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The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies furnishes you with the skills that employers are looking for alongside the ability to apply academic knowledge in a practical way. We also offer a sound interdisciplinary platform for moving on to postgraduate study in professional areas such as teaching and health-related professions or the sport and leisure, and cultural industries.

With the Cheshire campus being a truly interdisciplinary faculty, our international work reflects the strengths of our programmes, research and knowledge partnerships in Exercise & Sport Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Contemporary Arts and Business and Management.

Extensive ERASMUS exchange opportunities exist for undergraduate students with a range of universities from France, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Eastern Europe, while ESS have many international links including coaching links with India, the US and Canada, India and Nigeria.

The department, meanwhile, has undertaken longstanding international multi-professional project work on refugees, with links to institutions in the Czech Republic, Serbia, the USA (Boston) and Canada.


Our research includes internationally leading work in health and exercise, sports history, policy perspectives. We offer a full range of postgraduate research opportunities in areas ranging from health-related issues such as mental health policy and HIV AIDS, to work on literature such as Ruskin's vision of rural communities and contemporary film and media.

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The department regularly receives recognition for the excellence of our teaching and, in 2016, staff received awards for excellent teaching in Outdoor studies, Abuse Studies and Childhood and Families.