The world is changing at a rapid pace and global developments, such as those relating to climate change, food security and energy sources, are becoming increasingly complex. These challenges require interdisciplinary solutions. Now more than ever, we need people from interdisciplinary backgrounds who can see beyond the limits of their own field and come up with innovative solutions.
The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies is responding to that need with a variety of interdisciplinary study programmes and electives.
Natural and Social Sciences
The natural and social sciences are not limited to a single field. Rather, they combine elements of exact sciences, life sciences, social sciences, economics and philosophy. Students learn to work with other areas of expertise in a critical but constructive way.
Future Planet Studies
Future Planet Studies is all about the future. What will life on earth look like in both the short and longer term? Students draw on natural, social and behavioural sciences to come up with solutions to complex current challenges.
Students come to the Master’s programme in Forensic Science from various backgrounds, such as a Bachelor’s in Computing Science, Mathematics or Chemistry. They learn how to apply their scientific expertise to forensic research and in that way contribute to addressing public and social issues.
Brain and Cognitive Sciences
The brain is an immensely powerful and complicated machine, constantly selecting essential information, transforming it and storing it to enable us to communicate in a continuously changing, dynamic environment. The Research Master’s programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences examines various aspects of the brain, from the point of view of different disciplines.