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The focus of geography at LSE is on spatial and location dimensions of economic, social and environmental processes and problems.
As we attempt to sustainably 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.
Recent graduates have gone on to work in the areas of financial services, planning, consultancy, administration, marketing, development, teaching and further study.
Features of LSE courses
The Geography and Environment Department brings together specialists from a number of different countries and disciplines. We are concerned primarily to improve understanding of the social, economic and environmental aspects of geography and inform the policy process. Many staff have specific regional interests - for example, in Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia.
Geography degree courses are structured to help you understand the uneven nature of economic and social development and the varying characteristics of people's lives in different locations, as well as to develop skills in the manipulation and evaluation of geographical information.
As part of your learning you will develop the analytical and communication skills necessary for many occupations and careers.
The core BA degree is a specialist degree designed for students who wish to focus on human geography either on its own or with some exposure to other social sciences taught at the School. The degree seeks to produce highly-trained geographers, skilled in economic, social and environmental geography with reference to developed and developing countries.
Our major/minor degrees allow you the option of mixing geography with a deeper understanding of economics.
* Environment, Economy and Society
* Methods in Spatial and Social Analysis
* EitherEnvironmental Change: Past, Present and FutureorContemporary Europe
* An approved outside option
* LSE100 (Lent Term only)
* Research Techniques (Spatial, Social and Environmental)
* LSE100 (Michaelmas Term only)
Three from: * Economy, Society and Space
* Location and Spatial Analysis
* Introduction to Development in the South
* Political Geographies, Policy and Space
* Environment: Science and Society
* Applied Environmental Economics
* London's Geographies: An Introduction to Cultural and Historical Geography
* An approved outside option
* Independent Research Project
Three from: * Theories of Regional Development and Change
* The Political Geography of Development and the South
* Urban Development: Politics, Policy and Planning
* The Geography of Gender: Global Perspectives
* Applied Location and Spatial Analysis
* Environmental Governance
* Environment and Development
* A second year geography and environment option
You study two core courses, Environment, Economy and Society and Methods in Spatial and Social Analysis, and choose between either Environmental Change: Past, Present and Future or Contemporary Europe. You may select a fourth course from a range of other approved options available at LSE. Second and third years
The second year core courses provide a thorough grounding in the key environmental, economic and social aspects of the discipline and form the basis for a range of more specialist third year options. In particular, Research Techniques helps to prepare you for undertaking the Independent Research Project in the third year. Your fourth course may be a geography and environment option, or a course from another department at LSE. In the third year you complete your Independent Research Project and take three further geography and environment options.
Course requirement: GCSE Mathematics, grade C or above Usual standard offer: A level: grades A A BInternational Baccalaureate: Diploma with 37 points including 6 6 6 at Higher level
Other qualifications are considered.
English language requirements
Although it is not necessary to have the required grade in an acceptable English Language qualification when you make your application to LSE, if you are made an offer of a place and English is not your mother tongue, it is likely that you would be asked to obtain an acceptable English Language qualification as a condition of your offer.
The following qualifications are acceptable to LSE:
* GCSE English Language with a grade B or better.
* International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) English as a First Language with a grade B or better including the Speaking and Listening coursework component (Edexcel) or grade 2 in the optional speaking test (CIE).
* International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) academic test with a score of 7.0 in all four components.
* Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 627 in the paper test including 5.5 in writing and 50 in TSE, or 107 in the internet based test with a minimum of 25 out of 30 in each of the four skills.
* Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with grade B or better.
* Cambridge Advanced Certificate of English (CACE) with a grade A.
* Cambridge English Language (1119) conducted overseas by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate: B4 or better.
* O level (1120 Brunei, 1125 Mauritius A, 1127 Singapore) grade B or better.
* Singapore Integrated Programme (IP) Secondary 4 English Language grade B or better.
* Pearson Test of English (General) with a distinction at level 5 in both the written and the oral test.
If students offer the IGCSE in English as a First Language or O level (other than those specified above) and have been educated in the medium of English during their five most recent years of study (prior to 1 September 2011), then we will accept the qualification as sufficient evidence of English Language proficiency.
Please note that test scores must be achieved from one sitting of the relevant qualification. We will not accept individual component scores from multiple tests
|CAE score:||80 (Grade A)|
|TOEFL paper-based test score:||627|
|TOEFL iBT® test:||107|
Financial support for 2011 entry
The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country. Government support, in the form of loans and grants, is available to UK and some EU students, while LSE provides generous financial support, in the form of bursaries and scholarships to UK, EU and overseas students.
for students from England
Student loan for maintenance
The student loan for maintenance helps students pay living costs during term times and holidays. The maximum loan available for students studying in London and living away from their parents' home is currently £6,928.
The means-tested maintenance grant (currently worth up to £2,906) also helps students with living expenses during their time at university. The amount a student is eligible to receive is assessed by Student Finance England. The grant does not have to be repaid.
Special Support Grant
The special support grant replaces the maintenance grant for some students who during the course of the academic year, meet the conditions for being a 'prescribed person' under the income support or housing benefit regulations. Students who are likely to qualify include:
* Single parents
* Other student parents if they have a partner who is also a student
* Students with certain disabilities
Other students may be eligible for the Special Support Grant. You don't necessarily have to receive or even have applied for Income Support or Housing Benefit.
for students from elsewhere in the UK
Different financial support packages are available for students from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Students from these countries should refer to one of the following websites:
Student Finance Wales
Student Awards Agency Scotland
Student Finance Northern Ireland
for EU students
Students from the EU are not usually eligible for UK Government financial support. However, EU nationals (or children of EU nationals) who have lived in the UK or islands for three years before the start of their course (ie, since 1 September 2008 for a course starting on 1 September 2011) may now qualify for a student loan and grants.
for overseas students
Students from outside the EU are not eligible to apply for UK Government funds. However, there is a range of funding available for overseas students from external agencies, bodies or your home government, details of which are available from your home government or nearest British Council office (or UKCISA (
LSE financial support
for UK students
The LSE Bursary is available for students from low-income backgrounds (from England and Wales) and is worth up to £7,500 over a three-year programme. The value of the LSE Bursary is linked to students' (or their family's) income levels, which will be assessed when calculating the maintenance grant. The maximum LSE Bursary of £2,500 per year is awarded to those students with the lowest residual income. These Bursaries do not have to be repaid.
LSE Discretionary Bursary
The LSE Discretionary Bursary is available for new LSE students (from the UK and the EU) who face exceptional financial needs, including, for example, caring responsibilities, financial need related to disability or an unavoidable requirement to live at home. The value of the award may vary according to need. These Bursaries do not have to be repaid.
Each year LSE awards a number of scholarships - funded by private or corporate donation - to UK applicants to the School. The number, value, eligibility criteria and type of awards vary from year to year. Awards are made on the basis of financial need and academic merit.
Four Stelios scholarships, currently worth £5,444 per year, are available for UK students applying for business subjects at LSE.
Access to Learning funds
Registered UK students from low-income households can apply directly to LSE for Access to Learning funds. These funds are designed for students who may need extra financial support for their course, and are provided by the Government to assist with living expenses.
for EU students
LSE Discretionary Bursary
The LSE discretionary bursary is available to EU students. For information about this bursary and how to apply, please see the section on LSE financial support for UK students.
LSE offers a number of undergraduate scholarships of varying amounts each year to EU students.
Six Stelios scholarships, currently worth £5,444 per year, are available for EU students applying for business subjects at LSE.
for overseas students
LSE undergraduate support scheme
The LSE undergraduate support scheme (USS) is designed to help overseas students who do not have the necessary funds to meet all their costs of study. In 2008, the School disbursed nearly £1 million in entrance awards available to self-financing students of all nationalities. This financial aid is available only for study at LSE. If you are made an offer of admission, we will advise you on how to apply to the USS online. This system is able to provide an immediate indication of an applicant's eligibility for assistance. In the first instance, you will be assessed on the basis of your financial circumstances. Awards are renewable for each year of your course. Applications will be considered between the end of February and the middle of August.
The School offers a limited number of undergraduate scholarships of varying amounts each year for overseas students.
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