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Geography and Environment

Departmental website: lse.ac.uk/geographyAndEnvironment

Number of graduate students (full-time equivalent)
Research: 51

Number of faculty (full-time equivalent): 37

REF:  84 per cent of the Department's research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

Location: St Clement's

About the Department

As we attempt to improve human welfare and environmental quality, it is vital that we have a good understanding of the social, political and economic forces which shape development and social change in our interdependent global economy.

The Department of Geography and Environment at LSE is distinctive in that it concentrates on the social scientific aspects of geography and environmental studies, placing great emphasis on multidisciplinary teaching and research and focusing on policy-relevant work. We focus on the spatial dimensions of economic, social and environmental processes and problems.

Department research primarily takes place in three thematic clusters: Economic Geography and Regional Science; Environmental Economics and Policy; Urbanisation, Planning and Development. The clusters are closely associated with large externally-funded research centres: the ESRC Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (incorporating the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy), and the Latin America and Caribbean Centre respectively. Staff in each of these research clusters have responsibility for teaching specialist courses, ensuring that students benefit from the most up-to-date understanding of the issues involved.

MPhil/PhD programmes

The Department runs five PhD programmes in Economic Geography, Environmental Economics, Environmental Policy and Development, Human Geography and Urban Studies, and Regional and Urban Planning Studies. These five programmes reflect the range of expertise in the Department, which produces world class research in economic, urban and development geography, environmental social science and climate change. Like our staff, you will operate at the very highest academic level, and benefit from being at the forefront of research in your chosen field.

As part of your PhD training, you will take a range of compulsory and optional courses. Specifically, you will take core courses in human geography, economic geography, environmental economics or environmental policy (depending on your programme) as well as relevant specialist MSc-level courses to take you to the leading edge of your chosen discipline and topic. You can also select from courses offered by LSE's Department of Methodology to help you prepare for your research.

Research programmes

Taught programmes

The Department runs a joint degree with Sciences Po, Paris:



MPhil/PhD Human Geography and Urban Studies
MPhil/PhD Economic Geography
MPhil/PhD Environmental Economics
MPhil/PhD Environmental Policy and Development
MPhil/PhD Regional and Urban Planning
Visiting Research Students

Application code: L8ZG (Human Geography), L8EG (VRS), L7ZQ (Economic Geography), L7ZR (Environmental Economics), L7ZS (Environmental Policy and Development), L8ZR (Regional and Urban Planning), L8ER (VRS) (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017, January/April start for Visiting Research Students only 

Duration: 3-4 years (minimum 2), VRS up to 9 months (renewable)

Entry requirement: Taught master's degree, with a minimum mark of 65 and at least 70 in the dissertation, in a related discipline and a background in geography, economics or allied subjects

English requirement: Research

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: See Tuition fees

Financial support: LSE PhD studentships (see Financial support), ESRC funding (see ESRC)

Application deadline: 26 April 2017. However please note the funding deadlines: 9 January (LSE PhD Studentships & ESRC) and 26 April 2017 (LSE PhD Studentships). Selection for funding is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents