Description of Geography

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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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15
Tuition fee
  • GBP 16392 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
Start date October  2015
Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 36 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

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. Please be aware that not all options are available every year.

First year:
  • Environment, Economy and Society
  • Methods in Spatial and Social Analysis
  • EitherEnvironmental Change: Past, Present and FutureorContemporary Europe or Sustainable Development
  • An approved outside option or another course from one of the three listed above
  • LSE100 (Lent term only)
Second year:
  • Research Techniques (Spatial, Social and Environmental)
  • LSE100 (Michaelmas term only)
  • Three further geography and environment options, one may be an approved outside option
Third year:
  • Independent Research Project
  • Three further geography and environment options

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Programme details First year

You study two core courses, Environment, Economy and Society and Methods in Spatial and Social Analysis, and choose between Environmental Change: Past, Present and Future, Contemporary Europe or Sustainable Development. Environment, Economy and Society provides students with an introduction to Geography 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. 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, 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 a field trip to New York and aims to prepare second year students, who already have some grounding in social science methodology, to undertake individual research projects. 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.

English Language Requirements

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Geography

  • 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

Work Experience for Geography

No work experience is required.

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