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Geography and environmental science

Why study geography or environmental science at Hull? Offering first-class facilities, superb teaching and excellent employment prospects, our courses have an enviable reputation. The 2009 National Student Survey reinforced this standing: 95% of students taking physical geography or environmental science were satisfied with their course, while 96% of those taking human and social geography expressed satisfaction. Geography’s staff have an array of specialist interests and expertise, reflected in a choice of more than 40 modules. You can study human and physical geography in combination or focus on either, according to your interests. Environmental Science takes advantage of its Scarborough location, immersing you in the habitats near to campus. Links with local organisations like the North York Moors National Park and the Central Science Laboratory allow collaboration with professional environmental scientists. Whatever you choose, we aim to enhance your understanding of these fascinating subjects and provide you with skills that employers will value.

What will you study? Geography students acquire expertise in understanding physical and social environments. They are aware of the globalising economy and the variety of the world’s cultures, as well as the physical and biological processes that shape the environment. On the Environmental Science BSc, you learn to analyse the environment around you and explain how it works, understanding any situation and knowing which tools are needed to deal with it. Our degrees equip you with the skills essential to future employment and study. Capable presenters of information and ideas, our graduates are confident team-workers with expertise in the majority of IT packages used in the workplace for data management and analysis, as well as report writing.

How will you learn? Lectures, tutorials, seminars and lab classes are supplemented by IT-based materials and library-based research. Some modules involve solo or group project work and oral presentations. Our staff–student ratio is very favourable by national standards and of obvious benefit to our small-group teaching. On Joint Honours courses, equal time is spent on each subject. For degrees which have geography as the major subject, 75% of your time is devoted to geography modules. Where geography is the minor subject, 25% of your time is devoted to geography modules. Field work is an essential part of our courses, improving your transferable skills and your ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a team. First-year students at the Hull Campus attend a residential weekend in Whitby, Leeds or Scarborough, while the possible venues for the major Year 2 field trip include France, Italy, Spain and New York, and there is an optional Year 3 field course in Iceland. Local field work is integral, utilising the region’s geographical diversity. About 40% of the Scarborough-based Environmental Science course is spent in the lab or in field work locations as varied as Filey, the Cumbraes, Arran, Egypt, Brazil and Mallorca.

What do our graduates do? Geography graduates’ career choices include planning, conservation, GIS applications, teaching, environmental agencies and consultancy. Researchled teaching leaves our graduates well placed to continue to MSc or PhD. Environmental Science graduates have progressed to PhD and MSc study in archaeology, conservation biology and fisheries, and taken roles with DEFRA and as environmental planners, conservation officers and meteorologists.

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Geography and environmental science




Geography (BA)

Geography (BSc)

Single Honours / Joint Honours / major subject / minor subject BA (Hons)

Single Honours / Joint Honours / major subject / minor subject BSc (Hons)

The BA course addresses dynamic and complex social, economic and political processes in a range of urban and rural settings in both the developed and the developing world. You will be introduced to contemporary thinking on a range of issues – including sustainable urban and rural development, social and economic change, globalisation, changing cultural identities, nationalism, social exclusion and historical landscapes – and develop a practical understanding of the make-up, origin and future of the global human landscape. You will acquire skills in GIS, qualitative methods, group work and report writing. This flexible course is particularly suitable if you wish to keep your options as open as possible.

The BSc course addresses the complex and dynamic processes associated with rivers, glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, ecology, soils, climate, landscape history, and environmental monitoring and modelling, plus the relationship between humans and the environment. You acquire an appreciation of landscape formation and of changes in landscapes over different timescales, as well as key skills in GIS, data analysis, group work and report writing. This flexible course is particularly suitable if you wish to keep your options as open as possible.

You participate in field studies in the local area and, in Year 2, in Italy, Spain or New York. Additional field studies are associated with particular optional modules.

Requirements Our typical offer is 260–20 points. Geography at A level is not a prerequisite, although we prefer Geography to at least AS level (or equivalent).

Structure Year ’s core element gives you a basic grounding in both human and physical geography. In Years 2 and  the focus is on human geography, but you can maintain a broader mix if you wish. First-year modules in human geography feature cultural and economic geography and issues of globalisation and development. Second-year options in human geography concentrate on economic, social, historical, political and cultural geography. An important part of Year  is the dissertation – a piece of individual work on a topic of your devising, carried out under the guidance of a supervisor. On the Joint Honours courses, the geography component focuses on human geography. On both of them, you divide your time equally between the two subjects. On the ‘Geography with …’ courses, geography accounts for 7% of your studies. Years Other subject(s)

UCAS code

Typical offer

You mainly take physical geography modules, but you must select two human modules in Year  and you may choose others in Years 2 and . You participate in field studies on the North York Moors and, in Year 2, in France or Tenerife. Additional field studies are associated with particular optional modules, and there is an optional field trip to Iceland in Year .

Requirements Our typical offer is 260–20 points. Geography at A level is not a prerequisite, although we prefer Geography to at least AS level (or equivalent).

Structure Year ’s core element provides a thorough grounding in both physical and human geography. In Year 2 the focus is on physical geography, with modules on geomorphology, climate, biogeography and natural hazards, but there is the opportunity to maintain a broader mix. Year  modules lead on from your secondyear programme, allowing a greater depth of study. An important part of Year  is the dissertation – a piece of individual work on a topic of your devising, carried out under the guidance of a supervisor. On the Geography and Archaeology course, the geography component focuses on physical geography. Years  and 2 cover archaeological method and theory – with archaeological excavation in the field – and introduce themes in European and world archaeology, while Year  offers a choice of specialised options. Years Other subject(s)

Single Honours Geography

3

n/a

L700

260–320

Geography and Archaeology 3

page 150

LV74

260–320

Geography and History

3

page 148

LV71

260–320

Geography with Business

3

page 77

F8N1

260–320

Geography with Marketing

3

page 85

F8N5

260–320

Joint Honours

n/a

F800

260–320

page 150

FF84

260–320

3

page 205

F8C6

260–320

3

page 205

C6F8

260

3

Joint Honours Geography and Archaeology 3

As a major subject

As a minor subject Sociology and Anthropology with Geography 3

6

Typical offer

Single Honours Geography

As a major subject

UCAS code

Geography with Sport Science

As a minor subject pages 200 & 201

Geography and environmental science

L3L7

240–300

Sport Science with Geography


Physical geography (MPhysGeog)

Physical geography (BSc)

Undergraduate Masters MPhysGeog

Single Honours BSc (Hons)

Our undergraduate Masters course has a unique focus on the interface between physical geography and the related subjects of ecology and earth system science. A range of modules specific to this four-year course will provide you with the opportunity to acquire an understanding of how environments have changed in the past, what controls the dynamics of environments in the present and how future changes can be predicted. In Years  and 2 this course is similar to the BSc Geography degree; you then move to a higher level of study, heavily weighted towards practical work in the laboratory and field, with a sustained emphasis on small-group teaching and student-centred learning.

This degree provides the opportunity to take exclusively physical geography modules, allowing you to focus on the physical and biological processes that control the state of the natural environment. This allows you to develop greater depth and breadth in your expertise in dealing with practical issues in environmental science. This practical focus is at the heart of the course, and as well as studying the theory of environmental variability you will receive extensive hands-on training in practical and analytical techniques within the laboratory and the field. The wide choice of modules covers geomorphology, biogeography, soils, hydrology, sedimentology and environmental change, among other topics, with a selection of specialised options in your final year.

Requirements Our typical offer is 40 points. Geography at A level is not a prerequisite, although we prefer Geography and a science or technology subject to at least AS level (or equivalent).

Structure You take the same core physical geography modules as those on the BSc Geography course in Years  and 2, but you are not required to take any human geography modules. The dissertation occupies approximately half of the final year and offers you the opportunity to undertake independent research which is closely related to your individual interests. You have the opportunity to participate in field studies in the North York Moors National Park, Tenerife and Malta. Years Other subject(s)

UCAS code

Typical offer

F841

340

Requirements Our typical offer is 260–20 points. Geography at A level is not a prerequisite, although we prefer Geography and a science or technology subject to at least AS level (or equivalent).

Structure The course is built around a core of environmental science modules. Course pathways and field studies in Years 2 and  are similar to those for the BSc Geography degree. You are not required to take any human geography modules. You participate in field studies in the North York Moors National Park, in Tenerife and in the Peak District, and there is an optional field trip to Malawi. Many of the optional modules also include a field work element.

Undergraduate Masters Physical Geography

4

n/a

Years Other subject(s)

UCAS code

Typical offer

F840

260–320

Single Honours Physical Geography

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3

n/a

Geography and environmental science

7


Human geography

Environmental management

Single Honours BA (Hons)

Single Honours BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons)

This degree provides the opportunity to take exclusively human geography modules, allowing you to fully explore the complexity and diversity of human social, economic, cultural and political systems. This will give you the theoretical and practical skills necessary to see places, individuals and communities in a new light. The specific focus on human geography gives you access to a greater range of modules, providing you with a more indepth insight into the important issues affecting the world you live in. The wide choice of specialist modules covers sustainable urban and rural development, the geographical imagination, economic and political globalisation, historical and cultural geography and processes of social change.

Managing the environment effectively in the future will require a unique synthesis of natural and social scientific knowledge among the individuals who make and carry out new environmental policies. These BA and BSc courses enable you to develop specific expertise in this field. They have the same Year  content to maximise flexibility. In Years 2 and , you choose to specialise in either natural science (BSc) or social science (BA) modules.

You participate in field studies in the local area and, in Year 2, in Italy, Spain or New York. Additional field studies are associated with particular optional modules.

Requirements Our typical offer is 260–20 points. Geography at A level is not a prerequisite, although we prefer Geography to at least AS level (or equivalent).

Structure You take the same core human geography modules as students on the BA Geography programme, plus one additional specialised human geography module. You are not required to take any physical or environmental modules. Instead, you select an additional module from a choice of social science and humanities modules, or you can take a modern language module. Years Other subject(s)

UCAS code

Typical offer

L720

260–320

Single Honours Human Geography

3

n/a

In natural science, you study complex and dynamic physical processes, glaciers, ecology and ecosystems, climate and climate change, as well as techniques for environmental monitoring and modelling. In social science, you study complex human problems such as sustainable resource use, rural management and environmental policy. Both courses emphasise the interrelationships, across time and space, between humans and their environments. All students acquire key skills, including geographical information systems (GIS), data analysis, group work and report writing, through core modules and through field work. They also participate in field studies on the North York Moors in Year  and in France, Italy, Spain, New York or Tenerife in Year 2. Additional field studies may be associated with particular optional modules (e.g. Iceland in Year ).

Requirements Our typical offer is 260–20 points. Geography at A level is not a prerequisite, but we do prefer Geography to at least AS level (or equivalent).

Structure Both courses have a strong core element which gives you a basic grounding in environmental management principles and practice. In Years  and 2 there are core environmental modules designed specifically for these courses, supported by additional core geographical modules. The third year offers a wide range of optional environmental modules. An important part of Year  is the dissertation – a piece of individual work on a topic of your devising, carried out under the guidance of a supervisor. Years Other subject(s)

UCAS code

Typical offer

Single Honours



Geography and environmental science

Environmental Management (BA)

3

n/a

F755

260–320

Environmental Management (BSc)

3

n/a

F756

260–320


Environmental science Single Honours BSc (Hons) Scarborough Understanding the environment is becoming increasingly important for us all. Governments, businesses and the world’s communities need more trained environmental scientists who can work as effectively in the field as well as in a laboratory or at a computer, and who can communicate their findings effectively – something that our graduates are particularly good at. Based in the Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences at the Scarborough Campus, our BSc is a holistic science course drawing on biology, chemistry, geography, ecology, social studies, environmental policy and law and highlighting the interrelationships between human systems and the environment. Field study is critical to our approach to environmental science teaching, and our students can look forward to spending up to 40% of their taught time in the field or the lab, learning through observation and application. Our enthusiastic staff provide specialist knowledge in an array of subjects such as biodiversity and conservation, aquatic pollution, climate change, hydrology, fisheries science and environmental policy. The course is designed to provide a broad yet practical understanding of environmental systems, human– environment interactions and approaches to environmental management. All students get the opportunity to participate in field studies. In Year , the local environment around the North York Moors National Park and Yorkshire’s ‘Jurassic Coast’ provides the stunning setting for acquiring a range of practical environmental science skills. In Year , students can participate in residential field courses in Arran, Mallorca, Brazil or Egypt. The course also provides opportunities for engaging with environmental practitioners and for undertaking voluntary work with local environmental organisations.

Structure Year  comprises core modules giving you a broad grounding in earth and environmental systems, ecology and physical sciences. An optional free elective in Year  provides you with the opportunity to taste other subject areas (which could include Dive Training, supported by our in-house instructors). In Years 2 and  you have the opportunity to specialise in your chosen area. A range of optional modules are available, including Remote Sensing and GIS, Environmental Pollution and Toxicology, Upland Ecology, Environmental Resource Management, Environmental Law and Canopy Science (aka ‘Climbing Trees’). An important component of Year  is the Independent Research or Library Project, which gives you a chance to devise and undertake a piece of individual work under the guidance of a supervisor. We use various teaching methods and assessment techniques, ensuring that everyone gets a chance to shine. Occasionally, students want to transfer between courses at the Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences. As there is a common first year, switching from Environmental Science to Ecology or Coastal Marine Biology (see page 7) at the end of your first year is generally easy. Years Other subject(s)

UCAS code

Typical offer

Single Honours Environmental Science

3

n/a

F750 S

220–280

4

n/a

F754 S

n/a‡

With a foundation year Environmental Science

‡ Contact the appropriate admissions tutor for guidance.

Requirements Our typical offer is 220–20 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent), including at least one science subject. Particularly relevant subjects include Geography, Environmental Science and Biology. Entry via an additional foundation year is also possible.

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