Skip to main content

Psychology: New students

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students

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 induction and welcome activities in Psychology. Please also refer to the new students’ website for information about other non-discipline-specific events.

On this page: Welcome | Important informationYour tutors and pastoral care teamContacts and support

We will be updating this page regularly as new details of induction and welcome activities 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 need to register with the University and activate your IT account to access My Timetable.) If you have any questions about your induction or starting your studies, please contact your Info Point using the details on this page.

Welcome from the Head of Psychology

Meet your Head of Department, Professor Manuela Barreto.

Your student experience during Covid-19

Find out about our plans to provide a safe studying and campus experience on our dedicated Coronavirus webpages.

Welcome from Professor Richard Winsley

Richard is Associate Dean for Education in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Welcome to the Department of Psychology at the University of Exeter!

You are joining one of the top universities in the country, a member of the Russell Group of top research-led universities, with an outstanding record of employability. As a consequence, you can expect our standards to be very high, our teaching to be excellent and your experience to be one of the best available in higher education.

What you will experience here represents a step up from anything you will have experienced prior to this at school or college. You will be taught by people who don't just use textbooks, but write them—researchers who know exactly what it's like to establish a new finding, discover a new effect, or construct a new theory. They will expect you to learn to operate at the same level as them, and eventually to be capable of doing what they do.

You have time to make this journey, but you cannot afford to waste any of that time. The first year is introductory, and as such does not contribute (in terms of assessment) to your final degree (though you must pass the modules to progress). I encourage you, however, to take full advantage of this introduction, to learn to deal with the change in standards that will apply in your subsequent years. So the first year is for you to practise your skills, to discover the areas of your course that you enjoy the most, and to learn how to think and communicate in the context of your subject. Use it well, and above all engage with your tutors, lecturers and other members of staff. Become part of the discipline and attend our seminars and talks and you will feel the full benefit of studying at Exeter.

We look forward to working with you.

Professor Manuela Barreto, Head of Psychology

Important information

Freshers’ Week runs from Monday 14 September – Sunday 20 September 2020.

Please note that event times and locations are subject to change - please check your timetable in iExeter for the most up-to-date information and to access online events.





Who should attend?

Tuesday 15 September


Welcome meeting

A formal welcome by the Head of Psychology and an introduction to your studies and key tutors.

Live online via MS Teams All students

PsySoc Committee Welcome

Introduction to the Students' Guild

Meet your subject chairs

Online via ELE here All students

Meet your Personal Tutor

(Tutor surnames A-L)

Live online via MS Teams BSc Psychology students only

Meet your Personal Tutor

(Tutor surnames M-Z)

Live online via MS Teams BSc Psychology students only

INTO International Year One in Psychology Welcome

Meet your Programme Coordinator, Lamprini Psychogiou

Live online via MS Teams INTO International Year One in Psychology students only

Director's Welcome & Personal Tutor Meeting for BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science*

Meet your Programme Director, Dr Aureliu Lavric, and choose your optional modules

Live online via MS Teams BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science students only

Induction Session - Not to be missed!

Topics covered will include studying at Exeter, new philosophy of learning, Exeter Psychology ethos, and sources of support.

Live online via MS Teams All students
Wednesday 16 September 11:30-12:30

Welcome talk for BSc Psychology with Study Abroad students

Meet your Programme Director, Cris Burgess

Live online via MS Teams BSc Psychology with Study Abroad students only
12:30-13:30 Q&A Session Live online via MS Teams All students

Thursday 17 September


How to learn well

If you engage with one lecture during your time at Exeter – engage with this one. (More info below)

Online via ELE here (Pre-recorded talk) All students


How to learn well - Thursday 17 September (Pre-Recorded talk) 

If you engage with one lecture during your time at Exeter – engage with this one. This lecture will help you make the most of other lectures – 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.

*BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science

BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science students must attend the Psychology Welcome and induction talks and not the Sport and Health Sciences induction. However, you will need to make yourself familiar with your Sports and Exercise Science reading lists and any specialised clothing that you will need to purchase - please see the Sport and Health Sciences new students page.

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 webpage can be found here.  

To register, you need to:

  1. Activate your IT account.
  2. Use your IT details to go to the iExeter app and log in.
  3. Follow the ‘Registration’ link.

You must register by 11 October 2020. If you have any problems registering online or your course details are not correct please contact the Student Information Desk on 01392 724724 or submit a SID enquiry

More information about things you'll need to do before arriving at Exeter can be found in the New Students Guide.

Selecting your optional modules is an online process. You can change your optional modules between Monday 21st September 2020 and Friday 2nd October 2020 at 12 noon.

The first year provides you with a broad foundation of knowledge and specialist skills for research and undertaking statistical analysis. You will take 90 credits of the core Psychology modules:

Core modules (90 credits)

Module codeModule titleTerm
PSY1203 Introduction to Social Psychology Term 1
PSY1204 Introduction to Clinical Psychology Term 1
PSY1206 Introduction to Research Methods Term 1
PSY1205 Introduction to Statistics Terms 1 & 2
PSY1202 Introduction to Biological Psychology Term 2
PSY1207 Cognition, Emotion and Development Term 2

Optional modules (30 credits)

We will automatically register you for 2 x 15 credit Psychology modules listed below and they will appear on your student record when you register:

Module codeModule titleTerm
PSY1105 Introduction to Behaviour and Evolution Term 1
PSY1126 Classic Studies in Psychology Term 2

Changing your optional modules

You can request to change the optional modules which are currently on your student record. You can take up to 30 credits from another discipline or you may decide to swap one of your current option modules (PSY1105/PSY1126) for PSY1208 Work Experience (Psychology).

To do this you must complete a module change form. Links to the module change forms and other relevant information regarding module change can be found on the When can I change a module? hub page.

You will choose your optional modules at the Director's Welcome & Personal Tutor Meeting with Dr Aureliu Lavric on Tuesday 15 September 2020 at 1:35pm. This meeting will take place online - please see your timetable in iExeter for details.

In year 1 you will take four 15 credit compulsory modules and four 15 credit optional modules.

Core modules (60 credits)

Module codeModule titleTerm
PSY1206 Introduction to Research Methods Term 1
PSY1205 Introduction to Statistics Terms 1 & 2
PSY1202 Introduction to Biological Psychology Term 2
PSY1207 Cognition, Emotion and Development Term 2

Optional modules (60 credits)

You will choose one 15 credit Psychology module from:

Module codeModule titleTerm
PSY1203 Introduction to Social Psychology Term 1


Introduction to Clinical Psychology Term 1
PSY1208 Workplace Learning Terms 1 and 2

and three 15 credit Sport and Exercise Science modules from:

Module codeModule titleTerm
ESS1006 Human Anatomy and Kinathropometry Term 1
ESS1605 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Psychology Term 1
ESS1703 Bioenergetics Term 1
ESS1007 Human Physiology Term 2
ESS1606 Nutrition and Metabolism Term 2


Your detailed personal timetable will be available to view and download in iExeter from Monday 14 September. Teaching commences on Monday 21 September 2020.

All timetabling is organised centrally by the Timetable Team. Staff are available to answer any queries that you may have via

For further information about your timetable, please see the timetabling webpages.

Basic reading lists for each first year module can be found in the module descriptors. All recommended reading should be available through the university library

Please do not buy any books before you arrive, as guidance will be given in the first lecture of each module.

Find out about the overall teaching and learning approach on your course here, and please be aware that this information may supersede the specified teaching and learning activities within individual modules.

Learning environments

Your teaching sessions are likely to involve a mix of one or more of the following:


A presentation or talk on a particular topic, led by a Module Tutor, and often involving some interactive tasks or opportunities for discussion. In term 1 of this academic year, most lecture material will be recorded online and made available for you to view in your own time.


On some modules you’ll have small group tutorials where a tutor supports your learning on a specific topic. These will likely be delivered face-to-face on campus.


Many modules will have associated practical sessions. These may be on campus, or they may be a desk-based exercise for you to complete in your own time.


Assessments can include:

  • essays
  • lab reports
  • multiple choice exams
  • short answer exams


Your tutors and pastoral care team

Let’s introduce you to some of the key people in our department who’ll be supporting you through your programme of study. 

  • We are here to help – via email, phone, Skype, or in-person appointment.
  • Please come and see us before an issue gets too big.
  • Because of our team-based approach, there should always be someone you can speak to for help.

You can find a list of all academic staff in Psychology here, including office locations and contact details.

As soon as you arrive, you’ll be allocated your own dedicated Personal Tutor who will be your first point of contact if you have any queries or concerns about your overall progress and wellbeing. They will see you either on an individual basis or in your tutor group several times across the academic year, to discuss your transition to uni, attendance, progress and ambition. They will set up appointments, and attendance is compulsory and is monitored. You might discuss: generic aspects of studying such as marking conventions, essay/exam technique, planning for your future career.

You can consider your Personal Tutor also as a friendly triage/signposting service – if there is an emerging issue you need help with, they can advise you where to get it and refer you on to the right person. You can make an appointment with them at any time by email, phone, Skype, or by visiting them during their weekly office hours.

The relationship you build up with your tutor is an important one, not least because they will sometimes be the person who writes references for you when you start applying for jobs or other positions such as internships.

This short video outlines some of the benefits of our tutoring system:

Heike Elchlepp is First Year Tutor.

If a personal tutor requires additional input about a tutee, they will usually contact Heike (or Louise, the Senior Tutor) for advice.

Where you may have more complex issues that require ongoing monitoring and support, Heike can help (liaising with our Welfare Advisor, Tim Harris).

If your personal tutor is unavailable, Heike may be able to help.

Louise Pendry is the Senior Tutor.

Personal Tutors and Year Tutors report to Louise. If your Personal or Year Tutors are unavailable, and Washington Singer Information point doesn’t have the answer, Louise may be able to help.

Louise attends Level 2 Health, Well-being and Support for Study Meetings (with our Welfare Advisor, Tim Harris, who chairs them).

If you have any queries regarding your Personal Tutor or Year Tutor feel free to contact Louise:

Tim Harris is our Welfare Advisor in Wellbeing Services.

Tim works in liaison with tutors to assist students to access support for managing health/wellbeing and impact on studies.

Tim can offer telephone, skype and face to face appointments. To contact him, please email:

Your degree is made up of a number of different short courses called ‘modules’. Each module is led by a named academic member of staff, but most are taught by a team of tutors who share the lectures and seminars.

Your Module Tutors can be contacted in the same was as you would contact your Personal Tutor to seek help and advice. Your Module Tutors will let you know how to contact them to arrange a meeting, with this information also displayed on the module’s ELE page*.

*ELE is the Exeter Learning Environment, and each module has a dedicated page. On here you will find the information and materials you need to complete the module.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day running of the undergraduate programmes. This may include helping students make choices about their studies, or meeting with individuals who are having difficulties at university. The Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology is Dr Aureliu Lavric.

In addition, the Director of Education has overall responsibility for all the programmes and modules within Psychology. Dr Fraser Milton is the Director of Education for Psychology.

Contacts and support

Info at Washington Singer: Your Psychology Hub

If you have any Psychology-specific enquires please contact Info at Washington Singer by email or telephone +44 (0)1392 724626.

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. 

For essential information relating to Psychology please go to our ELE (Exeter Learning Environment) page.

General enquiries

For all general and IT enquiries please contact SID (Student Information Desk) online or via the iExeter app: log on to iExeter, click on the ‘SID Helpdesk’ tab and select the link to ‘log a new enquiry’.

There is a huge range of information available about accessing support at Exeter – please see the student services directory

Psychology ELE Hub

For essential information relating to Psychology please go to our ELE (Exeter Learning Environment) page.

Access and wellbeing support

If you have declared a disability on your application form pre-arrival or on a medical form, we would advise you to contact AccessAbility and Wellbeing services by logging an enquiry through the SID helpdesk. They will ensure that you get the additional study support you require e.g. extra time in exams, specific software etc.

Wellbeing services offer mental health support and counselling, as well as self-help resources you can access here.

Services and support


If you are interested in joining any societies, you can look out for the Psychology Society during Freshers’ Week.

The new students guide includes everything you need to know about starting University, with a handy checklist of tasks to help you through your first term.

» New students guide

Support with studying in English

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.

International students' website

Visit the international students' website for information on preparing for your studies and the support available to you, including our airport collection service and mentoring scheme.

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 2020/21 see the Student-Staff Liaison Committee webpage.