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BSc Geography with Economics

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BSc Geography with Economics is for students who wish to study Geography and Economics with a special focus on the ways in which space, environment and economics interact.

World-class expertise in economic geography, urban planning, environmental economics & regional development

This programme takes advantage of both the challenging and highly regarded training in economics available at LSE and the world-class expertise in economic geography, urban planning, environmental economics and regional development within the Department of Geography and Environment.

Research-led teaching ensures that students benefit from state-of-the-art knowledge, while the policy-oriented nature of scientific investigations exposes them to the latest developments.

We encourage development of core knowledge and skills while allowing students to follow particular interests. The first year provides foundations in both Geography and Economics, including building on relevant skills in mathematical and statistical analysis. The degree is then flexible in the second and third years, with the possibility for students to pursue an independent research project in the final year.

  • 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 Neil Lee
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Alumnus Eden Dwek talks about the programme

What can I do with a degree in Geography with Economics?

BSc Geography with Economics is a prestigious degree and our students enjoy considerable success after graduation. Many begin careers as economists or in housing and community development, real estate, local and state government, local economic development or local planning. They can pursue further study in graduate or professional schools to specialise in city and regional planning, local development, public policy, environment, real estate, finance and architecture.

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 2nd internationally. We are ranked 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

Antonin Boissin 

Antonin Boissin

Why did you choose the course/LSE? I chose to study Geography with Economics at the LSE because of the reputation of the Geography and Environment department and the LSE in Economics and because I wanted to live in London. London provides you with the opportunity to go to an array of events. Moreover, when studying urban economics, London provides you with a very interesting case study of successful policies. Finally, LSE and the department is very international and I knew it would be very easy for me as a foreign student to feel integrated. 

What has been the highlight of your LSE experience? My highlight has been my involvement with the extracurricular activities offered within the department and the LSESU. The department is always keen to engage with the students and help with academic work as well as careers and social life. The Students' union offers an array of different sports and gives you a chance to feel deeply part of the community. 

How are you planning to use your degree for your future career? I believe my degree is a great stepping stone for me for a career in consultancy or in urban policy. The regular careers events offered by the department have given me a real idea of how I could use my degree and what I want to do later in life. 

Sum up your experience in three words: Opportunity, challenge and independence. 

Ajay Shah

AjayProfile

Why did you choose the course / LSE? To be honest, when I was looking at universities I went through the league tables and saw that LSE was near the top overall, and at the top for Geography. Given that I had a keen interest in Geography, it made sense to apply. I chose to do Geography with Economics because I felt that this would be more varied and also diversify myself for the future. At the open day, everyone was really friendly and I enjoyed the ‘sample’ lecture that was given, this is the point that really cemented my desire to study at LSE. 

What has been the highlight of your LSE experience? I strongly believe that 90% of what you learn at university is outside of the classroom. Sure, you have your lectures, classes and readings; but you are also learning independence and seeing what university has to offer. For me, this was the Hindu Society - being on committee for 2 years and President for one of those has definitely been my highlight, as it has given me a platform to meet new people, learn new skills and organise events I never thought I would have been capable of organising before university. 

How are you planning to use your degree for your future career? I plan to go into Technology Consulting and have a job lined up with Deloitte Digital. I think Geography has expanded my skills in reading analytically and concisely as well as writing. I think in terms of the degree contents, it is difficult to know for sure exactly how I will use this. I believe that my knowledge of the world has improved as a result of the extremely varied course and readings on offer at LSE, and I hope that this will prove useful in dealing with different consulting projects at Deloitte. 

Sum up your experience in 3 words: Independence, decisions, opportunity.

 

Pearl Yip

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Why did you choose the course/LSE? I chose BSc Geography with Economics as I wanted a well-balanced education comprising both quantitative and qualitative rigour. LSE boasts a top-notch Geography & Environment department, and our Economics professors need no further introduction. I wanted to study under the very best, and being in London I could be at the heart of issues confronting the country and even the global economy.  

What has been the highlight of your LSE experience? The diversity of perspectives in my classroom. Geography is the study of issues across time and space, and the opportunity to interact with peers from all over the world lent every discussion a special touch that no textbook could parallel. For example, in studying regional theory patterns, the topic of BREXIT inevitably arose and I was able to hear first-hand perspectives from both UK and EU students. 

How are you planning to use your degree for your future career? My degree has developed in me an ability to understand nuances, a flair for writing and an analytical eye to decompose quantitative problems. As I am on a Singapore government scholarship, I will be a civil servant, and while I may not remember every theory or every equation I have learnt, the soft skills (in dissecting and solving problems) I have gained will serve me well in my career (or anyone's career for that matter!). 

Sum up your experience in 3 words: 
Stimulating, enriching, satisfying

 

Geoffrey Hill

Why did you choose BSc Geography with Economics? I’ve always had a natural interest with geography as a subject because I love the broad analysis and synthesis of an array of subject areas (maths, natural sciences, economics, anthropology, development studies, history etc.) in applying thought to how the world around us is constantly evolving, at present and over time. I first did Economics at A Level and it really captivated me conceptually with all sorts of relevance to current affairs and interesting applications to our own lives. My degree choice therefore was based around wanting a combination of the two, with a slight preference for human geography over physical, and for me the degree as a whole provides the perfect combination of quantitative and qualitative rigor which I feel employers also value highly.

What was it about LSE that made you want to study here? For me it was slightly easier than some because LSE was one of the few UK universities to actually teach the degree I wanted to do! The fact that LSE is in the heart of London provided endless opportunities, even with the fact that I’ve grown up in North London all my life, and when you have those opportunities to share with one of the most diverse sets of students in the UK – you know that the experience is going to be unique. Lets not forget that LSE is a globally recognized university, with innovative research at the forefront of classroom teaching.

Was the programme challenging? I would say that any university degree is challenging, and individuals have their own attributes over certain subjects, but I would say as long as you are prepared to work consistently and choose modules you genuinely find interesting, then  the ‘difficulty’ can be reduced. The quantitative and qualitative mix of the course requires you to harness both skillsets and from my experience, ensuring you thoroughly practice the quantitative skills is definitely recommended.

What were the academics like? Everyone in the Department of Geography & Environment is very open, friendly and willing to offer help. Individually students also get a personal tutor from the department, for extra support on any range of matters, not just academic. From a learning perspective, the majority of academics who teach you will be passionate, engaging, and at the forefront of their specific area.

What is your current job? I joined the 2013 Graduate Analyst programme at BlackRock Investment Management specializing in Counterparty Credit Risk.

Has what you learnt on the BSc proven useful in the world of work? First and foremost, university in my view moulds your way of thinking to be analytical, holistic and independent, regardless of the subject matter you study, which is vital for success in the workplace. In terms of direct application, my job is aided in general by having learnt statistical and economic concepts, and specifically for example in studying the Global South when constructing our team’s view of the business entering or wishing to trade in a particular foreign market.

If you have one highlight of your time at LSE, what would it be? Overall it has to be my entire first year, where I lived independently with Trafalgar Square on my doorstep and was lucky enough to live on a floor with some amazing friends from all corners of the globe. In terms of specific events, I think doing the Tough Guy Challenge was incredibly fun.

Do you have any advice for prospective students? Make the most of your first year, it is the time to adjust to the study regime, create long lasting relationships and fully get involved with everything. Join the SU and societies - and I mean you should try and join one as part of the committee that runs them, not just general membership. These will not only boost your social life, but they’re great fun. Be interesting! - being the former President of the LSESU Food Appreciation Society always went down well with whoever I told! Embrace the strong nature of career preparation among the students, even if you don't want to go into what they do or know what you want to do yourself. It will definitely put you at a strong advantage in terms of how you market yourself and how you filter down to specific industries/roles when you do come to apply for your chosen career path. Finally, be organised and consistent with your work rate and avoid last-minute scrambles/cramming, which definitely makes studying more enjoyable and manageable; you are there to learn after all!

 

Contact us

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7852 3636

Email: geog.ug@lse.ac.uk