Faculty of Science and Engineering


UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F600

What you'll study

Our Geology programmes share a core base in earth science, providing a thorough grounding for a career in the resource or civil engineering industries. 

Modules in the first year of the BSc proper introduce you to key geological topics including understanding geological maps and materials and their implications for the spatial distribution of resources and geohazards.

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

  • Sedimentary Basins and Structural Analysis

  • 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

Modules continue the core practical training in geological skills and knowledge, focusing on either crustal systems or surface systems. Theory and knowledge modules focus on Earth history and the operation of the Earth system.

Core modules

  • Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks

  • 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

  • Geoscience Field Course

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

This final year of study is dominated by the Mapping Project, which enables you to really get to grips with the geology of a single region. Optional modules enable you to receive advanced training in a set of topics within Earth sciences. You also utilise the skills you have developed over the course of your degree to plan and complete a dissertation under the guidance of a supervisor who has specialist knowledge in your area of interest.

Core modules

  • Geological Mapping Dissertation

  • Advanced Geology Field Study

    Currently based in Cyprus, this module challenges you to integrate a wide variety of analytical skills and produce a detailed understanding of the region's geological history, evolution, and structure.

  • 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

  • Earth System Science - Frontiers in Geological Research

  • Quaternary: 2 million years of change

  • 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

  • Advanced Sedimentary Environments

  • 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.

  • Renewable Geo-Energies

  • Geotechnologies B: Environmental Modelling

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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"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 at Hull is ranked 1st in the UK for overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2017). The programme is focused on practical work in the laboratory and in the field – with specialist modules in geological maps, structures and materials as well as an emphasis on solving real-world problems. This three-year programme, accredited by the Geological Society of London, equips you with the specialist training you need to work in geology roles within the mining, petroleum, civil engineering, and environmental consultancy sectors and beyond.

There are three options available for studying Geology at Hull. The foundation year is available for students who want to study Geology at degree level but don't have the  academic qualifications for direct entry on to the programme. The degree offers a three-year study option and a four-year course with a year studying at a university abroad.

We focus strongly on field trips, both in the UK and to destinations such as Spain and Cyprus – with all core trips included in the cost of your tuition.  You will receive training in the skills required by a range of employers, including map creation and interpretation as well as resource identification. This programme focuses on the relevance of geoscience to the needs of society, including the search for natural resources, and the increasing importance of environmental geoscience to society and industry.

Teaching and Learning

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Our teaching staff

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.

Europe’s longest standing science festival - The British Science Festival - is coming to the University of Hull, 11-15th September 2018.

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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.

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

100% of full-time students on this programme find employment or progress to further study within six months of finishing their course (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2017). A degree in Geology equips you with the direct experience and skills to work in the specialist fields of exploration geology, the petroleum industry and environmental agencies and consultancies. You also develop a range of transferable skills in research, data analysis and communication, which are valued by employers in a wide range of areas including management, finance, computing, public administration, transport, the media and marketing.

Recent graduates from related programmes have gone on to a range of roles, including: exploration geologist; petroleum industry consultant; hydrographer for the Humber Port Authority; environmental consultant; scientist with the Environment Agency; and secondary school teaching.

Further qualifications are required for some careers, and many graduates will continue their studies with MA, MSc and PhD degrees, the PGCE teaching certificate or a number of other professional qualifications.