David MacDonald

2.30 – 4.00pm

Student Voice and Peer Support session


Introduction to session

Dr Alex Clarke, BSc. (Hons) Medical Sciences

The Student Guild

Ed Sloan, Medical Sciences subject chair

Medical Sciences Society


Izzie Burn, President of the Medical Sciences Society

Will Gray, VP of the Medical Sciences Society

Peer-Assisted Learning & tips for success in Year 1

Ed Sloan & Lily Hillson, student peer programme coordinators

Q&A panel session (submit your questions through the chat function)



Ed, final year BSc. Medical Sciences

Lily, final year BSc. Medical Sciences with PTY

Will, final year BSc. Medical Sciences

Alex, final year Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences with PTY

Wrap up session

Dr Alex Clarke



Before you get here you'll need to register with the University and activate your University IT account. You should have received instructions on how to do this in an email from the university, or you can take a look at the New Student pages for more details.

Once you register you will be able to access your modules on iExeter.

You may also want to look at our Textbook List below for some suggested reading.

Useful information

We are often asked which textbooks you should buy. There are many different textbooks suitable for the early years and as the course progresses other texts will become important too. Copies of these books (and others) will be available in the University and/or Medical libraries.

There is no need to purchase any text book before arriving.  We would strongly encourage you to try out the available textbooks in the first few weeks of term before you consider buying!

It is also worth noting that you will have access to a number of electronic texts that support the programme, these are the same books that are available in print but enabled for viewing on PCs/Laptops and Tablets. The first year of BSc Medical Sciences is mostly concerned with normal human functionand the development of your study skills.  There are several relevanttext books available for your use in the library and, as different learners prefer different styles, we recommend you try out a few different text books within your first term of University. It is likely there will be significant student discounts available on certain recommended texts during the first few weeks of term.

Recommended textbooks (all available as e-textbooks from the electronic library)

  • Naish, Jeanette and Syndercombe Court, Denise, 2019, Medical Sciences (3rd edition), Elsevier, ISBN 978-0-7020-7337-3
  • Sherwood, Lauralee, 2016, Human Physiology: From Cells to Systems (9th edition), Cengage Learning, ISBN: 978-1-285-86693-2
  • Costanzo, Linda, S. 2018, Physiology (6th edition), Elsevier, ISBN: 978-0-323-47881-6
  • Cottrell, Stella 2019, The Study Skills Handbook (5th edition), Red Globe Press ISBN: 978-1-137-61089-8