Undergraduate Available in Clearing

BSc Geography

Explore the complex natural and human processes shaping the world - and visit places such as Almeria, Tenerife and Iceland.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Typical offer

N/A

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UCAS code

F800

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Course overview

Studying BSc Geography at Hull means learning about the big challenges facing the world today, such as climate change, sustainability and hazards. You’ll work with academics who are experts in their fields and who will engage you with the latest research.

Our degree is accredited by the Royal Geographical Society, which means that the programme has been approved by the relevant professional body.

In the first year, you’ll learn about both physical and human geography, as well as developing geographical skills like GIS. In your second and third years, you get to choose whether to specialise in physical geography or to continue with some human geography as well. You’ll have a choice of modules to pick from in your second and third years, so you can tailor your degree to your interests by picking the aspects of physical geography and human geography that most interest you.

At Hull, we specialise in teaching climate change (both in the past and current anthropogenic global warming), hazards, conservation and rivers in physical geography, and sustainability, development, cities and globalisation in human geography.

Field work is a key part of our degrees. This is where what you learn in the classroom comes to life. We’ll take you on day trips around the local area, as well as residential trips in the UK and abroad. Our teaching project and professional consultancy modules enable you to develop employment skills.

Studying BSc Geography with us will make you highly employable, both in the environment sector and in the wider employment market - not only will you gain subject-specific knowledge and skills in areas like climate change and GIS, but you’ll also develop a wide range of general skills, such as working in a team and data analysis.

Learn more about your course in our subject sessions

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Geography, Earth Science and Environmental Science

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Six reasons to study Geography at Hull

  1. Study global issues, such as climate change and sustainability
  2. 94% graduate employability rating
  3. Day and residential field trips. No extra costs for core trips
  4. 1st in the UK for Value Added*
  5. Top 10 in the UK for overall student satisfaction**
  6. Study abroad or placement year options

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 BA and BSc programmes share a core first year, providing a thorough grounding in human and physical geography before specialising in your chosen pathways.

Fieldwork is integral to our programme and all core field trips, including our second year overseas trips, are provided free of charge. Hull is well placed to explore the geographical diversity of its region with areas from the North Sea Coast to the North York Moors all within easy reach. 

  • Compulsory

    Human Geography: 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. 

    Planet Earth

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

    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.

    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.

    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. 

    Development and Change

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

Second year modules

The second and final years of our BSc Geography programme allow you to specialise in physical geography while continuing to take some human geography modules.

You will choose modules from six academic pathways: hazards, Earth surface dynamics, environmental change, sustainability and development, cities and globalisation, and people, culture and place.

  • Core

    Frontiers in Physical Geography

    This module gives you the tools needed to be a physical geographer and make an original contribution to our knowledge of the world.

  • Compulsory

    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. 

  • Optional

    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. 

    Environmental Change

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

    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.​

    Physical Geography in Action

    You will explore a range of physical geographical processes that have direct impact on human life, either through determining resource availability or by creating a hazard (e.g. hydrological processes underlying both water availability for irrigation and the risk of flooding).

    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.

    Field Studies (Physical Geography)

    Visit field locations including Tenerife and Almeria, as well as UK destinations, where you'll design and conduct your own research projects. 

Year abroad modules

You will spend year 3 studying abroad at a university of your choice. During this year, you will follow a programme of study 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.

Placement year modules

Spend a year on a paid placement between the second and final year of your degree. You could be with a company, public sector organisation, non-governmental organisation or charity. The experience will help you to develop an awareness of living and working in an environment outside of an academic setting. This is a great experience for employability, but will also give you new perspectives on issues relevant to your degree.

Final year modules

The final year of our BSc Geography programme allows you to specialise further in the areas of geography that you are most interested in.

You will have the chance to spend one semester gaining real-world experience 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

    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. 

    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.

    Conservation in a Changing World

    Managing and protecting the natural environment is difficult enough, but we currently face rapid and dramatic change in climate, environment and socio-economic structures. Explore the challenges of planning effectively for conservation in a changing world.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Advanced GIS

    Develop your geospatial analysis and modelling skills with GIS. This will provide you with key expertise when you enter the GIS job market.

    Food, Space and Society

    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.

    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. 

    Palaeoenvironments

    ​This module will take you on a journey through the current Ice Age, which spans the last 2.6 million years. 

    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.

    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.

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

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

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

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

Indicative assessment proportions

14%
9%
77%
  • 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

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

Indicative assessment proportions

100%
  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

Indicative assessment proportions

Overall workload

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

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.

Rhianna Phillips Geography

"It felt like home. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, Hull was somewhere I needed to study."

Entry requirements

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  • BTEC grades N/A

  • Points required N/A

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At Hull, you’re a name not a number. During Clearing, we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades. We may be able to offer you a place whatever your situation.

Some courses still do have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 466100 or complete our online form to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

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.

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

UK

£9,250 per year*

EU/International

£18,300 per year

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,706 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of our 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. 

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
  • Hydrographer

BSc Geography graduates are highly employable. Typically, more than 90% of our students are in work or further study 6 months after graduating†. Many pursue careers in the ever-expanding environment sector. Others go on to work in town planning, as teachers, or go on to do Masters or PhDs.

Geography also provides you with a great range of transferable skills, which are highly sought after by employers, with some of our students going on to work in fields such as marketing, banking and accountancy.

Some of our recent graduates are working for employers such as Siemens, Burberry, Lincolnshire County Council, the Met Office, American Express, the British Army, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and KPMG.

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†Percentage of students in work or further study within 15 months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers, Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2017/18, published by HESA 2020.

* The Guardian University Rankings 2023

**National Student Survey (NSS) 2022, HEIs only