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Communications: New undergraduate students

New undergraduates

New undergraduates

Welcome message from Dr Neil Ewen

Welcome to Communications at the University of Exeter! The teaching team are really looking forward to meeting you and we will do our best to ensure that your time here is happy, stimulating, and fulfilling. During Freshers’ Week you’ll have various sessions where you’ll meet your lecturers, fellow students, and personal tutor. You’ll also have the chance to ask questions, learn about how your degree will work, and get to know the beautiful Streatham campus.

See you soon.

Dr Neil Ewen
Subject Leader, Communications

Ahead of your arrival, please complete our online pre-arrival induction. The induction is full of important information and advice about your studies and life as a student here. It also contains activities and discussion boards so you can start to get to know other students even before you start your course.

We strongly recommend that you access this as soon as possible and make the most of this fantastic opportunity to learn more about us, your peers and your programme.

Welcome Week 2023: Monday 18 September - Sunday 24 September

During Welcome Week you should attend the Academic Induction events and activities for your subject/s, as detailed below. If there is any reason why you may not be here for Welcome Week, please contact the Queen's Hub, who support Communications students, as soon as possible by emailing

The Student's Guild is also running welcome events throughout the week, including a Welcome Festival and regular guided tours of campus.

Please check your academic timetable during Welcome Week, so that you know exactly where and when you need to attend your first classes and lectures! If you have any timetable-related problems or questions, please contact the Queen's Hub at

The purpose of Academic Induction is to introduce you to your academic programme, complete any necessary pre-registration tasks, familiarise yourself with your academic buildings, and meet fellow students and the academic staff for your subjects. These sessions form the core part of your Welcome Week timetable and we expect all students to be present at these compulsory sessions, either in person or online as appropriate. If you need any advice about issues or clashes within your Welcome Week timetable please contact

Academic Induction timetable for Communications

For new undergraduate students studying Communications*

Date Start Finish Details Location
Tuesday 19 September 11:00 12:00

Welfare and Wellbeing Talk

Forum Auditorium LT
Tuesday 19 September 13:00 15:00

Communications welcome talk

Harrison 101
Tuesday 19 September 15:30 18:00

Tour of Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

Old Library / Bill Douglas Cinema Museum
Thursday 21 September 10:00 10:30

Communications Intro to the Career Zone

Amory C501
Thursday 21 September 10:30 11:00

Communications Intro to the Library

Amory C501
Thursday 21 September 11:00 12:30

Communications Interactive Session

Amory C501

For all undergraduate students studying Communications programmes as Single Honours (SH), Combined Honours (CH) and Flexible Combined Honours (FCH)

Please also be aware that an optional Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Information Fair will be held in Queen Margaret Rooms 1-3, Queen’s Building, Streatham campus on Monday 18 September. You will find details in your timetable when it is published.


Joining instructions

Communications Summer Reading List 2023-24

Please note that these reading lists are only here as guidance and for those interested, you are not expected to purchase these books.

Modules for Combined Honours programmes

For students on Combined Honours programmes, module choice information will be released and co-ordinated by the lead discipline for the programme, that is the first named subject in the degree title. For example, BA Archaeology and Anthropology is led by the Archaeology department; BA Philosophy and Theology is led by the Philosophy department. (Please see the ‘Combined Honours or Flexible Combined Honours Students’ link above for more information).

Useful information

Modules are available at a range of levels from Beginners to Advanced via the Language Centre in:

• French
• German
• Italian
• Japanese
• Korean
• Mandarin Chinese
• Russian
• Spanish
• British Sign Language

We can help you get the language you study with us named on your degree title. This involves successfully completing a minimum of 60 credits in one language taken through the Language Centre. You could choose to start a new language from scratch or develop an existing one. For example, a Geography student who passes 30 credits at Spanish Beginners and a further 30 credits at Spanish Intermediate 1 could have their degree title amended to BA (Hons) Geography with proficiency in Spanish.

If you are not able to take a language as part of your programme due to timetabling constraints, or if you are interested in studying a language that is not currently available via modularity, our Language Centre also runs an Evening Language Programme with many more language options.

To find out more about language modules and other languages offered by different departments see the Language Centre webpage.