Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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Welcome to our postgraduate education community at the College of Medicine and Health! 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.

Of course, this year is like no other, with the Covid19 pandemic touching every part of our lives. I’m very proud of the way that our students and staff have risen to these challenges. We have spent the past six months investing substantially in our postgraduate programmes, planning for flexibility and resilience in our approach so that whatever the coming academic year brings we will still be delivering the high level of teaching that we always have - and in some areas our provision will be even better. Please be assured that the safety of all our students and staff is our first concern and we will be monitoring the latest government and sector guidance very closely. For the latest University of Exeter information please visit our Covid19 website.

PGT induction

To start the academic year, we will be holding an online PGT induction evening on Wednesday 30 September from 5-7pm. This will be an online event, which will include some welcomes and practical information, tips about Masters-level study, discussions about opportunities and support available to you, and a chance to meet some current and former students, as well as staff.

If you have any questions you’d like to have answered at that event, please could you email them to by 9am that day. You will receive information about how to join the online event in due course – meanwhile, please keep this time free in your diary if possible. For those who cannot attend, we will record these induction sessions and make them available via the Exeter Learning Environment (see later). Then, usually on the first day of your programme, there will be a welcome by the programme team and an opportunity to ask more specific questions. The university offers a range of support for new students, including for mature students returning to study. We are also introducing a new lunchtime seminar series for all postgraduate taught students in the College of Medicine & Health, which will cover a range of topics such as Masters-level writing skills and career planning, and you’ll receive more information about that soon. We hope (and think) you will be happy, busy and well supported over the coming year!

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.

Professor Karen Mattick

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).

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