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Candidates shall complete two pathway core modules, one research methods module and three optional modules; they must also complete a dissertation of not more than 12,000 words. Taught modules may be assessed by either written examination or coursework or by a combination of assessment formats.

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

Research Methods

Dissertation, Research Design and Structure

Urban and Environmental Planning

Housing and Regeneration

Property Development

Spatial Economics

Institutions and Development I & II

plus optional modules from other taught MPhil courses offered by the Department of Land Economy.

One to one supervision

Group supervisions are offered for most modules. Students can expect to receive a total of approximately 16 hours of supervisions per term.

Seminars & classes

The Department offers a weekly seminar programme for all students during term time. 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 University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

The Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance offers weekly seminars during a term on a range of environmental policy issues.


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 10,000 to 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

Assessment of subject modules varies. Where written examinations are used these will normally be two-hour papers.

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Key Information

10 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Land Economy

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2023

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
March 2, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 1, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.

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