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Land Economy

The subject at Selwyn

Selwyn has a tradition of accepting between two and four highly motivated students for Land Economy every year. We have an excellent College Library with over 40,000 books, including those most relevant to this subject, and stock is updated frequently.

Selwyn has a record of success in the Land Economy course and provides strong support for students.

The Teaching Fellow

Professor Shaun Larcom is Selwyn's Director of Studies in Land Economy. He has broad research interests, including the role that formal and informal institutions play in relation to environmental protection, how to protect forests and natural capital, how people can learn from disruptions and shocks, and the energy-water-food nexus.

Subject requirements

While we do not ask for any specific subjects to study Land Economy, we like to see an essay-based subject.  Economics and Mathematics are also useful subjects.  The standard conditional offer is A*AA - A*A*A; comparable conditions are set for those taking the IB and other school-leaving examinations.


The subject interview will be conducted by the Director of Studies and will aim to assess your conceptual, analytical and logical abilities on subject matter of relevance to Land Economy. This includes the governance and management of land, natural resources and the built and natural environment.

Students also have a shorter general interview. This is intended to let us find out more about your motivation in applying for Land Economy at Cambridge. It is intended to give us a fuller sense of your aptitude for your chosen course, the maturity of your approach towards academic work, and your other interests.

February 2024

Land Economy on the Cambridge YouTube channel