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From football teams to companies to societies.

From football teams to companies to societies.

Interdisciplinary Problems & Methods: Culture and Complexity (MASc)

This master’s is for anyone looking to pursue careers or problems related to the complex dynamics of human behaviouror, simply put, anyone working with people. This pathway helps you to understand how complex organisations of all sizes — from football teams to companies to societies — succeed in impacting on the world. You will use insights from numerical, linguistic, and media-focused disciplines to model different kinds of data and make informed decisions about how organisations can be optimised for performance.

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Core modules

Interdisciplinary Problems and Methods (MASc) consists of seven modules. Six of these are shared between both pathways (including the Capstone project) and two are pathway-specific. See below for a breakdown of these modules.

Cracking the code

Cracking the Code teaches Python through data science. Students will learn to code by engaging in practical applications of Python libraries as they relate to data science problems.

Everything counts

Everything Counts is a quantitative module that acquaints students with different approaches to statistics (Bayesian and Frequentist).


Re:Form will teach students how to understand visual thinking and the ways in which media (photography, 3D modelling, illustration) help us communicate. 

The right word

The Right Word aims to demonstrate how language can be produced and analysed using insights from linguistics. The module will also explore narrative as a powerful tool in communication e.g., storytelling.

Understanding complexity

This module will introduce students to the topic of complexity as it is understood in the quantitative sciences. Students will be exposed to concepts from cellular automata, dynamical systems and information theory. 

Capstone project

The Capstone Project is where students pursue an original area of research. Students will identify a problem and a set of strategies or solutions to tackle it, before creating a professional or industry standard product to communicate what they have found.

Pathway-specific modules

These modules are only available to students on the Culture and Complexity pathway

Cultural complexity
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Investigate the intersection between culture and complexity. How do different agents, subsystems, and systems interact in the distribution of value and the establishment of norms? Of particular interest will be the descriptive and organisational challenges posed by the emergent phenomena associated with these systems and agents. Perspectives will derive from the natural sciences and the qualitative social sciences as appropriate, with specific areas of inquiry being selected based on topicality and relevance.

Acting Human
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Acting Human deals with human social technologies. How do we successfully coordinate our individual interests with those of larger groups like families, organisations, states, and other social coalitions? An important strand of the module will look at how imaginative culture (novels, films, dramas) both derives from and expands our powers of social processing. 


Can I study part-time?
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LIS master’s students have two study options: 

  1. Campus-first: Full-time and in-person with online self-paced learning 
  2. Remote-first: Part-time and online with optional on-campus meet ups and workshops  

Whether you study full-time or part-time, you’ll still be able to access campus facilities throughout the duration of your studies (should you wish); whether you want somewhere quiet to work on an assignment, or to meet up with a faculty member to discuss a topic in more detail. 

When is enrolment?
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Both our full-time and part-time programmes have September only intakes.  

What are your fees?
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UK Students  The annual tuition fee for UK students enrolling at LIS full-time in 2023 is £10,800. 


The tuition fee for UK students enrolling at LIS part-time in 2023 is £5,400 per year for a total of £10,800 over two years. 

This fee applies to UK students, as well as EU students holding settled and pre-settled status under the European Settlement Scheme. 

 In future years, fees for continuing students may be subject to an inflationary increase, if the government increases the current fee cap. 

International students  The annual tuition fee for international students enrolling at LIS full-time in 2023 is £18,000. 

 The tuition fee for international students enrolling at LIS part-time in 2023 is £9,000 per year for a total of £18,000 over two years. 

We hold a sponsorship licence and are able to accept applications from international students. 

What are your admissions requirements?
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The minimum entry requirement for our MASc programme is a 2:1 or above in an undergraduate degree from the UK (or the international equivalent) in any subject. If you are unsure whether your degree is equivalent to a 2:1 undergraduate degree from the UK, please get in touch with us via 

 Applicants who do not fulfil the normal entry requirements but have extensive professional experience in a related area are considered on an individual basis. These applicants should ensure that they have attached their most recent CV as part of the application process. 

Can I apply as an international student?
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Yes. We’re able to accept students with pre-settled and settled status through the EU settlement scheme. 

Is LIS fully regulated?
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LIS has been granted new degree-awarding powers for Level 7 (Taught Master’s) awards by the Office for Students (OfS). 

The Master’s programme was previously entitled “Interdisciplinary Practice” and will change to “Interdisciplinary Problems and Methods” pending approval by the Office for Students. 

We continue to develop pathways subject to demand and our internal approval processes.

To see our Policies (including our Terms & Conditions) please visit the Policies page on our website: 

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