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

The MLitt in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies is a one-year multidisciplinary degree run by the School of International Relations. It 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 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 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. Average lecture sizes range from 20 to 30 students, and tutorial sizes range 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. 

Research seminars, organisations and events

The School of International Relations hosts a variety of research seminars throughout the academic session to promote the work of the faculty, students and visiting speakers.

The Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies (MECACS) promotes cross-disciplinary education and research in these locales to understand their importance to their respective disciplines. The Centre for Syrian Studies hosts seminars and conferences on Syria. 

A number of student-led associations and organisations contribute to the development and profile of International Relations throughout the University and the community.

Careers

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 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 in building their employability skills.


Visit the Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies (MLitt) page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!

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