Geography BSc

BSc (Hons)

Has this course sparked your interest?

Come to our next Visit Day to find out more about this course, our students and the University.

Select your option

View details of Geography BSc

What you'll study

* All modules are subject to availability

BSc (Hons) with Foundation Year

In the foundation science year, you will study six modules focusing on developing skills in science and maths, university-level study skills, and acquiring subject-specific knowledge in Geography and related science subjects. There’ll also be regular tutorials in Geography, and you’ll participate in field visits developed specifically for this course.

Core modules

  • Preparing for Learning in Higher Education
  • Foundation Human Geography
  • Foundation in Data Analysis
  • Foundation Physical Geography
  • Dynamic Environments

Optional modules

  • Foundation Maths Skills
  • Foundation Maths 1
  • Foundation Maths A 

BSc (Hons) with a Year Abroad

You will spend year 3 studying abroad at a university of your choice. During this year, you will follow a programme of study that will be agreed between yourself and the department prior to your departure. You will take all assessments set by the host university while you are overseas, for which marks will be awarded and a final transcript released.

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,250

Overseas: £16,000

Foundation Year:

Home/EU students: £6,165

Overseas: £10,670

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

Teaching and Assessment

Typical breakdown of teaching time - based on a core of 1,200 hours per year

Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning
YearScheduledPlacementIndependent Study
FY  18%  0%  82%
Y1  22%  0%  78%
Y2  23%  0%  77%
Year Abroad  20%  0%  80%
Final  10%  0%  81%
FY  30%  40%  30%
Y1  25%  0%  75%
Y2  20%  6%  74%
Year Abroad  19%  14%  67%
Final  9%  16%  75%

About the course

Our BSc Geography degree equips you with an appreciation of landscape formation and changes in landscapes over different timescales, as well as key skills in GIS (Geographical Information Systems), data analysis, group work and report writing.

There are three options available for studying Geography BSc at Hull. The foundation year enables students with a wide range of educational backgrounds to brush up their skills before progressing to a degree. The Geography BSc degree offers students a three-year study option and a four-year course with the opportunity to study abroad for a year.

This course addresses the complex and dynamic processes associated with rivers, glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, ecology, soils, climate, landscape history and environmental monitoring and modelling, plus the relationship between humans and the environment. You participate in field studies on the North York Moors and have opportunities to visit overseas destinations such as Morocco, Iceland, Malawi and Spain. All core field trips are included free as part of your degree. During your final year, there are further optional field trips to overseas sites or within the UK.


BSc (Hons)

4 years


BSc (Hons)

4 years

Entry requirements

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • The foundation year is designed for applicants whose qualifications and experience do not allow direct entry to the undergraduate degree.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • For applicants with A levels in subjects other than those key to the degree, we will usually require a minimum of 80 points from Level 3 qualifications.

International students

(language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

98% of full-time students on this programme find employment or progress to further study within six months of finishing their course (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2017). Our graduates develop a range of transferable skills in research, data analysis and communication, which are valued by employers. These skills are combined with their in-depth knowledge of the academic themes studied during their programmes.

Some of our graduates entered careers using their degree-related skills while others used the transferable skills they gained when studying with us. Jobs include: Town Planner, Biodiversity Officer, BBC News Reporter, Planning Engineer, Environmental Officer, Landscape Architect, Science and Engineering Technician, Army Officer, Conservation Officer, Horticulturist, Safety Officer, Recruitment Consultant, Business Systems Analyst and University Lecturer. Other graduates go into teaching, local government, management, finance and computing.

Our graduates have gone on to work for a range of employers, including: Associated British Ports (ABP), the Environment Agency, Neptune Renewable Energy, Green Energy, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Middlesbrough Football Club, British Army, Lake District Estates, KPMG, Lyme Regis Outdoor Centre, local and national government, print and broadcast media and the University of Hull.

Many of our students also continue with postgraduate studies, for example MA, MSc and PhD degrees, the PGCE teaching certificate and various professional qualifications.

All of our students take part in personal development planning, using our online software to record their developing skills and knowledge.