Faculty of Science and Engineering

Physical Geography

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F840

What you'll study

Our Physical Geography programme has a strong focus on the physical and biological processes that control the state of the natural environment. This allows you to develop great depth and breadth in your expertise in dealing with practical issues in geographical science. Hull is well placed to explore the geographical diversity of its region with areas from the North Sea Coast to the North York Moors all within easy reach.

Fieldwork is integral to this degree and all core field trips, including our second year overseas trips, are provided free of charge.

Our BSc Physical Geography programme allows you to specialise in this subject from the beginning of your course. 

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

Second and final year modules build on those studied in the first year, allowing you to develop a greater depth of knowledge in more specialist topics. You can choose from three physical geography pathways – hazards, Earth surface dynamics and environmental change – that offer a tailored and specialised programme of study towards a specific career or research goals.

Core modules

  • Environmental Change

  • Geohazards

  • Catchment to Coast

  • Frontiers in Physical Geography

  • Field course modules (various)

  • Anthropocene or Language

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

An important part 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. You can also spend one semester of the final year gaining real-world experience and boosting your employability by undertaking a placement with an external organisation.

Core modules

  • Geography Dissertation

Optional modules

  • 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 Physical Geography

  • Geotechnologies A: Advanced GIS

  • Advanced Field Skills

  • 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

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More about this course

Practical work is at the heart of this course and, as well as studying the theory of environmental variability, you gain extensive hands-on training in analytical techniques within the laboratory and the field. We're ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction in Physical Geography (National Student Survey 2017).

There are three course options available for studying Physical Geography at Hull. The foundation year is an ideal route if you need to strengthen your academic skills – providing you with the scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge required for the undergraduate programme. The degree offers a three-year study option and a four-year course with a year spent studying abroad in year three.

Our Physical Geography programme has a strong focus on the physical and biological processes that control the state of the natural environment. This allows you to develop great depth and breadth in your expertise in dealing with practical issues in geographical science. The wide choice of modules covers everything from geomorphology, biogeography and soils to hydrology, sedimentology and environmental change, with a selection of specialised options in your final year. You can participate in field studies in East Yorkshire and in overseas destinations such as Morocco, Iceland, Malawi, Germany and Spain. All core field trips are provided free of charge and many optional modules also include a fieldwork element.

Teaching and Learning

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Where you'll 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.

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.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £16,000

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 learn a range of transferable skills in research, data analysis and communication combined with an in-depth knowledge of a number of academic themes.

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 and a variety of professional qualifications.

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