Information for Inbound Exchange Students

Our areas of study include Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Physics and Astronomy.

We invite incoming exchange students to take a range of our modules. This webpage aims to give you guidance on how to choose these modules and put together your study plan. You will be asked to submit a study plan containing eight module choices in June, more information can be found here.

We recommend that you take the time to read through this entire page before submitting module choices.

Module Pages:

Streatham Campus Penryn Campus

Engineering modules

Engineering Modules 2023-4 for Inbound Exchange Students*

Mining and Minerals
Engineering at CSM

Maths modules

Mathematics Modules 2023-4

Maths Modules

Physics modules

Renewable Energy

Computer Science modules

Computer science Modules 2023-4 for Inbound Exchange Students*


*These lists are the finalised options for inbound exchange students. If you have any questions, please contact the Inbound Team.


Module restrictions for inbound students

In the department for Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, you may not take the following modules:

  • Level 1 courses (these modules are indicated by ‘1’ after the subject code, for example ECM1400)
  • Degree Apprenticeship modules (Indicated with ‘DA’ in the module code, for example COMM419DA)
  • Modules in the renewable energy programme (Streatham Campus only): ENGM030, ENGM031 and ENGM032

This list is subject to change, it is important that you submit as many module preferences as possible so we are able to allocate you a full study load.


Pre-requisites and co-requisites

It is essential that you meet all pre-requisites in order to take a module.

You must check the pre-requisites for modules. To prove you meet the pre-requisite, include on your study plan both the Exeter pre-requisite and the module equivalent that you have taken at your home university.

Pre-requisites can be found throughout the module description. It can appear in the top table, within the description or at the bottom of the module descriptor page, so it is important you check both. For example:

To meet the pre-requisite, you must have completed a module that covers the same content as the Exeter pre-requisite.


Proving you meet the pre-requisite:

You will be asked to provide the names of the modules you have taken that are comparable to the pre-requisite. The Inbound team will confirm that you have studied these modules using your transcript. You may be asked to provide further detail of the course content to prove you meet the pre-requisite.

It is important that you have studied the same content in these modules, for example taken a computer science class that includes the same programming language.


Ensuring the module is in the correct term

Modules at the University of Exeter are only taught once in an academic year. It is your responsibility to make sure the modules on your study plan are taught in the terms you are here.

Full year students Can take Term 1, Term 2 and full year modules
Term 1 students (September – January) Term 1 modules only
Term 2 students (January-June) Term 2 modules only

It is important to understand that modules with teaching in Terms 1 and 2 are considered full year modules and are not repeated in the following term. Only students studying for a full academic year can take these modules.

You can find out which term a module runs in by looking at the module descriptor. This example shows a full year module as it takes place throughout Term 1 and Term 2:

Choosing modules from multiple disciplines

Study Abroad and International Exchange students can usually (if the agreement with your home university allows) choose modules from across our departments (excluding the College of Medicine and Health, Liberal Arts, and the Graduate School of Education) and at any undergraduate level. However, please note the following:

  • You must meet any pre-requisites stated in the module description
  • You must choose a level suitable for your prior knowledge of the subject area
  • Choosing modules from across different departments and levels will increase the possibility of timetable clashes. This can make finalising your study programme more difficult. Therefore you should choose a minimum of 50% of your modules in one subject area.

If you are not an Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences student, please note that you will need to provide significant evidence that you meet the pre-requisites and have significant knowledge related to the discipline. You cannot take level 1 modules.

Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences modules often require more learning hours, which include lectures, tutorials and practicals. Please note, the more disciplines you have in your study plan, you increase the likelihood of a timetable clash.


Contact information

Faculty Info Points

Our Info Point teams are able to help you with any questions that you may have about your life as an Exeter student. From queries about your course, to advice on wellbeing, mitigating circumstances and more, they will provide advice and guidance in a friendly and efficient way.

Our disciplines are supported by three separate ‘Hub’ Teams:

Harrison Hub

Based in the Harrison Building

  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science

Peter Chalk Hub

Based in the Peter Chalk Centre

  • Natural Sciences
  • Physics

Penryn Hub 

Based in the Peter Lanyon Building

  • Geology
  • Mining and Minerals
  • Engineering
  • Renewable Energy

The Inbound Team

The inbound Team will be allocating your modules and checking your pre-requisites. We will be your first point of contact when studying and applying to Exeter.

Get in touch with the Inbound Team!