Land Economy


Land Economy is the study of the use, development, and management of land and the environment. Its key disciplines are economics and law.

The Land Economy Tripos at Cambridge encourages students to develop an understanding of complex economic, political, and administrative questions: What influences the efficiency and profitability of industries dealing with the land, natural resources, and buildings? How should private development projects be balanced against conflicting social interests? What action should governments in poor countries take in the face of the explosive growth of urban areas and of rural poverty?

The first year of the Tripos provides an introduction to economics, business and administrative law, accounting and data evaluation, and a course on land, environment, and structural change within the UK. The second and third years build on these foundations and also allow students to specialise in areas which best suit their interests, skills, and planned careers. Options available in the third year, for example, include landlord and tenant law, land use, planning and agriculture, and forestry and rural development, among others.

Students who pass certain Tripos exams are exempted from the professional exams of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Similar opportunities exist for anyone who wishes to become a professional member of the Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers.

Land Economy is a small subject at Cambridge: the annual intake is only about 50, spread more or less uniformly over the colleges. Hence in any given year there are usually no more than two undergraduates reading the subject at Trinity. Because of this, and because the range of material taught is so wide, supervisions are organised in close cooperation with the Department of Land Economy, and students from different colleges are often supervised together.

Trinity’s Director of Studies in Land Economy is Andreas Kontoleon whose specialist interests are in Environmental economics, micro-econometrics, valuation, welfare economics, economic methodology. Applicants for Land Economy may expect to have a subject-based interview with Dr Kontoleon and a more general academic interview with a member of the Trinity Economics staff. While candidates taking A-levels in Economics or other quantitative subjects may be at some advantage, there are no school subjects that are prerequisites. The standard conditional offer is A*AA; comparable conditions are set for those taking the IB and other school-leaving examinations.

To learn more, please request a course brochure from the Undergraduate Secretary, Department of Land Economy, 19 Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9EP. You can also visit the Departmental website.

Teaching Staff

  • Dr Andreas Kontoleon

Admissions Assessment

All applicants for Land Economy are required to take a written assessment at interview, if interviewed.

Assessment format

Thinking Skills Assessment (Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; 90 minutes)

You do not need to register or be registered in advance for the assessment at interview – the College will provide details of arrangements in the emails inviting applicants to interview.

Please note that your performance in the assessment at interview will not be considered in isolation, but will be taken into account alongside the other elements of your application.


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