Land Economy

Director of Studies: Professor John McCombie

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Land Economy is based on the two disciplines of economics and law. Details of the Tripos are given on the Departmental website. It will be seen there that the relationship of law and economics to resource management, regional and urban problems, and the natural and the built environment are core components of the Tripos.

With a total intake of about 55 undergraduates per year to the University, the Department is relatively small. With many supervisions being organised by the Department, undergraduates from one College are supervised alongside students from other Colleges. This, together with a thriving Land Economy Society, means that there is a very strong Departmental spirit amongst the students.

The Tripos gives partial exemption from legal professional requirements (Law Society and Bar Council) as well as accreditation the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Incorporated Society of Values and Auctioneers (ISVA). Land Economy has one of the best employment records throughout the University. The high intellectual content of the course is welcomed by employers, who also appreciate the way the Tripos concentrates on applying theory to real world problems. A large minority of Land Economy graduates go into the surveying profession, while the others obtain employment in a wide variety of professions, including the city and the Civil Service.


Student Profile

Mati has just completed his final year of Land Economy here at Christ's College, Cambridge. He has written about his experiences of studying Land Economy in this student profile. If you would like to read more accounts from Christ's students, please see the student profiles page. 

How to Apply

Details of the application process including the dates and deadlines are given on our how to apply page. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and school types, all over the world. If you will be applying from outside the UK, we recommend that you also read our dedicated section for international students.

Subject advice

Land Economy is based on the two disciplines of economics and law, however no prior knowledge of these subjects is assumed. There are no required subjects that you must take at A level, however if you are choosing your post-16 options, we advise that Economics, Geography, and Mathematics at A-level or equivalent can be helpful.

What the College is looking for are students with the highest intellectual ability, regardless of the subjects that they are taking at school.

Pre-interview Admissions Assessment

All students applying for Land Economy at Cambridge must sit a pre-interview admissions assessment called the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA). This will take place in your school, college or local testing centre on 30 October 2019. The same assessment is used regardless of which College you have applied to. 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. When applying, it is important to be aware of the registration and assessment dates:

  • All Land Economy applicants applying in 2019 must be registered to take the Thinking Skills Assessment by 18:00 UK time on 15 October 2019. See how to be 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 2019 sit the assessment on 30 October 2019.

Information about the assessment including example papers and subject content is available on the University Admissions website from March each year.


Applicants invited for interview in Cambridge are usually interviewed in very late November or early December. Applicants are given two interviews: one will include the Director of Studies, Professor John McCombie who is Director of the Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy in the Land Economy Department. Further, more general information about interviews (including two useful films) is available in the Cambridge interviews section.

We also hold interviews in a number of locations overseas. If this may be relevant for you, please see the international students section

Conditional Offers

For those selected for a conditional offer at Christ’s, the precise conditions are assessed individually. The typical offer is A*AA at A-level, 42 points overall in the IB with 7,7,6 in Higher Level subjects, or the equivalent for other examination systems.  The international students section has further information about typical offers for other qualifications.

If you will have already finished school when you apply, please see the page for post-qualification applications.



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.

Preparing for the TSA Cambridge

Practice tests, TSA specification and further reading.

Discover Land Economy 

The Land Economy department blog for students who are considering an application.


Further information

If you are able to come to a College Open Day, we will be glad to tell you more about Christ's and studying Land Economy here in person. If you are not able to come, please feel free to email any queries you have to the Christ's admissions team:


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