Faculty of Science and Engineering

Geology with Physical Geography

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F6F8

What you'll study

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.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Rocks, Minerals and Fossils

  • 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).

  • 3D Earths: Geological Maps and Structures

  • Global Issues

  • Understanding the Earth

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

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

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 modules

  • Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks

  • Geoscience Field Course

  • 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.

  • Frontiers in Physical Geography

    Explore how new physical geography knowledge is acquired, through project work, studying the history and philosophy of our subject, and through researching a topic of your choice and developing a plan for the final year dissertation. This module gives you the tools needed to be a Physical Geographer and make an original contribution to our knowledge of the world, not just learn about things other people found out.

Optional modules

  • 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.

  • Sedimentology

  • Earth Evolution

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

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 modules

  • Geological Mapping Dissertation

  • 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 modules

  • Quaternary: 2 million years of change

  • Adapting to Climate Change

    Investigate climate change, the impacts of climate change hazards on humans, human adaptations to climate change and 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

  • Geotechnologies A: Advanced GIS

  • 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

  • Renewable and Geo-Energies

  • Environmental Problems and Society (UK Field Trip)

  • Geotechnologies B: Environmental Modelling

"The sheer amount of choice and the amount of tailoring that you can do with your own degree that made me want to come here".

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More about this course

Accredited by the Geological Society, this interdisciplinary degree provides the broad training needed to work in roles within the mining, petroleum, civil engineering and environmental sectors. We're ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in Geology and 6th in Physical Geography and Environmental Science (National Student Survey 2017). Teaching has a strong focus on fieldwork and the analysis of geological materials, geological maps and solving geological problems. You will benefit from free core field trips, which make full use of our unique position on the Yorkshire coast. Optional final-year field trips visit locations such as Iceland, Malawi and Morocco.

There are three course options available for studying Geology with Physical Geography at Hull. The foundation year is ideal for students who do not have the academic background for direct entry at degree level. On the degree, students can choose the three-year study option or the four-year course with a year spent studying abroad in Year 3. This is an outstanding opportunity to redefine your horizons, learn new skills and develop valuable international contacts.

During the programme you will gain an in-depth understanding of the geological, physical and biological processes that operate on and underneath the Earth’s surface and control the state of the natural environment. Our research-informed staff are specialists in Geology and Physical Geography, who constantly seek to put innovation at the heart of teaching and learning.

Teaching and Learning

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Our teaching staff

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

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

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 
  • Applicants should have A Level Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Maths or Physics at Grade C (or merit from BTEC in Applied Science). Applicants taking the reformed A-level must also Pass the practical element. Please note the reformed subjects only apply to Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

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 including 5 in one HL Science subject (Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Maths or Physics.)
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Access to HE Diploma in a suitable science based programme 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 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

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

Through this degree, with its strong basis in practical and field work, you will gain the training and skills required by a range of employers – including map creation/interpretation and resource identification. You will also develop transferable skills in research, data analysis and communication, which are highly valued by employers.

You will have the direct experience and skills to work in the specialist fields of exploration geology, the petroleum industry and environmental agencies and consultancies. You will also be eligible to work in areas such as management, finance, computing, marketing, public administration, transport, the media and teaching.

Many students also choose to continue their studies with Masters courses in structural geology, environmental conservation or management, petroleum geosciences, geographical information systems and remote sensing. Courses in teaching, surveying or urban/rural planning are also popular, as are business and management courses.