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Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Land Economy

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Land Economy at Cambridge 

Land Economy at Cambridge offers a challenging programme which provides a stimulating analysis of our environment. The core of the subject is the application of law and economics to the study of land and resources, encompassing the natural and built environments. Other disciplines (including history, geography and finance) are drawn upon and the subject includes topics such as real estate investment, international environmental regulation, town and country planning, development economics, and urban and regional economic analysis.

It is this inter-disciplinary analysis of the contemporary world which gives the subject its unique appeal. The three-year programme proceeds from foundation subjects in the first year through more specific principles and analytical tools to a variety of applications in urban and rural contexts. The final year dissertation affords an opportunity to study your own special interest in some depth. Recent dissertation topics include provision of affordable housing in England, balancing economic development with conservation of the Amazon rain forest, post-Tsunami recovery in a Malaysian fishing community, and aspects of the impact of EU agricultural policy in France.

Full detail about the structure and content of the course can be found at the Departmental website

Land Economy in Murray Edwards College 

We welcome around three undergraduate students in Land Economy each year.  Within the College as a whole this means we have around ten undergraduate students. 

Murray Edwards College has a long tradition of links with Land Economy: the former President of the college chaired the university's Board of Land Economy for many years. It also has a track record of success in the subject. Our students regularly appear towards the top of the class lists. In particular, Murray Edwards students have excelled in their third year dissertations, and often consider some very innovative and interesting subjects, including the property law system in Nigeria and a comparative analysis of constitutional law in the UK and Germany. These very strong results are testament to the hard work and commitment of Murray Edwards’ Land Economy students. Furthermore, Land Economy, as a modern subject focused on the contemporary world, sits well with the traditions of Murray Edwards College as a liberal, outgoing and academically adventurous college.

In common with many smaller subjects, Land Economy supervisions are arranged centrally. The Director of Studies in Land Economy at Murray Edwards (Dr. Emma Lees) is responsible for the oversight of those supervisions. In addition, the Department has many regular evening careers and academic events which prove very popular. Murray Edwards College hosts the Capitalism on the Edge series of talks and events which many Land Economy students find helpful and stimulating for their subject.

Our students speak highly of their experience. One comments:

'The wide range of topics to choose from means there is something for everybody who takes the Land Economy course. The relatively small intake of students makes it very easy to know everyone and there are plenty of land economists 'socials' happening throughout the year.'

Applying to study here

We look for students who are enthusiastic about their subject, motivated to learn more and have achieved highly in their examinations to date. There is no prescribed set of subjects at A-level or equivalent: entrants in recent years have held a variety of subject combinations. However, mathematics is particularly welcomed, and statistics, economics, and geography are all very useful subjects.

Prior to interviews, we usually ask for two pieces of recent marked essays or project work. These give a good indication of current academic performance and presentational skills. Some general reading of broadsheet newspapers and The Economist may be a useful preparation for the interview, but the most important advice is to listen and be open in response to the questions asked, and not to give prepared answers! At interview we will be looking for evidence an open mind, a willingness to learn, and a passion for economics, sustainable development, and regulation of land use. 

We usually set typical/standard offers at A level or equivalent ie usually A*AA.  Full details of the entry requirements and selection processes for Land Economy across all colleges can be found on the central University webpages.

Moving into your career 

Our students follow a wide range of careers when they leave: some will want to stay closely involved with their subject interest while others will be keen to apply the skills and attributes they have developed while studying here to a wide range of opportunities. Those who have studied Land Economy have recently taken up roles in real estate finance and the property sector, law, and NGOs. Graduates in Land Economy have one of the strongest employment records across the university. Employers recognise the high intellectual content of the course in addressing practical questions, and welcome the possession of interdisciplinary analytical skills, a high level of numeracy and general communication skills - all of which are integral to the three-year programme.

We support students in developing their skills and in exploring varied career options through our Murray Edwards Gateway Programme.

Find out more

Many students find it helpful to contact us by email or to visit us to find out more. You are welcome to do so.