Taught course

Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies (MLitt)

Institution
University of St Andrews · School of International Relations
Qualifications
MLittMPhil

Entry requirements

A strong 2.1 Honours degree.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MLitt in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies is a one-year multidisciplinary degree run by the School of International Relations 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.

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 and themes.
  • In most years, the MECCASS teaching staff conduct a study trip for students to either Central Asia or the Middle East, offering unique insights (these trips depend on staff availability and conditions on ground, and cannot, therefore be guaranteed to be available every year; they are funded by participating students).
  • The course offers an opportunity for language study in Arabic, Persian or Russian.
  • Teaching is deeply informed with real-world experience as the programme regularly brings in practitioners and outside experts.

Teaching format

The programme 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 5 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.

Modules

All students taking the Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies MLitt take one compulsory and one optional module in Semester 1 and two optional modules in Semester 2.

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
£10,360
International students
EU: £10,360  Overseas: £20,980

Qualification and course duration

MLitt

full time
12 months

MPhil

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Secretary
Email
irpgt@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 1944