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Land Economics - Course Outline

Professional Training

This degree varies from similar course offered by other universities because it is not wholly vocational. There is special emphasis is laid upon high intellectual and academic content. This grabs employers' attention greatly. Nevertheless, the degree in land economics is recognized by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It enables students to progress directly to the assessment of professional competence to become a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It gives partial exclusion from the requirements of the law society and bar council.

Employment Opportunity

The department has very good records for graduate employment throughout the university. Employers recognize that a course in land economics equips students with the required skills and thorough understanding of highly relevant subjects. The department is aware of the financial demands made of students and daily examines the course options to make sure that their students are well prepared for the employment marketplace.

After completing the course, students get into various fields and become economists, lawyers, civil servants or they work for national and international agencies. Some of the students get into business, financial or management careers. Others enter public service with national and local organizations. The course provides students an exclusive platform where they get an opportunity to unfold their potentials. Some of the graduates continue further research and education. Whereas, others carry on the department's one-year M. Phil graduate programme. However, many students move on to other universities.

Course Requirements

There is no particular subject at 'A' level or equivalent is required for the degree in Land Economy course. However, a combination of science and arts subjects is recommended. Mathematics, Geography and Economics are particularly helpful. The exceptions are given as follows.

  • At Newnham, AS level Mathematics is considered desirable
  • At Hughes Hall, GCSE Mathematics is required
  • At Girton, A level Mathematics is required

Students are advised to check college websites for college requirements. They also see entrance requirements for entry, offers and qualification.

Course Outline

Part First 'A'

Year First

In the part first 'A', students gain complete grounding in the core disciplines of economics and law. They are introduced to the multidisciplinary nature of the course through four compulsory papers on:

  • Public Law
  • Economics
  • Accounting and Data Evaluation
  • Land Economy, Development and Sustainability

During their first year, students will enhance a sound numerical base, skills in oral presentation, computer literacy and skills in report preparation.

Part First 'B'

Year Second

Students will take following five papers in this part.

  • Minimum one paper from a choice of two on law
  • Minimum one paper from a choice of three on advanced economic applications
  • Three others from a choice of six. Current options may include papers on:
  • the built environment
  • finance and investment
  • land and urban economics
  • environmental policies
  • the relationship between law and economics

Part Second

Year Third Students need to take four papers and submit a dissertation. Students need to choose four papers from a broad range of options. Presently, the range includes:

  • Law of Property
  • Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development
  • Planning Law and Policy
  • Land Policy and Development Economics
  • Advanced Techniques in Investment and Finance for Real Estate

Students need to write a ten-thousand word dissertation on any feature of the department's work of their choice.


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