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BSc Geology with Physical Geography

Explore the physical nature of the world and the forces that shape it. And visit locations like Malawi and Morocco.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

N/A

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UCAS code

F6F8

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Course overview

You'll gain an in-depth understanding of the geological, physical and biological processes that operate on and underneath the Earth’s surface and control the natural environment. Our expert staff put innovation at the heart of teaching and learning.

Geology with Physical Geography at Hull provides the broad training you'll need to work in the mining, petroleum, civil engineering and environmental sectors.

Our teaching focuses on field work and the analysis of geological materials, geological maps and solving genuine geological problems.

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6 reasons to study Geology with Physical Geography at Hull

  1. Accredited by the Geological Society of London
  2. 92% graduate employability rating#
  3. All core field trips included in your fees
  4. 93% ranking for overall student satisfaction
  5. Ranked third in the UK for research impact
  6. Learn from amazing geology close to Hull

What you'll study

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.

First year modules

Throughout this course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of geology and physical geography with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge in specialist areas.

Your first semester of Year 1 will be shared with the specialist Geology programme at Hull, giving you the opportunity to participate in fieldwork in Yorkshire and Cumbria. Modules of study will give you a solid grounding in physical geography, geoscience and landforms, and tectonics. The second semester introduces a wider range of physical geography topics.

  • Compulsory

    Introduction to Petrology

    Gain the key skill needs to accurately describe and identify geological materials. In addition, you’ll learn about the natural processes that control the formation of geological materials.

    Introduction to Sedimentary Rocks and Fossils

    You’ll learn to identify fossils and sedimentary rocks, come to understand the processes behind their formation and investigate the evolution of life through geological time.

    Global Environments

    Learn about how our planet works, exploring tectonics and the earth's structure, the atmosphere and oceans, and the distribution of life across the planet's surface. You'll develop your understanding of earth's systems while exploring issues of immediate concern for humanity.

    3D Earth: Geological Maps and Structures

    Gain knowledge and experience of geological field work. We focus on understanding the 3D nature of geological structures, how to analyse them, record them and report on them.

    Landscapes of the World

    This module introduces you to different landforms and landscapes found across the globe: from mountains and glaciers to rainforests, coastal and marine environments and deserts.

    Understanding the Earth

    Develop fundamental skills in geological data gathering and analysis, in areas such as GIS, statistics and geophysics through a combination of lectures, practicals and field work.

Second year modules

The second year gives you the opportunity to tailor the course to your particular interests, focusing on areas including sedimentology, crustal structure and climate change. Overseas residential fieldwork will be in southeast Spain, providing an outstanding opportunity to study recently formed sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks within one of the most active tectonic zones in Western Europe.

  • Core

    Geoscience Field Course

    This module gives you the opportunity to test your structural, sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic theoretical learning in a series of field tasks in Southern Spain.

  • Compulsory

    Igneous and Metamorphic Geology

    You’ll explore how igneous and metamorphic rocks form and learn how to interpret their histories using geochemistry, alongside your own field and lab-based project work.

    Environmental Change

    Investigate how the environment, especially the climate, changes 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.

  • Optional

    Geohazards

    Explore what constitutes a geohazard, and the specifics of a range of natural hazards present in the environment, which may include earthquakes, volcanic hazards, tsunamis, flooding, and climate-related hazards. You will engage in a range of practical activities and report writing assessments which will develop your own skills in evaluating risk, hazard and susceptibility in a variety of settings.​

    Catchment to Coast

    Look at Earth surface processes from the source in upland areas to the sink in coastal environments. Through lectures, fieldwork and laboratory experiments, you will learn about how sediments are eroded, transported and deposited through a catchment.

    Sedimentology

    ​Sedimentary rocks record the history of planet Earth, contain the fossils that reveal the history of life and host unique resources exploited for hydrocarbons, to plaster, salt, cement, fertiliser and building stone. This module teaches you the skills you need to record them, the concepts you need to understand them and the approaches you will use to complete your mapping dissertation.

    Earth Evolution

    Earth is an integrated system. Tectonics, life and climate evolve together and the Earth system passes changes from one component to another in complex and diverse connections. Here, we bring these themes together and introduce the unifying concept of Earth System Science.

    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.

    Green Planet

    This module will introduce you to the fascinating world of photosynthetic organisms, from single celled marine algae to the giant trees of the tropical rain forests. You'll look at photosynthetic organisms, studying their biochemistry, genetics, physiology, ecological distribution and evolutionary history. Practical classes will teach you ways of investigating plants and algae in the lab and in the field.

Year abroad modules

You will spend Year 3 studying abroad at a partner university of your choice. During this year, you will follow a programme of study that will be agreed between yourself and your department (in Hull) prior to your departure. You will take all assessments set by the host university while you are overseas, for which marks will be awarded which count towards your degree.

Final year modules

In the final year, you will undertake an independent field-mapping exercise. Many optional modules also include a fieldwork element, and there is an optional field course based in Iceland.

  • Core

    Geological Mapping Dissertation

    You’ll compile a geological map and research dissertation, supported by your dissertation supervisor. You’ll be expected to complete 28 days of independent geological mapping.

  • Compulsory

    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

    Quaternary: 2 million years of change

    ​This module will take you on a journey through the current Ice Age, which spans the last 2.6 million years. Through lectures, seminars, labs and field days, we will explore the environmental changes that have occurred through this period and the methods for unravelling this.​

    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 designed to be useful to them, while being supervised by university tutors. You'll manage the relationship with the host, while designing and conducting a suitable project.

    Teaching Project

    Teaching is a popular career choice for Geography, Geology and Biology students. This module provides you with experience of classroom and school environments, providing real world teaching experience and allowing you to conduct a project with a school into an aspect of teaching and learning in your subject.

    Geotechnologies A: Advanced GIS

    Develop your geospatial analysis and modelling skills with GIS. This will provide you with key expertise when you enter the geographic job market.

    Conservation in a Changing World

    We live in uncertain times, and predicting future trends among 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. You will consider 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 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

    This module introduces you to a range of renewable and geo-energy systems and gives the environmental context and drivers for renewable energy development. You'll also explore the environmental benefits and drawbacks of the various technologies.

    Environmental Problems and Society

    Explore and research environmental problems through this UK residential field course, which brings together physical and human geography to address environmental challenges.

    Geotechnologies B: Environmental Modelling

    Learn valuable technical and analytical skills, from field-based sampling methods using geo technologies to the principles and applications of numerical and physical environmental modelling.

    Advanced Field Study

    This is an opportunity to expand on your field work experience gained during Year 2, in a destination such as Iceland, Hong Kong, Malawi and the Swiss Alps.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

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.

Overall workload

300 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

900 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

8%
92%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

264 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

936 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

8%
8%
84%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

1200 hours

Work placement Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Indicative assessment proportions

100%
  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

180 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1020 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

12%
88%
  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry Requirements

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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!

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We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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 & funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£16,600 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.

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. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Exploration geologist
  • Mineral surveyor
  • Environmental consultant
  • Finance manager
  • ICT professional
  • Teaching

You'll gain the training and skills required by a range of employers – including map creation/interpretation and resource identification - on this degree, with its strong emphasis on practical and field work.

You will also develop transferable skills in research, data analysis and communication, which are highly valued by employers.

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#Percentage of students in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018

†Overall satisfaction score for the physical geographical sciences subject area (National Student Survey 2019, HEIs)

‡Geography and environmental science subject area in the Research Excellence Framework, 2014