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Multidisciplinary Innovation, UK and Amsterdam

The Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation Programme is an exciting new opportunity for current undergraduate students who would like to study at our Amsterdam campus. This opportunity is open to all non-design and design students.
The programme offers a range of modules that develop creative thinking, problem-solving and city-based study and enhances employability through industry contact and professional interdisciplinary connections.

This is a one-year award for Northumbria students from a non-design background who are seeking to complement their degree and experiences with a year of design and creative thinking-related study. The Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation programme is also open to design-based students who wish to enhance and expand their knowledge and skills. To study on the programme students must have successfully completed Level 5 of their undergraduate studies. The one-year will involve a semester of taught study in Amsterdam followed by one semester in Newcastle.
In both semesters students will learn creative tools and approaches and work on crucial issues facing modern cities and produce a range of creative outputs that demonstrate problem-solving practical approaches and suggestions for change (covering areas such as mobility, technology, utilities and services and cultural institutions). Students will approach challenges from the perspective of their own discipline, talent and expertise and learn how it relates to other disciplinary approaches in terms of solution creation and creative thinking.

The award made to these students on completion of their Northumbria studies will be BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) X with Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation.

Academic programme Information

In order to apply for the Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation place for the next academic year (2020/21), you will need to sign up to the application portal, following the link below.

Please ensure that you are using Google Chrome or Firefox as your web browser - the portal and subsequent application form will not work correctly with Internet Explorer or Safari.

When signing up to the portal please ensure that you use your Northumbria University e-mail address. Applications coming from external e-mail addresses (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo) will be rejected and deleted.

Your Northumbria University e-mail address should have your full name format (e.g., not your username (e.g. Applications coming from NU usernames will also be rejected and deleted as they will not work with secondary processes in the system.

Please ensure that you add the e-mail address to your 'safe senders' list in your Northumbria Outlook mail settings BEFORE signing up to the portal so that you receive all notifications from the application system.


Book Your Session with the Study Abroad Team

A mandatory requirement for studying abroad is to attend a 121 session with the Study Abroad team who will be able to advise you on how the programme works, available locations, finance, support etc. To book a 121 appointment with a member of the Study Abroad team please click on the 'Book now' button.

Online appointments by Smoothbook

After the appointment you will be e-mailed a code which you can then use in your application form.

Please only book one session at a time - once you have attended your session you may then book for a subsequent one should you need further advice or guidance.

If you have any questions please email




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