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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 Land Economy 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, including the course film. You will also find information on the Department of Land Economy degree page. If you have further questions, please contact

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 Kelvin MacDonald 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 Land Economy students, bolstered by the thriving Land Society.

What do our students think?

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Hannah and Mati study Land Economy here at Christ's College. They have written about their experiences in their student profiles.

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.

  • If you are considering an application in October 2024 for October 2025 (or deferred Oct 26) entry, we recommend that you sign up for the next College Open Day, which will include a Land Economy subject meeting.
  • There is no Admissions Assessment for Land Economy.

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.

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.


If we invite you for interviews, these usually take place in early December. At Christ's we continue do all of our interviews online, as we have done for the last three years. You can have your interviews either at home (most applicants do this) or at school (if easier). Those invited for interviews are normally interviewed for 35-50 minutes in total. At Christ’s, we usually split the time into two interviews with academics in Land Economy. 

Further, more general information about interviews (including two useful films) is available in the Cambridge interviews section, and it's worth also having a look at supervisions (short film here), as interviews are similar to what you do every week as a Cambridge student.


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:

If you're taking another qualification, we expect you to be working at or close to the top of the mark range i.e.

You can look up other qualifications in the offer levels for other exam systems and international entry requirements, and if you are applying from outside the UK please read the Christ's international students section for further information and check the country pages.

If you will have finished school when you apply, please also read about post-qualification applications, taking a gap year, and, if relevant, applying from a university.


Helpful resources

Reading suggestionsAs 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 ActivitiesThings you can do outside school to develop your interest in Land Economy
Discover Land EconomyAn introduction to Land Economy at Cambridge
HE+ Land EconomyWebsite for secondary school students who would like to explore.
CamGuidesIntroducing 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

Our open days and events page advertises regular online opportunities as well as events you can attend in Cambridge. If you can, sign up for a College Open Day (our October, February and September events normally include a meeting with a subject specialist). Between February and August we run regular webinars:

  • Subject Matters: The importance of post-16 subject choices (this one is also run Sept - Nov)
  • Cambridge for Beginners
  • Christ's College: A look at the Grounds and Facilities
  • Personal Statements and preparing for an application

Further subject-specific opportunities you might wish to consider include Subject Masterclasses organised by Cambridge Admissions Office, and subject-specific talks in the July Cambridge Open Days. If you are a UK student from a background where there is little tradition of entry to Higher Education, you can apply to attend a Sutton Trust Summer School in Land Economy or to shadow a current undergraduate studying Land Economy via the Cambridge SU Shadowing Scheme (do be aware that there's a high proportion of applicants to places for both of these last two opportunities so please don't be discouraged if you don't get a place).


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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