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Frequently Asked Questions

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About LIS

What does LIS stand for?

LIS stands for The London Interdisciplinary School.

What does interdisciplinary mean?

Real world problems don’t respect boundaries of subject or industry. Our interdisciplinary approach teaches you the most fundamental theories and models from across the arts and sciences, and then empowers you to make new connections and find new solutions.

What courses are available at LIS?

We believe that real-world problems require an interdisciplinary approach - this is why we offer one course that cuts across disciplinary boundaries. Our course takes the most fundamental theories and knowledge areas from across the arts, sciences, and humanities and applies them to real-world problems.

How many students will be on the 2021 programme?

Spaces are limited. There will be 100 students in our Founding Cohort. Don't miss your chance to help build and shape LIS for the future.

Can I do the programme part-time?

We don't currently offer a part-time programme.

Application process

When do applications open?

Join the LIS Network to be the first to know when we open applications for our 2021 cohort.

Are there any application fees?

There are no application fees.

Is there a minimum age for enrolment to the programme?

You must be 18 years old at enrolment in September 2021.

How do I apply?

You will be able to apply online, directly to LIS. When you apply, we’ll ask you for some background information including your contact information, education, and predicted grades.

All applicants will be invited to a Selection Day. These allow us to go beyond your grades: it's a chance for you to tell us what motivates and inspires you, and to show us your potential to tackle complex problems with imagination, energy, and intelligence. These days will consist of interviews and have been designed in line with how the world's leading companies are recruiting their employees today.

Can I apply via UCAS?

You apply to us directly. This means that LIS can be an additional option alongside your five UCAS choices.

Why is your admissions procedure so different from other universities?

We want to know who you are, how you think, and what you’re passionate about - and we don’t believe this can be summed up by your grades. This is why we invite all applicants to a Selection Day.

Our admissions process empowers you to show us the person you are beyond your grades: what motivates and inspires you, and your potential to tackle complex problems with imagination, energy, and intelligence.

What qualifications are acceptable?

We welcome A-levels, Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate, Welsh Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, German Abitur, Italian Maturita, and International Baccalaureate.

Please get in touch if you are unsure whether your qualifications will be accepted.

Are there any subject requirements?

We welcome candidates from all subject backgrounds - whether it’s arts, sciences, or a mix of subjects.

What grades do I need to apply?

We don’t have a minimum grade threshold; instead, we look at your grades in the context of your education, family, and personal background to understand what you’ve achieved in the context of your educational advantages or disadvantages. This means that we want to look at what you’ve achieved academically given your starting point.

How do you look at grades in the context of personal background?

We’ll look at your grades in the context of:
1) Your school
2) Your family background
3) Any disadvantages you may have had

What does a successful offer look like?

We will award conditional offers that take into account your personal background, circumstances, and individual learning needs. If successful, you will be part of our Founding Cohort starting in Autumn 2021.

Can I take a gap year and defer my entry?

We will make every reasonable effort to facilitate deferred entry for students who wish to enrol at LIS at a later date.

What work experience do I need to have?

Work experience is neither expected nor required. If you do have work experience though and would like to share this with us then our Selection Days are a great opportunity to do this.

Can I appeal an admissions decision?

You can appeal an admissions decision if you feel that it was not made fairly on the basis of the evidence you originally submitted.

However, you cannot appeal against admissions decisions based on the academic judgment of LIS staff about your suitability for entry to the programme. More information can be found in our Applicant Complaints and Appeals Procedure.

Can I request feedback on my application?

Yes, of course. Simply email if you would like to request feedback on your application.

If my application is unsuccessful, can I reapply?

You may reapply to LIS either the following year or in a future year. We strongly advise that you request detailed feedback on your original application if you are unsuccessful and wish to reapply.

Do I need an English language qualification?

The LIS programme is taught in English. If you've been taught and assessed in English for the past two years or longer then you do not need to provide an English language qualification.

If, however, you have not been attending a school where classes, coursework, and assessments were conducted in English for the past two years or longer, then you'll be asked to specify any English language qualifications that you hold. We will also ask that you email a copy of your qualification transcript to

All English language qualifications must be no more than two years old to be valid.

If you have not been taught and assessed in English for the past two years or longer and do not have a valid or current English language qualification, then you will be required to sit an English language test.

Can I apply if I have a criminal conviction?

If you have a criminal conviction that is both relevant and unspent, we'll ask you to disclose it on your application form. Please note, you will not be automatically excluded from the application process if you declare a conviction.

Failure to declare a relevant unspent criminal conviction could result in expulsion from the School, so we encourage you to seek advice if you're unsure whether or not you need to declare a conviction. If you receive a criminal conviction after you submit this application, you must inform us. For an explanation of what constitutes a relevant, unspent conviction, and how we use this information, please see our Criminal Offence policy in the 'policies' section of our website.

Will you take my background or personal circumstances into consideration?

It is our goal to ensure that no applicant is disadvantaged due to their background or personal circumstances.

We will take your personal and family background into account when considering your academic attainment. This will not impact the likelihood of you being made an offer. Only where we consider that you show strong academic attainment given your personal background will this have any bearing on our decision-making.

International students

Can I apply as an international student from outside the EU?

Unfortunately, at this time, we're currently unable to accept international students outside the EU. We will apply for a Tier 4 licence however, this will not be in place for applications to our 2021 cohort. If you join the LIS network then we will keep you updated on future developments regarding international applications.

Will EU citizens be eligible for ‘home fee’ status or student support?

According to the UK Council for International Student Affairs, there have been no decisions on whether EU citizens will be eligible for ‘home fee’ status or student support for those commencing study in 2021/22, following the UK's full withdrawal from the EU. There will be a new immigration system (expected to be in place from 1 January 2021). Anyone intending to come to the UK from January 2021 will need to apply under the relevant category of the immigration rules in place at that time. We are monitoring the effect of Brexit on EU students closely and will update this page as more information becomes available.

Selection Day

Who will be invited to a Selection Day?

All applicants will be invited to a Selection Day. These allow us to go beyond your grades: it's a chance for you to tell us what motivates and inspires you, and to show us your potential to tackle complex problems with imagination, energy, and intelligence.

When will Selection Days take place?

The first wave of Selection Days will take place from the end of January.

What happens at the Selection Day?

Selection Days will take place in London and will include at least one face-to-face interview so we can understand how you think. You don't have to prepare; just be yourself. It's a chance for us to get to know you, for you to get to know us, and hopefully to learn about yourself along the way.

What do you assess during the Selection Day?

We will assess your potential rather than your achievements. All aspects of the Selection Day are entirely optional – but the more you do, the more opportunity you have to show us who you are and the better we’ll be able to assess if you have the potential to succeed at LIS.

After the Selection Day, we’ll make offers; these will be conditional.

What are you looking for in candidates at the Selection Day?

We’re looking for candidates with the potential to become exceptional problem-solvers.

You’ll need to be comfortable accepting ambiguity, and you’ll need to show strong critical thinking skills. Ideal candidates will be open-minded, self-aware, reflective, and receptive to feedback. These criteria are based on the skills, mindsets, and behaviours you’ll need to succeed on our programme.

What if I can’t afford the travel to London for the Selection Day?

If you’re eligible for free school meals or an education maintenance allowance, we’ll reimburse you for your travel costs. If you're unsure whether you're eligible for these then please email

What if I can't make it to a Selection Day?

We will make every reasonable effort to accommodate students who are unable to attend a Selection Day. We are happy to offer alternative arrangements (e.g. Skype interviews) where it's sensible to do so.


What fees will I have to pay?

Our fees will be in line with the traditional university sector - c. £9,000 per year.

Will I be able to get a student loan?

You will be able to apply for Student Loan financing for our programme (including tuition fee loan and maintenance loan) once we have been awarded degree awarding powers.

Can I get a Disabled Students’ Allowance grant?

If you have a disability you may be able to get a Disabled Students’ Allowance grant to help pay the extra essential costs that you have as a direct result of your disability. This could be things like specialist computer software, help with extra transport costs, or somebody to help you take notes in lectures.

Mature students

How do you define a mature student?

If you’re over 21 when you enrol at LIS, then you are classified as a mature student.

Can I apply as a mature student?

Yes, we welcome applications from mature students.

Is the application process the same for mature applicants?

Yes, the application process is exactly the same - apply directly via the 'Apply Now' button in the top right corner or your screen.