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Land Economy

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.

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Students reading the Land Economy Tripos obtain in their first year a solid grounding in economics, including microeconomics and macroeconomics and areas of particular interest in relation to land, such as urban economics, regional economics, finance and investment analysis and environmental economics. Students also get a solid grounding in law. There are papers in Public Law and, in the second year, Law of Real Property, Private Law and Landlord and Tenant Law.

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The programme is rigorous. Students are introduced to complex theoretical debates and to their practical implications. There is also considerable scope for original research in the form of a third-year dissertation. It is not a programme of vocational training, yet it has the advantage of recognition by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors under a special partnership scheme. The course also carries part-exemption (by application) from the requirements of the Law Society.

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Academic Requirements

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, Geography and Law are particularly useful but not essential. The normal requirement is A*AA at A level.

See also Entrance requirements for additional advice about general requirements for entry, qualifications and offers.

Applicants for the Tripos are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and have a wide variety of goals. There is no stereotype and the Department has students with a mix of skills and interests. What matters is analytical ability, enthusiasm, wider exploration of the subject and a willingness to work hard.


Candidates who are invited to interview will be asked in advance to submit two marked essays or other written work. This should be in a related discipline which the candidate is studying/ has studied. At interview, engagement with and enthusiasm for the subject will be explored by the course Director of Studies and Admissions Tutor. Applicants will also sit a written assessment at interview.

The Director of Studies is Dr Zhaoyang Liu

Find out more about the Land Economy course on the department website and the University Undergraduate Prospectus.