Land Economy


The Department of Land Economy is a leading international centre, providing a full programme of taught courses within an intensive, research-oriented environment. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment, 50% of the Department's research work was described as "World Leading" and a further 38% as "Internationally Excellent".

Environment, Law and Economics

The undergraduate degree in Land Economy offers students the opportunity to build valuable skill sets, study some of the key issues of our time, and cultivate excellent career opportunities. If you are looking for a degree that will give you an intellectual challenge and a wide breadth of career opportunities, this is it.

Law, economics and their relationship to the built and natural environment are at the heart of this course. In addition to these core areas, the issues studied on the degree have real-world applications and international scope. As you discover your areas of interest, you will also have the chance to explore real-world issues like:

  • Environmental protection
  • City Planning
  • The principles of business regulation
  • The financial aspects of real estate
  • International development
  • Financial regulation
  • Principles of public and private institutions
  • Mechanisms of the European Union

Homerton has a tradition of taking between four and six highly motivated students who are interested in Land Economy. Dr MacKenzie is a lawyer with particular interests in international and international environmental law. The College Library holds over 40,000 books, including those most relevant to this subject, and stock is continually updated. The Library also provides a pleasant study area. We normally ask to see two marked school essays from all applicants but this can be flexible. There are no specific required subjects for this tripos.


The subject interview, which is conducted by Dr MacKenzie, will explore the extent to which students can think logically about a legal, economic or social issue of relevance to Land Economy. The breadth of the subject matter which Land Economy embraces means that many different questions could be asked, but the guiding principle is that the questions will always be about real world issues and what a study of economics, law and the environment can add to our capacity to find relevant answers. 

Students also have a more general academic interview. This is intended to let us find out more about your motivation in applying for Land Economy at Cambridge, your aptitude for the course, and the maturity of your approach towards academic work.

Director Of Studies:

Application is the same as for other subjects

  • A Level: A*AA
  • IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level

and a wide variety of other equivalent qualifications from around the world. See university webpages for more details on these.

Course requirements

Land Economy has no essential subect requirements but Economics, Mathematics, or Geography would be useful to a Land Economist

Admission assessment

All applicants for Land Economy are required to take the pre-interview written assessment for Land Economy at an authorised centre local to them (for a lot of applicants, this will be their school/college). This will be the Thinking Skills Assessment (Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; 90 minutes) or TSA.

You must be registered in advance (separately from your UCAS application) to take the assessment, the registration deadline is 15 October. Your assessment centre must register you for the pre-interview assessment; you’re not able to register yourself. See the pre-interview written assessments page for information about assessment centres, registration deadline and date of the assessment. Please check the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website  for scheduled start times. Please note that your performance in the pre-interview assessment will not be considered in isolation, but will be taken into account alongside the other elements of your application.