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The world today is more complex and interconnected than ever before.

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.

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.

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As an LIS student, you’ll be part of the fast-paced, intensive, and fun journey of helping us to create a completely new university.

Whether at undergraduate, master’s or professional level, you’ll be part of our community of interdisciplinary learners. A diverse, open-minded group, who care about society’s big problems and are always learning.

Discover our unique student experience proposition and get to know our new campus in Whitechapel.

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The most radical new university to open in decades.

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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.


In the news

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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