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Interdisciplinary Practice: Culture & Complexity

The London Interdisciplinary School

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Entry requirements

  • Entry requirements: 2:1 UK Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Please note, we do not offer a recognition of prior learning (RPL) exemption.
  • Applicants will be required to submit a critical reflection designed to assess both their academic attainment and interdisciplinary problem-solving aptitudes.

Months of entry


Course content


  • Master's of Arts and Science (MASc) Interdisciplinary Practice: Culture & Complexity
  • Taught master's
  • One-year, full-time
  • Entry September 2022

The Programme

The world of work doesn’t respect subject boundaries. So why should your education?

The challenges faced by contemporary organisations are more interconnected and unpredictable than ever before. In this environment, a broad network of knowledge and cognitive flexibility is required to be comfortable in the face of extreme uncertainty. Individuals today need both an analytical toolkit and the ability to move between (often unfamiliar) domains.
That’s why we’ve designed the LIS master’s.
Hybrid Skills
At the centre of the MASc is a set of hybrid skills. These have been chosen specifically for their applicability to your future career. The workplace today is inherently interdisciplinary and data-rich. At its root are three deep systems: language, statistics, and visual media. Analytical skills in these vital areas are typically taught in isolation.
Our LIS master’s takes a different approach. Having established foundational capablities in each domain, you will learn how to combine these skills, enabling you to engage with complex, real-world questions and arrive at informed conclusions. Developing your own interdisciplinary skillset will allow you to work confidently with data of any type. Your ability to work at speed and scale will be supported further by instruction in a coding language like Python or R.

Interdisciplinary Lenses

Combining hybrid skills with interdisciplinary (ID) lenses will give you the intellectual tools to gain traction on some of the biggest issues we face. The MASc equips you with two ID lenses, each built on robust conceptual knowledge:

  • Culture, in terms of human behaviour and organisation; drawing on the social and behavioural sciences
  • Complexity, as it relates to systems, networks and forecasting; drawing on mathematics, philosophy and the natural sciences

These lenses will give you tools and perspectives that you can bring to bear on a wide variety of complex challenges. To ensure they are maximally practical and transferable, learning will be applied to contemporary and complex challenges such as health, inequality, and artificial intelligence.


The capstone is an invitation to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills you’ve learned on the master’s to an area of particular interest to you. This project demands creativity, autonomy, and originality.

Under the supervision of an LIS Faculty member and enriched through engagements with external professionals, you will explore a problem that is of professional, social, or academic importance. The outcome should be an intellectually rigorous product that is of genuine value. This should become a key part of your professional portfolio; that will help guide and support you in the next steps of your career.

Who's the Master's For?

The cohort will come from a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds. What they will have in common is a recognition that the working world is changing – this requires an interdisciplinary toolkit that can be applied to the diversity of complex professional challenges that are shaping our future. We’ve designed the programme for individuals who want to:

  • Upgrade their analytical skills (quant. and qual.)
  • Develop transferable ID tools Identify and pursue future career options
  • Enhance their professional network
  • Satisfy their intellectually curiosity

This MASc is intellectually stimulating and academically rigorous but the learning experience and outcomes will ultimately be practical.

Information for international students


  • We’re able to accept students with pre-settled and settled status through the EU settlement scheme.
  • We also hold a sponsorship licence which allows us to accept international students as part of the 2022 cohort.
  • An international student is someone who does not have “settled” status in the UK and would need to apply for a visa to study in the UK.
  • In line with UKVI guidance, before LIS makes any offer of a place, we will invite the student for a short screening call in relation to their ability and intention to study at LIS.

English Language Requirements

  • Our master's is taught in English. To derive full benefit from and succeed in passing our programme, you must be able to understand and express yourself in English (reading and listening, speaking and writing).
  • Non-Home students seeking LIS sponsorship to study in the UK will need to pass a Secure English Language Test (SELT). These tests must have been passed within two years of application to the programme.
  • Please see the International Students page of our website for further information. If you want to get in touch and feel that the guidelines below do not cover your case, then we’ll do our best to give advice. You can email masters@lis.ac.uk.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

We don’t want cost to be a barrier when it comes to choosing to do your master’s at LIS; we’re here to help provide guidance and support on all things financial.

UK Students

  • The annual tuition fee for UK students enrolling at LIS in 2022 is £15,000.
  • This fee applies to UK students, as well as EU students holding settled and pre-settled status under the European Settlement Scheme. In future years, fees for continuing students may be subject to an inflationary increase, if the government increases the current fee cap.

International Students

  • The annual tuition fee for international students enrolling in 2022 is £25,000. We hold a sponsorship licence and are able to accept applications from international students.
  • This fee covers all elements of your registration, enrolment, tuition, supervision, and assessment for the full academic year. It doesn’t cover living costs, books, materials (including a laptop computer), or travel. Please note that in order to access the programme, you’ll need your own portable computer device uploaded with Microsoft Office (Student Version).
  • If owing to personal circumstances you cannot purchase a personal device, you can apply to the LIS Foundation to provide you with one. LIS also has a “laptop bank” to provide for students who have a short-term device requirement.

Financial Support

  • We’re here to help, so just let us know if you need support.
  • We want to make sure that you’re given every opportunity to succeed at LIS and we know that everyone’s situation is different. If you’re a home student and would like to apply for one of our hardship grants, then please email masters@lis.ac.uk.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MASc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Kristen Stockdale