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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

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Postgraduate courses


The Department offers a range of options for postgraduate study.

Masters Programmes

The Department offers five Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degrees, which are all intensive masters level courses.  The term M.Phil. is used by Cambridge for one year masters courses and is equivalent to an MSc at a different institution.  All our M.Phil. courses are currently full time.

 Our three taught masters courses are all 10 months in duration.  Students are required to undertake eight modules and a 12,000 word dissertation.  Whilst modules are shared across all three courses, each course specialises in a specific area and has different core requirements.

The Department also offers a part-time Real Estate Masters Programme. The Master of Studies in real Estate (MSt) is a two year, part time route to  Masters qualification.

MPhil in Real Estate Finance

Aimed at those wishing to study theoretical and practical finance, investment and law as applied to the global commercial real estate market. The course combines elements of finance, economics and law for real estate professionals.

MPhil in Environmental Policy

Aimed at those wishing to develop the skills required for successful design, implementation and assessment of environmental policies in a variety of settings, combining environmental economics and environmental law and regulation.

MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration

Aimed at those wishing to focus on planning and development issues in modern society. The course combines elements of policy, economics, law and planning. 


We also offer two research based masters degrees. These degrees are particularly aimed at students who wish to proceed to research at doctoral level. The Department will not admit candidates to either of these courses unless it can provide suitable supervisory support for the proposed topic of research.


MPhil in Land Economy Research

Aimed at those wishing to develop their research methods skills and undertake some taught modules whilst completing a research dissertation. Requires students to undertake two modules, research methods training and produce a 20,000 word thesis.  This course is 10 months in duration.

MPhil in Land Economy by thesis

Aimed at those who already have sound research skills from a prior degree and/or other relevant experience, and who want to undertake a purely research based degree. This is a thesis and oral examination only research masters.  Requires submission of a 30,000 word thesis.  This course is 11 months in duration. 


The department also offer a part-time Real Estate Masters Programme. The Master of Studies in Real Estate (MSt) is a 2 year course offering a part-time route to the masters qualification.  Applications for the 2020 intake are now open.

MSt in Real Estate

Aimed at experienced professionals and future leaders in the real estate industry.  This 2 year part-time course enables students to continue with their professional career whilst studying for a Cambridge masters qualification.  The course combines academic rigour with significant industry input and aims to equip participants with a broader knowledge of all aspects of the real estate industry, insight into a range of long-term themes and strategic issues in the market as well as developing a range of research and other skills.


Ph.D. Programme

Ph.D. in Land Economy

The Department offers a full and part time route to the Ph.D. degree.  This is a thesis and oral examination only research degree.  Requires submission of a 80,000 word thesis.  This course is 3 years in duration.

The Department is part of the University's ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for Social Sciences


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