The MLitt in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies (MECCASS) provides students with in-depth familiarity with the political and security dynamics of the geographic area of the Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia.
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.
- The course is designed as a prelude to professional work in diplomacy, government, NGOs, or international business or as a preparation for PhD study.
- 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 the 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.
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.
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.
All students must take the following compulsory module:
- Core in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies: focuses on major themes in the study of international security and applies them to the study of the Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia.
Students pick three optional modules. Unless students pursue a language track (below), they are expected to take at least one of their optional modules in the Middle East subject area, and one optional module in the Caucasus or Central Asia subject areas.
- The Arab-Israeli Conflict, Past and Present
- Central Asia in Global Politics
- Conflict and Peace in Post-Communist Eurasia
- Conflict in the Middle East
- Conflicts, Security and Democracy in the Greater Caucasus
- Global and Transnational Islam
- International Relations of the Modern Middle East
- International Society and Central Asia
- Iran and the World since 1921
- Politics and State Formation in the Middle East
- Social Movements and Ideologies in the Middle East
- Social Movements, Revolutions and Authoritarianism in North Africa
Those doing a language track will, in place of one of the above modules, take language modules chosen from Russian, Arabic or Persian.
Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students.
The final element of the MLitt is a 15,000-word dissertation. The dissertation should focus on an area of Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian security studies in which you are interested in. Each student is supported by a relevant supervisor from the School who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation must be submitted by the end of August.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2019 entry.
Recent graduates from the MLitt in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies have gone on to work for:
- a leading European think tank on the Caucasus and Central Asia in Brussels,
- OSCE in Kazakhstan, the world's largest regional intergovernmental security organisation,
- leading political risk consultancies,
- various think tanks in Washington, DC,
- local NGOs in Central Asia.
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
- A strong 2.1 Honours degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency.
The qualifications listed are indicative of minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
- CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date.
- personal statement indicating your knowledge of the programme and how it will benefit you (500 words).
- a sample of academic written work (2,000 words).
- two original signed academic references.
- academic transcripts and degree certificates.
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.
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