University of St Andrews

Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies MLitt

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Typology Postgraduate
Location St andrews (Scotland)
Duration 1 Year
  • Postgraduate
  • St andrews (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    1 Year

The MLitt in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies (MECCASS) provides students with an in-depth familiarity with the political and security dynamics of the geographic area of the Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia.

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St Andrews (Fife)
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University Of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ


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· What are the objectives of this course?

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.

· Who is it intended for?

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.

· Requirements

A strong 2.1 Honours degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements. English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

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What you'll learn on the course

Global Politics
Communist Eurasia
Transnational Islam
International Relations
Social Movements

Course programme


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
Language track

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 (see the University's position on curriculum development).


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. 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.

Additional information

Overseas: £21,990

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