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Interdisciplinary Problems & Methods


An interdisciplinary degree, built around real-world problems.

You will deep dive on multiple disciplines and bring insights together in new and exciting ways to solve real-world problems.

Our interdisciplinary degree will involve focused learning on a range of disciplines across the sciences, arts and design, technology, the social sciences, and the humanities. It’s important to not think in traditional ways when considering these subjects - the world is not divided up in this way, so neither is this degree.

This kind of interdisciplinary understanding will help you interact with and tackle real-world problems.

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A new approach to real-world problems

During your time at LIS, you will investigate complex challenges such as childhood obesity, plastic pollution, genome editing, and global pandemics. Whilst the course is structured around real-world problems, its core is centred on academic disciplines and a range of research methods. A strong understanding of these will allow you to graduate with tools and skills designed for the rapidly changing future of work.

LIS - Tackling malaria

On our interdisciplinary degree you will...

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Interrogate some of the toughest problems faced by the world

Explore the connections between disciplines

Tackle complex real-world problems

Learn from a faculty of excellent teachers

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We aim to position our graduates to take up roles in organisations across the private, public, and non-profit sector.

The core elements of our educational approach include


Rather than organising learning into subject silos, our innovative interdisciplinary approach teaches the most fundamental theories, research methods, and models from across the arts and sciences, then trains the mind to make new connections and find new solutions.

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You will be given complex real-world problems before learning the practical methods and tools that you need to understand and solve them.


LIS boasts a faculty of excellent teachers - academics dedicated to creating a transformational learning experience.

What's different about LIS?


The future of education and the future of work are interdisciplinary. Our degree equips you with the skills you'll need in a rapidly changing world.


Our optional internships will give you the experience and network to help kickstart your career.


We look beyond traditional assessments and have designed an admissions process that is challenging, exciting, and fair.

Course Structure

The degree is organised around a series of real-world problems. You will tackle a new problem each term. These problems will provide an ideal framework to deep dive into different academic disciplines. You will use research methods to create your own outputs, evidencing your understanding of the challenge posed.

Problem Examples

Childhood Obesity in the UK

Obesity increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancers, depression and more. It is ...

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Mosquito Gene Drive To Fight Malaria

With around 430,000 deaths annually, nearly half the world’s population is at risk of ...

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The Knife Crime Epidemic

Knife crime is rising at an alarming 14% a year across the country. With 30% of ...

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Research Methods

You will learn a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as a collection of mental models from across the arts and sciences. These will form your toolkit for interdisciplinary problem-solving.






Machine learning




Survey design


Game theory




Data science


Management Consultant

Management consultants are expert problem-solvers. They work as part of a team (requiring excellent teamwork skills) in a largely client-facing role. As such, they need to be adept communicators - both oral and written - in order to build and maintain strong relationships.

Government Researcher

Researchers employ a range of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, requiring a strong understanding of statistical and graphical analysis. They demonstrate resourcefulness with a keen eye for detail.

Data Analyst

Analysts are able to understand and interpret data with a high degree of accuracy, reflecting their mathematical abilities. More and more, analysts use programming languages, such as Python, as part of their job.

Social Entrepreneur

Social entrepreneurs want to create a business that achieves a positive social impact. They have the resilience to follow ideas through, even in the face of failure, to deliver successful outcomes for society.

Charity worker

Charity workers need a range of knowledge and skills, for example, finance, politics, international relations, data science, health, communications etc. to deliver impact in their chosen sector.


According to research, at least 50% of trainee lawyers don't have a law degree. Instead, they choose to study something else as an undergraduate, before pursuing a law conversion course (known as the GDL). Law firms seek out trainees who are commercially aware, analytic, and excellent researchers.


A number of LIS students may go on to pursue postgraduate qualifications and academic careers. Interdisciplinary postgraduate degrees (e.g. neuroscience, AI, social sciences, and the creative disciplines) are increasingly popular with students and offered by most universities.

You Choose

What have we missed? Well, pretty much everything else. LIS will prepare you for a huge number of jobs - including the ones which don't exist yet.

Sue Bonney - LIS

“We get thousands of graduate CVs each year and it’s so much more powerful for someone to show that they’ve done it than to say that they can. This is where LIS can really help us.”

Susan Bonney, KPMG


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