Faculty of Science and Engineering

Geography BSc

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F800

What you'll study

Our BA and BSc programmes share a core first year, providing a thorough grounding in human and physical geography before specialising in your chosen pathways.

Fieldwork is integral to our programme and all core field trips, including our second year overseas trips, are provided free of charge. Local fieldwork is integral to many modules and Hull is well placed to explore the geographical diversity of its region with areas from the North Sea Coast to the North York Moors all within easy reach.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

In your first year, you’ll gain a grounding in both human and physical geography. 

Core modules

  • Worlds of Connection and Difference

  • Introduction to Environmental Science

  • Exploring Worlds Around Us

  • Global Issues

  • Global Challenge or Language

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

In the second year, the emphasis is on physical geography – but you can maintain a broader mix of subjects if you wish. Further options allow you to focus on environmental issues or on GIS, remote-sensing and geographical modelling. We also encourage you to choose from six academic pathways, which offer a tailored and specialised programme of study towards a specific career or research goals. These pathways consist of: hazards; Earth surface dynamics; environmental change; sustainability and development; cities and globalisation; and people, culture, and place.

Core modules

  • Frontiers in Physical Geography

  • Field course modules (various)

  • Anthropocene or Language

Optional modules

  • Cities and Globalisation

  • Making Worlds

  • Sustainable Futures

  • Environmental Change

  • Geohazards

  • Catchment to Coast

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

In the final year of study, there is an optional work placement module, where you spend one-semester gaining real-world experience and boosting your employability by working on a project within an external organisation from the private, public or non-profit sectors. An important part of your final year is the dissertation – a piece of individual work on a topic of your devising carried out under the guidance of a supervisor. We provide a very high level of support for dissertation projects, including one-to-one supervision during the second and third years.

Core modules

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Connected Worlds: Transnational Geographies

  • Landscapes in the Making

  • Green Economy

  • Quaternary: 2 million years of change

  • Adapting to Climate Change

  • Rivers and their Management

  • Professional Consultancy Project

  • Teaching Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences

  • Advancing Research in Human Geography

  • Advancing Research in Physical Geography

  • Geotechnologies A: Advanced GIS

  • Advanced Field Skills

  • Cities and Regions

  • Histories of the British Landscape

  • The Global South and Development

    An overview of the challenges of development for the Global South, including major debates on development issues in academia and policy circles. You'll explore issues such as equality, income distribution, gender, role of states and markets, and democracy in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

  • Conservation in a Changing World

  • Volcanoes and their Hazards

  • Advanced Sedimentary Environments

  • Renewable and Geo-Energies

  • Environmental Problems and Society (UK Field Trip)

  • Geotechnologies B: Environmental Modelling

  • Geographies of Oppression and Resistance

“It felt like home. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, Hull was somewhere I needed to study”.

Rhianna Phillips

More about this 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.

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Geology at Hull was ranked first in the country for student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey, while geography was rated in the top ten.

Fieldwork is a vital part of your studies whether its within the UK or to destinations like Morocco, Iceland, Malawi, Germany and Italy.

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Study under experts. Our geography and environmental studies research was ranked third in the UK for its impact in the most recent national assessment.

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Our geography and geology courses are accredited by the Royal Geographical Society and the Geological Society of London.

Europe’s longest standing science festival - The British Science Festival - is coming to the University of Hull, 11-15th September 2018.

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Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 23 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

International students

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 academic 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.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £16,000

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

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.