Clare College Cambridge

Studying Land Economy


Undergraduates may read Land Economy for one, two or three years. The coursework progresses from basic principles (particularly those drawn from economics and law) in the first year, to more advanced analysis and vocational applications in the second and third years. In their first year (Part IA) all students take introductory courses in economics, public law, accounting and data evaluation, as well as a topics course on land, environment and structural change in the United Kingdom. In the second year, those who have completed the Land Economy IA Course must take an advanced economic theory paper, a law paper and three others from a range of six on offer. Others beginning Land Economy in the second year must take the accounting and data evaluation course (unless specifically exempted), a law paper, an advanced economic theory paper and two others.

In the third year students have the maximum freedom to select those courses which most suit their interests, skills and professional objectives. Four papers and a dissertation have to be offered. The coursework is supplemented by field trips within the United Kingdom. Recent visits have included an examination of the role of a major shopping centre in a new town, the redevelopment of the London Docklands, the economics and management of public and private forests, and the effectiveness of the public inquiry system.

Land Economy can form an undergraduate preparation for the professions of lawyer, in the Civil Service or in urban and regional planning and chartered surveying, and is now recognised as a preeminent qualification for a career in environmental protection, business or management. The Land Economy Tripos gives partial exemption from the professional requirements of the Bar Council and Law Society (for intending barristers and solicitors) and is recongised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors under a special partnership agreement, which allows graduates to proceed directly to the Institution's assessment of professional competence to become fully qualified professional chartered surveyors.


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