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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Geology

UndergraduateBSc (Hons) Available in Clearing

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F600

What you'll study

Learn the theory on campus – then go out, apply it and learn first hand on field trips to geologically significant locations.

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

  • Sedimentary Basins and Structural Analysis

  • 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.

Our Geology programmes share a core base in earth science, providing a thorough grounding for a career in the resource or civil engineering industries. 

Modules in the first year of the BSc proper introduce you to key geological topics including understanding geological maps and materials and their implications for the spatial distribution of resources and geohazards.

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.

Modules continue the core practical training in geological skills and knowledge, focusing on either crustal systems or surface systems. Theory and knowledge modules focus on Earth history and the operation of the Earth system.

Core modules

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

  • Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks

  • 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

  • Geoscience Field Course

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.

This final year of study is dominated by the Mapping Project, which enables you to really get to grips with the geology of a single region. Optional modules enable you to receive advanced training in a set of topics within Earth sciences. You also utilise the skills you have developed over the course of your degree to plan and complete a dissertation under the guidance of a supervisor who has specialist knowledge in your area of interest.

Core modules

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

  • Geological Mapping Dissertation

  • Advanced Geology Field Study

    Currently based in Cyprus, this module challenges you to integrate a wide variety of analytical skills and produce a detailed understanding of the region's geological history, evolution, and structure.

  • 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.

  • Earth System Science - Frontiers in Geological Research

  • Quaternary: 2 million years of change

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Renewable Geo-Energies

  • Geotechnologies B: Environmental Modelling

This course has places available in Clearing 2018

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More about this course

We focus on practical work in the lab and the field – with specialist modules in geological maps, structures and materials as well as opportunities to tackle real-world problems.

  • Strong emphasis on field trips, both in the UK and to destinations such as Spain, Iceland and Cyprus. And all core trips are included in the cost of your tuition.
  • Individual dissertation work has taken our students to Greece, Ghana and Canada.
  • Includes the specialist training needed to work in geology roles in the mining, petroleum, civil engineering, and environmental consultancy sectors and beyond.
  • This degree is accredited by the Geological Society of London.

You'll learn map creation and interpretation as well as resource identification. You'll also consider the relevance of geoscience to society's needs, including the search for natural resources and the increasing importance of environmental geoscience to society and industry.

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

7%

93%

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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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

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

100% 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). A degree in Geology equips you with the direct experience and skills to work in the specialist fields of exploration geology, the petroleum industry and environmental agencies and consultancies. You also develop a range of transferable skills in research, data analysis and communication, which are valued by employers in a wide range of areas including management, finance, computing, public administration, transport, the media and marketing.

Recent graduates from related programmes have gone on to a range of roles, including: exploration geologist; petroleum industry consultant; hydrographer for the Humber Port Authority; environmental consultant; scientist with the Environment Agency; and secondary school teaching.

Further qualifications are required for some careers, and many graduates will continue their studies with MA, MSc and PhD degrees, the PGCE teaching certificate or a number of other professional qualifications.