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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Geology with Physical Geography

UndergraduateBSc (Hons) Available in Clearing

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F6F8

What you'll study

Explore the physical nature of the world and the forces that shape it on this course. You'll learn through lectures, research and field studies to locations from Malawi to Morocco.

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.

Core modules

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

  • Rocks, Minerals and Fossils

  • 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).

  • 3D Earths: Geological Maps and Structures

  • Global Issues

  • Understanding the Earth

    Develop fundamental skills in geological data gathering and analysis, including GIS, statistics, and geophysics through a combination of lectures, practicals and field work.

Throughout this course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of geology and physical geography with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge in specialist areas.

Your first semester of Year 1 will be shared with the specialist Geology programme at Hull, giving you the opportunity to participate in fieldwork in Yorkshire and Cumbria. Modules of study will give you a solid grounding in physical geography, geoscience and landforms, and tectonics. The second semester introduces a wider range of physical geography topics.

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.

The second year gives you the opportunity to tailor the course to your particular interests, focusing on areas including sedimentology, crustal structure and climate change. Overseas residential fieldwork will be in southeast Spain, providing an outstanding opportunity to study recently formed sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks within one of the most active tectonic zones in Western Europe.

Core modules

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

  • Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks

  • Geoscience Field Course

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional modules

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

  • 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.

  • Sedimentology

  • Earth Evolution

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, you will undertake an independent field-mapping exercise. Many optional modules also include a fieldwork element, and there is an optional field course based in Iceland.

Core modules

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

  • Geological Mapping Dissertation

  • Economic Geoscience

    Prepare for entry into employment in the burgeoning economic geology sector. You will take the basic geological training you have received in the first two years and use it in applied contexts associated with petroleum and mineral resources. The module includes lectures, practicals, a three day field course, and student presentations.

Optional modules

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

  • 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

  • Geotechnologies A: Advanced GIS

  • 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

This course has places available in Clearing 2018

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"The sheer amount of choice and the amount of tailoring that you can do with your own degree that made me want to come here".

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More about this course

 

Geology with Physical Geography at Hull provides the broad training you'll need to work in the mining, petroleum, civil engineering and environmental sectors. Our teaching focuses on field work and the analysis of geological materials, geological maps and solving genuine geological problems.

  • 92% of our geography 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).
  • There's a strong emphasis on field trips, which make full use of our unique position on the Yorkshire coast. Optional final-year trips are to locations such as Iceland, Malawi and Morocco.
  • All core field trips are included in the cost of your degree.
  • This degree is accredited by the Geological Society of London.

You'll gain an in-depth understanding of the geological, physical and biological processes that operate on and underneath the Earth’s surface and control the natural environment. Our expert staff put innovation at the heart of teaching and learning.

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.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

8%

92%

Second year

8%

8%

84%

Final year

12%

88%


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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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

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

Through this degree, with its strong basis in practical and field work, you will gain the training and skills required by a range of employers – including map creation/interpretation and resource identification. You will also develop transferable skills in research, data analysis and communication, which are highly valued by employers.

You will have the direct experience and skills to work in the specialist fields of exploration geology, the petroleum industry and environmental agencies and consultancies. You will also be eligible to work in areas such as management, finance, computing, marketing, public administration, transport, the media and teaching.

Many students also choose to continue their studies with Masters courses in structural geology, environmental conservation or management, petroleum geosciences, geographical information systems and remote sensing. Courses in teaching, surveying or urban/rural planning are also popular, as are business and management courses.