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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Geology with Physical Geography

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F6F8

What you'll study

Explore the physical nature of the world and the forces that shape it on this course. You'll learn through lectures, research and field studies in locations from Malawi to Morocco.

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.

  • 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.

  • 3D Earths: Geological Maps and Structures

  • Global Issues

    Explore the challenges and benefits of interdisciplinary approaches to a range of global issues. You will apply these approaches to a number of case studies to examine issues such as resource use and sustainability; environmental change and its impacts from the local to global level, and how changing technologies can inform and enhance human responses to global threats.​

  • 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.

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.

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.

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 module

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

  • Geoscience Field Course

Compulsory modules

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

  • Igneous and Metamorphic Geology

  • 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.

  • Frontiers in Physical Geography

    Explore how new physical geography knowledge is acquired through project work, studying the history and philosophy of our subject. You'll research a topic of your choice and develop 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

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).

  • 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, tsunami, 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 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

    ​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.

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.

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 module

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

  • Geological Mapping Dissertation

Compulsory module

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

  • 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

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).

  • Quaternary: 2 million years of change

    ​This module will take you on a journey through the current Ice Age, which spans the last 2.7 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

  • 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

"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

 

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.

  • 92% of our geography 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).
  • There's a strong emphasis on field trips, which make full use of our unique position on the Yorkshire coast. Optional final-year trips are to locations such as Iceland, Malawi and Morocco.
  • All core field trips are included in the cost of your degree.
  • This degree is accredited by the Geological Society of London.

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.

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

8%

92%

Second year

8%

8%

84%

Final year

12%

88%


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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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.

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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 
  • 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.

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 - 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

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.