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Undergraduate Course Guide



The Land Economy undergraduate degree is a three year honours degree programme which leads to the award of a Cambridge first degree (BA).  The Land Economy tripos focuses on law and economics, but includes aspects of the environment, business finance, and resource management. As you advance in your studies, you will have the opportunity to specialise and choose the subjects that are of the most interest to you. The programme is rigorous. Students are introduced to complex theoretical debates, and to their practical implications.


What is the “Tripos”?

Originally, “tripos” was the name of the three-legged stool that students sat on for their exams.  These days, we’ve moved on from stools, but the word has stuck. Now “tripos” at Cambridge refers to undergraduate degree courses.

The undergraduate degree is often called the “tripos,” referring to the tripos exams you must pass to complete the degree. In Land Economy, this is split into 3 years:


How do we teach?

Learn more about the array of lectures, supervisions, and seminars offered within the Department.


About the Department

Learn more about the Department facilities, including computing, library access, and ties across campus.


Additional course costs

Although these are available in both College and the SPS libraries, students may wish to purchase their own copies of core textbooks.

A number of optional field trips are offered, which may involve minor travel expenses for students wishing to take part.

The following items may be taken into the hall for Part IA examinations. They are not compulsory; however, the students may find themselves at a disadvantage if they do not have these for their exams.

  • A University-approved calculator (can be purchased from the Department for £14 (Casio fx115) or £35 (HP 10BII+), or purchased from elsewhere as long as the model complies with the Form & Conduct Notice).
  • Statute book (price depends on the specific book but usually ranges £15-£20).


Alternative Paths

For current Cambridge students wishing to change into Land Economy, or mature students interested in a career change, see Transfer and Affiliated Student.

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