Taught course

Global and Planetary Health

Durham University · Department of Anthropology

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Entry requirements

Normally a minimum 2:1 Honours degree from a UK institution (or the overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject. This requirement may be waived for applicants with particularly high levels of relevant practical or professional experience

Strength of personal statement, experience in a non-academic engagement with sustainability or development issues (whether salaried, volunteer or self-directed) and quality of references will be taken into consideration.

IELTS at least 6.5* (and with no component under 6*) or equivalent scores in an alternative accepted English language test.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme offers an integrated, inter-disciplinary education in emerging issues at the interface of global health and environmental sustainability. Led by the Anthropology Department, students will study core modules in Global Health, Planetary Health, Energy and Climate, with opportunities to take optional modules across a range of other disciplines. It will therefore be relevant both to social scientists keen to expand their horizons and to those with backgrounds in other disciplines (e.g. natural science, engineering, medicine, public health) who want to gain in-depth understanding of the social contexts and implications of current global challenges (such as climate change, conflicts over natural resources) in relation to health, equity and sustainable futures.

The programme aims to develop critical, analytical, interpretative, integrative and presentation skills and to provide an opportunity, through the dissertation, for students to pursue and report original research under expert supervision. The programme also aims to prepare students for doctoral research in relevant fields and/or a career in applied and international development contexts.

The core modules will address history, theories and practices of: health and healthcare at multiple scales (local, national, global); resilience, environment and the socio-politics of energy today; and how these relate to the emerging field of planetary health. Students without a specialised social science and health background will be introduced to key theoretical concepts through the module Society, Health & Wellbeing, and to research and analytical approaches through taking one or more of modules in research methods.

Students will have the opportunity to follow specialised routes through the programme by choosing from a wide array of elective modules that draw on options from across the university’s four faculties. This will allow students from different backgrounds to specialise further in areas of their choice (e.g. engineering, health, anthropology, geography, law or politics). To accommodate inclusion of students from diverse backgrounds, a careful induction and support programme will provide them with access

Information for international students

Scholarships available for 2022 entry will be determined in September 2021. Over 60 scholarships are available, each year. Some scholarships are awarded to more than one person. For further information see the course listing.

Fees and funding

UK students
£11,300 per year
International students
£13,310 per year


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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