Undergraduate

BA Human Geography

Explore the complexity and diversity of human, social, cultural and political systems through lectures, research and field trips.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

120 points

A Level grades: BBB

UCAS code

L720

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Start date

Course overview

BA Human Geography introduces you to ways of understanding the dynamic and complex social, economic and political processes that make the world work. You'll develop a full toolkit of theoretical and practical skills – enabling you to look at places, individuals and communities with an expert eye.

We prioritise learning outside the classroom with core field trips – think locations such as Barcelona, Berlin and Morocco. 

During your final year, there are further optional field trips to international destinations, such as Hong Kong and Malawi, or within the UK.

Six reasons to study Human Geography at Hull

  1. Strong emphasis on field trips
  2. Core field trips are included in your fees
  3. Accredited by the Royal Geographical Society
  4. Ranked third in the UK for research impact#
  5. Follow your interests on this flexible course
  6. Develop career-ready skills such as GIS

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

This programme offers a wide range of specialised modules, providing you with an in-depth insight into the important issues affecting the world around us.

Our BA and BSc programmes share a core first year, providing a thorough grounding in human and physical geography. First-year modules introduce students to key concepts and themes in human and physical geography, providing the building blocks for more specialised modules later in the programme.

We use a variety of methods to assess your progress, including exams, assessed essays, projects and extended research. Fieldwork is integral to our programme and all core field trips, including our second year overseas trips, are free.

  • Compulsory

    Worlds of Connection and Difference

    This module will introduce you to key perspectives in contemporary human geography. It uses the themes of difference and connection to explore a wide range of case studies. 

    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. 

    Exploring Worlds Around Us

    You’ll find out about many different ways of studying the world around us by exploring a specific field trip location.

    Development and Change

    Our changing world faces many challenges, especially in developing countries. Learn how geographers approach development, inequality, sustainability and governance.

    Interpreting Environments

    This module introduces you to some key tools we use to interpret the environments around us, such as computer mapping and data analysis. 

    Landscapes of the World

    This module introduces you to different landforms and landscapes found across the globe: from mountains and glaciers to rainforests, coastal and marine environments and deserts.

Second year modules

The second and final years of our  BA Human Geography programme allow you to specialise in the side of the discipline you find most engaging.

Second-year modules introduce you to core concepts in human geography research and allow you to explore three academic pathways. This offers a tailored and specialised programme of study towards specific career or research goals: sustainability and development; cities and globalisation; and people, culture and place.

  • Core

    Frontiers in Human Geography

    In this module, you'll learn how to design a dissertation research proposal in order to carry out independent research on a human geographical problem. 

  • Compulsory

    Cities and Globalisation

    Using real examples of cities from around the world, you'll examine urban development patterns and processes in an era of rapid globalisation. 

    Cultural and Historical Geography

    You'll be using sources as diverse as films, music, art, landscape and maps to learn about the cultural, historical and social processes that make our world. 

    Sustainable Futures

    Study key issues relating to the concept of sustainability and attempts to create more sustainable ways of living. 

    Field Studies (Human Geography)

    Visit field locations such as Barcelona and Berlin, as well as UK destinations, where you'll design and conduct your own research projects. 

  • Choose one

    Living in the Anthropocene

    You'll consider profound questions about the scale of the impact of human activities on our planet and the prospects for sustainable global environmental stewardship. 

    Green Planet

    You'll be introduced to the fascinating world of photosynthetic organisms, from single celled marine algae to the giant trees of the tropical rain forests. Practical classes will teach you ways of investigating plants and algae in the lab and in the field.

Year abroad modules

You will spend year three studying abroad at a 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

The final year of our BA Human Geography programme allows you to further specialise in areas of Human Geography you are most interested in.

You can continue to choose modules from the three academic pathways: sustainability and development; cities and globalisation; and people, culture and place.

You also have the opportunity to spend one semester of your final year gaining real-world experience and boosting your employability by working on a project with an outside organisation from the private, public or non-profit sectors.

  • Core

    Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

  • Optional

    Landscapes in the Making

    Discover the history of the landscape under your feet! From castles to cities, country houses to fields, learn how, when and who made the British landscape as we see it today.

    Green Economy

    Explore different theories, strategies and actions to green our economy and society in response to pressing issues such as climate change, resource scarcity and social inequalities. 

    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.

    Cities and Regions

    This module introduces you to key concepts and policies related to urbanisation and regional development, focusing on selected examples from North America. 

    The Global South

    You'll explore issues such as equality, income distribution, gender, role of states and markets and democracy in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

    Renewable and Geo-Energies

    This module introduces you to a range of renewable and geo-energy systems and gives the environmental context and drivers for renewable energy development. 

    Geographies of Oppression and Resistance

    You'll cover topics such as neoliberalism and the ‘War on Terror’, totalitarianism, institutions of oppression, the civil rights movement, suffrage campaigns and climate change protests.

    Advanced Field Study

    This is an opportunity to expand on your field work experience gained during Year 2, in a destination such as Iceland, Hong Kong, Malawi and the Swiss Alps.

    Feeding the City

    Explore the production and consumption networks that feed the city, following food from field to fork. Consider the complex systems of farming, food processing, retail and consumption that feed us.

    Environmental Problems and Society

    Explore and research environmental problems through this UK residential field course, which brings together physical and human geography to address environmental challenges.

    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.

    Advancing Research in Human Geography

    Develop specialised subject knowledge and gain insights from current research projects in our department, from the planning phase to the communication of results.

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

264 hours

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

936 hours

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

Indicative assessment proportions

25%
75%
  • 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

15%
6%
79%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • 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

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

120 hours

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

1,080 hours

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

Indicative assessment proportions

4%
96%
  • 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.

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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 

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass 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

Fees for Home/EU students have not yet been confirmed for 2020/21. 2019/20 fees were £9,250 per year*. The University sets fees in line with Government direction.

International

£14,500 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
  • Town planner
  • Conservation officer
  • Teacher
  • Civil servant

Studying human geography will give you a range of transferable skills in research, data analysis and communication, as well as an in-depth knowledge of a number of academic themes.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for a diverse range of employers, including the British Army, Middlesbrough FC, KPMG, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Associated British Ports and Green Energy.

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