About this program
Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies MLitt
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.
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.
- 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 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.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university requirements.
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All students must take the following compulsory module:
- Core in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies
Students pick three optional modules. Unless students pursue a language track, 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.
Here is a sample of optional modules that may be offered:
- Central Asia in Global Politics
- Conflict and Peace in Post-Communist Eurasia
- Conflict in the Middle East
- International Relations of the Modern Middle East
- International Society and Central Asia
- Iran and the World since 1921
- Political Order and Violence in the Middle East
- Social Movements and Ideologies
- The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
- 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.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
The program 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.
Recent graduates from the MLitt in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies have gone on to work for:
- leading political risk consultancies
- various think tanks in the UK, Europe, Washington, DC
- local NGOs in The Middle East
- OSCE in Kazakhstan, the world's largest regional intergovernmental security organisation
- Governments, in diplomatic or analysis posts.
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