Land Economy

Land Economy looks at the role and use of land, real estate and environment within an economy. An intellectually-challenging subject, it’s based on economics and law and explores how both combine to support the way our natural and built environments interact.

Why Study Land Economy at Christ's?

The Land Economy degree offers one of the best employment records across the University. The course’s high intellectual content and its focus on applying theory to real-world problems mean you graduate equipped with very sought-after skills.

The Land Economy alumni association can offer valuable advice on future career options. Many LE graduates become chartered surveyors, while others go on to work in a wide range of professions including the City, the Civil Service, management consultancy, planning, teaching and law.

Course structure and content

The Land Economy course (or ‘tripos’) is a three-year degree. Please visit the University website for full details of the Land Economy course content and structure.

Taking this degree gives you partial exemption from the legal professional requirements of The Law Society and The Bar Council, as well as accreditation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Incorporated Society of Values and Auctioneers (ISVA).


The Department of Land Economy (five minutes’ walk away) organises your lectures and Christ’s Director of Studies Professor John McCombie arranges your ‘supervisions’ here at the College. These are tutorial teaching sessions in small groups, usually with students from other colleges, which enable you to benefit from personalised feedback on your work.

Each year this course admits around 55 undergraduates across the University. Although the department is fairly small, there’s a strong community spirit among LE students, bolstered by the thriving Land Society.

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What do our students think?

Mati studies Land Economy here at Christ's College. He has written about his experiences in his student profile.

If you would like to hear from other Christ's students, please watch the Christ's student Q&A film, and visit our Student Profiles page.

How to apply

Visit How to Apply for full details and a timeline of the application process. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and school types, all over the world. If you're applying from outside the UK, please read our international students section.


27 Aug: The date of the pre-interview Admissions Assessment for Land Economy has changed from 4 Nov to Thursday 5 November as part of the Covid 19 updates. Further information below.

July: University-wide statement: In order to minimise Covid-related risks to our applicants, students and staff in the coming undergraduate admissions round, we are making plans to interview applicants this year without requiring them to travel to Cambridge in December. We will release further details about alternative arrangements as soon as we can.

At Christ's we have a page for Coronavirus disruptions and applying this year - we recommend reading and then keeping an eye on it.

Subjects: what do you need?

Land Economy is based on economics and law, but we don’t expect you to have previous knowledge of these. We’re looking for students with the highest intellectual ability. We don’t require you to take any subjects in particular, but when choosing your post-16 options, Economics, Geography and Mathematics would be helpful.

Pre-interview admissions assessment

All applicants for Land Economy at Cambridge must sit a pre-interview admissions assessment called the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) . For students applying in 2020, this will take place in your school, college or local testing centre on 5 November 2020. The TSA examines your academic abilities, knowledge-base and potential, and forms part of our holistic admissions process: there is no set score that we are looking for. The same assessment is used regardless of which College you have applied to.

When applying, please be aware of the registration and assessment dates.

  • All Land Economy applicants applying in 2020 must be registered to take the Thinking Skills Assessment by 18:00 UK time on 15 October 2020 - How to get registered.
    Please note that open centres may set an earlier deadline for accepting entries, and it is your responsibility to check if this applies at your centre.
  • All Land Economy applicants applying in 2020 sit the assessment on 5 November 2020 (updated date).
  • Please read the information about Covid 19 updates for pre-interview Admissions Assessments.

Information about the assessment including example papers and subject content is available on the University Admissions website from March each year, and further advice is available in the resources section below.

Written work

After we receive your application, we ask you to send us one essay that you feel accurately reflects your abilities and interests. This should be work you've done during the normal course of your studies and already marked by a teacher. We recommend you keep a copy for your own reference as we may discuss it at interview.

We publish full guidelines on written work in the Current Applicants section on 20 September each year.


University-wide statement: In order to minimise Covid-related risks to our applicants, students and staff in the coming undergraduate admissions round, we are making plans to interview applicants this year without requiring them to travel to Cambridge in December. We will release further details about alternative arrangements as soon as we can. This does mean that there may be changes to the details of interviews below (which sets out what normally happens).

If we invite you for interview in Cambridge, you usually have two interviews in late November or early December. One will be with Christ’s Director of Studies Professor John McCombie, who is Director of the Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy in the Land Economy Department.

Read the information and watch the short films on Cambridge admissions interviews for an idea of what to expect when you come. We also hold interviews in various locations overseas for international students.


At Christ's we don’t have fixed quotas for places, so the number of students we admit in any year depends on the strengths of the applicants. In Land Economy, we admit around two students each year.

We define the conditions of each offer individually, but our typical conditional offer is:

  • A*AA at A-level
  • 42 points overall in the International Baccalaureate with 7,7,6 in Higher Level subjects
  • If you're taking another qualification, we expect you to be working at or close to the top of the mark range i.e.
    • Option Internationale du Baccalaureat: at least 17/20 overall, with 17 or 18 in relevant subjects
    • European Baccalaureate: at least 85% overall, with 9/10 in relevant subjects

Read about offer levels in other exam systems and international entrance requirements.

If you will have finished school when you apply, read about post-qualification applications

Helpful resources

Reading suggestions As Land Economy is a course that you start new at university, it is a good idea to do some reading to get a sense of the material you can cover in the degree and whether you will enjoy studying it.
Supercurricular Activities Things you can do outside school to develop your interest in Land Economy
Preparing for the TSA Cambridge Practice tests, TSA specification and further reading
Discover Land Economy An introduction to Land Economy at Cambridge
CamGuides Introducing the academic and information skills that you will need during your studies, as well as how and where you be working.


Come to an open day or Online Event

Online events: Our open days and events page advertises online opportunities as well as events you can attend in Cambridge.

If you’d like to find out more about Christ’s and discuss the Land Economy course in person, book to come along to a College Open Day.


Need more information?

For more detail of what the course involves, read Undergraduate Land Economy admissions on the University website and visit the Department of Land Economy site too.

If you have any queries, please send them to and we’ll help however we can.


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