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University of Cambridge: Land Economy by Thesis

Institution University of Cambridge View institution profile
Department Department of Land Economy
Study type Research


This course combines taught elements and research methods training with a significant level of independent research. Students admitted to this course will be those who have a strong background in land economy-related subjects and who may already have some research experience. They will normally be those aspiring to and who have good prospects of proceeding to the PhD prior to an academic career.

Candidates study one core or two optional modules chosen from a list of options taught by the Department of Land Economy. They are also required to satisfactorily attend and complete the Social Sciences Research Methods Centre (SSRMC) training programme, and to complete a 20,000-word dissertation, supervised by one of the academic staff within the department. The dissertation will review the literature and develop research hypotheses, and possibly involve some preliminary data collection and analysis.

The SSRMP programme is described on the SSRMP website. Candidates must take six SSRMP core modules and produce a research methods essay of not more than 4,000 words as part of this programme. It is anticipated that the research training provided by the SSRMC plus the dissertation (20,000 words) and the choice of specialised modules from the other Land Economy MPhils will provide the necessary and sufficient background for commencing PhD research.

MPhil courses offered by the Department of Land Economy share common aims:

  • Enable students of high calibre to pursue their education at an advanced applied level drawing on the primary disciplines of economics, planning and environmental policy, with additional specialisms in finance and law.

  • Provide students with opportunities both to build on and develop material which they may have studied at the undergraduate level as well as to broaden their knowledge base.

  • Equip students with the necessary skills to pursue careers at a high level in a range of areas, including business and finance, civil service, public service, property professions, environmental agencies and organisations, national and international agencies and further study.

  • Provide opportunities for education in a multidisciplinary environment so as to advance the understanding of cognate disciplines and their applications.

  • Provide opportunities for learning with colleagues from different social, economic and legal systems.

  • Provide students with appropriate skills and experience to enable them to use information and resources critically and to equip them with the means to undertake their own research.

  • Provide an educational environment with a strong research ethos that brings together students from a wide variety of backgrounds and fosters an international approach to common problems.

Master of Philosophy - MPhil

Cambridge University


University of Cambridge



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