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BSc Environment and Development

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Have you ever wondered why it is proving so difficult to address the challenges of sustainable development, whether globalisation is good or bad for the environment, or how governments can reconcile the needs of both economic development and environmental protection?

The degree will introduce you to key debates in environment and development

If these and similar questions interest you, then the BSc Environment and Development at LSE is the degree for you.

Taught by leading international experts, this degree introduces you to key debates in environment and development, explores the nature, drivers and politics of sustainable and unsustainable development, and provides in-depth understanding of the role various actors and policies can play in addressing environmental challenges in geographical settings.

  • See programme structure, links to course guides and indicative reading lists on the LSE Calendar
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Introduction to the programme by Dr Kelly Kay

What can I do with a degree in Environment and Development?

The BSc programme in Environment and Development prepares students to tackle the major social and environmental challenges of our times. Graduates will have the training to enter into a range of careers, including working in government, international development, sustainability, environmental compliance, corporate social responsibility, and the non-profit sector. Our students have also pursued graduate study in fields including environmental policy and governance, international and sustainable development, environmental economics, green business and geography. 

Why study with us?

Top-ranked department

We are ranked 2nd in the world in the latest QS World University subject rankings and 7th in the Complete University Guide  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.

Student testimonials

Rob Clapp

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Why did you choose the course/LSE? The wide-range of in-depth modules available, the insightful and encouraging academics, and all the brilliant events that take place. 

What has been the highlight of your LSE experience? Getting to try completely new things: like learning Spanish, completing department research, and joining the Triathlon Club. 

How are you planning to use your degree for your future career? 
I’m still reviewing my options but I know the ability to be critical and think outside the box will always be relevant. 

Sum up your experience in 3 words: Insightful, rewarding, active.

Max Forshaw

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Why did you choose the course/LSE? LSE has an amazing reputation and its location in central London can give you access to opportunities which simply aren’t available at other universities. Furthermore, the Environment and Development degree programme fit my interests perfectly and I struggled to find a similar course elsewhere.       

What has been the highlight of your LSE experience? Working with my fellow students to start a new Student Union society in my second year was a rewarding experience and has made me feel like I’ve left a small mark on the university that will remain after I leave. 

How are you planning to use your degree for your future career? I have a strong knowledge in environmental sustainability and climate change which I know will be put to good use as I start my career in the energy sector.  

Sum up your experience in 3 words: Inspiring, challenging, global.

Jed Hull

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Why did you choose the course/LSE? I chose the course at LSE because beside being a world-class institution, it offers some of the best modules approaching the environment from a social science perspective. While I’ve also had the chance to study environmental science, I’ve most enjoyed studying the environment through the lenses of political science, sociology and economics. 

What has been the highlight of your LSE experience? The highlight of my LSE experience has been applying the knowledge I learnt in my modules through fieldwork. Whether it was the South Bank or New York City, actually undertaking research always offered exciting and unique opportunities for learning about the world around us.  

How are you planning to use your degree for your future career? I’m planning to use the knowledge and research skills I have gained to undertake further research in the field of Environment and Development. 

Sum up your experience in 3 words: Intense, but transformative.

 

Contact us

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7852 3636

Email: geog.ug@lse.ac.uk