Teaching in the Department is a mixture of lectures, seminars, project work, field trips and supervisions. Our students are encouraged to ask questions and participate in order to achieve genuine two-way communication. We have dedicated lecture and seminar rooms equipped for both traditional and interactive lectures.
Lectures are your starting point for engaging with course material. Taught in the Department, these large-group sessions bring together all Land Economy students.
The member of academic staff leading the lecture will introduce ideas, outline theories, or guide you to questions or points of interest for your readings.
The hallmark of Cambridge education, supervisions involve very small group teaching, with the emphasis on discussion, problem solving and direct interaction between staff and students. Typically with just 2-6 other students, supervisions are more personal than lectures. You will sit down with a member of staff from Land Economy and have the opportunity to discuss an essay or problem set you’ve completed, dig deeper into the course material, and ask any questions you may have. Although these small-group discussions may seem intimidating at first, they are a fantastic chance to catch up, to jump ahead, or just to have a chat with some of the top experts in the field.
The Department runs a seminar series each term, introducing topics like qualitative planning and design, or discussing a timely issue like the effects of the Right to Buy scheme. The Department invites external speakers from all over the world to lead seminars in their particular area of expertise. Students have the chance to learn from these leading experts, as well as engage in discussion following the talk. More information on upcoming seminars
Director of Studies
In addition to the supervision system, we have several support systems in place to make sure that you are in the best position to succeed at Cambridge. When you have questions or concerns, whether about your paper, your work load, or your course choices for next year, there is someone for you to talk to.
Your Director of Studies is one of two people you will meet in your college on your first day at Cambridge. To put it simply, your Director of Studies, or DoS, as they are commonly known at Cambridge, is responsible for your academic well-being. There is one DoS at each college for each subject. This means that your DoS will look after you, as well as all the other Land Economy students at your college. Your DoS will organise supervisions, offer academic advice, and generally be your go-to person for information on Land Economy at your college.