University College for Interdisciplinary Learning

Benefits and opportunities

UCIL offers a variety of units, programmes and challenges which are credit-bearing, free of charge and form part of your undergraduate degree.

Based on feedback from students who have taken UCIL units, we've highlighted some key benefits below.

UCIL offers you the opportunity to:

  • Enhance your degree by taking a unit outside your subject

  • Meet and study with undergraduates from across the university

  • Stand out from the crowd and boost your employability

Some units also form part of our prestigious Programmes and Challenges.

In the Financial Times, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, wrote

"Studying at university can and should be a unique and “transformational” experience. It should challenge your principles, take you outside your comfort zone, broaden your horizons and deepen your awareness, give you opportunities to grasp new experiences — often abroad — and even expose you to some shocking realities through volunteering in areas that you may never have known.

There are opportunities to learn about so many things outside your chosen subject or discipline. Employers repeatedly tell us they want graduates equipped with more than a good degree result; and society needs engaged, informed and questioning citizens.”

The unit broadened my horizons and taught me new skills and methods of research that are outside my major degree UCIL student

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