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This programme combines the two complementary fields of geography and economics. It offers the analytical rigour of economics, and applies this to real-life examples in human geography. This is a major/minor programme, with around 75 per cent of this programme in geography, and the remaining 25 per cent in economics.
Teaching on the programme is informed by the latest research in the field, and academic staff work with policy makers, the third sector, as well as big business, to apply academic insights to real-world processes. In your third year, you can choose to undertake an independent research project, which will allow you to apply your knowledge to a topic of your choosing.
London, United Kingdom
IELTS: 7 TOEFL: 100
The degree involves studying courses to the value of 12 units over three years, plus LSE100. You have the choice of undertaking an independent research project in your final year. Fieldwork is an important component of the programme and there is the option of an overseas fieldtrip as part of the second-year course Field Methods in Geography and Environment (see Fees and Funding section for details of costs).
You will take methodology courses, a geography course, and economics courses. You will also choose one course from a choice of three. In addition, you will also take LSE100.
(* denotes a half unit course)
This course provides a foundation to help students understand key microeconomic questions using a variety of approaches including quantitative methods.
This course provides a foundation to help students understand key macroeconomic questions using a variety of approaches including quantitative methods.
Quantitiative Methods (Mathematics)*
Develops the basic mathematical tools necessary for further study in economics and related disciplines.
Quantitative Methods (Statistics)*
Develops elementary statistical tools necessary for further study in management and economics.
Introduction to Geography
This course provides students with an introduction to Geography at LSE, including human, economic and environmental geography.
Introduces students to some of the most important economic, social, and political challenges Europe faces.
Examines how the natural world is affected by development decisions and how these decisions shape human development across geographical regions and socioeconomic groups.
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.
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.
In your second year, you take several compulsory courses in geography, a compulsory course in microeconomics, choose between microeconomics and econometrics and choose further geography and environment options to the value of one unit.
This intermediate-level course will help students understand key microeconomic questions and challenges and also evaluate possible solutions using a variety of approaches including quantitative methods.
One of the following two options:
This intermediate-level course will help students understand key macroeconomic questions and challenges and also evaluate possible solutions using a variety of approaches including quantitative methods.
Introduction to econometrics to teach students the theory and practice of empirical research in economics.
The Economic Geography of Trade, Production and Development*
Draws on ideas from international trade, international economics, development and regional economics to examine location and spatial analysis.
The Economics of Cities*
Focuses on urban economics, addressing the spatial form of cities and the division of national economic activity into cities.
Quantitative Methods in Geography and GIS*
Provides students with an introduction to quantitative methods for geographical analysis, specifically regression analysis and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
Field Methods in Geography and Environment*
Examines methods used in field-based geographical research, and helps prepare students to undertake individual research projects.
Geography and environment courses to the value of one unit
In the third year you take two compulsory half-unit courses in geography. You will then choose from a range of geography and economics options to the total value of three units, of which a maximum of two units can be from economics.
Firms and Economic Geography: Location, Technology and Innovation*
Develops theoretical and empirical understanding of spatial economic processes in order to study and evaluate a wide range of issues and policies.
The Economics of Housing Markets and Migration*
Course analyses how decisions made by individuals influence the distribution of economic activities across space.
Geography and/or economics courses to the value of three units
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.
AAA, including an A in Mathematics
We also consider your AS grades, if available
Contextual admissions A-level grades**
ABB, including an A in Mathematics
38 points overall, with 766 at higher level, including Mathematics
Contextual admissions IB grades**
36 points overall, with 665 at higher level, including 6 in Mathematics
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.
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.