Taught course

International Security Studies

University of St Andrews · School of International Relations

Entry requirements

A strong 2.1 Honours degree. A background in political science and international relations is strongly encouraged. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in International Security Studies introduces international security through traditional and critical approaches. Students will learn to cultivate their own voice by engaging with different theoretical approaches and empirical case studies.

This is a one-year taught postgraduate programme run by the School of International Relations.


  • Allows students to study critical and traditional security approaches.
  • Ensures that students grasp the cutting-edge debates taking place in security studies.
  • Invites students to think originally and pushes them to ask alternative questions.
  • Provides opportunities for students to apply a wide array of theoretical lenses.
  • Encourages students to focus on empirical case studies and global security issues.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of St Andrews is committed to attracting the very best students, regardless of financial circumstances. Find out more about the scholarships and postgraduate loans available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MLitt
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 1944