Human Geography

BA (Hons)

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What you'll study

* All modules are subject to availability

BA (Hons) with Foundation Year

The foundation year has been designed to prepare you for the first year of the degree. You'll study the following modules.

Core modules

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

Optional modules

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

BA (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: £13,500

Foundation Year:

Home/EU students: £6,165

Overseas: £9,000

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  16%  0%  84%
Y1  22%  0%  78%
Y2  23%  0%  77%
Year Abroad  20%  100%  80%
Final  19%  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

Human Geography at Hull allows you to fully explore the complexity and diversity of human, social, economic, cultural and political systems. The popularity of our courses is evident from our consistent high ratings in the National Student Survey - we're ranked 8th in the UK for student satisfaction in Human and Social Geography (National Student Survey 2017). Our teaching staff are either Fellows of the Higher Education Academy or working towards this status.

There are three course options available for studying this discipline at Hull. The foundation year is an ideal solution for students who do not have a strong enough academic background for direct entry on to the degree. The degree offers a three-year study option and a four-year course with a year spent studying abroad in year three.

A full complement of theoretical and practical skills enables you to see places, individuals and communities with an expert eye. This programme offers a wide range of specialised modules, providing you with an in-depth insight into the important issues affecting the world around us. You participate in field studies in the local area and to overseas destinations such as Morocco, Iceland, Malawi, Germany and Italy; all core field trips are provided free of charge. There are further optional field trips to international destinations or within the UK during your final year of study.

Our department boasts well-equipped and newly-renovated teaching facilities including a Geographical Information Systems Suite (GIS), a Total Environment Simulator based at The Deep, Hull’s award winning submarium, and an Experimental Laboratory to investigate and research earth surface processes.


BA (Hons)

4 years


BA (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

With a range of transferable skills in research, data analysis and communication – combined with an in-depth knowledge of a number of academic themes – it’s no wonder that nearly all our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for a diverse range of employers, including: Associated British Ports (ABP), Green Energy, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Middlesbrough Football Club, British Army, Lake District Estates, KPMG – as well as in local and national government, print and broadcast media and the University of Hull.

Others have continued with postgraduate studies, for example MA, MSc and PhD degrees, a PGCE teaching certificate or pursuing a variety of professional qualifications.

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

Your employability is boosted by our emphasis on teaching real-world expertise and practical problems, offering you the chance to get to grips with the latest geo-technology, remote sensing, data collection methodology, statistical software and building impressive presentation skills.