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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Human Geography

UndergraduateBA (Hons) Available in Clearing

Year of entry:
UCAS code: L720

What you'll study

Human geography at Hull lets you explore the complexity and diversity of human, social, cultural and political systems.

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.

  • 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

This programme offers a wide range of specialised modules, providing you with an in-depth insight into the important issues affecting the world around us.

Our BA Human Geography programme allows students to specialise in that side of the discipline they find most engaging. First-year modules introduce students to key concepts and themes in human geography, providing the building blocks for more specialist modules later in the programme.

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.

Core modules

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

  • 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.

  • Frontiers in Human Geography

    In this module, you will learn how to design a dissertation research proposal in order to carry out independent research on a human geographical problem. You will also discover the exciting history of geography as a discipline.

  • Field course modules (various)

  • Anthropocene or Language

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.

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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

Get to grips with the complex and diverse array of human, social, economic, cultural and political systems that shape our way of life. You'll develop a full toolkit of theoretical and practical skills – enabling you to look at places, individuals and communities with an expert eye.

  • 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 to international locations – such as Morocco, Iceland and Malawi – as well as research in the local area.
  • All core field trips are free of charge. During your final year, there are further optional field trips to international destinations or within the UK.
  • We were ranked third in the UK for research impact (REF 2014). That mean you'll be taught by recognised experts who combine their research with lecturing on our courses.
  • Our geography courses are accredited by the Royal Geographical Society.
  • We scored 94% from our students for overall satisfaction with our Human Geography course – a total that put us ninth in the UK for this subject area (National Student Survey 2018, HEIs).

Our teaching facilities include a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) suite, the Total Environment Simulator based at The Deep (Hull’s award-winning aquarium) and an experimental lab for investigating and researching Earth surface processes.

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

25%

75%

Second year

15%

6%

79%

Final year

4%

96%


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.

Watch the Almeria video

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.

What we can do to make our cities greener

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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: £13,500 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

With a range of transferable skills in research, data analysis and communication – combined with an in-depth knowledge of a number of academic themes – it’s no wonder that nearly all our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating.

Recent graduates have gone 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 in local and national government, print and broadcast media and the University of Hull.

Others have continued with postgraduate studies, for example MA, MSc and PhD degrees, a PGCE teaching certificate or pursuing a variety of professional qualifications.

All of our students take part in personal development planning throughout their studies, using our online software to record their developing skills and knowledge.

Your employability is boosted by our emphasis on teaching real-world expertise and practical problems, offering you the chance to get to grips with the latest geo-technology, remote sensing, data collection methodology, statistical software and building impressive presentation skills.