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The MLitt in International Security Studies is a one-year taught postgraduate programme run by the School of International Relations.

Highlights

  • 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 specific empirical case studies and global security issues.

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. The two compulsory modules will ground you in both long-standing and contemporary approaches to security issues.

Modules are taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Average lecture sizes range from 20 to 30 students, and tutorial sizes range 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. 

Research centres

The School of International Relations has three broad research themes:

  • conflict, peace and security
  • the evolving character of global and supra-national institutions
  • civil societies and international relations.

These themes are covered by the School's research centres:

Careers

Students who graduate from the MLitt in International Security Studies frequently find employment in the foreign service, non-governmental agencies and security consulting, or advance to a PhD to pursue an academic career.

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 in building their employability skills.


Visit the International Security Studies (MLitt) page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!

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