Lucy Cavendish aims to admit one to two undergraduates in Land Economy each year, and a number of others transfer into the course for Part IB or Part II. We also currently have nine MPhil and two PhD Land Economists, making for a small but supportive subject community in college.
The BA in Land Economy focuses on the use, management and development of the built and natural environment, and offers a solid grounding in both economics and law. The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, but graduates go on to pursue a wide range of careers and Land Economy has one of the strongest records for post-BA employment in the University.
There are no subject-specific entrance requirements for Land Economy and we have in the past accepted applicants with a range of British and international qualifications. Some prior study of Geography, Economics and/or Mathematics is helpful, but not essential.
Applicants invited for interview will be asked to sit the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) in Cambridge on the day of their interviews. The TSA is ninety minutes in length. Specifications can be found in the Entry Requirements section here.
Karolina worked in a restaurant and studied Further Mathematics in her spare time before coming to Lucy Cavendish, having originally sat the Polish Matura in Krasnystaw. I love how different the Land Economy course can be depending on your paper choices in the 2nd and 3rd year. Papers are usually more practical than theoretical and usually cover real-life issues (such as how cities and regions function, environmental issues and poverty). Lecturers are leaders in their fields and it is exciting to be able to listen to them and exchange ideas during supervisions. I have made amazing friends at Lucy Cavendish and I felt like a part of a big family from day one. Many may think this is not the place for the 'play hard' element of work hard-play hard student lifestyle, but those who think we only sit and drink tea will be very wrong. I love College bops and there are many more opportunities for those who like to go out from time to time (or all the time).
Becky was a self-taught A-level student who decided to give up her role as a pastry chef in Leicestershire and take on a new challenge, after attending a Cambridge University Summer School. I really enjoy my course, there are lots of options and Land Economy is a small department which makes it easier to make friends, plus lectures are very interactive. I play an active part in college life and the Student Union and I feel there is something for everyone at Lucy Cavendish. My tutor is incredibly helpful and I know her door is always open should I have any problems. The College has helped me to apply for a bursary, a scholarship and a start up grant, and the opportunities available to students here are amazing. Last summer I was able to spend two months in China as a volunteer teaching English, with all costs paid. It was such a brilliant experience.