Land Economy

Fitzwilliam has an excellent reputation in Land Economy - we admit around five students each year. Our results are pleasingly impressive; in 2015, one of our final year students achieved a starred first and came top of the Tripos across the University. Thanks to our well-stocked College library, and to the generosity of past students, we are able to give all our students their core text books to keep for the year. We have a subsidised College Land Economy field trip every year we can arrange it - recent destinations include Abu Dhabi, Fez, Dublin and Rome.

Course structure

The Land Economy course offers an intellectually challenging programme and a qualification that opens up many career opportunities. The relationship of law and economics to resource management and the natural and built environments forms the heart of the course, but other related topics are explored, such as principles of business regulation, financial aspects of real estate, public policy analysis and issues of international development. Watch a short video about Land Economy on the University's YouTube channel >>

The first year provides a foundation for the programme of study, including courses in economics, law and data analysis, and an introduction to elements of land economy and the determinants of land use patterns. The second and third years offer choices within a broad range of courses, dealing with basic principles and practical applications in both private and public land use decision-making.  Assessment is by written examination and course work, with a dissertation in the final year. Recent dissertation topics include land reform in Zimbabwe, housing policy in the Lake District, regeneration in Liverpool, environmental economic modelling, impacts of new planning laws in England, and ownership of the waves and foreshore in Fiji.


The subject is relevant to the contemporary world, in which environmental management and the use of scarce resources have a profound impact upon all of us. The distinctive multi-disciplinary nature of the course attracts students with different interests and diverse backgrounds. Arts or sciences (or a mixture) are equally acceptable: previous study of law or economics is not required. The typical A Level offer at is A*AA. The typical IB offer is 40-42 points with 776 at Higher Level.

Applicants will be required to submit one piece of written work as part of their application.

Applicants are also required to take the Land Economy admissions written assessment, if invited for interview. More information can be found on the University website

The Cameron Society

Fitzwilliam's connections with Land Economy have a long and glorious history - Professor Gordon Cameron was an influential and modernising Professor of Land Economy from 1980 until his death in 1990, and was also Master of Fitzwilliam College from 1988. It is in his honour that the Fitzwilliam Land Economy Society is named. The Cameron Society provides a focus for extra-curricular academic and social events within College, bringing speakers to talk on issues of interest and offering subsidised field trips that are course-related. We are also delighted that Fitzwilliam Land Economists remain connected with The Cameron Society after graduation, offering our current students valuable contacts and advice.

Essay Competition

Fitzwilliam runs an annual essay competition for lower sixth form (year 12) students.  Questions are usually published online during Michaelmas (autumn) term. Questions and results for the 2015-16 competition can be viewed here.

Life after Cambridge

Land Economy graduates have one of the strongest employment records across the University, reflecting the emphasis on interdisciplinary analysis of real issues and on important generic skills. Employers welcome the high intellectual and academic content of the course in addressing practical questions. Success in the programme brings possibilities of fast-tracking, or partial exemption from examinations, for various professional bodies, including The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Bar Council and the Law Society. Many graduates go into financial, business or management careers, and others enter public service with national or international organisations.

More information

Department of Land Economy website.

Director of Studies

Dr Emma Lees >>


  • Dr Emma Lees
    | Subject:
    Land Economy
    Dean|Environmental Officer|Director of Studies, Land Economy
    Research: Property Law; Environmental Law and Public and European Law