London Interdisciplinary School (LIS)


  • Location: City

About us

We’re building a new London university with a unique interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASc) degree.

In a world faced by ever more complex problems, it’s never been more important to find new ways of thinking and doing. Today’s graduates need to be more versatile, more entrepreneurial, and more resilient than ever before. They need to be comfortable with uncertainty and able to navigate complex and fast-changing environments.

Our degree, Interdisciplinary Problems and Methods, is the first of its kind in the UK. Multifaceted real-world challenges — challenges like sustainability, global health, and the ethics of AI — don’t respect the traditional subject boundaries; so why should your degree?

LIS in 60 seconds

LIS is founded upon a core belief: the 21st-century leader requires a broad set of interdisciplinary approaches and methods to tackle the world’s most complex problems. We built this university the LIS way: through a problems-first, interdisciplinary approach, grounded in rigorous methods, with real-world applications.

What makes us different

At the heart of our BASc degree you’ll find three things: 

- Study Complex Problems

Study problems like climate change, inequality, and the future of cities. You'll engage with multiple subjects and disciplines simultaneously, gaining different perspectives on them. You could be taught complexity theory by a physicist one day, and graphic design by an artist the next. You’ll be able to focus on the parts of these problems that interest you, as well as choosing your own problems entirely on occasions.

- Discover Methods

You will study qualitative and quantitative methods, which will enable you to apply what you know. They are tools and techniques, literacies and competencies, designed to improve your learning by doing and help you take action.

- Work with real organisations

You’ll have the chance to do genuine work of value throughout your degree - whether that’s via a project brief in term time, where an organisation asks you to help them on a problem, or during your summer internship.

Course locations

The London Interdisciplinary School (LIS)

20-30 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1EW