MSc Climate Change & Planetary Health

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We’re all familiar with news stories of wildfires, flooding, diseases. Understanding the connection between planetary and human health is vital if we want to change the trajectory and create a liveable planet for future generations.

Join us to unravel the impact of climate change on diverse populations around the world and analyse how our behaviour influences the planet. You’ll build confidence in assessing links, anticipating problems, finding solutions and intervening early. You’ll develop specialist skills to become an agent of change. Ready to work towards a sustainable planet and healthy population? 

What you will learn

  • Find out how global environmental systems (such as heat stress, food systems, air pollution, and biodiversity loss) affect human health
  • Interpret studies to make informed decisions and understand theoretical underpinnings so you can turn evidence into action
  • Apply and evaluate methods to quantify the impact of climate change on health, policies and practices
  • Learn to co-develop solutions and engage with a large range of audiences to bring about change
  • Discover how to promote and support population health in a sustainable way

The aims and learning outcomes are detailed in the programme specification.

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You’ll be taught by more than 60 experts working in the planetary health field. The teaching team includes specialists in areas such as air pollution, heat, drought, infectious diseases and sustainable food systems. And our academics include several planetary health world leaders, including Professor Sir Andy Haines who chaired the very first (Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet) Commission on Planetary Health. On top of this, you’ll learn alongside a globally diverse range of students whose experiences bring a richness to the course.

We host the Centre for Climate Change and Planetary Health and the WHO Collaborating Centre on Climate Change, Health and Sustainable Development. There are opportunities to work with the centres’ world leading experts as part of your final project. Or perhaps you’ll contribute to their ongoing research or collaborate with the WHO.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for a wide range of academics and professionals. That means you’ll have opportunities to work alongside students from all sorts of related fields.

You should be keen to understand the complex systems that link the environment and human health, and motivated to pursue a career in planetary health. You’ll also need some mathematical background, as parts of the programme are more focused on quantitative assessment.

Our students have varied ambitions. Some go into policy making, while others launch their careers as programme workers in national and international organisations. Or you might like to follow a path into academia. Whatever you do next, you’ll graduate with a wide range of specialist skills ready to be a true agent of transformative change.


One year full-time; part-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.

Intercalating study

Find out about intercalating this programme.

Climate Change & Planetary Health


Watch Programme Directors Pauline Scheelbeek and Priya Mondal talk about the programme.

Pauline Scheelbeek
Dr Pauline Scheelbeek, Programme Director

“We are excited to offer this novel MSc Programme in Climate Change & Planetary Health to our students and contribute to the training of a new generation of transdisciplinary leaders in health and environmental sustainability.”

Structure - Climate Change and Planetary Health

This programme is also available online

The below structure outlines the proposed modules for this programme. Programme and module specifications provide full details about the aims and objectives of each module, what you will study and how the module is assessed.

Structure of the year

Term 1 (September - December) consists of ten teaching weeks for AB1 slot modules, plus one Reading Week* in the middle of the term. Followed by the Winter break.

Term 2 (January - March) consists of a further ten weeks of teaching for C and D slot modules, plus a Reading Week in the middle of the term. C modules are taught in five half-week blocks before Reading Week. D modules are taught in five half-week blocks after Reading Week. Followed by the Spring break.

Term 3 (April - September) consists of the project report.

*Reading Week is a week during term where no formal teaching takes place. It is a time for private study, preparing for assessments or attending study/computer skills workshops. There are two Reading Weeks at LSHTM: one in November and the other in February.

Term 1

All students take five compulsory AB1 modules:

  • Basic Epidemiology
  • Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy
  • Environment, Health and Sustainable Development
  • Fundamentals of Climate Change & Planetary Health
  • Methods in Climate Change & Planetary Health
Term 2

Students take a total of four study modules, one from each timetable slot (C1, C2, D1, D2).

C1 slot

  • Research Design & Analysis 
  • Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal

C2 slot

  • Health Systems
  • Population, Poverty & Environment
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

D1 slot

  • Planetary Health in Practice (compulsory)

D2 slot

  • Environmental Epidemiology (compulsory)
Term 3: Project report

Students will start working on their summer project mid-April for submission by early September. The project will typically involve formulating strategies and concepts, deciding and acting on own initiative, planning, organising and time keeping, analysing critically, systems thinking, relating and networking, adapting and responding to change, expressive writing and scientific reporting and presenting and communicating information.

Changes to the course

Changes to the programme

LSHTM will seek to deliver this programme in accordance with the description set out on this programme page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for LSHTM to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.

Fees & funding
Fees - Master's Programmes
Fees 2024/25  

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Entry requirements
Entry requirements - MSc intensive general

In order to be admitted to an LSHTM master's degree programme, an applicant must:

  • hold either a first degree at Second Class Honours (2:2) standard in a relevant discipline, or a degree in medicine recognised by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) for the purposes of practising medicine in the UK, or another degree of equivalent standard awarded by an overseas institution recognised by UK ENIC or the GMC.


  • hold a professional qualification appropriate to the programme of study to be followed obtained by written examinations and judged by LSHTM to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours (2:2) degree or above.


  • have relevant professional experience or training which is judged by LSHTM to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours (2:2) degree or above.

If you have not previously studied in the UK, you can check our guide to international equivalent qualifications for our master's degrees.

Entry requirements - Climate Change & Planetary Health

Additional requirement: applicants for the MSc Climate Change and Planetary Health will need to provide some evidence of ability in mathematics, post-16 year education. This could include: 

  • A-level or a higher school certificate
  • a module within an undergraduate degree (such as quantitative methods, epidemiology or statistics)
  • mathematics (including statistics) studied as part of a general research methods course

Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirement, but who have relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.

English requirements - Band B

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band B

It is possible to apply without English language test results however the results of a test may be listed as a condition of an offer of admission. Please see our English language requirements for more information.

Intercalating students

Intercalating students

You will need the equivalent of a bachelor's degree to undertake an MSc. This will usually require you to have a BSc degree or have completed the first three years of your medical degree. More information on intercalating an MSc at LSHTM.

Access and widening participation

Access and widening participation

At LSHTM we are committed to ensuring that excellent students feel encouraged to apply for a course of study with us. We have introduced an innovative contextual admissions system that is designed to support those students who have faced the greatest barriers to their learning. More information on widening participation at LSHTM.

How to apply
How to apply - applications

This programme is delivered on campus.

Applications should be made online and will only be considered once you have provided all required information and supporting documentation.

Please also read LSHTM's Admissions policies prior to submitting your application.

You can apply for up to two master's programmes. Make sure to list them by order of preference as consideration will be given to your top choice first.

How to apply - deadlines and fees

Application deadlines

All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure availability of a place and a timely decision on their application. This is particularly important for applicants with sponsorship deadlines.

We strongly advise that you apply early as popular programmes will close earlier than the stated deadline if they become full.

The final closing dates for all taught Master’s applications for entry in the 2024/25 academic year is:

  • Sunday 21 July 2024 at 23:59 UK time for all students requiring a Student visa
  • Sunday 1 September 2024 at 23:59 UK time for all UK, Irish and non-Student visa students

Applicants will be required to meet the conditions of their offer and provide all necessary documents by the date of their Offer of Admission.

Application fee

A standard non-refundable application fee of £50 applies to all taught Master’s degree programmes and is payable upon application submission. Income generated from the application fee is shared between scholarships and student hardship fund.

Tuition fee deposit

Applicants are required to respond to their Offer of Admission and pay the £500 deposit within 28 days of receipt, or their place will be released and the offer automatically declined. The deposit is deductible from tuition fees upon full registration with LSHTM.

How to apply - visa

Do you need a visa?

Please visit our Visa & Immigration pages for advice and guidance.