Study

There are a variety of ways to get involved in the work of the Institute.

  • By applying to the MLitt in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies. This programme prepares students for academic, policymaking and practitioner roles relating to the contemporary Middle East, Central Asia and Security Studies. Former students testify to its impact upon their career paths.
    The programme taught me to think about International Relations in an interdisciplinary, historical, cultural, and theoretically-informed way. Learning about Central Asia and the Middle East from leading scholars and my peers in class prepared me to get my first job upon graduation in Qatar, and set me up for the research career I am currently pursuing.

    Dr Kristin Eggeling, Alumni 2013, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Copenhagen

    A regional specialisation combined with the study of a regional lingua franca, Russian in my case, and strong critical and research skills were the key assets the MECASS programme gave me. These, together with the University`s international reputation, helped me start and advance my career straight in the field, first in Kazakhstan and now Georgia. It also amazes me that, wherever I have lived, I have always found a network of fellow St Andreans ready to support me.

    Alberto Mastellari, Alumni 2014, Member of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia

  • Other related Masters programmes include Middle Eastern History, Iranian Studies and Middle Eastern Literary and Cultural Studies.
  • By applying to PhD programmes in our Schools:
  • By applying to become a Visiting Researcher.
  • By considering MECACS as a host institute for a postdoctoral fellowship.
  • Attending seminars and conferences.
  • Practitioners and policymakers can contact MECACS to discuss options to host a study day or workshop involving MECACS members. If you would like to discuss options, costs and formats for study days and retreats, please contact mecacs@st-andrews.ac.uk.