Faculty of Science and Engineering

Geography BA

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: L700

What you'll study

We use a variety of methods to assess your progress, including exams, assessed essays, projects and extended research. Fieldwork is integral to our programme and all core field trips, including our second year overseas trips, are free.

Our BA and BSc programmes share a core first year, providing a thorough grounding in human and physical geography.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Worlds of Connection and Difference

  • Introduction to Environmental Science

  • Exploring Worlds Around Us

  • Global Issues

Optional modules

  • Global Challenge

  • Passport Languages

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

In your second and final years, you can choose from six academic pathways. These offer a tailored and specialised programme of study towards specific career or research goals. These consist of sustainability and development; cities and globalisation; people, culture and place; hazards; Earth surface dynamics; and environmental change. There is also an opportunity to choose a module offered from outside the department.

Core modules

  • Frontiers in Human 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

You can spend one semester of your final year gaining real-world experience and boosting your employability by working on a project with an outside organisation from the private, public or non-profit sectors. Another feature of the final year is the dissertation – a piece of individual work on a topic of your choice, carried out under the guidance of a supervisor.

Core module

  • 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

  • Geotechnologies A: Advanced GIS

  • Advanced Field Skills

  • Cities and Regions

  • Histories of the British Landscape

  • The Global South

  • 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

BA Geography addresses dynamic and complex social, economic and political processes in a range of urban and rural settings in the developed and the developing world. During this programme, you’ll get to grips with subject-specific geography modules and develop a range of valuable skills in GIS, qualitative methods, group work and report writing.

There are three options available for studying Geography BA at Hull. The foundation year is ideal for students who need to strengthen their academic background in order to meet the entry requirements for the degree. The Geography BA degree offers a three-year study option, as well as a four-year option with the opportunity to study abroad for a year.

Flexibility is key – you can choose combinations of human and physical geography modules or combine your study of geography with another subject. You participate in field studies in the local area and in overseas destinations such as Morocco, Iceland, Malawi, Germany and Italy. And there are optional field trips to international sites or UK destinations during the final year of study. All core field trips are provided free.

Teaching and Learning

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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.

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.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

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: £13,500

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

You will develop a range of transferable skills in research, data analysis and communication combined with an in-depth knowledge of a number of academic themes. Your employability is boosted by our emphasis on teaching real-world expertise and solving practical problems, which offers you the chance to get to grips with the latest geo-technology, remote sensing, data collection methodology, statistical software and building presentation skills.

96% 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). Recent graduates went 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 a local and national government, print and broadcast media and the University of Hull.

Others have continued with postgraduate studies, for example, with MA, MSc and PhD degrees, a PGCE teaching certificate or a variety of specific professional qualifications. All of our students take part in personal development planning, using our online software to record their developing skills and knowledge.