As we attempt to improve human welfare and environmental quality, it is vital that we have a good understanding of the forces which shape development and social change in our interdependent world. To this end, geography at LSE focuses on understanding the social, economic, political and environmental aspects of geography with the objective of informing policy processes worldwide.
You will learn to understand the uneven nature of economic and social development and the varying characteristics of people's lives in different locations, and will develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of geographical information. In your third year, you will undertake an independent research project, which will allow you to apply your knowledge to a topic of your choosing.
This degree aims to produce highly skilled geographers, trained in many of the discipline’s core areas of expertise (urban, economic, political, environmental, and social geography), with reference to developed and developing countries. The analytical and communication skills you will develop will also be highly valued in many occupations and careers.
Students on this programme have the opportunity to receive a language specialism attached to their degree certificate and transcript. See the programme structure and courses section for details.
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The degree involves studying courses to the value of 12 units over three years, plus LSE100. You will undertake a dissertation in your final year. Fieldwork is an important component of the programme and there is the option of an international fieldtrip as part of the second-year course Field Methods in Geography (see Fees and Funding section for details of costs). You should be undertaking a minimum of 27 hours of independent study across all your courses.
Students who have taken and passed at least one language course in each year of their degree (i.e. 25% of their overall programme of study) will receive a language specialism attached to their degree certificate and transcript. Students must take all courses in the same language (French, Spanish, German, Mandarin or Russian) in order to qualify for the specialism. The three courses must also be consecutively harder in level, for example: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Students who choose language courses in each year according to these rules will receive a language specialism. Degree certificates which include a language specialism will state the language in the title, for example: BA Geography (with French).
(* denotes a half unit)
You will take two compulsory courses, and choose one course from a choice of four. For your fourth course you can choose from a range of approved outside options, including a language course, or take one more of the four courses listed below. In addition, you will also take LSE100.
Introduction to Geography
This course provides students with an introduction to geography at LSE, including human, economic and environmental geography.
Introduction to Geographical Research
Introduces students to the production of geographical and environmental knowledge, and methodological approaches for conducting research.
Human Geography and the City
Addresses the social, economic and political dimensions of urban geography by focusing on the intersection of people and place in London.
Courses to the value of one unit from a range of options
A half unit, running across Michaelmas and Lent Term in the first year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and is designed to build your capacity to tackle multidimensional problems through research-rich education.
The second year core courses provide a thorough grounding in geographical methods. You will also take a course in Pathways in Human Geography and further geography and environment options to the value of two units, one of which may be an approved language option.
Quantitative Methods in Geography and GIS*
Provides students with an introduction to quantitative methods for geographical analysis, specifically regression analysis and Geographical Information Systems
Field Methods in Geography*
Examines methods used in field-based geographical research, and helps prepare students to undertake individual research projects.
Pathways in Human Geography*
Topics to be discussed will be Imperialism, East and West; contemporary geopolitics; concepts of “home” and Patriarchy; material aspects of globalisation such as containerisation and shipping; non-economic aspects of agglomeration in cities; biopolitics and the geography of disease and viruses; the geography of affect or feelings; soundscapes and music.
Provides an introduction to political geography. Topics covered include power and states, nationalism, collective mobilisation and social movements, elections, and democratisation.
Urban Geography and Globalisation*
Offers a critical, human-geographical perspective on ‘global cities’, how these manifest in different parts of the world, how they matter for distinct realms of urban life, and how we can study features of global urban geography.
Economy, Society and Place*
Addresses questions focussing on the role of culture in nuancing class-based explanations of the relationship between people and place.
Geography and environment options to the value of two units (one may be an approved language option)
In the third year you will undertake a dissertation and take further geography and environment options of your choice to the value of three units.
You will undertake your own independent research project from start to finish on a geography topic of your choice, with guidance from your academic mentor.
Geography and environment options to the value of three units
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 always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that 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 events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.
You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience.
Below we list our entry requirements in terms of GCSEs, A-Levels (the entry requirements should be read alongside our A-level subject combinations information) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas.
We also consider your AS grades, if available.
Contextual admissions A-level grades**
38 points overall, including 766 at higher level
Contextual admissions IB grades**
36 points overall, including 665 at higher level
Every undergraduate student is charged a fee for each year of their programme.
The 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 does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.
You should expect to pay a contribution of approximately £500 towards your fieldtrip for the second year course Field Methods in Geography. There are fieldtrip bursaries available from the Department for students who can document financial need. An alternative field exercise will be undertaken by students who are unable to participate in the above one-week residential fieldtrip.
The 2023 tuition fee for new Home students has not yet been set. As a guide the 2022 fee for Home students is £9,250 per year. The Home student undergraduate fee may rise in line with inflation in subsequent years.
Quick Careers Facts for the Department of Geography and Environment
Median salary of our UG students six months after graduating: £28,000
Top 5 sectors our students work in:
The data was collected as part of the Graduate Outcomes survey, which is administered by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Graduates from 2018-19 were the second group to be asked to respond to Graduate Outcomes. Median salaries are calculated for respondents who are paid in UK pounds sterling and who were working in full-time employment.
Recent graduates from this programme have gone on to work in the areas of financial services, planning, consultancy, administration, marketing, development, teaching and further study.