Cambridge Land Economy Students and Applicants

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    Anyone applied for Land Economy? If so, which other unis are you applying to and for which course?
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    me, rejected by Trinity.
    applying for Human resource management in Manchester, Aston, Bath. all offers.
    HRM and Environmental Policy and Economics in LSE. waiting, still
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    I applied to Robinson College, Land Economy and got an AAA offer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Other Unis:
    LSE: Maths&Econ - Unsuccessful, Econ.- waiting
    UCL: Stats&Econ - AAB offer
    Warwick: Econ - AAB
    Bath: Econ - AAB
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    Appled to do LE at Queens' got offered AAA
    Applied for Economics and French at Nottingham and St Andrews, got 3As off Notthingam. Industrial Economics at Warwick, no word yet and straight economics at Lancaster and York, got AAB from Lancaster.
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    Before I begin typing this oh-so-loquacious post, I have to declare that I'm brand new, so lay off me! :p:

    I've searched the forums and have found countless threads on Land Economy. However, most of them involve a highly annoying individual attacking (and offending) pretty much everyone and arguing on everything under the sun - all in the midst of tooting his own horn. Yes, I'm a little frustrated at this point in time. :rolleyes: Yes, I also do have the consolation that the bugger didn't get in.

    Anyway, getting back to the topic (I promised myself I wouldn't digress), I'm hoping someone who's currently studying LE at Cambridge can help me out.

    Firstly, I know this sounds silly (and is a little late), but I'm not very sure LE's the right course for me. While the website describes it as "Environment, Law and Economics," from what I've heard, most of the course involves Law and Econ, with minor attention being paid to the Environment aspect. Truth be told, I'm a lot more interested in the Environment bit. Personally, I'm not a great big fan of Econ (I'm good at it; just don't love the subject), and I'm a little worried about Law being too dry for me.

    Now, considering I'm the creative, philosophical, English major type (till about six months ago I was hell bent on applying for English), does anyone here think I'll find Land Economy interesting enough? Or is there something better out there? Keep in mind that I'm not completely loony about Lit; I do have a certain fascination with the environment, and I'm very ready to study the subject for three years.

    Honestly, I was a little put off by the real estate and land policy bit. I'm more about coming up with innovative ideas for sustainable development, reforming environmental policy and Saving The World. :rolleyes: Land Planning definitely isn't on my to do list!

    So, yes, I'm very confused. I have to start work on my personal statement and college apps very soon. Yet, I'm not even sure what direction I should be going in.

    Anyway, I'd really appreciate advice from someone who's actually doing the course, mainly regarding how much of a presence the E from Environment actually has in the course. And honestly, how interesting is it really?

    P.S. I guess all other LE applicants for 2008 can use this thread to bond and discuss any other qualms they have.
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    Do any of you study land economy in Cambridge ? I want to apply for it and am working on the personal statement. The course is so broad that I don't know how to write the personal statement. Can you enlighten me ?


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    Just be honest. Why do you want to study the course? Why has the course attracted you?
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    Does anybody really study LE? I know that there are people who claim to, and go off to "lectures" every day, but from what I've seen the door into the land economy department is actually into the side of the Anchor.
    I'm not casting any aspersions... it's just that the department does seem to be the Anchor. :/

    And yes: honesty is the best policy. If you can't figure out why you want to study it, maybe you should rethink that you do in fact want to study it.
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    (Original post by yuen1023)
    Do any of you study land economy in Cambridge ? I want to apply for it and am working on the personal statement. The course is so broad that I don't know how to write the personal statement. Can you enlighten me ?


    For general advice on how to structure a PS etc I guess the people in the PS sub-forum here can help you (I was hoping they'd have a sticky I could link to, but it seems not...).

    However as the people above have said: the PS is you telling the university why you want to come and study Land Economy for three(+) years and how you're qualified to do so. If you don't know that yourself, then you need to do some proper research into it, and seriously think about whether it's what you even want to apply for. If you do know, but just can't articulate it then there's a wealth of general advice available on the 'net and, as I say, TSR offers a personal-statement-checking-and-improving service to help.

    If you're having trouble finding out enough about the course, I might be able to get you in contact with some current students who you could pester to give you a genuine view of what it's like (I'm not a land economist myself, but know some) - PM me if that would help, but it's worth finding out as much as you can from more easily available sources - prospectus, websites, etc - first



    Helpfully, if you're from Hong Kong, if you do decide to apply you're sure to get an offer as foreign students' fees are the only thing keeping universities here afloat at the moment (yes, I'm exaggerating, before anyone picks me up on this. I know what TSR's like, heh)
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    (Original post by Tom)
    For general advice on how to structure a PS etc I guess the people in the PS sub-forum here can help you (I was hoping they'd have a sticky I could link to, but it seems not...).

    However as the people above have said: the PS is you telling the university why you want to come and study Land Economy for three(+) years and how you're qualified to do so. If you don't know that yourself, then you need to do some proper research into it, and seriously think about whether it's what you even want to apply for. If you do know, but just can't articulate it then there's a wealth of general advice available on the 'net and, as I say, TSR offers a personal-statement-checking-and-improving service to help.

    If you're having trouble finding out enough about the course, I might be able to get you in contact with some current students who you could pester to give you a genuine view of what it's like (I'm not a land economist myself, but know some) - PM me if that would help, but it's worth finding out as much as you can from more easily available sources - prospectus, websites, etc - first



    Helpfully, if you're from Hong Kong, if you do decide to apply you're sure to get an offer as foreign students' fees are the only thing keeping universities here afloat at the moment (yes, I'm exaggerating, before anyone picks me up on this. I know what TSR's like, heh)


    Dear Tom,

    Getting the contact of some current / past student would be great ! I have gone through the prospectus & webs but still scratching my head for the exact nature of the course.
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    OK, I'll send a few e-mails and get back to you.
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    (Original post by yuen1023)
    I have gone through the prospectus & webs but still scratching my head for the exact nature of the course.
    Personally speaking, and I don't mean to sound in any way offensive here, it seems very odd that you want to comit three years of your life to studying a course that you don't know the "exact nature" of.
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    I'm off to start LE in 2 weeks. I think you will find that the department understands that LE is quite a unique subject, so your application won't suffer if your personal statement is basicilly an Economics PS (or Law for that matter.)

    They realise that people have 5 other universities to get into, none of which will be for LE. So, if you decide that your 5 other courses will be Economics at various other institutions - make it an Economics PS with a slight tilt towards environmental issues in Economics perhaps. That way, Camb know you are interested in the subject, but other universities will just see it as a normal Economics PS.
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    I am also starting Land Economy in 2 weeks. At other universities I applied for Economics, Managemant and a comination of the 2. On my personal statement I dedidcated a paragraph to each of these and I didn't mention Land Economy by name on my PS. (I was advised to do this by my school as I was applying to other universities as well and I didn't want to make it obvious to them that my first choice was going to be Cambridge). On the CAF I then added a bit about why I wanted to study Land Economy.
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    (Original post by donaldduck)
    I am also starting Land Economy in 2 weeks. At other universities I applied for Economics, Managemant and a comination of the 2. On my personal statement I dedidcated a paragraph to each of these and I didn't mention Land Economy by name on my PS. (I was advised to do this by my school as I was applying to other universities as well and I didn't want to make it obvious to them that my first choice was going to be Cambridge). On the CAF I then added a bit about why I wanted to study Land Economy.
    What college are you going to?
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    (Original post by PhilHaggis)
    What college are you going to?
    Robinson
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    (Original post by donaldduck)
    Robinson
    Jesus for me.

    Look forward to meeting you Good thing about LE - everyone knows each other because it's such a small department.
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    I'm off to start LE in less than two weeks, too!

    As for the PS, I had great difficulty and I think that they understand that it is difficult to show your interest in Land Economy without potentially jeopardising your other applications. I applied for Law elsewhere, so my PS was very Law focussed, but I made sure I put in subtle references to things I knew were relevant to the Land Economy course, such as the link between Law and Economics and environmental policy/housing issues.

    Good luck!
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    What college are you going to?
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    ooo, i'm applying to study LE (2008 entry) at Jesus while a mate is applying for Robinson. I'm still not sure whether or not it's worth putting anything extra in the CAF though... I've mentioned the environment/essay competitions i've done on the environment etc but not sure if there's much else I could add...
 
 
 
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