Undergraduate

Earth and Environmental Science

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Open up a range of careers and become a champion for sustainability with this hands-on Earth and Environmental Science degree from Hull.
The cost of your core field trips are included in your tuition fees. Because we recognise the value of getting out of the classroom and into the field.
You'll become a sustainably-minded geoscientist at a University that's leading the conversation in building a fairer, sustainable, carbon neutral future.
There are plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty on this degree, whether it's in our labs on campus or on field trips in the UK and overseas.
You’ll spend a lot of time getting hands on with your subject with one of our many teaching laboratories on campus.
Using your passion to drive an environmentally-sensitive world, we'll give you the skills and experience to help build a fairer, sustainable future.
A female Geology student wears a hard hat and holds a clipboard on a Field Trip in Spain
An Aerial View of the Barcelona coastline taken on a Geography Field Trip
Six students crouch on grass while taking samples during Environmental Science Field Work
A group of Geography, Earth & Environmental Science students on a field trip to Iceland
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Geography, Earth & Environmental Science - Earth & Environmental Science

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Designed for geoscientists with a passion to drive an environmentally-sensitive future, this degree will prepare you for a career in the wide range of Earth and Environmental Science industries.

You’ll study topics from climate change to clean water, geohazards to green energy at a university that is a champion of sustainability, with the aim of being carbon neutral by our target date of 2027.

And at Hull, you also get a world of opportunities to learn first-hand on field trips. So by the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to tackle Earth’s biggest challenges.

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  • Core field trips included

    in your tuition

  • Boost your CV

    with a placement or by studying abroad

  • Taught by experts

    who are leading researchers

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About this course

Understanding how the Earth works, the forces that shape it and how we can use its resources in a sustainable way is crucial to the future of our planet.

From day one, you’ll be trained to become a sustainably-minded geoscientist. Using your passion to drive an environmentally-sensitive world, we'll empower you to join us in helping to build a fairer, sustainable, carbon neutral future.

Not only that – you'll develop skills in observation and analysis in order to understand Earth and environmental processes across a range of timescales, both locally and globally.

Learning by doing is an important part of the course, whether you’re getting your hands dirty in the labs or treading the soil in Spain. And the best bit is, all your core field trip costs are included in your tuition fees.

Scheduled study hours and how you’re assessed

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.

How you'll be assessed depends on the course you study, and the modules you choose. You may be assessed through a mix of examinations, coursework, presentations and group projects.

Choose your modules

Each year, you’ll study modules worth a certain number of credits, and you need 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits – so you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more. In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120. Some modules are compulsory, some are optional, so you can build a course that’s right for you.

Preparing for Learning in Higher Education

This module is designed to give you the best possible start to your university studies, making sure you have all the essential skills you need to succeed. Through lectures and workshops we will teach you how to write in an academic style, how to find quality sources, how to reference work, culminating in writing up a mini-research project.

Core20 credits

Introduction to Geography

In this module you will get to explore some key concepts and themes in human and physical geography including key global challenges such as climate change and migration. Through lectures, seminars and practicals you’ll learn about our planet’s structure and history, environmental and social processes shaping the earth and human society.

Core20 credits

Foundation Chemistry

Develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of chemistry required for chemical engineering courses at an undergraduate level.

Core20 credits

Foundation in Data Analysis

Develop a strong foundation in data collection and analysis. This module will introduce you to qualitative and quantitative data and how to analyse it; the collection of primary and secondary data; the production of high quality graphics; and report writing.

Compulsory20 credits

Group Challenge (Sciences)

In a group, you'll formulate questions that can be tested by scientific investigations and take part in weekly workshops with academics.

Compulsory20 credits

Foundation Maths Skills

This module delivers core mathematics skills at level two and three to give a solid basis for future studies. You will study the following topics: manipulation of numerical data and converting between different units of measurement; exponentials and logarithms; and standard form and problems involving ratio, proportion and percentages.

Optional20 credits

Foundation Mathematics 1

This module delivers core mathematics skills to build a solid basis for future studies. You will study the following topics: factors, multiples, indices, fractions and standard form; algebra, linear and quadratic equations; averages and spread; functions, exponentials and logarithms; and right angled triangles and trigonometry.

Optional20 credits

Foundation Mathematics A

You will study pure mathematics topics, including proof, algebra, trigonometry, differentiation, integration, exponentials, logarithms, sequences and series. The applied topic is probability and statistics.

Optional20 credits

The Foundation Year provides a firm base of scientific, intellectual and investigative skills for you to build on during the latter stages of your course. Modules cover basic science knowledge, which will be drawn on in later years, as well as underpinning skills such as numeracy. This year helps you develop a reflective and adaptive approach to study.

8 Modules

Planet Earth

A look at the planet we live on and its constituent systems and processes: oceans, atmosphere, biosphere and tectonics.

Compulsory20 credits

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.

Compulsory20 credits

Rocks, Minerals and Fossils

Learn how Earth works by getting hands on with rocks, minerals and fossils in the lab and in the great outdoors in spectacular geological locations. By the end of the module you will be able to explain the origins of rocks, minerals and fossils and interpret the various geological environments that they represent, on ancient Earth’s surface and in its interior.

Compulsory20 credits

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. 

Compulsory20 credits

Introduction to Environmental Science

Discover the fundamental principles of environmental systems and the interconnectedness of humankind with the environment.

Compulsory20 credits

Earth in 3D

How does Earth actually work under your feet? Find out what rocks do inside the Earth’s, and why that is important for a whole range of industries. Learn how to analyse and interpret subsurface features in order to understand how Earth works in 3D.

Compulsory20 credits
6 Modules

Geoscience Field Skills

This module will enable you to use learning by doing and research-based learning in the laboratory and in a spectacular geological field location in order to develop your skills for independent work in your dissertations. You will develop understanding of how to analyse a wide range of unfamiliar rocks and features and gain confidence in deploying your own skills in an area of major geological activity and significance.

Compulsory20 credits

Geographical Information Systems

Develop your understanding of the principles and processes behind GIS, the nature and use of spatial data and the application of GIS on this practical module.

Compulsory20 credits

Field Study (Environmental Science)

Seeing features from this and previous modules come to life. You will learn how to test theories of landform development yourself with new data collection techniques you will explore in groups in a setting carefully selected for its physical geographic features.

Compulsory20 credits

Global Challenge: 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. 

Compulsory20 credits

Frontiers in Environmental Science

​Gain practical experience of working in small groups to design and carry out research investigations, to prepare you for designing and planning your dissertation project. 

Compulsory20 credits

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.​

Optional20 credits

Sustainable Futures

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

Optional20 credits

Environmental Change

Investigate how the environment, especially the climate, changes in the past, present and future through a combination of lectures and practical activities. 

Optional20 credits
8 Modules

Earth and Environmental Science Dissertation

Make an in-depth study of a topic of your choosing. With the support of a supervisor familiar with the topic, you will design and carry out a piece of original research in a topic key to the broad field of Earth and Environmental Science. Your project can include fieldwork in spectacular locations of outstanding geological or environmental significance, and laboratory work that will enable you to develop key skills for the discipline.

Core40 credits

Advanced Field Study

You’ll research first-hand the challenges of harnessing human and physical resources in a developing country to meet the needs for sustainable development.

Core20 credits

Sustainable Earth Resources

Develop your understanding of both traditional aspects of Earth’s resources (economic minerals and elements plus hydrocarbon resources) and exciting new frontiers that place Earth and Environmental Science at the heart of the world’s Energy Transition. You will use real-world techniques in the laboratory and in the field to gain experiences geared towards employment in the Earth Resources sector and associated industries such as remediation.

Optional20 credits

Advanced GIS

Get a practical overview of the principles and applications of current surveying, monitoring and spatial analysis methodologies. You'll gain a practical understanding of how to use environmental and social science digital data sources and learn how to build a digital database, including methodologies enabling the processing of disparate datasets, and advanced spatial analysis and modelling techniques.

Optional20 credits

Teaching Project

If you think you might like to be a teacher, this is just the module for you! With guidance from the University, you will have the chance to experience school from a teacher perspective. This module will help you get the experience needed to apply for a teacher training course to follow on from your degree.

Optional20 credits

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.

Optional20 credits

Environmental Pollution

Evaluate the different types of pollutants impacting the land, atmosphere, freshwater and marine system. Learn how we assess the risks and develop remediation strategies to minimise the effect.  

Optional20 credits

Rivers and Management

A practical look at how we manage rivers, both in terms of the water they carry and their influence of a changing landscape.

Optional20 credits

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.

Optional20 credits

Environmental Impact Assessment and Monitoring

Examine the need for and context of field-based environmental monitoring strategies for both habitats and species. By taking part in fieldwork and research, you'll monitor a range of species, habitats and environmental factors. Choose from mammals, birds, herpetofauna, insects, terrestrial vegetation, freshwater monitoring and monitoring of marine communities.

Optional20 credits

Professional Consultancy Project

Carry out an independent research project with an organisation as you gain workplace experience.  If you like the idea of working as a consultant, this would be an ideal opportunity, but you will also gain an insider view of organisation hosting you. The module provides an opportunity to hone your skills at presenting yourself to gain a placement, negotiating a project topic, carrying out and writing up research.

Optional20 credits
11 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.

Your placement is your opportunity to get some real-world work experience under your belt.

Just like in the real world, you’ll be responsible for finding and applying for opportunities, with the added benefit of help and support from university services.

The Centre for Professional Success is a dedicated team within the faculty who provide tailored support to students who are seeking a placement or internship. You'll also benefit from the University's Careers and Employability service based in Student Central.

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Entry requirements

What do I need?

When it comes to applying to university, you'll need a certain number of UCAS points. Different qualifications and grades are worth a different amount of points. For this course, you'll need…

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it's not just about the grades - we'll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

Have questions? Our admissions team will be happy to help.

What do I need?

If you require a 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.

See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University of Hull.

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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees & funding

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. 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:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want 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, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. 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:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want 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, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

Take a look at our facilities

Flume Laboratory

At the heart of our Environmental Science facilities is The Flume, a device for studying the bodies of water that dominate our planet.

Tropical Aquarium

Home to a vast range of tropical fish and marine species, our on-campus aquarium allows teaching and research to take place side by side.

Marine Biology Laboratory

Get up close with marine life on campus in this laboratory – one of our core facilities for our biological and environmental science teaching and research.

Teaching Labs

You’ll spend a lot of time getting hands on with your subject with one of our many teaching laboratories on campus.

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Cohen Building Flume Laboratory
Tropical Aquarium
Cohen Building Marine Biology Lab
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A series of white wind turbines located off shore in the sea

Future prospects

Once you graduate, you’ll be qualified to pursue geological careers in environmental consulting, remediation, renewable energies, exploration geology, surveying and engineering, with employers including the likes of the Environment Agency, environment consultancies, local councils or wildlife trusts.

Or you can put the transferable practical, research and numerical skills you’ll develop to good use in a wholly different way: teaching, finance, data analysis, and more.

The programme is also an ideal platform for further study.

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Your next steps

Like what you’ve seen? Then it’s time to apply.

The standard way to apply for this course is through UCAS. This will give you the chance to showcase your skill, qualities and passion for the subject, as well as providing your academic qualifications.

Not ready to apply?

Visit our next Open Day, and see all that Hull has to offer for yourself. Talk to our lecturers about your subject, find out what university is really like from our current students, and take a tour of our beautiful campus and amazing facilities.

  1. (10th) The Guardian University Rankings 2024.
  2. (Geography and Environment) UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Higher Education Graduate Outcomes statistics, for the academic year 2020/21, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency June 2023.

 

All modules presented on this course page are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

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