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Aim 6: Multi-disciplinary learning for global challenges
Multi-disciplinary education allows students the flexibility to study within a number of disciplines during a single degree programme, as characterised by the Flexible Combined Honours programme at Exeter. This is increasingly popular with students for many reasons; for example, not wanting to specialise too early, wanting to be prepared for an uncertain future where single discipline study does not necessarily lead to a career path, or the intrinsic interest of having an insight into a variety of fascinating topics.
Multi-disciplinary approaches link closely to Interdisciplinary approaches, which are increasingly of interest globally. For example, insights from one discipline can be used within another, or a particular problem or issue can be examined from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Many of today’s global issues are so complex that they do not fall simply into the context of a single discipline, as seen within Exeter’s Grand Challenges. Of importance is that the workplace of today requires graduates who can work in teams that are both multi-disciplinary and multi-professional.