Environment, law, economics
If you're looking for an intellectually challenging course that has many excellent career opportunities, Land Economy at Cambridge is for you.
|UCAS code||KL41 BA/LE
|Colleges||Available at all Colleges except Churchill, Corpus Christi, Emmanuel, King's and Peterhouse
|2013 entry||Applications per place: 4
Number accepted: 50
|Open days and events 2014||Department open day - 4 July, booking required, see the Department website
College open days (arts)
Cambridge Open Days - 3 July, 4 July 2013
|Contact details||01223 337147
A challenging combination
Law, economics, and their relationship to the built and natural environment are central to Land Economy, along with other areas such as business regulation, the financial aspects of real estate and international development.
The multidisciplinary nature of the course is particularly relevant in the twenty-first century where the environment, law and economics and the control of scarce resources affect the daily lives of people around the world.
Teaching and resources
Our lecturers are specialists in their own fields and include lawyers, economists, environmentalists, and experts in business, finance and quantitative methods. Many are involved in research projects of national and international concern.
We have dedicated lecture and seminar rooms equipped for both traditional and interactive lectures, and a comprehensive library. There's an extensive range of computing facilities, including an intranet store of wide-ranging teaching, careers and other useful information.
This degree differs from similar courses elsewhere because it's not wholly vocational - there's an emphasis on high intellectual and academic content, which appeals greatly to employers.
However, the degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and allows graduates to progress directly to the Assessment of Professional Competence to become a full member of the RICS. It also gives partial exemption from the academic requirements of the Bar Council and Law Society.
Exceptional employment prospects
The Department has one of the strongest records for graduate employment across the University – a reflection of its strong applied base and emphasis on the development of critical employment skills.
Our graduates go on to become lawyers, economists, civil servants, and to work for national and international agencies. Many go into financial, business or management careers, and others enter public service with local or national organisations or proceed to further education and research.
Teaching in the Department is a mix of lectures, seminars, project work, field trips and supervisions.
In a typical week, you can expect 10-15 hours of lectures and two supervisions.
Part IA provides the framework for later specialisation. You acquire a thorough grounding in the core disciplines of law and economics and are introduced to the multidisciplinary nature of the degree through four compulsory papers:
- The Public Sector: Institutional and Legal Frameworks
- Quantitative and Legal Methods for Land Economists
- Land Economy, Development and Sustainability
During your first year you develop a sound numerical base, computer literacy, and skills in oral presentation and report preparation.
Assessment is by written examination and through coursework and projects, including statistical exercises and oral presentations.
In Part IB, you can continue studying a broad range of law, environment and economics or choose to specialise more closely in one of the three disciplines. You take five papers, including at least one paper from a choice of two on law, and select your other four papers from a choice of six. Current options include:
- Environmental Economics and Law
- Fundamentals of Finance and Investment
- The Built Environment
- Land and Urban Economics
- The Law of Real Property: Principles, Policy, and Economic Implications
Assessment is through written examinations and coursework.
Part II continues the work of the second year, with further opportunity for breadth or depth. You're required to take four papers and submit a dissertation.
The four papers are chosen from a wide range of options, which currently includes:
- Law and Economics
- Landlord and Tenant Law
- Planning Policy and Practice
- Land, Food and Ecosystem Services
- Land Policy and Development Economics
- Advanced Techniques in Finance and Investment for Real Estate
You also write a 10,000 word dissertation on any aspect of the Department's work of your choosing. Dissertation topics have covered all the research interests of Departmental staff (including many with an international focus) and this is the opportunity to specialise in a topic that particularly interests you.
The choice is very broad and in the past students have written on, for example:
- land reform in Zimbabwe and Slovakia
- international regulations on marine pollution
- conservation in rural Cambridgeshire
- electronic transfers of land
- housing policies and brown-field sites
- a legal examination of the Palestinian right of self-determination
- analysis of crofters' rights in Scotland
- valuation of anchor tenants in retail developments
Typical offers require
A Level: A*AA
IB: 40-41 points, with 776 at Higher Level
For other qualifications, see our main Entrance requirements pages.
Essential No specific subjects
No particular subjects at A Level (or equivalent) are required for the Land Economy course but a combination of arts and science subjects is recommended. Economics, Mathematics and Geography are particularly useful. The only exceptions are as follows:
- At Hughes Hall, GCSE Mathematics is required.
- At Newnham, AS Level Mathematics is considered desirable.
Check College websites for College specific requirements. See also Entrance requirements and our Subject Matters leaflet for additional advice about general requirements for entry, qualifications and offers.
The table below sets out the ways in which each College assesses applicants for this subject. For more information about these methods of assessment and why we use them, see the main Admissions tests and written work page.
|College||Assessment of applicant for this subject|
|Churchill||Not available at this College|
|Clare||Preparatory study at interview|
|Corpus Christi||Not available at this College|
|Emmanuel||Not available at this College|
|Fitzwilliam||School/college essay; Written test prior to interview|
|Gonville & Caius||Interview only|
|Homerton||School/college essay; Preparatory study at interview|
|Hughes Hall||Interview only|
|Jesus||Preparatory study at interview|
|King's||Not available at this College|
|Lucy Cavendish||School/college essays; Test at interview|
|Magdalene||School/college essay; Preparatory study at interview|
|Murray Edwards||School/college essay; Preparatory study at interview|
|Newnham||School/college essays; Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)|
|Peterhouse||Not available at this College|
|Robinson||Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)|
|St Catharine's||Interview only|
|St Edmund's||One-hour essay test|
|St John's||Interview only|
|Selwyn||Preparatory study at interview|
|Sidney Sussex||Preparatory study at interview|
|Trinity||Preparatory study at interview|
|Trinity Hall||Interview only|
|Wolfson||School/college essay; Test at interview|
Find out more about Land Economy at Cambridge
- Course website - Explore Land Economy in more detail on the course website.
- Course FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about the Land Economy course.
- Course guide - A detailed guide to the Land Economy degree.
Improve your knowledge of Land Economy
- Preparatory reading - Guidance on preparatory reading for applicants interested in Land Economy.
Tools to help you with your Land Economy application
- Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) Preparation - Resources to help prepare for the TSA (required for Land Economy at some Colleges). Includes practice tests, suggested textbooks and further reading.
Land Economy and your future
- Career opportunities - Information about the careers opportunities available to you after studying Land Economy at Cambridge.
- Course accreditation - Information on the accreditation of the Land Economy degree by professional bodies.
The student experience
- Student profiles - Some current students describe their experience of studying Land Economy.
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