Professor John S L McCombie
Director of Studies
What exactly is Land Economy? The name does not do justice to the full range of disciplines and topics covered by the Tripos. If you are interested in a truly interdisciplinary applied social science course concentrating on many rural and urban issues, the environment, finance and investment analysis, law, and planning, to name a few, (drawing on the disciplines of Economics, Law, and Planning) then Land Economy is the course for you and Girton is the College at which to study it.
Two students are normally admitted each year at Girton. However, because of the small overall numbers in the Land Economy, you will quickly get to know most of the other undergraduates in the subject. You will have small group supervisions with them and there is the vibrant student Land Economy Society that organises many social events and also other Departmental-based events. Girton is one of friendliest Colleges and you will soon feel part of a wider intellectual community.
Land Economy is one of the smaller Triposes, admitting about 60 students per year in total and many Colleges admit only two or three students, although some take more. Over the last decade or so, however, Land Economy has been the fastest growing subject in the University, attesting to its popularity. There are no specific A-level subjects required to study the subject. For example, no previous knowledge of Law or Economics is assumed. By the end of the degree you will have a thorough grounding in these subjects. There is a particular emphasis on using these disciplines to analyse important policy issues including those relating to the environment and the built form, broadly defined.
The Department of Land Economy is the leading department in its field, coming top in the most recent UK research assessment rankings. You will be taught by, and get to know, the leading experts in the field.
Land Economy runs three MPhil courses that represent the breadth of topics covered by the subject; namely, Real Estate Finance, Environmental Policy, and Planning Growth and Regeneration and has a large number of PhD candidates.
Research and postgraduate students are admitted to the University by the Board of Graduate Studies. You must therefore apply centrally and not to the College, however you must be admitted to a College to be able to study at the University. To ensure that this is Girton you need to indicate this on your application form.
Graduates in Land Economy have one of the strongest employment records across the University. This reflects the recognition given by employers to the interdisciplinary nature of the Tripos that combines rigorous theory with a concern for understanding real world problems.
About a quarter of our graduates go into jobs in the property world, but the remainder are highly sought after by both business and the public sectors. The Tripos is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Law Society allows partial exemptions from its Common Professional Examination.
Mark Hanson is a Champion for the Class Gift initiative. He comments, ‘It has been inspiring to see Girton’s ambitious and thoughtful plans and meet some incredibly talented students at the college. The Class of ’85 bursary gift is a great way for our year to come together to support deserving students as part of Girton’s future plans’.