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BA Geography is a specialist degree for students who wish to focus on Human Geography, either on its own or with some exposure to other social sciences taught at LSE.

A specialist degree for students who wish to focus on Human Geography

This degree produces highly trained geographers, skilled in economic, social and environmental geography with reference to developed and less developed countries. Depending on their choice of options, students are able to focus on one or more of these areas of geography.

The first year provides a foundation in Geography and Environment and in research techniques and methods. The opportunity to specialise grows as you reach the second and third years. In your final year you undertake research into a topic of your choice, which provides an opportunity for students to pursue their specific interests in greater depth and to display their abilities to undertake research.

  • For programme structure, links to course guides and indicative reading lists, please see the BA Geography calendar entry

You can view courses from other LSE departments available to study as outside options, and a summary of new courses and programmes being offered in the 2016/17 session.

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Introduction to the programme by Dr Romola Sanyal

Why study with us?

Top-ranked department

We are ranked 4th in the UK in the latest Guardian subject tables. This follows success in the QS World University rankings, which put the Department 3rd internationally. We are ranked 4th in the Complete University Guide 2017 subject tables. A range of measures contribute to the rankings, including student satisfaction, academic reputation and career prospects.

World-class academics

You will be taught by lecturers who are at the cutting edge of research. We were rated 1st in the UK for quality of published research (output) in the latest government-sponsored Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). Further testament to the calibre of the Department’s research, and its real world policy relevance, is the fact that our staff provide advice to governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Students work with world class experts who bring unique insights from the latest research to their teaching.

Emphasis on teaching quality

We place special importance on the quality of our students’ learning experience. A particular feature of our teaching programme is its emphasis on the development of transferrable skills – such as data analysis, team work and presentation skills. You will also receive regular support from a dedicated academic advisor (who is a staff member in the Department) throughout your studies.

Outstanding career prospects

Graduates have an excellent track record of employment. The most recent available data shows that our undergraduates achieved an average starting salary of £27,000, with over 92% employed or continuing education within 6 months of graduation.

Facilities for you

Students have their own quiet study room and common room – both located in the Department. You will enjoy access to one of the largest libraries in the world devoted to the economic and social sciences, the LSE Library, together with its extensive range of electronic learning resources, and the award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.

Experience London

LSE is centrally located in one of the world’s truly global cities. The City – financial heart of London - the historic Inns of Court, and Westminster are all on our doorstep, providing opportunities for internships/future career pathways. Countless cultural venues are all within walking distance and our Halls of Residence are located in some of the most exciting areas of London, including Covent Garden, Bloomsbury and Trafalgar Square.

Public lecture programme

LSE attracts many high-profile external speakers including policy makers and political leaders from around the globe. Public lectures are free and open to all, and many are on subjects that are of direct relevance to students with an interest in geography, environment and development. Past speakers include Kofi Annan, Tony Blair, Angelina Jolie, Bill Clinton, Milton Friedman, Nelson Mandela, Noam Chomsky, George Soros, Ben Bernanke and Jeffrey Sachs along with many others.

Global community

The LSE student population is a vibrant and cosmopolitan community with about half of all students coming from outside the UK. Our existing students tell us that they gain a great deal from studying alongside, and learning from, individuals from a wide range of nationalities, cultures and backgrounds.

How and when to apply

How to apply

LSE receives applications via UCAS; we do not consider applications made 'direct' to the School. Applications should be made online via UCAS. Applicants can contact UCAS at enquiries@ucas.ac.uk for an automated response with general information and guidance on the UCAS procedures or using the following contact details:

Tel: 0871 4680 468 if you are calling from the UK or +44 870 1122211 if you are calling from outside the UK.

A section by section guide to completing the application form, including advice on writing your personal statement and information for teachers/referees, is given on the Making an application page.

When to apply

The UCAS office opening date for the receipt of applications for admission in September 2017 is 6 September 2016.

The last date for the receipt of applications to LSE to qualify for full and equal treatment is 15 January 2017 by 18.00 (GMT).

Please note: LSE does not participate in UCAS Extra, Adjustment or Clearing.

Applying from outside the EU

The UCAS application procedure allows students applying from outside the EU to do so at any time between 6 September and 30 June. However, given the competition for places at LSE, ALL applicants are strongly advised to submit their applications to UCAS by 15 January 2017. We will only consider applications submitted to UCAS after 15 January if there are places still available on the relevant degree programme.

For more information, visit the LSE Application pages

Student testimonials

Liam Travers

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Why did you choose the course/LSE? Aside from being the best human geography course in the country, the department allows you to pursue modules from LSE’s other world class degree programmes!

What has been the highlight of your LSE experience so far? Has to be a toss up between being elected president of my hall and the notorious AU carol!

How are you planning to use your degree for your future career? I have no concrete plans as of yet, but I know my degree will help me find work in a progressive, ambitious and outward-looking organisation.

Sum up your experience in 3 words: Exciting, Rewarding, Unique

Emma O'Reilly

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Geography explores such a wide range of issues that there is something for everyone, and contrary to common opinion geographers do a lot more than just colouring in!

Whilst at LSE I have covered topics ranging from the integration of the EU, to health policies in the developing world, to the introduction of the tube in Victorian London. As you work your way through the years you are given the opportunity to specialise in particular areas of interest to you thanks to the great variety of courses offered by the Department. BA geographers also go on a ?eld trip to New York in the second year which is great fun. LSE has a very good reputation and the Geography Department ranks very highly in the league tables. The geography programme offered by LSE is mainly human geography and as I'm not keen on physical geography this was a big factor in my decision to apply. However, once I got here I found that physical geography modules are available to those who want to study this aspect of geography. Read more.

Brendan Chia

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Current job title: World Bank Disaster Risk Management Consultant

Why did you choose the course/LSE? I chose LSE for the chance to study what I loved in the heart of one of the finest cities in the world.

How has your degree programme prepared you for your future career? My degree programme exposed me to a wide range of perspectives on some of the big issues in our world today e.g. climate change, migration, geopolitics etc. and taught me how to approach them. This has proven to be very valuable in my work in international organisations, where I often deal with complex and interrelated issues such as these at the global scale.

What was the highlight of your LSE experience? The opportunity to meet people and make friends from all over the world, and the amazing experiences/opportunities the university had to offer: e.g. the Geography degree programme’s field trip to New York City.

Sum up your experience in 3 words: Diverse, Valuable, Once-in-a-lifetime

Amy Rowson

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Why did you choose the course/LSE? Having previously commenced a Geography degree at another university I realised that my interests were solely rooted in political and economic as opposed to physical Geography. Once I’d realised what my interests were and after conducting some thorough research I came to realise that LSE was the perfect place to immerse myself in the types of Geography that I found fascinating. One of the best things about Geography at LSE is that you can tailor your module choices to suit you whether that be environmental governance, urban politics or development there are multiple choices. LSE is at the forefront of research and although it’s difficult to comprehend what that means for a first year undergraduate, the reality is that you are taught by leading experts who are passionate and able to provide cutting edge, interesting lectures and classes. Also, it was a significant added bonus that LSE not only had the perfect course for me but that also being based in London meant I could observe much of what I was studying in my surroundings.

How has your degree programme prepared you for your future career? Following a summer internship, I am commencing a full-time graduate role as a Marketing Executive in financial services and although I have received constant questions along the lines of: “What’s Geography got to do with marketing?”, there are good reasons for my choice. Studying Geography is not just about acquiring incredibly interesting knowledge it has also been about acquiring a broad set of skills. In my time at LSE I’ve been able to debate, create succinct presentations, acquire a set of in-depth critical thinking skills and also be fortunate enough to acquire some quantitative skills. It’s this broad skill base and the backing of LSE’s reputation that has helped me secure my graduate role and although as an undergraduate you often want to push careers to the back of your mind, LSE is a good environment for encouraging students to think about their futures as well as their present studies. Furthermore, as LSE is based in London, an internationally recognised centre for numerous diverse organisations and pressure groups it presented me with many opportunities to develop my personal network. The link may seem unusual but my passion for Geography shines through and I’m keeping my options open for future graduate study potentially into urban politics.

What was the highlight of your LSE experience? The highlight for me has to be the moment that I walked out of an exam room and realised I’d been able to face questions which were very challenging but also very interesting and current. There’s a sense of pride in being able to tackle topics and issues that politicians and researchers are facing today. That realisation of the depth of your knowledge is an extremely fulfilling moment and definitely demonstrates why LSE is such an incredible university to study at.

Sum up your experience in 3 words: Exciting, Challenging, Fun! 

 

Contact us

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7852 3636

Email: geog.ug@lse.ac.uk