Physical Geography

BSc (Hons)

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What you'll study

* All modules are subject to availability

BSc (Hons) with Foundation Year

During the foundation year you take six modules, which include geographical subjects and numeracy, to prepare you for university-level study. This year also helps you to develop a reflective and adaptive approach to study. Successful completion of the year leads to Year 1 of the BSc Physical Geography course, although it also allows you to access any of our degree courses.

Core modules

  • Preparing for Learning in Higher Education
  • Foundation Human Geography
  • Foundation in Data Analysis
  • Foundation Physical Geography
  • Dynamic Environments

Optional modules

  • Foundation Maths Skills
  • Foundation Maths 1
  • Foundation Maths A

BSc (Hons) with a Year Abroad

You will spend Year 3 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.

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,250

Overseas: £16,000

Foundation Year:

Home/EU students: £6,165

Overseas: £10,670

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

UK & EU fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

Teaching and Assessment

Typical breakdown of teaching time - based on a core of 2,000 hours per year

Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning
YearScheduledPlacementIndependent Study
FY  16%  0%  84%
Y1  22%  0%  78%
Y2  23%  0%  77%
Year Abroad  20%  0%  80%
Final  19%  0%  81%
FY  30%  40%  30%
Y1  25%  0%  75%
Y2  20%  6%  74%
Year Abroad  19%  14%  67%
Final  9%  16%  75%

About the course

Practical work is at the heart of this course and, as well as studying the theory of environmental variability, you gain extensive hands-on training in analytical techniques within the laboratory and the field. We're ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction in Physical Geography (National Student Survey 2017).

There are three course options available for studying Physical Geography at Hull. The foundation year is an ideal route if you need to strengthen your academic skills – providing you with the scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge required for the undergraduate programme. The degree offers a three-year study option and a four-year course with a year spent studying abroad in year three.

Our Physical Geography programme has a strong focus on the physical and biological processes that control the state of the natural environment. This allows you to develop great depth and breadth in your expertise in dealing with practical issues in geographical science. The wide choice of modules covers everything from geomorphology, biogeography and soils to hydrology, sedimentology and environmental change, with a selection of specialised options in your final year. You can participate in field studies in East Yorkshire and in overseas destinations such as Morocco, Iceland, Malawi, Germany and Spain. All core field trips are provided free of charge and many optional modules also include a fieldwork element.


BSc (Hons)

4 years


BSc (Hons)

4 years

Entry requirements

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • The foundation year is designed for applicants whose qualifications and experience do not allow direct entry to the undergraduate degree.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • For applicants with A levels in subjects other than those key to the degree, we will usually require a minimum of 80 points from Level 3 qualifications.

International students

(language requirements)

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 IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

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.

Future prospects

You will learn a range of transferable skills in research, data analysis and communication combined with an in-depth knowledge of a number of academic themes.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for a diverse range of employers, including: Associated British Ports (ABP), Green Energy, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Middlesbrough Football Club, British Army, Lake District Estates, KPMG – as well as in local and national government, print and broadcast media, and the University of Hull.

Others have continued with postgraduate studies, for example MA, MSc and PhD degrees, a PGCE teaching certificate and a variety of professional qualifications.

All of our students take part in personal development planning, using our online software to record their developing skills and knowledge.