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What you'll study

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BSc (Hons) with Foundation Year

The Foundation Year provides a firm base of scientific, intellectual and investigative skills for you to build on during the latter stages of your course. Modules cover basic science knowledge, which will be drawn on in later years, as well as underpinning skills such as numeracy. This year helps you develop a reflective and adaptive approach to study.

Core modules

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

Optional modules

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

BSc (Hons) with a Year Abroad

You 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 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  23%  0%  77%
Y1  29%  0%  71%
Y2  29%  0%  71%
Year Abroad  23%  0%  77%
Final  17%  0%  83%
FY  47%  23%  30%
Y1  8%  0%  92%
Y2  25%  1%  74%
Year Abroad  18%  12%  70%
Final  0%  12%  88%

About the course

Geology at Hull is ranked 1st in the UK for overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2017). The programme is focused on practical work in the laboratory and in the field – with specialist modules in geological maps, structures and materials as well as an emphasis on solving real-world problems. This three-year programme, accredited by the Geological Society of London, equips you with the specialist training you need to work in geology roles within the mining, petroleum, civil engineering, and environmental consultancy sectors and beyond.

There are three options available for studying Geology at Hull. The foundation year is available for students who want to study Geology at degree level but don't have the  academic qualifications for direct entry on to the programme. The degree offers a three-year study option and a four-year course with a year studying at a university abroad.

We focus strongly on field trips, both in the UK and to destinations such as Spain and Cyprus – with all core trips included in the cost of your tuition.  You will receive training in the skills required by a range of employers, including map creation and interpretation as well as resource identification. This programme focuses on the relevance of geoscience to the needs of society, including the search for natural resources, and the increasing importance of environmental geoscience to society and industry.


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

100% 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). A degree in Geology equips you with the direct experience and skills to work in the specialist fields of exploration geology, the petroleum industry and environmental agencies and consultancies. You also develop a range of transferable skills in research, data analysis and communication, which are valued by employers in a wide range of areas including management, finance, computing, public administration, transport, the media and marketing.

Recent graduates from related programmes have gone on to a range of roles, including: exploration geologist; petroleum industry consultant; hydrographer for the Humber Port Authority; environmental consultant; scientist with the Environment Agency; and secondary school teaching.

Further qualifications are required for some careers, and many graduates will continue their studies with MA, MSc and PhD degrees, the PGCE teaching certificate or a number of other professional qualifications.