Faculty of Science and Engineering

Geography BSc

UndergraduateBSc (Hons) Available in Clearing

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F800

What you'll study

Through lectures, research and field work in places like Morocco, Iceland, Malawi and Spain, you'll discover the natural forces that shape our world.

Besides the three-year option, there are more specialised versions of this course.

  • You could study abroad for a year
  • A foundation year boosts your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

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. 

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Worlds of Connection and Difference

    This module will introduce you to key perspectives in contemporary human geography. It uses the themes of 'difference' and 'connection' to explore a wide range of examples and case studies of how geographical thinking allows us to describe and interpret human geographical phenomena.

  • Introduction to Environmental Science

    As well as providing an introduction to fundamental principles of environmental systems and the interconnectedness of humankind with the environment, this module introduces key practical skills needed in Environmental Science.

  • Exploring Worlds Around Us

    This module is all about how to be a Geographer, a Geologist, or an Environmental Scientist. You’ll find out about many different ways of studying the world around us by exploring a specific field trip location (in 2018 we’ll be going to Shropshire).

  • Global Issues

  • Global Challenge or Language

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

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

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Frontiers in Physical Geography

    Explore how new physical geography knowledge is acquired, through project work, studying the history and philosophy of our subject, and through researching a topic of your choice and developing a plan for the final year dissertation. This module gives you the tools needed to be a Physical Geographer and make an original contribution to our knowledge of the world, not just learn about things other people found out.

  • Field course modules (various)

  • Anthropocene or Language

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester.

  • Cities and Globalisation

    Examine urban development patterns and processes in an era of rapid globalisation. Using real-world examples of cities from around the world, you'll learn about contemporary urban issues, such as sustainable development, housing, environmental planning, infrastructure, social justice, and inequality.

  • Making Worlds

    Learn about the cultural, historical and social processes that makes our world. You'll be using sources as diverse as films, music, art, landscape and maps to think about key issues like identity, power and memory in both the past and the 21st-century present.

  • Sustainable Futures

    Study key issues relating to the concept of sustainability and attempts to create more sustainable ways of living. You will focus on different geographical, cultural and economic settings and explore the challenges involved in integrating environmental concerns into policymaking, economic activity and our lifestyles.

  • Environmental Change

    Investigate how the environment, especially climate, has and will change in the past, present and future. This module uses a combination of lectures and practical activities to introduce you to key concepts in environmental change and develop key skills such as laboratory methods.

  • Geohazards

  • Catchment to Coast

    Look at earth surface processes from the source in upland area to the sink in coastal environments. Through lectures, fieldwork and laboratory experiments, you will lean about how sediments are eroded, transported and deposited through a catchment.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

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

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester.

  • Connected Worlds: Transnational Geographies

  • Landscapes in the Making

    Discover the history of the landscape under your feet! From castles to cities, country houses to fields, learn how, when and who made the British landscape as we see it today.

  • Green Economy

    Explore different theories, strategies and actions to green our economy and society in response to pressing issues such as climate change, resource scarcity and social inequalities. You will learn from examples around the world and develop your own proposal to contribute to a more sustainable initiative.

  • Quaternary: 2 million years of change

  • Adapting to Climate Change

    Investigate climate change, the impacts of climate change hazards on humans, human adaptations to climate change and future climate change scenarios. This module uses a combination of lectures, PC practicals and seminars.

  • Rivers and their Management

    Discover exciting and innovative ways of thinking and practising river management for both flooding and geomorphic impact - including the latest practices of natural flood management (NFM). This module will introduce you to key approaches to river management through a combination of lectures, student-led presentations and a final report.

  • Professional Consultancy Project

    Work with an external 'host' organisation on a research project which is designed to be useful to them, while being supervised by university tutors. You'll manage the relationship with the 'host' and design and conduct a suitable project.

  • Teaching Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences

  • Advancing Research in Human Geography

  • Advancing Research in Physical Geography

  • Geotechnologies A: Advanced GIS

  • Cities and Regions

    This module provides you with an introduction to key concepts and policies related to urbanisation and regional development, focusing on selected examples from North America. You will also write a report on an urban problem or issue in a city of your choosing.

  • 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

    We live in uncertain times, and predicting future trends in many environmental factors is difficult, but we do know that many aspects of the natural world are being significantly affected by human activity. In this module, you will explore how the natural world is responding and will respond to future changes, and how conservation science, practice and policy is being used to protect and enhance that world.

  • Volcanoes and their Hazards

    Explore the key themes and current research-led understanding of volcanological processes and hazards, volcanic monitoring, and the management of volcanic crises around the world.

  • Advanced Sedimentary Environments

    How do sedimentary environments - from the mudflats of the Humber to the Cambrian sea floor - really work? This module combines classroom, field and lab techniques from geology, geography and ecology to improve your understanding of sedimentary systems.

  • Renewable and Geo-Energies

  • Environmental Problems and Society (UK Field Trip)

  • Geotechnologies B: Environmental Modelling

  • Geographies of Oppression and Resistance

    Explore how geographical approaches provide insights into the role played by oppression and resistance in the creation of social worlds. You'll cover topics such as neoliberalism and the ‘War on Terror’, totalitarianism, institutions of oppression, the civil rights movement, empire and decolonisation, suffrage campaigns and climate change protests.

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

Rhianna Phillips

More about this course

Our Geography BSc gives you an appreciation of landscape formation and changes in landscapes over different timescales. You'll also gain skills in GIS (Geographical Information Systems), data analysis, group work and report writing.

  • Take part in field studies on the North York Moors, with the chance to visit overseas destinations such as Morocco, Iceland, Malawi or Spain.
  • The cost of your degree includes all core field trips (in your final year, there are further optional field trips overseas or in the UK).
  • This degree is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society.
  • Joint first with 100% overall student satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS).
  • 92% of students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, for the academic year 2016/17 published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018).
  • Ranked third in the UK for research impact (REF 2014) for this subject area. So you'll be learning from internationally recognised experts who combine their research with teaching on our courses.

You'll address the dynamic processes associated with rivers, glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, ecology, soils and climate. You'll learn about landscape history and environmental monitoring and modelling. And you'll examine the ongoing relationship between humans and the environment.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.


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Final year




Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

Hull Campus

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What do our students do on their field trips? Find out with our up-close-and-personal video filmed in Spain with our second-year students.

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

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

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

During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you're more than just letters on a page!

Some courses do still have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462238 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

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 per year*
  • International: £16,000 per year*

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

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.