Land Economy - Environment, Law & Economics

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  • Typical Offer: A*AA 
  • Essential Subjects: none 
  • Desirable Subjects: none 
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Land Economy, as a subject, considers the role and use of land, real estate and environment within an economy. It applies particularly the disciplines of economics and law for the analysis of the governance of the environment and land use.

The Department addresses contemporary problems as well as more fundamental analysis. This includes both the role of governments in establishing regulatory frameworks within which land and related markets operate, and the role of private organisations in owning, managing and developing physical and financial assets within those markets. The Department centres this analysis around law and economics, using fundamental tools from both disciplines and develops core skills in these areas. This combination gives the Department of Land Economy a unique and valuable perspective of critical public and private issues.

Year 1 - Part IA

In Part IA, you acquire a thorough grounding in the core disciplines of law and economics and are introduced to the multidisciplinary nature of the degree through four compulsory papers on:

  • Economics
  • Law in the Public Sector: Institutional and Legal Frameworks 
  • Quantitative and Legal Methods for Land Economists 
  • Land Economy, Development and Sustainability 

During your first year you develop a sound numerical base, computer literacy, and skills in oral presentation and report preparation.

Year 2 - Part IB

You take five papers, including at least one paper from a choice of two on law. You select your other
four papers from a choice of six. Current options include:

  • Environmental Economics Finance and Law
  • Fundamental of Finance and Investment
  • The Built Enviroment
  • Land and Urban Economics
  • The Law of Real Property: Principles, Policy and Economics Implications 

Year 3 - Part II

You’re required to take four papers and submit a dissertation. The four papers are chosen from a wide range of options, which currently includes:

  • Law and Economics 
  • Landlord and Tenant Law 
  • Planning Policy and Practice 
  • Land, Food and Ecosystem Services 
  • Land Policy and Development Economics 
  • Advanced Techniques in Finance and Investment for Real Estate 

You also write a 10,000 word dissertation on any aspect of the Department's work of your choosing.

Land Economy at Queens’

  • Supervisions in groups of two, three or four take place weekly in College or in other Colleges, with subject specialists. 
  • There will be a single interview which will test your critical skills and powers of analysis. No previous knowledge of law or economics is required.

Director of Studies

Professor Martin Dixon

Current research:

Land Law and Land Registration; Law of Mortgages; Law of Co-ownership; Proprietary Estoppel.

International Law: Relations with National Law and Role and Functions of the United Nations.

“Studying land economy has encouraged me to take a balanced, logical approach to economic,
legal, social and environmental problems. Studying at Queens' is great, because it is close to the
department and library. In addition, having a Director of Studies as supportive as Professor Dixon is very

– Michael, 3rd year Land Economy