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Inter-
Disciplinary
Problems
& Methods

A new, problem- based undergraduate BASc degree.

A new, problem- based undergraduate BASc degree.

In a world where the problems facing humanity are increasingly complex, it has never been more important to face our shared problems with new ways of thinking and understanding.

Graduates will need to be more versatile, more entrepreneurial, and more resilient than ever before. They’ll need to be comfortable with complexity and able to tackle complex problems.

That’s why we’ve created an interdisciplinary degree, built around real-world problems.

The Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Interdisciplinary Problems & Methods is the first undergraduate degree of its kind in the UK.

It has been designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they’ll need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

The core elements of our educational approach include

Problem statements

Throughout the degree, learning will be structured around problem statements. Each term, students will interrogate a relevant and important problem, like how to manage the spread of global pandemics or how to mitigate plastic pollution in our oceans.

Disciplinary perspectives

Throughout each term, students will study related concepts and theories from across multiple disciplines. These diverse sources of knowledge will provide the lenses through which to understand the given problem, and start to identify ways to tackle it.

Research methods

At the same time, students will learn a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods used when tackling problems throughout the degree, and beyond.

Bringing it together through coaching

Coaching plays an integral role in interdisciplinary learning. Members of the LIS faculty support small groups of students by creating a space for synthesis and metacognition—a space for students to try out new ideas and get things wrong. These weekly sessions help students solidify their learnings and create disciplinary connections.

What's different about the degree

Our degree is at the cutting edge of UK higher education:

Problem-centric curriculum

We use problem statements as a framework for disciplinary learning. The chosen problems each term will be of the current time, dynamic, and evolving. They will reflect what students care about, what organisations care about, and what the world needs.

We use problem statements as a framework for disciplinary learning. The chosen problems each term will be of the current time, dynamic, and evolving. They will reflect what students care about, what organisations care about, and what the world needs.

Hybrid knowledge

The world isn’t split neatly into subject silos, and neither is this degree. Students will study fundamental theories and concepts from disciplines across the sciences, arts and design, technology, the social sciences, and the humanities, and learn to combine them to tackle problems.

The world isn’t split neatly into subject silos, and neither is this degree. Students will study fundamental theories and concepts from disciplines across the sciences, arts and design, technology, the social sciences, and the humanities, and learn to combine them to tackle problems.

Paid internships

Every year, LIS will broker optional paid internships at some of the UK’s most prestigious public institutions, global enterprises, and exciting start-ups.

Every year, LIS will broker optional paid internships at some of the UK’s most prestigious public institutions, global enterprises, and exciting start-ups.

Excellent teaching

We place a premium on teaching rather than research. We've brought together a diverse and experienced group of academics, entrepreneurs, and educationalists who are dedicated to creating a transformational learning experience.

We place a premium on teaching rather than research. We've brought together a diverse and experienced group of academics, entrepreneurs, and educationalists who are dedicated to creating a transformational learning experience.

On our degree you will...

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Interrogate some of the toughest problems faced by the world today

Acquire theoretical knowledge from a range of disciplines

Learn a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, developing transferrable skills for the future

Combine knowledge and skills to tackle complex problems

Work with real companies and organisations tackling important problems

Learn from leading academics and professionals whose primary focus is your success

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Who's this course for?

LIS students come from diverse backgrounds and academic experiences, but what they have in common is that they are:

  • Curious and love to learn
  • Interested in a range of subjects or fields
  • Passionate about problems like climate change or inequality
  • Motivated by the challenge of an academically rigorous course
  • Excited to become leaders of the future

You may feel more comfortable with certain subjects over others and that’s ok, as long as you are open to learning from across different subjects, and prepared to:

  • Develop practical and transferrable skills for your future career
  • Gain experience through paid internships during your degree
  • Be part of a fast-paced, start-up learning environment
  • Meet like-minded, driven, and curious individuals
  • Start having an impact on the problems that matter to you

Testimonials

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I am very excited to apply to LIS. In the present day, from the political climate to the actual climate, there are many challenges that can be daunting to take on. I have a passion for learning and a desire to take action against modern day problems. I feel LIS is the perfect opportunity to combine these two traits and perhaps do something that really matters.

Emma

Student

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Why am I excited to apply? To be frank, the global problems we face scare me. And what scares me even more? The little that is being done to tackle them. LIS poses as a breath of fresh air - a place where like-minded people can tackle current problems in a stimulating and creative environment. I want to offer solutions, rather than complaining about what we already know. LIS will give young people the freedom and ability to use problem solving skills to do just that.

Tiffany

Student

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I have studied many of the great Greek philosophers and something that strikes me is that they were all educated in wide realms of knowledge. Today we specialise in our exploration of the world and our breadth of knowledge becomes narrower and narrower. The possible opportunity to study at LIS excites me because the interdisciplinary approach to problem solving is something I believe the modern world is missing. The climate crisis needs to be tackled from varying angles and studying a singular subject would not give me the breadth of knowledge and skills to help find a solution.

Madeline

Student

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