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
Throughout this course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of geology and physical geography with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge in specialist areas.
Your first semester of Year 1 will be shared with the specialist Geology programme at Hull, giving you the opportunity to participate in fieldwork in Yorkshire and Cumbria. Modules of study will give you a solid grounding in physical geography, geoscience and landforms, and tectonics. The second semester introduces a wider range of physical geography topics.
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
Learn the principles surrounding the formation of sedimentary rocks and the fossils held within them. You'll consider how geologists describe and use them through a series of lectures, practicals and field work.
A look at the planet we live on and its constituent systems and processes: oceans, atmosphere, biosphere and tectonics.
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.
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.
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
The second year gives you the opportunity to tailor the course to your particular interests, focusing on areas including sedimentology, crustal structure and climate change. Overseas residential fieldwork will be in southeast Spain, providing an outstanding opportunity to study recently formed sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks within one of the most active tectonic zones in Western Europe.
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.
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.
Investigate how the environment, especially the climate, changes in the past, present and future through a combination of lectures and practical activities.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Discover 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 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 your department (in Hull) prior to your departure. You will take all assessments set by the host university while you are overseas, for which marks will be awarded which count towards your degree.
Final year modules
In the final year, you will undertake an independent field-mapping exercise. Many optional modules also include a fieldwork element, and there is an optional field course based in Iceland.
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.
Gain skills and understanding in Earth resource geology. This includes mineralisation, prospecting, extraction and remediation, and the developing fields of carbon capture and sequestration, geothermal energy and “new metals”.
This module will take you on a journey through the current Ice Age, which spans the last 2.6 million years.
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 their Management
A practical look at how we manage rivers, both in terms of the water they carry and their influence of a changing landscape.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Advanced Sedimentary Environments
This module combines classroom, field and lab techniques from geology, geography and ecology to improve your understanding of sedimentary systems.
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.
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.
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.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.