Land Economy

  • UCAS Code: KL41 BA/LE
  • Campus Code: 4
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Places per year: 1-2

Land Economy is a multidisciplinary social science course, drawing on law, economics and other disciplines to study problems relating to the built and natural environments. As such, Land Economy comprises areas such as business studies, resource management, real estate finance, development economics, property law and environmental studies. Through conducting rigorous applied research and interacting with public and private stakeholders, the Department seeks to actively contribute to solving some of the twenty-first century’s most urgent problems such as climate change, resource scarcity, unequal socio-economic development and volatile financial and real estate markets. The Department of Land Economy has one of the strongest and most diverse employment records of its graduates in the University and is renowned for its strong research base, ranking at or near the top in the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment and subject-specific league tables such as the 2018 Times Good University Guide.

Course Overview

The subject addresses a wide range of issues from an applied multidisciplinary perspective: from financial analysis to housing economics; from forestry to real estate investment; from business law to environmental policy. The emphasis of the course tends to be on developed countries, primarily on the UK within an European context, although one option focuses particularly on less developed countries.

Graduates from Land Economy do well in the labour market, even compared with other Cambridge graduates. The diversity of the skills acquired during the course and the wide range of disciplines taught makes graduates of Land Economy very marketable. The course gives exemption from the written examination of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and about a third of graduates go into surveying, typically to the larger London firms of commercial surveyors. Some graduates in Land Economy move on to careers in banking, finance and consultancy, others go on to law, town and country planning, accountancy or research.

How You Learn

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 third year, undergraduates choose four papers from a wide range of topics, which in past years has included 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.

Typical Offer Conditions




41-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level


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Subject Requirements 





Written Work

Two school essays on any subject. For further information on submitting written work, please read our How to Apply page.

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