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The Cornwall Campus is a modern campus with a friendly atmosphere

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Living in Cornwall

For biologists there are few places better in the UK than Cornwall. With the area’s natural features of coastline, rivers and moorland on your doorstep, students are surrounded by beautiful landscape and a wealth of opportunities for study.

Cornwall has a rapidly growing economy fuelled by investment from business, the Government and acclaimed developments such as the Eden Project, and is leading the way in renewable energy technologies.

The local area complements course-related fieldwork beautifully, but a wide variety of outdoor pursuits are also open to you – from surfing (some of the best in the country) to walking, kite boarding to diving. The campus is based in Penryn, near Falmouth, which is a lively student town with bars, pubs restaurants and a vibrant café culture to explore, plus theatres, cinemas, shops and galleries. The Living in Cornwall webpages on the Undergraduate and Postgraduate study websites are packed with places to go and things to see and do in the local area.

A wide variety of outdoor pursuits are open to you – from surfing (some of the best in the country) to walking, kite boarding to diving. The campus is based in Penryn, near Falmouth, which is a lively town with bars, pubs restaurants and a vibrant café culture to explore, plus theatres, cinemas, shops and galleries.

Our students’ union and societies

The Students’ Union (FXU) has a variety of clubs and societies which organise nights out and events throughout the year. There are also lots of societies which are of particular interest to students in the Centre for Ecology and Conservation – find out more.

Facilities and services

The University has all the services and facilities you'll need to make the most of life on campus, view our Campus Facilities & Services pages for more information. The Cornwall Campus is a modern campus with a friendly, vibrant atmosphere, enhanced by its shared location with Falmouth University.

Maps and location

You can see a map of the Cornwall Campus on our Visiting us webpages. You can also find out more about living in Cornwall and what the area is like on our Undergraduate study and Postgraduate study websites.

Having completed a BA Hons in Geography at the University of Exeter and spent a year working, I decided that I needed to take up further studies to allow me to pursue a career in the environmental field. Exeter were offering the MSc in Conservation & Biodiversity at the Cornwall campus. I was lucky enough to bag a place and spent a varied and fulfilling year learning about a wide range of modern conservation issues. I have many lasting memories of my year spent on the course: from the amazing times in Africa on the course field trip, to spotting dolphins and basking sharks on the ferry to the Isles of Scilly, and the nights out in Falmouth with my course-mates. And, at the end of it all, the course did provide me with the opportunities I had sought and I now work as an Environment Officer for the Environment Agency.

Edward Ferguson, MSc Conservation and Biodiversity graduate