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Multidisciplinary study: the value and benefits
Multidisciplinary study: the value and benefits

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11 Conclusion

By now, you should be in a good position to articulate the skills and benefits of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary study, and become your very own Beatrix Potter or modern day Aristotle!

In this course you have explored the different terminology used to describe studying more than one subject and how this can be a strength when examining issues through a range of different subject ‘lenses’. You have also considered the different skills that can be gained from multi-subject study and had the opportunity to reflect on how you might explain these skills to a potential employer. You have also been introduced to the concept of multipotentiality and multipotentialites and their particular work approaches (Wapnick, 2017) as well as having identified potential career pathways.

You should now 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 an inter/multidisciplinary qualification to employers
  • reflect on the benefits of studying a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary qualification.
  • recognise the concept of ‘multipotentiality’ and reflect on how it might apply to you
  • examine a range of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary subjects.

We hope you feel encouraged to think more deeply about why, and how, studying a multidisciplinary qualification is a good option for you to develop academically, personally and professionally.