Faculty of Science and Engineering


With a Year Abroad

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F601

What you'll study

Learn the theory on campus – then go out, apply it and learn first hand on field trips to geologically significant locations.

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.

Core modules

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

  • 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.

  • Sedimentary Basins and Structural Analysis

    ​Sedimentary basins are the 'tape recorder' of past climate, sea-level and environmental change. This practical module explores themes such as: global and tectonic distribution of sedimentary basins; basin formation and structural development; sedimentary logging and facies-correlation methods; and an introduction to sub-surface geophysical interpretation techniques.

  • 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.

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.

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.

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

Core module

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

  • 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 modules

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Year abroad

You 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 the department prior to your departure. You will take all assessments set by the host university while you are overseas, for which marks will be awarded and a final transcript released.

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.

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

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

  • 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 modules

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

  • Advanced Geological Field Study

    Currently based in Cyprus, this module challenges you to integrate a wide variety of analytical skills and develop 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

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 2.6 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.​

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Frontiers in Geological Research

    The module gives you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on specialised topics within Earth system science, based on current research projects of our staff.

  • 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.

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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More about this course

We focus on practical work in the lab and the field – with specialist modules in geological maps, structures and materials as well as opportunities to tackle real-world problems.

  • The 2018 National Student Survey (HEIs) named us the top 10 UK universities for overall student satisfaction and satisfaction with teaching on our geology courses (both scoring 93%).
  • Strong emphasis on field trips, both in the UK and to destinations such as Spain, Iceland and Cyprus. And all core trips are included in the cost of your tuition.
  • Individual dissertation work has taken our students to Greece, Ghana and Canada.
  • Includes the specialist training needed to work in geology roles in the mining, petroleum, civil engineering, and environmental consultancy sectors and beyond.
  • This degree is accredited by the Geological Society of London.

You'll learn map creation and interpretation as well as resource identification. You'll also consider the relevance of geoscience to society's needs, including the search for natural resources and the increasing importance of environmental geoscience to society and industry.

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.


First year



Second year



Year abroad


Final year



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.

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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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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.

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
  • Home/EU (Year Abroad): £1,385
  • International (Year Abroad): 50% of full fee

*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

We are proud that 100% of the 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 specialist fields like exploration geology, the petroleum industry, environmental agencies and geological consultancy. 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 teacher.

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.