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Welcome to Psychology at Exeter

BSc programmes

Congratulations on your achievement of obtaining a place to study Psychology at the University of Exeter. We look forward to welcoming you to Exeter and working with you over the coming few years.

This page contains some useful information about Freshers’ Week activities in Psychology. Please also refer to the new students’ website for information about other non-discipline specific events.

Register with the University

You must register with the University at the start of each academic year. By registering, you agree to observe the University’s rules and regulations, including the payment of tuition fees and other charges by the deadlines. Most students will be asked to register online.

The registration web page can found here:

You need to:

  • Activate your IT account.
  • On or after 6th September 2017, use your IT details to go to the iExeter web portal and log in.
  • Follow the ‘Registration’ link.

IMPORTANT: You must register by 6th October 2017. If you have any problems registering online or your course details are not correct please contact the Student Information Desk on 01392 724724 or email

Freshers’ Week and Psychology Welcome Meeting

Freshers’ Week runs from Monday 18th September – Sunday 24th September 2017. All students are required to be on campus by Monday 18th September. If you cannot be here by this date for unavoidable reasons, you need to inform us by emailing your details to the Psychology Education team at Please include your student number and your programme of study in your email.

There will be a formal welcome by the Head of Psychology on Tuesday 19th September at 9.00am. This will be followed by various introductory talks, specific to the programme, throughout the morning.

Attendance on the 19th September is compulsory and a full itinerary of the activities can be found here: Undergraduate Psychology welcome schedule September 2017 (.pdf)

Your Personal Tutor

When you register you will be able to see the name of your Personal Tutor on SRS (Student Record System).  Please make sure you make a note of this name as you will need it on the Psychology Welcome Day on Tuesday 19 September when you will get to meet your Personal Tutor.  Here is a link to the staff web profiles so you can get to know your Personal Tutor, where they are based and how to contact them:

Your optional modules

BSc Psychology and BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science students have the opportunity to select optional modules. Please look through the fact sheet Selecting your optional modules (.pdf) and follow the instructions to select your modules. The deadline for selecting your optional modules is Friday 29th September 2017.

If you would like to take PSY1208 Work Experience instead of PSY1105 Introduction to Behaviour and Evolution or PSY1126 Classic Studies in Psychology, please complete a module change form.

Reading lists

For reading lists, please refer to the individual descriptors for each module. Please DO NOT BUY any books before you arrive, as guidance will be given in the first lecture of each module.


Your detailed personal timetable will be available to download from iExeter from Monday 18th September 2017. Further details about how to read this timetable can be found here: How to understand your Personal Timetable (UG) (.pdf). Teaching commences on Monday 25th September 2017.


This is one day of interactive graduate development and recruitment activities designed to help you develop, reflect on and articulate the personal and employability skills required for any career path. The eXfactor for all Psychology year 1 students will take place on Thursday 28th September 2017. This will appear on your timetable.

Support for International Students

The Insessional Programme is provided by INTO University of Exeter. It offers a range of courses, workshops and tutorials to international students at the University of Exeter. It is designed to enable students to develop their academic English and provide help and support for studying in English. Further information about the INTO Insessional Programme is available here:

Key Contacts

Psychology is based in the Washington Singer building on Perry Road. You can take virtual tours, complete with 360º panoramas, to see what the campus really looks like. You can find a complete list of key contacts here Key Contacts (.pdf) but if you have any Psychology specific enquires please email or telephone +44 (0)1392 724626.

Buddy Up Scheme

As you prepare for your first year of university study, you may experience a combination of excitement, anticipation and apprehension. You may even be quite fearful and uncertain, particularly if you are first in your family or community going to university. We want to support you during your arrival and orientation process, which is why we have over 70 students called Buddies waiting to be matched up with new students. To find out more go to the Buddy Up scheme website.

Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

The SSLC is committed to enabling all students to communicate their views and to receiving suggestions to influence changes to our policies and procedures. To find out how to become a member of this important committee in 2017/18 see Student-Staff Liaison Committee (UG SSLC) 2017 (.pdf).

How to learn well

Thursday 21 September 2017, 1130-1230, Forum Alumni Auditorium

If you come to one lecture during your stay at Exeter - come to this one. If you go to all the lectures you can whilst at Exeter - this is the one that will help you make the most of them - not to mention Tutorials and Practicals as well. This lecture will challenge your assumptions about the best way to study, and potentially double your effectiveness as a student. And it won’t just tell you how to do this, it will tell you why it works.