Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Climate Change & Planetary Health

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine · Department of Epidemiology and Population Health

Entry requirements

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 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

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

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Fees and funding

For up to date information on fees and funding please visit: https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding

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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