Undergraduate

BSc Geology

Learn the theory on campus – then go out, apply it and learn first-hand on field trips.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

120 points

A Level grades: BBB

UCAS code

F600

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Start date

Course overview

Understanding the Earth’s history, structure and resources is crucial to our future on this planet. Geologists interrogate all the big questions facing us in the 21st century, from sustainability and global resources to climate change and geohazards.

Studying geology at Hull gives you a strong understanding of how geological systems work and trains you to apply your knowledge to the real world.

The specialist training you'll be given on this degree will give you the knowledge and skills to work in geology roles in the mining, petroleum, civil engineering, and environmental consultancy sectors and beyond.

Six reasons to study Geology at Hull

  1. Ranked 7th in the UK for this subject area#
  2. 93% ranking for student satisfaction
  3. All core field trips included in your fees
  4. Accredited by the Geological Society of London
  5. We prioritise learning outside the classroom
  6. Ranked third in the UK for research impact

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

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.

  • 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. 

    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. Explore topics such as basin formation and structural development. 

    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

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

    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.

    Geohazards

    Explore what constitutes a geohazard, and the specifics of a range of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, flooding, and climate-related hazards.​

    Catchment to Coast

    Look at Earth surface processes from the source in upland areas to the sink in coastal environments. You'll learn about sediments are eroded, transported and deposited.

    Sedimentology

    This module teaches you the skills you need to study sedimentary rocks, which record the history of planet Earth and contain the fossils that reveal the history of life. 

    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.

Year abroad modules

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 modules

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

    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

    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

    You'll 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. 

  • Optional

    Quaternary: Two 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. 

    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. 

    Teaching Project

    This module provides you with real world teaching experience and allows 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

    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.

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

312 hours

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

888 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

288 hours

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

912 hours

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

Indicative assessment proportions

7%
93%
  • 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

1,200 hours

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.

1,020 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.

Elliott, Te’Jay and Tino Geology

Our field trip to Almeria in Spain

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Entry requirements

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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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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.

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 30 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.

Don't meet our requirements?

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

Switch to the foundation year

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 and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year (subject to approval)*

International

£17,200 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

  • Environmental consultant
  • Mineral surveyor
  • Exploration geologist
  • Museum curator
  • Geo-environmental engineer

A geology degree gives you the experience and skills to work in fields like exploration geology, the petroleum industry, environmental agencies and geological consultancy.

You’ll also develop transferable skills in research, data analysis and communication, which employers in a range of other areas value.

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