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Interdisciplinary Programme

Our undergraduate programme offers a new way of learning that will equip you with the methods, knowledge, networks and practical experience to create lasting impact in the world.

What is Interdisciplinarity?

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.

LIS Rob Jones - the Metropolitan Police

At the Met Police, we want innovators and independent thinkers who can work with people from lots of different backgrounds to solve complex problems.

Ch Supt Rob Jones, Met Police

Real-world learning

Integrating academic studies with real-world problem-solving

Our programme

Our approach to learning is centred on real-world problems. These problems are generated through discussions with organisations across business, government and the non-profit sector.

About the Degree
LIS students learning on campus

Applying this interdisciplinary approach

Research Methods

  • Quantitative Methods

    Data science, machine learning, coding, statistics, maths, logic, game theory

  • Qualitative Methods

    Survey design, ethnography, interview techniques, action research, critique, discourse analysis

  • Graphicacy

    Design thinking, mapping, sketching, graphing

  • Knowledge Search Methods

    Navigatorial skills, literature reviews, authority and provenance

Amplify

  • Psychological

    Bias, emotional regulation, values and purpose, productivity

  • Cultural

    Identities, organisational, voice, context

  • Technical

    Campaigning, publishing, broadcasting, scaling, video and audio content production, editing

Applying this to real world problems

Methods

Quantitative and qualitative research methods are essential. These tools enable problems to be tackled afresh. Examples include survey design, coding, statistics, and interview techniques.

A good grasp of methods allows you to create new knowledge and work across several disciplines.

Methods at LIS

Superconcepts

Superconcepts are ideas that arise in one academic discipline but are found to have far-reaching impact in other disciplines. Examples might be Evolution (originally from biology), which now helps our understanding of everything from engineering design to internet memes, or Entropy, which originally arose as a concept in physics but is now used to understand migration and traffic flows.

Superconcepts explained