Land Economy at Cambridge
A challenging combination
Law, economics, and their relationship to the built and natural environments 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 field and include lawyers, economists, planners and experts in environmental policy, finance and quantitative methods. Many are involved in research projects of national and international concern.
The Department has a comprehensive library and an extensive range of computing facilities, including an intranet store of wide-ranging teaching, careers and other useful information.
Additional course costs
All students are required to have a University approved calculator (c£35), and students are encouraged to purchase their own copies of the core textbook for several papers – please request details from the Department (see fact file, right). A number of optional field trips are offered, which may involve minor travel expenses for students wishing to take part (please request details from the Department).
To be able to change course, you need the agreement of your College that any change is in your educational interests, and you must have the necessary background in the subject to which you wish to change – in some cases you may be required to undertake some catch-up work or take up the new course from the start/an earlier year. If you think you may wish to change course, we encourage you to contact a College admissions office for advice. You should also consider if/how changing course may affect any financial support arrangements.
This degree differs from similar courses (such as Town Planning) offered elsewhere because it’s not wholly vocational, and the emphasis is on intellectual and academic content which appeals greatly to employers.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 can also give partial exemption from the academic requirements of the Bar Council and Law Society for those intending to be lawyers. An appropriate combination of papers is required in each case.
Exceptional employment prospects
The Department has one of the strongest records for graduate employment across the University; a reflection of its focus on topics relevant to real-world problems, and its emphasis on the development of a broad range of skills.
Our graduates go on to become lawyers, economists, civil servants, and to work for national and international agencies. Many go into financial or business careers, and others enter public service with local or national organisations, or proceed to further study and research.