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BSc Geography with Economics


UCAS code: L7L1

Programme requirement:
A level Mathematics at grade A or International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 6 at Higher level Mathematics

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A A including an A in Mathematics

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level (to include Mathematics)

Other qualifications are considered

For further details see lse.ac.uk/ug/apply/env

Applications 2014:

First year students 2014:

This major-minor degree is a tightly focused programme which will help you to develop a coherent understanding of both disciplines.

First year:

(* half unit)

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.

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Programme details

First year

Your first year combines core courses in human geography, economics and mathematics/statistics with options in European geography, research methods or environmental change. You have the choice of either Economics A or Economics B. Economics A provides a foundation in economics, primarily to those without significant background in the subject. Economics B is an introductory course in microeconomics and macroeconomics. Environment, Economy and Society provides students with an introduction to geography at LSE. Quantitative Methods (Statistics) and Quantitative Methods (Mathematics) develop the statistical tools needed for research and employment in economics and related disciplines.

You also have the choice of Methods in Spatial and Social Analysis; Contemporary Europe; Environmental Change: Past, Present and Future; or Sustainable Development. Methods in Spatial and Social Analysis introduces a range of qualitative and quantitative research approaches and methods used in contemporary human geography and environmental studies. Contemporary Europe provides an introduction to the society, economy and polity of contemporary Europe. Environmental Change: Past, Present and Future focuses on developing an appreciation of the Planet Earth as the home of human societies. Sustainable Development seeks to understand how the natural world is affected by development decisions.

Second and third years

In your second year, you take one compulsory course in geography, a compulsory course in microeconomics and two from a range of geography and environment options. Microeconomic Principles I is an intermediate course in microeconomic analysis. Urban and Spatial Economic Analysis I provides a theoretical and empirical understanding of spatial economic processes and how these influence the behaviour of firms and households and the wider economy. 

In the third year you take one compulsory course in macroeconomics and a compulsory course in geography. Macroeconomic Principles is an intermediate course in macroeconomic analysis. Urban and Spatial Economic Analysis II develops a theoretical and empirical understanding of spatial economic processes. You also choose two options from a list of geography and environment or economics courses.