Free course

Multidisciplinary study: the value and benefits

Free statement of participation on completion

This free course, Multidisciplinary study: the values and benefits, explores the advantages of studying more than one subject and will help you to decide if multidisciplinary study is for you. Featuring videos with students on the Open University’s ‘Open’ qualifications, you will learn about the unique skills you can gain from studying a multi-subject qualification and how it can benefit your career prospects.

The Open University would really appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us about yourself and your expectations for the course before you begin, in our optional start-of-course survey. Once you complete the course we would also value your feedback and suggestions for future improvement, in our optional end-of-course survey. Participation will be completely confidential and we will not pass on your details to others.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • identify and explain the difference between multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary study
  • recognise the benefits of applying different subject approaches or views to different contexts
  • explain the skills gained from studying multi-subject qualifications to employers
  • recognise the concept of ‘multipotentiality’ and reflect on how it might apply to you
  • identify potential career pathways from studying a multi-subject qualification.

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