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Interdisciplinary Problems & Methods (Bachelors)

Overview

An interdisciplinary course, 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 programme 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 programme.

This kind of interdisciplinary understanding will help you interact with and tackle real-world problems. These may be in business, the charity sector, your own start-up or, more broadly, one of the wider issues we face as a society.

A range of interesting and challenging problems have been put forward by our partners from the worlds of business, charity, tech, academia, and more...

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

LIS - Tackling malaria

Our interdisciplinary programme will...

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Allow you to interrogate some of the toughest problems faced by the world

Explore the connections between disciplines

Tackle complex, real-world social and business problems

Boast 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

Hybrid
knowledge

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.

Work of
value

You will be given complex, real-world social and business problems before learning the practical methods and tools that you need to understand and solve them. You’ll then have the opportunity to take these tools into the workplace through our work with partner organisations.

Excellent
teaching

LIS boasts a faculty of excellent teachers - experts dedicated to creating a transformational learning experience - supported by academics and industry practitioners. Your learning will take place in a range of classroom, digital, and in-the-field settings using the best proven pedagogical methods.

What is Interdisciplinary?

“Interdisciplinary means really combining disciplines or subjects together in new and relevant ways to solve problems that can’t be solved in any other way.”

What's different about LIS?

Course

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

Placements

Our paid work-placements are integrated into the real-world, giving you the experience and network you need to help kickstart your career.

Admissions

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

Course Structure

The programme is organised around a series of real-world problems which have been put forward by our partner network. 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.

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Videography

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Modelling

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Machine learning

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Storytelling

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Survey design

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Game theory

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Ethnography

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Data science

Career
Possibilities

Management Consultant
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Lawyer
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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.

Academic
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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
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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.

“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

Key Information

Applications are now open

The deadline for the first wave of applications is the 15th January 2020.

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Academic Year 2020/21

September 2020 until June 2021.

Application Deadline

The deadline for the first wave of applications is 15th of January 2020. We know there will be prospective students whose lives don't map neatly onto this deadline and so we'll keep applications open on a rolling basis. That being said, we strongly encourage any students still at school to apply by the 15th of January, so that you can attend a Selection Day before exam pressures mount up towards the summer.

Duration

The course will take place full-time over three years, with paid work-placements happening within the academic year and start of summer.

Getting to know you during admissions

Our admissions process is designed to recognise you as an individual with your own story, not just three letters on a page. This is why we'll invite all applicants to a Selection Day, where we can get to know you and you can get to know us.

Programme Requirements

We welcome candidates from all subject backgrounds - whether it's arts, sciences, or a mix of subjects. We don't have a minimum grade threshold; instead, we look at your grades 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.

Selection Days

Every student who applies to LIS 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.

Contact

If you have any questions or require any assistance, please get in touch and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.