Faculty of Science and Engineering

Human Geography

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: L720

What you'll study

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.

Fieldwork is integral to our programme and all core field trips, including our overseas trips in the second year of the undergraduate degree, are free.

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.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Worlds of Connection and Difference

  • Introduction to Environmental Science

  • Exploring Worlds Around Us

  • Global Issues

  • Global Challenge or Language

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Cities and Globalisation

  • Making Worlds

  • Sustainable Futures

  • Frontiers in Human Geography

  • Field course modules (various)

  • Anthropocene or Language

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Connected Worlds: Transnational Geographies

  • Landscapes in the Making

  • Green Economy

  • Professional Consultancy Project

  • Teaching Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences

  • Advancing Research in Human Geography

  • Geotechnologies A: Advanced GIS

  • Advanced Field Skills

  • Cities and Regions

  • Cities and Regions

  • 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

  • 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

Human Geography at Hull allows you to fully explore the complexity and diversity of human, social, economic, cultural and political systems. The popularity of our courses is evident from our consistent high ratings in the National Student Survey - we're ranked 8th in the UK for student satisfaction in Human and Social Geography (National Student Survey 2017). Our teaching staff are either Fellows of the Higher Education Academy or working towards this status.

There are three course options available for studying this discipline at Hull. The foundation year is an ideal solution for students who do not have a strong enough academic background for direct entry on to the degree. The degree offers a three-year study option and a four-year course with a year spent studying abroad in year three.

A full complement of theoretical and practical skills enables you to see places, individuals and communities with an expert eye. 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. You participate in field studies in the local area and to overseas destinations such as Morocco, Iceland, Malawi, Germany and Italy; all core field trips are provided free of charge. There are further optional field trips to international destinations or within the UK during your final year of study.

Our department boasts well-equipped and newly-renovated teaching facilities including a Geographical Information Systems Suite (GIS), a Total Environment Simulator based at The Deep, Hull’s award winning submarium, and an Experimental Laboratory to investigate and research earth surface processes.

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

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.