University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies

The MLitt in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies (MECCASS) provides students with an in-depth familiarity with the culture of the geographic area of the Middle East and Central Asia/Caucasus. The programme is a one year taught postgraduate programme run by the School of International Relations which 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 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.

Entry requirements

A strong 2.1 Honours degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/entrance-requirements/

Course modules

Semester 1: All students must take the following compulsory module:
1. Core in Middle Eastern 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 must also choose one module in either Middle East or the Central Asia/Caucasus regions:
1. Ideologies and Social Movements in the Middle East: examines prominent ideologies in the modern history of the Middle East, and the role ideas play in the political mobilisation of society.
2. Political Order and Violence in the Middle East: examines the origins and the causes and consequences of political order in this contested region.
Central Asia in Global Politics: analyses nation- and state- building agendas in post-Soviet Central Asia and its geopolitical status.
Semester 2: Students choose two of the following optional modules, ensuring that among the total of three optional modules, one is from the Middle East and one from the Caucasus or Central Asia.
1. New and Emerging Security Threats in the Caucasus and Central Asia: examines specific under-studied threats and risks comparatively across eight countries.
2. Conflict in the Middle East: investigates the political, economic and social conditions generating conflict both within and between states in the Middle East.
3. Conflicts, Security and Democracy in the Greater Caucasus: examines the conflicts and efforts at their resolution in the North and South Caucasus.
4. Social Movements, Revolutions and Authoritarianism in North Africa: examines the structural and inter-subjective features of democratic, authoritarian and revolutionay change, and locates them vis-à-vis the evolution of regional politics and the international system.
5. Iran and the World since 1921: takes an in-depth look at the development of the modern Iranian state from its inception under Reza Khan in the 1920s to the present day.
Language track: Those doing a language track will, in place of one of the above modules, take 30 to 40 language credits chosen from Russian, Arabic or Persian.

Dissertation: 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.

Assessment methods

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 visit the University of St Andrews website and read the postgraduate course catalogue.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 20,370 per Whole course (International) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,870 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,870 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,870 per Whole course (Wales) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,870 per Whole course (EU) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,870 per Whole course (England) 1 years

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