Geography student with mountains on field trip to Rome

Study Geography, Earth and Environmental Science at Hull

The world needs geographers, environmentalists and earth scientists to understand and manage the environmental issues we face. Our degrees will help you develop a deep understanding of the major challenges facing people and the planet, and give you hands-on experience on field trips to the UK and abroad.

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Want to make a positive difference to the world?

So do we. From climate change to clean water, geohazards to green energy: sustainability is at the core of our degrees. We’ll empower you to join us in helping to build a fairer, sustainable, carbon neutral future.

You’ll learn from experts who are at the forefront of research in their field, with solid connections to policy makers and industries that can drive real change. As we speak, they’re out studying the latest solutions, and they bring all this knowledge back to you through research-led teaching.

And you’ll apply your knowledge to the real world through practical work, including field trips to places like Barcelona, Iceland and Scotland. So by the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to tackle some of Earth’s biggest challenges.

Top 10 in the UK

Earth & Environmental Science at Hull is ranked Top 10 in the UK for Feedback Satisfaction, according to the latest university rankings published by The Guardian.1

Carbon neutral

Our plan is to be carbon-neutral by 2027: the year we turn 100 years old. And we’ve made good progress already, by reducing our carbon emissions by 50%. 

Top 15 in the UK

Geography at Hull is 13th in the UK for Feedback Satisfaction.2


95.4% of our Geography & Environment graduates are in work or further study within 15 months of graduating, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).3

This course is Royal Geographical Society (RGS) accredited)

Fully accredited

Our degrees are accredited - Geography by the Royal Geographical Society, and Environmental Science by the Institution of Environmental Science (IES).

Out in the field

Take part in funded field trips to the UK and overseas,4 spend a year studying abroad, and gain work experience as part of a module or on an entire placement year.

Learn to dive

In BSc Environmental Science, you can choose subsidised dive training as part of our Ecology module & become a PADI-certified Advanced Open Water Diver.5

Real places.
Real people.
Real experience.

You'll spend much of your time 'learning by doing'. Whether that's analysing samples in the lab, developing digital skills such as in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), or on field trips to places of interest in the UK and overseas.

Recent fieldwork destinations include Almeria, Barcelona, Berlin, Brazil, Egypt, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Malawi, Mallorca, Morocco, Scotland, and the Yorkshire Dales.4

Tino - Geology Field Trip to Almeria Spain 2018


“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Watch our students and lecturers carry out fieldwork in the deserts of Almeria in southern Spain."
Hannah Woodgate during her iceland trip taking a selfie


“It took my breath away. I was in awe.” Watch Hannah and the team explore the land of fire and ice.
Joseph Nolan BA Human Geography Barcelona Field Trip 2019


“We get to do a whole module on Barcelona. What other course lets you study a place in such depth?”
Students during Berlin field trip


“It’s one thing reading about the place, but to actually go out and experience it … it’s a really cool thing.”
Tenerife rock


“We saw dolphins, we swam in the ocean … it was amazing.” Join Ash and Katie for their field trip to Tenerife.
Coastal researchers


Join our BSc Marine Biology students as they travel north to explore the Scottish coast.
students at Swaledale on a geography field trip


Follow our students as they explore the historical mining landscapes of Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales.

Today, Hull. Tomorrow, the world.

You’ll gain a range of field and lab skills, along with valuable careers advice and guidance. You'll also have opportunities to take part in work experience as part of a third year module or during a placement year. That’ll make you an excellent candidate for organisations like the Environment Agency, the renewable energy sector, conservation teams, local councils or wildlife trusts.

You’ll be qualified to pursue geological careers in environmental consulting, remediation, renewable energies, exploration geology, surveying and engineering. With a wide range of transferable skills at your disposal - just like our alumni - you'll be well on the way to making a real difference to the world.

Physical Geography - Geology Student Helen Chick with Rock Specimen & Magnifier
Nadira Rahmania Hendarta Environmental Science
James Cameron BSc Hons Environmental Science
Tino - Geology Field Trip to Almeria Spain 2018

First stop: University of Hull

Next stop:

Environmental consultant


Conservation worker


Flood risk modeller

Renewable energy expert

Environmental researcher

Town planner

Scientific officer

Great outdoors, great indoors

When you’re not out on field trips, you’ll have access to excellent facilities right here on campus. Here you can test, analyse, research, experiment, and work on your final-year dissertation. It’s all part of our ‘learning by doing’ approach.

Join a university where you’re a name, not a number

Here, it’s personal. When you walk through our doors for the first time, you’re a valued member of a tight-knit community of like-minded students and inspirational staff.

You also get your own Personal Supervisor. They’re on hand to give you all the help and guidance you need, from your first year to your last.

In our Geography degrees, choose to specialise in human or physical geography after first year, or continue to do a mixture of the two – the choice is yours.

By choosing your own modules, you can tailor your degree to your interests and learn what you want to learn about.

Rhianna Phillips BA Human Geography Barcelona Field Trip 2019

Think you’re not ready or right for uni? Think again…

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you could still join us on a foundation year.

A foundation year is an extra year at the start of your degree, designed to boost your academic skills and subject knowledge. It’s available on BSc Earth and Environmental Science, BSc Environmental Science, BA Geography, and BSc Geography.

See how a foundation year helped Iona settle into university life at Hull.

A degree that puts the world at your feet. Literally.

From local day trips to residential courses across the world, we offer a diverse and stimulating range of fieldwork.4 They build your skills in our disciplines, while also introducing you to the places, people and processes that make up the world in which we live.

All our courses give you the chance to study abroad for a year at one of our international partner institutions. So where do you want to go? 

Your next steps

We’re here to help at every stage of your journey to university, whether you’re looking for a course, or you’re ready to apply. If you have any questions, just get in touch. You can also receive important updates from us using the form.


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1. (Earth & Environmental Science, 10th) The Guardian University Rankings 2024.

2. (Geography, 13th) The Guardian University Rankings 2024.

3. (Geography and Environment) UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Higher Education Graduate Outcomes statistics, for the academic year 2020/21, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency June 2023.

4. All core field trips in BA and BSc Geography and BSc Earth and Environmental Science are included in the cost of your tuition – extra fees may be payable for optional trips. For BSc Environmental Science students, there is an extra charge but the trips are subsidised. Destinations listed above are currently included in our list of field trip opportunities but may be subject to change.

5. Extra fee may be payable.