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A new, problem-based undergraduate BASc degree.

Welcome to LIS

The world’s problems are more complex and interconnected than ever before — and the answers are unlikely to come from any one subject or specialism. That’s why we’ve created an interdisciplinary degree, built around real-world challenges.

The Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Interdisciplinary Problems & Methods is the first undergraduate degree of its kind in the UK. LIS students are one of a kind too.

We are different in four main ways:

  1. Admissions – We aren’t on UCAS, so you apply direct. We focus on getting to know you and understanding your potential.
  2. Our curriculum – Students study concepts and theories from multiple disciplines to tackle complex problems.
  3. LIS Network – A group of 200+ organisations who want to use interdisciplinarity to make change.
  4. Internships – We broker paid internships each year, where organisations get talented problem-solvers, and our students get invaluable work experience.

Do something different. Be someone different.

Applications for 2023 are now open!

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Is it possible to tackle a problem as complex as climate change without reference to (at least some of) ecology, economics, geography, and psychology? We don’t think so. What about the ethics of artificial intelligence? A challenge that draws on computer science, philosophy, design, and more disciplines besides.

These problems aren’t the stuff of dystopia, science fiction, or textbooks. They’re happening now. And they can’t be solved by individuals working in isolation, yet most university courses in the UK are still structured in silos, leaving graduates ill-equipped to tackle the complexity that surrounds them.

Complex problems require interdisciplinary thinking, and interdisciplinary solutions. That’s where we come in.

BASc in London University
The most radical new university to open in decades.

Our mission


The future is not a given, nor is it a statistical unknown; it’s a space that we have agency over. What the future looks like depends on the problems we solve now. But they’re unlikely to be solved by individuals working in isolation. In short, to arrive at great ideas, we need to widen our lens.


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Polymaths wanted at the London Interdisciplinary School, Britain’s first new university in 40 years (The Times, £)

In the age of Wikipedia, is it better to study everything? (Independent, £)

Pioneering UK Interdisciplinary university to open (Financial Times, £)

The Times’ view on the arrival of the London Interdisciplinary School: fresh thinking (The Times, £)

New college opening with degrees with no subjects (BBC, free)

Polymaths at the London Interdisciplinary School plan to teach universities a thing or two (The Times, £)

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