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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Environmental Policy is no longer accepting new applications.


Candidates study a research methods module, two pathway core modules, three optional modules, and complete a dissertation of not more than 12,000 words. 

The modules offered for this course are confirmed on an annual basis but may include the following:

  • Research methods
  • Dissertation, research design and structure
  • International environmental law
  • Environmental economics
  • Environmental values
  • Energy and climate change
  • Rural environment: property, planning and policy
  • Economic development and land-use policies
  • Climate change policy

These will be complemented by optional modules from other taught MPhil courses offered by the Department of Land Economy.

One to one supervision

Group supervisions are offered for core modules. Students can expect to receive up to 4 supervisions per core module, which equates to 16 hours per Term.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

The Department offers a weekly seminar programme for all students during term time, which postgraduate students are encouraged to attend. These seminars are typically one hour long, equating to eight hours per term. 

In addition to the regular seminars, ad hoc seminars may be arranged across the year by course directors.

The Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance offers weekly seminars during a term on a range of environmental policy issues.  This could go after the discussion of the Departmental seminar series.


Typically two hours per module per week, students take four modules per term, equating to eight hours per week (128 hours per year).

Small group teaching

Core modules include additional supervisions and/or workshops.

Posters and Presentations

A presentation is required as part of the module dissertation, research design and structure.


Feedback and guidance are given to assist students in developing and drafting the dissertation research project. Feedback is also given on module essays that are not part of the formal assessment process. Feedback sessions are arranged by module leaders following examinations.


Thesis / Dissertation

A dissertation of not more than 12,000 words. As part of the dissertation module, students also submit an assessed dissertation proposal before submission of their final dissertation.


Assessment of subject modules varies and includes written examinations, essays, individual and group project work. Some modules may be assessed in more than one format.

Written examination

The assessment of subject modules varies. Written examinations are used for some modules; these will normally be two-hour papers.

Key Information

10 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Land Economy

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Jan. 31, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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