In the first year of the course, students concentrate on basic principles in economics, law and quantitative methods. There is also a paper on land, environment and structural change which introduces many of the practical problems that will be encountered in more detail later in the course. In their second year, students undertake five papers, which must include at least one law paper. A wide variety of papers is offered to undergraduates, including papers on environmental economics; law and policy; finance and investment analysis; the built environment and land and urban economies.
In their third year, undergraduates can choose to study papers ranging from landlord and tenant law, land use planning, agriculture, forestry and rural development, and land policy and development economics. Students also write a dissertation on a topic of their own choosing. This is an opportunity to delve more deeply into an area of interest and any topic within the broad range of the Department's work may be chosen. Guidance on topics is provided by the Director of Studies and the Department.
In a small Department, there is close contact between the lecturers and the students on the course. Teaching is a mixture of lectures and supervisions, and the Department has dedicated lecture rooms and employs modern teaching aids as well as the more traditional teaching methods. There are also field trips to illustrate work in lectures to areas such as London Docklands. Lectures are given by members of the Department of Land Economy, although other lecturers broaden the range of experience available. Supervisions are organised for all colleges together and are also given by members of the Department.