Taught course

Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies

University of St Andrews · School of International Relations

Entry requirements

A strong 2.1 (UK) or equivalent (GPA 3.6) in first degree or its equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Course highlights

  • The course is designed for professionals who have worked in or on these regions and for students with a decided interest in this area.
  • In most years, the MECCASS teaching staff conducts a study trip for students to either Central Asia or the Middle East, offering unique insights; these trips are contingent on staff availability and conditions on ground, and are funded by participating students.
  • The course offers an opportunity for language study in Arabic, Persian, or Russian.
  • The MECACS Institute brings practitioners and outside experts regularly, creating a teaching environment that is deeply informed with real world experience.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies is a multidisciplinary degree which offers an advanced grounding in the security of three fascinating and turbulent regions: the Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia. It explores the security, politics, economics, history and culture of these strategically significant areas.

The programme is a one year taught postgraduate programme run by the School of International Relations which consists of four taught modules taken over two semesters and a 15,000-word dissertation in an area of your choice.

Modules are taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials with average lecture sizes ranging from 20 to 30 students and tutorial sizes ranging from 1 to 15 students. Assessment methods include a combination of examination and coursework.

Every MLitt student is assigned a dissertation supervisor who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process.

Information for international students

A high proportion of IR postgraduates are overseas students. Overseas student whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of English language competency e.g. IELTS band 7 or equivalent. http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/entry/

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 461944