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BSc Environment and Development


UCAS code: FK84

Usual standard offer: A level: grades A A B

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 37 points including 6 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

For further details see lse.ac.uk/ug/apply/env

Applications 2014: 150

First year students 2014: 12

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This degree allows you to build a critical understanding of processes of environmental change as they relate to human well-being and development, while also equipping you with the broader skills needed for environment and development policy and analysis.

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Programme details

First year

You take two courses which deal with the natural environment and with global issues relating to environmental change and sustainable development, a third course on contemporary geographical issues, and a fourth course from within the Department of Geography and Environment, or an approved outside option. Environmental Change: Past, Present and Future focuses on developing an appreciation of the Planet Earth as the home of human societies. Sustainable Development seeks to understand better how the natural world is affected by development decisions. Environment, Economy and Society provides an introduction to Geography at LSE.

Second and third years 

In the second year, you take Introduction to Global Development which deals with analysing global development, focussing on key development, theories, strategies, problems and trajectories. Environment: Science and Society examines debates concerning the nature, cause, and effects of, and alternative solutions to, the key natural environmental degradation and pollution problems faced by human societies. Applied Environmental Economics is an introduction to the use of economic principles in the analysis of environmental change and natural resource use and in designing appropriate policy responses. You will also take another course from an approved list of geography and environment and outside options. 

In the third year you take Environmental Governance which seeks to explore and critically interrogate the evolving patterns and processes of environmental governance, and Environment and Development which explores the complex relationships between development, poverty and the environment from political ecology and economic perspectives. In addition, you take two courses from an approved list (one of which may be an independent research project).