Double Degree with Peking University: Environmental Policy, Technology and Health

  • Graduate taught
  • Department of Geography and Environment
  • Application code F92A (E&D), F92B (EE&CC), F92C (EP&R)
  • Starting 2024
  • Home full-time: Closed
  • Overseas full-time: Closed
  • Location: Beijing, Houghton Street, London

Organised jointly by LSE and Peking University (PKU), the Double Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy, Technology and Health is a unique and exciting interdisciplinary advanced programme combining the strengths of PKU in environmental science and health with the strengths of LSE in environmental economics and policy.

The programme comprises the Master of Environmental Management at PKU in Year 1, while in Year 2 at LSE students can choose one of the following MSc programmes:

The programme offers an outstanding opportunity for graduate students and professionals to get the state-of-the-art knowledge and skills required to address the great environmental and health challenges of our time.

It combines the study of conceptual and scientific foundations of environmental science, health, policy and economics with practical tools of analysis, including state-of-the-art research methods.

You'll learn to apply the latest concepts and methods to the analysis and evaluation of a wide range of environmental problems, policies and interventions. Students will also obtain an in-depth understanding of the scientific, economic and political dimensions of climate change and associated global environmental problems.

The flexible structure of the programmes enables you to choose from a wide range of options which complement one another, allowing you to tailor your study towards your individual career and/or future study objectives.

Once you successfully complete your studies at both institutions, you will be conferred a Master of Environmental Management at PKU, and either the a) MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation, b) MSc Environment and Development, or c) MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change at LSE.

Programme details

Key facts

Double Degree with Peking University: Environmental Policy, Technology and Health 
Start date September 2024
Application deadline Apply via LSE by 10 March 2024; PKU offer holders pre-registration: 31 March 2024
Duration 24 months full-time
Applications 2020 New programme 
Intake 2020 New programme 
Financial support Graduate support scheme (see 'Fees and funding')
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline, preferably a social science. Will consider appropriate work experience in addition to sound academic background.
GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements Standard (see 'Assessing your application')
Location  Houghton Street, London

For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements for Double Degree with Peking University: MSc Environmental Policy, Technology and Health

2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline, preferably a social science. Will consider appropriate work experience in addition to sound academic background.  

All applicants from mainland China who have the Chinese citizenship must complete the recommendation eligibility to the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (CESE) (保研) or pass the National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate Students in China (考研). It is necessary for these students to contact the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Peking University before submitting an application to assess their eligibility for PKU.  

For further information about the National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate students in China and about the application process please contact Ms. WU Zhuxuan, Administrator for College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering on call +86-10-6275-8525  

If you have studied or are studying outside of the UK then have a look at our Information for International Students to find out the entry requirements that apply to you. 

Assessing your application

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background. 

All applicants apply via LSE. This includes applicants from the People's Republic of China, and areas of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and PKU students. All applications will be reviewed by a joint admissions panel. Applicants from Mainland China, upon meeting the eligibility of applying to this programme, will take the interviews and evaluation arranged by the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, by the joint committee from both LSE and PKU. For international applicants and those from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, interviews (via phone or skype) will be arranged when necessary. 

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your: 

- academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades) 
- statement of academic purpose 
- two academic references 
- CV 

See further information on supporting documents 

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements


For 2024 entry, applications must be completed (all supporting documents received) by 10 March 2024.

  1. All applicants from the Mainland of People's Republic of China (citizen of China) must either have the recommendation eligibility to the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (CESE) (保研) or pass the National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate Students in China (考研). Applicants need to indicate this program specifically in both online and hard copy versions of the application, as well as on the cover of the application package posted to Ms. WU Zhuxuan. 

    See further information for applicants from Mainland in PKU.

2. Applicants holding identity cards from Macau, Hong Kong, or Taiwan, do not need to take the National Entrance Examination, but must pre-register with PKU Graduate School online. Applicants need to  indicate this program specifically in both online and hard copy versions of the application, as well as on the cover of the application package posted to Ms. WU Zhuxuan. 

See further application information for applicants from Macau, Hong Kong or Taiwan in PKU. 

Note: Applicants who hold foreign passports or identity cards from Macau, Hong Kong, or Taiwan must follow the procedures described above. 

For further information about the National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate students in China and about the application process please contact Ms. JIANG Ying  on, or call+86-62751929. 

  1. All non-PRC students, should apply through LSE first. Those who accept the offer, must go to the PKU online application (pre-registration) system fill in the PKU form, pay the application fee online by 31 March 2024. Applicants need to  indicate this programme specifically in both online and hard copy versions of the application, as well as on the cover of the application package posted to Ms. WU Zhuxuan. Unless otherwise notified, PKU needs to receive this package by 31 March 2024. 

  1. International students* should also send the scanned copy of the documents below to: Please ask your referees to send their letters of recommendation directly to:

- Personal statement 
- Transcript 
- Two recommendation letters 
- Passport page with name and picture 
- Bachelor diploma or certificate of study/enrollment (For those expecting to graduate in the summer of 2023) 
- CV 


*Residents of mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan who have emigrated to other countries and are applying to Peking University as international students must present valid passport or citizenship documents dating from before 30 April 2018, along with proof of cancellation of Chinese nationality. 

† TOEFL or IELTS should be taken after 1 October 2022. A student is exempt from providing TOEFL or IELTS scores if his/her first language is English or he/she has obtained a degree in an English-taught programme in an English-speaking country after 1 September 2018. 

Offer acceptance 

All students who intend to take up their offer should contact LSE and PKU via email and to confirm their acceptance of a place on the programme. 

Then follow these steps: 

• Please post a hardcopy of the Application Form (which can be downloaded from the PKU  application system) with signature, 5 copies of passport size photo and required documents to Ms. WU Zhuxuan, Program Administrator, 214, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, No.5 Yiheyuan Road, 100871, Beijing China. Tel:86-10-6275-8525.  

• Please send a soft copy of the PKU Application Form (in PDF), a passport size photo in white background and required documents to:

All applicants shall keep their ID consistent in the whole process. 

If you fail to complete the above mentioned registration with PKU and mail the required documents before the deadline, you will not be able to enroll in PKU for the year of 2024. 

Student visa 

UK Visa 

If you are a non-EU, non-EEA or Swiss national, you will need a student visa. In order that you are able to apply for a visa, the LSE will issue you with a 'Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies' (CAS) number and statement after year one of the double degree. You will not be able to begin the visa application process until you receive this information. CAS numbers and statements will be issued by LSE and sent to you ONLY after Peking University has forwarded a Progression List to LSE, confirming names of students who have successfully completed year one of the course and have satisfied all progression requirements. The Progression List is forwarded to LSE around mid-July of year one of the programme. Further details on all aspects of the visa application process will accompany the CAS. 

Data sharing
Double degrees and certain other degrees and scholarships require that LSE shares personal data with another university or partner. In our agreements we will use the School’s standard data sharing template for universities and partners in the EU and EEA and in an adequate countryStandard contract clauses will be used for any other country. If you have any questions about this or how your personal data will be treated by LSE, please contact the Data Protection Officer, Rachael Maguire, via or check our Student Privacy Notice.

Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees 2024/25 for the LSE-PKU Double Degree in Environmental Policy, Technology and Health

Year 1 (at PKU, 2024/25):

Environment and Development: home students and overseas students: CNY 80,000 for overseas students (provisional)
Environmental Economics and Climate Change: home students and overseas students: CNY 80,000 for overseas students (provisional)
Environmental Policy and Regulation: home students and overseas students: CNY 80,000 for overseas students (provisional)

Year 2 (at LSE, 2025/26):
Environment and Development: home students: £20,640; overseas students: £32,688 (provisional)
Environmental Economics and Climate Change: home students: £23,064; overseas students: £33,792 (provisional)
Environmental Policy and Regulation: home students: £20,640; overseas students: £32,688 (provisional)

The Table of Fees shows the latest tuition amounts for all programmes offered by the School.

Fee status

The amount of tuition fees you will need to pay, and any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a home or overseas student, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education.

Further information about fee status classification.

Fee reduction

Students who completed undergraduate study at LSE and are beginning taught graduate study at the School are eligible for a fee reduction of around 10 per cent of the fee.

Scholarships and other funding

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country, and we provide generous scholarships each year to home and overseas students.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support SchemeMaster's Awards, and Anniversary Scholarships

Selection for any funding opportunity is based on receipt of an offer for a place and submitting a Graduate Financial Support application, before the funding deadline. Funding deadline for needs-based awards from LSE: 25 April 2024.

In addition to our needs-based awards, LSE also makes available scholarships for students from specific regions of the world and awards for students studying specific subject areas. Find out more about financial support.

Government tuition fee loans and external funding

A postgraduate loan is available from the UK government for eligible students studying for a first master’s programme, to help with fees and living costs. Some other governments and organisations also offer tuition fee loan schemes.

Find out more about tuition fee loans

Further information

Fees and funding opportunities

Information for international students

LSE is an international community, with over 140 nationalities represented amongst its student body. We celebrate this diversity through everything we do.  

If you are applying to LSE from outside of the UK then take a look at our Information for International students

1) Take a note of the UK qualifications we require for your programme of interest (found in the ‘Entry requirements’ section of this page). 

2) Go to the International Students section of our website. 

3) Select your country. 

4) Select ‘Graduate entry requirements’ and scroll until you arrive at the information about your local/national qualification. Compare the stated UK entry requirements listed on this page with the local/national entry requirement listed on your country specific page.

Programme structure and courses

Students will spend their first year at Peking University studying 8 core courses and their second at LSE. At LSE students will select to study either the MSc Environment and Development, MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation or MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change.

Year 1 at Peking University

Some of the options available include:

Environmental Pollution: air, soil and water pollution

Global Environmental Health: Principles and case studies

Environmental Health Research

Energy and Society: driving forces, problem and solutions of environmental issues at various dimension

Seminars on China’s Environment and Development

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: engineering solutions

Environmental Policy and Management

Integrated Assessment of Climate Change Mitigation for Sustainable Development

Please note that courses are subject to change.

Year 2 at LSE

Students select one of the following programmes to follow:

For the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page

You must note, however, that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.

Teaching and assessment

Contact hours and independent study

You can expect to receive approximately 120 hours of contact time excluding the dissertation. Teaching is mainly through lectures and graduate level seminars. Hours vary according to courses you can view indicative details in the Calendar within the Teaching section of each course guide

You are also expected to complete independent study outside of class time. This varies depending on the programme, but requires you to manage the majority of your study time yourself, by engaging in activities such as reading, note-taking, thinking and research.

Teaching methods

LSE is internationally recognised for its teaching and research and therefore employs a rich variety of teaching staff with a range of experience and status. Courses may be taught by individual members of faculty, such as lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, associate professors and professors. Many departments now also employ guest teachers and visiting members of staff, LSE teaching fellows and graduate teaching assistants who are usually doctoral research students and in the majority of cases, teach on undergraduate courses only. The teacher responsible for each course can be found in the relevant course guide.


You will be assessed on a combination of unseen examinations and research essays. You will develop a detailed proposal for your dissertation on a topic in the field of environment, but of your own choosing and design. You will work on your own on the dissertation, with limited advice from a supervisor.

All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others.

Academic support

You will also be assigned an academic mentor who will be available for guidance and advice on academic or personal concerns.

There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork.

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We’re here to help and support you throughout your time at LSE, whether you need help with your academic studies, support with your welfare and wellbeing or simply to develop on a personal and professional level.

Whatever your query, big or small, there are a range of people you can speak to who will be happy to help.  

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LSE LIFE – this is where you should go to develop skills you’ll use as a student and beyond. The centre runs talks and workshops on skills you’ll find useful in the classroom; offers one-to-one sessions with study advisers who can help you with reading, making notes, writing, research and exam revision; and provides drop-in sessions for academic and personal support. (See ‘Teaching and assessment’). 

LSE Students’ Union (LSESU) – they offer academic, personal and financial advice and funding. 

PhD Academy – this is available for PhD students, wherever they are, to take part in interdisciplinary events and other professional development activities and access all the services related to their registration. 

Sardinia House Dental Practice – this offers discounted private dental services to LSE students. 

St Philips Medical Centre – based in Pethwick-Lawrence House, the Centre provides NHS Primary Care services to registered patients.

Student Services Centre – our staff here can answer general queries and can point you in the direction of other LSE services.  

Student advisers – we have a Deputy Head of Student Services (Advice and Policy) and an Adviser to Women Students who can help with academic and pastoral matters.

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Preliminary reading

S Bell, D McGillivray, O Pedersen, E Lees and E Stokes Environmental Law (9th edition, Oxford University Press, 2017)



Quick Careers Facts for the Department of Geography & Environment

Median salary of our PG students 15 months after graduating: £35,000          

Top 5 sectors our students work in:

  • Government, Public Sector and Policy   
  • Financial and Professional Services              
  • Education, Teaching and Research            
  • Real Estate, Environment and Energy 
  • Other Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities

The data was collected as part of the Graduate Outcomes survey, which is administered by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Graduates from 2020-21 were the fourth group to be asked to respond to Graduate Outcomes. Median salaries are calculated for respondents who are paid in UK pounds sterling and who were working in full-time employment.

You will have the skills to enter a wide variety of employment opportunities in the public sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international organisations, research, consultancy and national/multinational firms.

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