BA Geography

UCAS code: L702

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A A

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

For further details, see

Applications 2015:

First year students 2015:

If your interest in geography is mainly in the areas of society, economy and environment and you have no desire to pursue further studies in physical geography, then this broadly based programme should be ideal. 

First year:

Second year:

Third year:

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to exceptional circumstances or events outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses or programmes of study and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the page.

Programme details

First year

You study two compulsory courses: Introduction to Geography and Methods in Spatial and Social Analysis, and choose between Environmental Change: Past, Present and Future; Contemporary Europe; or Sustainable Development. Introduction to Geography provides students with an overview of geography at LSE, including key concepts in human geography, environmental geography and economic geography. You may select a fourth course from a range of other approved options available at LSE. Methods in Spatial and Social Analysis introduces a range of qualitative and quantitative research approaches and methods used in the construction of contemporary knowledge related to human geography and the environment. Environmental Change: Past, Present and Future focuses on developing an appreciation of the Planet Earth as the home of human societies. Contemporary Europe provides an introduction to society, economy and polity of contemporary Europe. Sustainable Development seeks to understand how the natural world is affected by development decisions. 

Second and third years

The second year core courses provide a thorough grounding in the key environmental, economic, social and political aspects of the discipline and form the basis for a range of more specialist third-year options. In particular, Research Techniques includes an overseas residential field trip and aims to prepare second-year students, who already have some grounding in social science methodology, to undertake individual research projects. You will also take three further geography and environment options, one of which may be an approved outside option.

In the third year, you complete your Independent Research Project and take three further geography and environment options.