MYP programme design uses two kinds of concepts:


Key concepts are powerful, abstract ideas that have many dimensions and definitions. Key concepts engage students in higher-order thinking, helping them to connect facts and topics with more complex conceptual understanding.


Related concepts promote depth of learning and add coherence to the understanding of academic subjects and disciplines. Inquiry into related concepts helps students to develop more complex and sophisticated conceptual understanding.


Concepts can be interpreted differently and explored from various perspectives and at different levels of complexity.