We aim to furnish you with the skills that employers are looking for, alongside the ability to apply academic knowledge in a practical way.

We offer a sound interdisciplinary platform for moving on to postgraduate study in professional areas such as teaching, health, sport and leisure, or cultural industries.

With the Cheshire campus being a truly interdisciplinary faculty, our international work reflects the strengths of our programmes, research and knowledge partnerships the arts, business, education, sport and social sciences.

Many of our staff have networks of local research and placement providers, so our students benefit from a range of work experience opportunities in youth work, child health and wellbeing, outdoor activities, schools and nurseries, charities for the homeless, and support organisations such as the YMCA, Cheshire Without Abuse, Catch 22 and many others.

We focus carefully on helping you to gain work experience in your chosen sector whilst studying your degree subjects.

Study abroad opportunities are available through the ERASMUS exchange programme with a range of universities in France, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Eastern Europe.

We have undertaken longstanding international multi-professional project work with refugees, with links to institutions in the Czech Republic, Serbia, the USA and Canada.

In 2016 staff were proud to receive awards demonstrating the excellence of their teaching in the subject areas of Outdoor studies, Abuse Studies and Childhood and Youth studies.


Staff have a plethora of research interests within their specific disciplines as well as offering interdisciplinary insights into research topics.

Listed below are some of the research interests of staff in the department:

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Knowledge Exchange

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies has successfully delivered a range of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in recent years, working with small to medium businesses and third sector organisations varying from automotive recycling and sustainability projects to social housing and neighbourhood sustainability, with recent partnerships focussing on addressing fuel poverty in deprived urban settings.

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