Dr Theresa Mercer - Programme Leader
Dr Theresa Mercer is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist with broad interests in environmental biogeochemistry, biogeography, ecosystem services, soil science, waste management, environmental pollution, environmental and climate policy, education for sustainable development, and climate change education.Academic Staff List Make an Enquiry
Welcome to MSc Environment and Planetary Health
The field of planetary health is an emerging one and is necessary for tackling many of the major contemporary challenges we experience in the world today, such as the climate, pollution, and biodiversity crises. The concept of planetary health recognises the reliance of human populations on healthy ecosystems, including the highly complex socio-ecological feedback mechanisms involved in interactions between humans and nature.
The aim of this MSc programme is to develop students that have an advanced interdisciplinary understanding of the interconnections between the natural environment, ecosystems, human health, and wellbeing. The programme draws on knowledge and skills from a range of disciplines including physical and human geography, life science, environmental sciences, health and medicine, and political science. A particular area of focus will be assessing the impact of the interconnected environmental, social, and health crises from a local to global scale, and developing management, mitigation, and adaptation strategies to address them.
How You Study
Modules combine knowledge from relevant disciplines, including physical and human geography, environmental sciences, health and medicine, social and political science, psychology, and engineering, to address the key themes of planetary health, including climate change, urbanisation, contaminants, disease, food production, biodiversity, and ecosystem services.
The programme will also focus on the research that is undertaken by various research groups within the Department of Geography, the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, and the wider university including the Development, Inequality, Resilience and Environments (DIRE), Lincoln Climate Research Group (LCRG), Catchments and Coasts Research Group (CCRG), Lincoln Soils Research Group (LSRG), and the Lincoln Centre for Ecological Justice (LinCEJ). It builds on the wide range of expertise and interdisciplinarily knowledge available within and across these groups and centres.
An Introduction to Your Modules
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
How you are assessed
The programme may use a range of assessment types, ranging from exams, essays, group and individual presentations, field reports, projects, data modelling, and computational analysis of geographic and spatial data.
Entry Requirements 2023-24
Students should hold a second class honours degree or higher in geography, environmental science or studies, earth science, life sciences, politics and social sciences, or a related discipline.
Fees and Funding
For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, UK students can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.
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