This degree is for students who wish to study Geography and Economics, with a special focus on the ways in which space, environment, and economics interact. The program takes advantage of both the challenging and highly regarded training in economics available at the LSE and the world-class expertise in economic geography, urban planning, environmental economics and regional development available at 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.
Introduction from the Programme Director, Dr Neil Lee:
The BSc encourages development of core knowledge and skills, while also 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 its second and third years with the possibility for students to pursue an independent research project in the final year.
The BSc in 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.
For degree overview and entry requirements please see the Undergraduate Prospectus.
For programme structure and links to course guides and indicative reading lists, please see the BSc Geography with Economics calendar entry.
We also offer the following programmes:
BSc Environment and Development
BSc Environmental Policy 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 out of 71 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide 2014). A degree from the LSE is prestigious – both in the UK and internationally.
- World-class academics
You will be taught by academics who are at the cutting edge of research. The LSE ranks 3rd out of 116 universities in the UK in the last government-sponsored Research Assessment Exercise. Testament to the calibre of the Department’s research, and its real world policy relevance, is the fact that our staff regularly provide advice to governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Staff in the department have links with leading research institutes such as the Spatial Economics Research Centre, the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change. 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.
- Best career prospects in the UK
Graduates from the LSE’s Department of Geography and Environment have an excellent track record of employment. According to the Complete University Guide 2014, our graduate prospects are rated as 91/100, which is the very best score of any of the UK’s Geography and Environmental Science departments. Indeed, our score is a full 13 points ahead of Cambridge, 15 ahead of UCL, and 27 more than both Oxford and Queen Mary!
- Facilities for you
Students in the Department of Geography and Environment have their own quiet study room and access to the Undergraduates' common room. You will also 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.
- 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 Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Milton Friedman, 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. Paper applications will not be available for applications for entry in 2014. Applicants can contact UCAS at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
For applications for admission in October 2014, the UCAS office opens in September 2013. The last date for the receipt of applications to LSE to qualify for full and equal treatment is 15 January 2014
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.