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BSc Environmental Policy with Economics

The BSc Environmental Policy with Economics enables students to benefit from the excellent reputation of the School within the field of economics while, at the same time, instructing them in the application of economic knowledge and skills in environmental decision-making. Understanding the interaction of economic and environmental processes is critical for the effective design of environmental policies, and students learn both about conceptual and applied aspects of economy-environment linkages. Research-informed teaching ensures that students are exposed to state-of-the-art knowledge and the latest developments in environmental governance and environmental economics. Such teaching is designed to promote graduates with the relevant competencies for employment or postgraduate study in environmental policy and economics. The increasing use of economic analysis in environmental decision-making has put a premium on individuals with relevant knowledge, understanding and skills. Recent graduates from the programme have gone on to work in a variety of environment-related positions across the world.

Introduction to the programme from Dr Michael Mason| and Dr Jennifer Baka|:

The programme is designed to develop core knowledge and skills, while also allowing students to follow particular interests in environmental policy-making and economics. Beginning in Year 1 with a grounding in environmental change and sustainable development, combined with appropriate training in economics and mathematical methods, the degree programme broadens out in Year 2 to offer core courses in environmental science & society and applied environmental economics. Students are offered a wide range of options within and outside the Department to pursue their own academic interests in economics, policy-making and politics. In Year 3 core courses in environmental governance provide more in-depth understanding of the key themes in the degree, while students are offered a wide array of optional courses in economics and geographical analysis. It is also possible for students to pursue their own individual research projects in the final year.

For course overview and entry requirements see the Undergraduate Prospectus|.

For programme structure with course guides and indicative reading lists, please see the BSc Environmental Policy with Economics calendar entry|.

We also offer the following programmes:

BSc Environment and Development|

BA Geography|

BSc Geography with Economics|

Making choices between different departments can be difficult. Yet here are just a few reasons why you might want to choose the Department of Geography and Environment at the LSE:

- Top-ranked geography and environmental studies department

LSE’s Geography and Environment Department currently ranks 2nd internationally (QS World University Rankings 2014|).  A degree from the LSE carries prestige throughout the world.

- World-class academics

You will be taught by lecturers who are at the cutting edge of research. The Department was rated 1st in the UK for quality of published research (output) in the latest government-sponsored Research Assessment Exercise|. 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 in the Department 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 from the LSE’s Department of Geography and Environment have an excellent track record of employment. The most recent available data| shows that our undergraduates achieved an average starting salary of £29'300, with over 96% employed or continuing education within 6 months of graduation.

- Facilities for you

Students in the Department of Geography and Environment have their own quiet study room in the Department. Undergraduates also have their own common room – again located in the Department.  You will additionally 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

The 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

The 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. Recent past speakers include Kofi Annan, Tony Blair, 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 of 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 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 October 2015 is 1 September 2014. The last date for the receipt of applications to LSE to qualify for full and equal treatment is 15 January 2015 by 18.00 (GMT).

Please note - LSE do not participate in UCAS Extra, 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 1 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. 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|