Geology with Physical Geography

BSc (Hons)

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What you'll study

* All modules are subject to availability

BSc (Hons) with Foundation Year

The initial Foundation Year provides you with a firm grounding in scientific, intellectual and investigative skills while also developing a reflective and adaptive approach to study. Modules involve physical geography, physics, chemistry, biology and key underpinning skills like numeracy. Completion of this year leads to Year 1 of the Geology with Physical Geography course.

Core modules

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

Optional modules

  • Foundation Maths Skills
  • Foundation Maths 1
  • Foundation Maths A
  • Biological Diversity
  • Foundation Chemistry 1
  • Foundation in Data Analysis
  • Foundation Maths 2
  • Foundation Maths B

BSc (Hons) with a Year Abroad

You will spend Year 3 studying abroad at a partner university of your choice. During this year, you will follow a programme of study that will be agreed between yourself and your department (in Hull) prior to your departure. You will take all assessments set by the host university while you are overseas, for which marks will be awarded which count towards your degree.

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  20%  0%  80%
Y1  27%  0%  73%
Y2  29%  0%  71%
Year Abroad  23%  0%  77%
Final  17%  0%  83%
FY  33%  40%  27%
Y1  8%  0%  92%
Y2  25%  1%  74%
Year Abroad  18%  12%  70%
Final  0%  12%  88%

About the course

Accredited by the Geological Society, this interdisciplinary degree provides the broad training needed to work in roles within the mining, petroleum, civil engineering and environmental sectors. We're ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in Geology and 6th in Physical Geography and Environmental Science (National Student Survey 2017). Teaching has a strong focus on fieldwork and the analysis of geological materials, geological maps and solving geological problems. You will benefit from free core field trips, which make full use of our unique position on the Yorkshire coast. Optional final-year field trips visit locations such as Iceland, Malawi and Morocco.

There are three course options available for studying Geology with Physical Geography at Hull. The foundation year is ideal for students who do not have the academic background for direct entry at degree level. On the degree, students can choose the three-year study option or the four-year course with a year spent studying abroad in Year 3. This is an outstanding opportunity to redefine your horizons, learn new skills and develop valuable international contacts.

During the programme you will gain an in-depth understanding of the geological, physical and biological processes that operate on and underneath the Earth’s surface and control the state of the natural environment. Our research-informed staff are specialists in Geology and Physical Geography, who constantly seek to put innovation at the heart of teaching and learning.


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.

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Future prospects

Through this degree, with its strong basis in practical and field work, you will gain the training and skills required by a range of employers – including map creation/interpretation and resource identification. You will also develop transferable skills in research, data analysis and communication, which are highly valued by employers.

You will have the direct experience and skills to work in the specialist fields of exploration geology, the petroleum industry and environmental agencies and consultancies. You will also be eligible to work in areas such as management, finance, computing, marketing, public administration, transport, the media and teaching.

Many students also choose to continue their studies with Masters courses in structural geology, environmental conservation or management, petroleum geosciences, geographical information systems and remote sensing. Courses in teaching, surveying or urban/rural planning are also popular, as are business and management courses.