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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Geography BA

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: L700

What you'll study

Discover the social, economic and political forces that shape the world through lectures, research and field trips to places such as Morocco, Malawi and Hong Kong.

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.

Compulsory 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.

  • Global Environments

  • 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

  • Interpreting Environments

    This module prepares you for further study of environmental science or geography by introducing you to some key tools we use to interpret the environments around us, such as computer mapping and data analysis, which you will use to study different aspects of our local area.

You'll also choose one compulsory module from

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

  • Global Challenges: Hazardous Worlds

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language Scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

We use a variety of methods to assess your progress, including exams, assessed essays, projects and extended research. Fieldwork is integral to our programme and all core field trips, including our second year overseas trips, are free.

Our BA and BSc programmes share a core first year, providing a thorough grounding in human and physical geography.

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.

In your second and final years, you can choose from six academic pathways. These offer a tailored and specialised programme of study towards specific career or research goals. The choices consist of sustainability and development; cities and globalisation; people, culture and place; hazards; Earth surface dynamics; and environmental change. There is also an opportunity to choose a module offered from outside the department.

Core module

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

  • 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.

Compulsory module

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

  • Field course modules (various)

You'll also choose one compulsory module from

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

  • Living in the Anthropocene

    Many observers now consider the impact of humankind on the earth system so great that a new epoch of geological time is required to accurately describe these changes to our planet. The term ‘Anthropocene’ raises profound questions about the scale of these impacts, their permanence and the prospects for sustainable global environmental stewardship, which are explored in this module.

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language Scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

You can spend one semester of your final year gaining real-world experience and boosting your employability by working on a project with an outside organisation from the private, public or non-profit sectors. Another feature 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.

Core module

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

  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • 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.

  • Quaternary: 2 million years of change

  • Adapting to Climate Change

    Investigate climate change, its impact on us and our adaptions to it, as well as 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

You want to learn how to tackle the big issues. BA Geography at Hull introduces you to ways of understanding the dynamic and complex social, economic and political processes that make the world work. You’ll get to grips with subject-specific geography modules and learn to apply them to different settings in both the developed and developing world. Want to know what sets BA Geography at Hull apart?

  • Take your learning out of the classroom with core field trips – think locations such as Morocco and Iceland – included in your tuition fees.
  • Develop career-ready skills such as GIS, qualitative methods, group work and report writing..
  • Tailor your course to your passions.
  • This degree's accredited by the Royal Geographical Society.
  • 92% of 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).
  • 95% overall student satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS).
  • Ranked third in the UK for research impact (REF 2014) in this subject area. So you'll be learning from internationally recognised experts who combine their research with teaching on our courses.

Flexibility is key. You can choose combinations of human and physical geography modules or mix your study of geography with another subject. You'll take part in field studies around the local area and overseas with trips to international sites or UK destinations during your final year. All core field trips are provided free.

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

8%

13%

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.

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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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Fieldwork is a vital part of your studies, whether it's within the UK or in 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

2019 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.

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: £14,000 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

You will develop a range of transferable skills in research, data analysis and communication combined with an in-depth knowledge of a number of academic themes. Your employability is boosted by our emphasis on teaching real-world expertise and solving practical problems. This offers you the chance to get to grips with the latest geo-technology, remote sensing, data collection methodology, statistical software and building presentation skills.

92% of full-time students on this programme find employment or progress to further study within six months of finishing their course*. Recent graduates went 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 a local and national government, print and broadcast media and the University of Hull.

Others have continued with postgraduate studies, for example, with MA, MSc and PhD degrees, a PGCE teaching certificate or a variety of specific professional qualifications. All of our students take part in personal development planning, using our online software to record their developing skills and knowledge.

*(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)