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BASc in London University

Inter-
Disciplinary
Problems
& Methods (BASc)

A Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) where students tackle complex problems, by applying knowledge and skills from a range of subjects. 

A Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) where students tackle complex problems, by applying knowledge and skills from a range of subjects. 

Complex, real-world problems require interdisciplinary solutions

Problems like climate change, inequality and the ethics of artificial intelligence can’t be solved by one subject alone.

Our Interdisciplinary Problems & Methods (BASc) is the first undergraduate degree of its kind in the UK.

It has been designed to address real-world problems and equip students with the knowledge and skills they’ll need to thrive after graduation.

At the core of the BASc, you'll find:

Problems

Learning is structured around problems. Each term, students interrogate a relevant and important problem, like how to tackle inequality or make steps towards a greener future.

Disciplines

Throughout each term, students study knowledge and skills from across the arts, sciences and humanities. These diverse sources of knowledge provide the lenses through which to understand the given problem, and start to identify ways to tackle it.

Methods

Students learn a variety of research methods, both qualitative (e.g. writing, videography) and quantitative (e.g. coding, statistics), that can be used when tackling problems throughout the degree, and beyond.

Bringing it together through coaching

Coaching plays an integral role in interdisciplinary learning. Each week, small groups of students are helped by a faculty member to make connections across the disciplines, and bring their learning together.

Laurence's Project (Year 1, Term 3)

Laurence problem statement

How we're different

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

Problem-based learning

We use real-world problems as a framework for learning. The chosen problems each term are relevant (i.e. they're important and happening right now), evolving and complex. They will reflect what students care about, what organisations care about, and what the world needs.

Defining Interdisciplinarity

Bringing together the arts, sciences and humanities

The world isn’t split neatly into subjects, and neither is this degree. Students study knowledge and skills from across the disciplines, learning to combine them to tackle problems.

Yearly paid internships

LIS brokers yearly internships for every eligible student. Previous employer organisations have included Innocent Drinks, KPMG, B Corp, MTR Elizabeth Line, Fidelity International, TextureAI and Tech Nation. Internships are paid and take place over the summer.

We interview every applicant

Students apply directly to LIS via our website. We aren't on UCAS. All eligible applicants will be invited to interview at one of our Selection Days, so we can get to know you beyond your grades.

On our degree, you will...

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Tackle some of the world's toughest problems

Study a breadth of subjects

Learn a range of qualitative and quantitative methods

Learn from a world-class faculty

Combine knowledge from the arts, sciences and humanities

Work with real organisations tackling important problems

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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:

  • Intellectually curious
  • Interested in a range of subjects
  • Passionate about problems like climate change or inequality
  • Excited about the idea of joining a new university

Meet our students

Founding cohort

Graduate prospects

Our BASc students haven’t graduated yet, so we can’t say with certainty what they will do after LIS. But what we do know is that they’re developing a set of in-demand skills and aptitudes that today’s employers want – to the extent that some of our students have already been offered jobs from their internships.

Innocent Drinks internship

Testimonials

Speechmarks

After starting a 'monodisciplinary' degree, I was dissatisfied with the extremely limited scope of knowledge that was being taught. I stumbled upon LIS and discovered the degree that would give me the space to explore several academic interests, all while developing an invaluable professional skillset. No brainer.

Jet - current student

Speechmarks

You know when someone asks if you could have one super power, what would it be? LIS really feels like that superpower.

Dhiresh - current student

Speechmarks

I talk to my friends at other universities and it’s clear that we have something special. There’s a community at LIS that other, bigger places just don’t have -and that community gives me life, every single day.

Current student

Prospectus

Learn more about the degree, admissions and life at LIS

Term Dates

2023/24 Academic Calendar

  • Welcome Week: 25-29th September 2023
  • Term 1: 2nd October – 15th December 2023
  • Term 2: 8th January – 22nd March 2024
  • Term 3: 22nd April – 7th June 2024
  • Internships: From June 10th 2024 onwards

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Introduction to LIS

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