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Application code:FK84

BSc Environment and Sustainable Development

Examine challenging issues around sustainable development and environmental protection. Study in a world-renowned geography department – rated top in the UK.
BSc Environment and Sustainable Development at LSE



How can we reconcile economic development and environmental protection? Is globalisation bad for the environment? Why is it so difficult to address the challenges of sustainable development? These are just some of the tough questions you’ll tackle on this stimulating programme.

You’ll examine the nature, drivers and politics of sustainable and unsustainable development and look at the relationship between environmental change and human wellbeing and development. As you progress, you’ll develop the skills needed for environment and development policy and analysis.

Unlike many university courses, this programme explores these issues from a social sciences as well as a natural sciences perspective. Our teaching team brings together the world’s leading geographers and social scientists, so you’ll learn about environmental issues and sustainable development from many different viewpoints.

Across all years, you’ll have the flexibility to pursue your chosen interests and options. You can also take part in a field trip, usually overseas, in the second year.

Entry requirements

Here, you can check our entry requirements for GCSEs, A-levels (please read them alongside our information about subject combinations) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also consider applications from students with a range of other UK qualifications and from overseas. Please select the overseas button below and choose your country from the dropdown list to find the equivalency to A-levels of your qualification.


We welcome students from all walks of life at LSE. We want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation. So, whatever your background, please do apply. Get all the details on our general entry requirements.

Competition for places at LSE is high. We cannot guarantee you an offer of a place even if you’re predicted or achieve our standard entry requirements.

Our standard offer requirements are intended only as a guide and, in some cases, you’ll be asked for different grades.

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Student stories

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Studying Environment and Development at LSE has provided me with tangible and interpersonal skills that are essential for navigating life beyond university
Thu Nga (Emily) Nguyen, BSc Environment and Sustainable Development

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We consider each application carefully, taking into account all the details you’ve included on your UCAS form, such as:

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although this is not needed at the application stage. See our English language requirements page.


Fees and funding

The table of fees shows the latest tuition fees for all programmes.

You're charged a fee for each year of your programme. Your tuition fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It doesn't cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.


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Graduate destinations


Recent graduates have gone on to work in all areas of environmental policy and economics at the local, national and international level, whether in the public sector for government departments and agencies, in the private sector for industry and environmental/management consultancies, or in the NGO sector for pressure groups and think tanks. A number of recent graduates have also gone on to further study at graduate level.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

Median salary of our undergraduate students 15 months after graduating:


Top 3 sectors our students work in:

Government, Public Sector and Policy
Financial and Professional Services
FMCG, Manufacturing and Retail

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