University of Hull Geology

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University of Hull Geology

University of Hull Geology

Northwestern Scotland is a classic geological mapping destination

UCAS code F600

BSc Geology at Hull is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of the geological processes that operate on and underneath the Earth’s surface. You will study the full range of Earth science disciplines, acquiring fundamental knowledge of the origins of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks; plate tectonics and structural geology; palaeontology and evolution; sedimentology; geophysics; natural hazards including volcanoes and earthquakes; and natural resources such as oil, gas, minerals, and renewable energies.

Fieldwork skills are among the most important for a qualified geologist, and are highly prized by industry. We place great importance on field training and you will complete 60-70 days’ fieldwork during your degree. Most students and staff find this one of the most enjoyable aspects of the subject, and getting outdoors is a great way to socialise as well as develop your practical skills. Our field locations include nearby areas of classic geology such as the Yorkshire Coast and the Lake District, and you will also enjoy overseas destinations that typically include Spain, Tenerife, Malta, Iceland, and Ireland. As with all of our degrees, all core field courses are free! Your field training will enable you to become an independent geologist that can understand and produce geological maps. The cornerstone of all geology degrees is 30+ days of independent geological mapping in a location of your choice. Why learn mapping? The November 2013 issue of “Geoscientist” (vol. 23, no. 10) points out that “A challenge for industry is to find staff with quality field skills. Today the better universities are still teaching good field mapping… Industry will always need their graduates” (p. 21). At Hull we engage in small group teaching led by research-active field geoscientists who can provide you with that “good field mapping” experience.

Employability is an important consideration when choosing a degree scheme, and there has never been a better time to study geoscience: nationally and internationally the sector is booming. Geology graduates are highly valued for their transferable skills in teamwork, problem solving, IT, and data handling and manipulation, and at Hull we make sure you are trained generally, as well as specifically. These transferable skills, combined with the strong scientific background to the course and your fieldwork, will make you competitive in a wide range of employment sectors, whether you choose to become a professional geoscientist or work in other areas. The oil, gas, and minerals industries are traditional destinations for geologists and these offer global travel and high salaries. However, you will find a wide range of career opportunities for geoscientists within geological surveys, geological, engineering, and environmental consultancy, land management and planning companies / departments, water authorities, and government agencies such as the Environment Agency. Indeed most geologists think that the best thing about geology is being paid to travel the world! By your third year, you might have an idea of which employment sectors most interest you, and with this in mind the course is structured to allow you to specialise in such varied fields as Economic Geoscience, Quaternary Geoscience, Water Resources, or Renewable Energy in your final year. You can also choose an “Applied Project” that could give you practical experience of working in one of the region’s many geoscience industries. You will also benefit from a wide choice of options in some of our other specialist areas, such as Physical Geography.

The course is built around a set of core modules that will focus on the broad range of skills required of a modern geoscientist. Our new and up-to-date programme integrates GIS and other IT skills valued by employers into a classic subject area. Geology is a highly practical subject, and all years of study place a strong emphasis on applying your knowledge through hands on learning that makes use of our specialist Earth Science laboratory, outstanding teaching collection and equipment, and state of the art research facilities at the Deep. You will hone your skills on field trips to a range of home and overseas destinations, as we give you a practical education in the Earth Sciences that will prepare you for a wide range of career paths. The department enjoys high levels of student satisfaction, especially for quality of teaching. If you are interested in Geology we would love to hear from you!

Degree structure

Year 1

  • Research Skills 1
  • Research Skills 2
  • The Earth System
  • Geological Materials
  • Geological Structures and Maps
  • Geological Field and Mapping Skills (Easter field course)

Year 2

  • Crustal Processes
  • Sedimentary Environments
  • Climate Change
  • Geohazards
  • Changing Environments
  • Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
  • Spain Field Course

Year 3

  • Dissertation (Geological Mapping)
  • Economic Geoscience
  • Advanced Sedimentology
  • Quaternary Geoscience
  • Earth, Climate, Evolution
  • Volcanic Processes
  • Ireland Field Course
  • Advanced Field Skills (Iceland Field Course)
  • Applied Project
  • Advanced GIS
  • Renewable Energy
  • Water Resources
  • River Processes and Management

General enquiries

University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)1482 346311

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