MSc Climate Change & Planetary Health

Open Days 2023
Subject to validation notice

Climate change affects diverse populations around the world. This programme will provide the skills necessary for students to be agents of change in the emerging interdisciplinary field of planetary health. It is primarily targeted at academics and professionals who want to gain knowledge of the complex systems that link the environment and human health.


The programme will enable you to:

  • apply the concepts of planetary health, global environmental change and sustainable development to inform and advocate for a planetary health perspective in global public health.
  • assess key pathways and indicators by which changes to global environmental systems affect human health, including (but not limited to) heat stress, food systems, air pollution, infectious disease and biodiversity loss. 
  • critically appraise tools and methods available from disciplines including epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioural sciences, and data science, and assess their strengths and limitations for different planetary health research problems
  • design and manage research projects in the fields of climate change and planetary health by using and combining tools from across disciplines
  • evaluate the implications of planetary health research for health policy and practice in different country and population contexts
  • assemble and communicate results of complex systems analyses in language appropriate for specialist and non-specialist audiences. 


Compulsory modules may include:

  • Fundamentals of Climate Change and Planetary Health
  • Advanced Climate Change and Planetary Health
  • Applied Climate Change and Planetary Health
  • Environment, Health & Sustainable Development 
  • Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy
  • Environmental Epidemiology

Elective modules may include: 

  • Introduction to Health Data Science
  • Principles of Social Research
  • Population, Poverty and Environment 
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

Project report:

You will complete a research project on a relevant topic of your choice.

Duration: one year full-time or part-time over two years. Ways to study explained.

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.”

Fees & funding
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Fees - Master's Programmes
Fees 2023/24    
Home Full-time £12,330
  Part-time £6,165
EU/Overseas Full-time £28,540
  Part-time £14,270

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Entry requirements
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Entry requirements - Climate Change & Planetary Health

In order to be admitted to the MSc Climate Change & Planetary Health, an applicant must:

  • hold either a first degree at Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) 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.


  • 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 an Upper Second Class Honours degree or above.


  • have relevant professional experience or training which is judged by LSHTM to be equivalent to an Upper Second Class Honours 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.

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

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 students from all backgrounds feel encouraged to apply to study with us. To that end, we have introduced an innovative contextual admissions system that is designed to consider any barriers applicants may have faced and take account of the circumstances in which their grades have been achieved, rather than relying on results alone. More information on widening participation at LSHTM.

How to apply
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How to apply - applications

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 2023/24 academic year is:

  • Sunday 23 July 2023 at 23:59 UK time for all students requiring a Student visa
  • Thursday 31 August 2023 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.