International Security Studies (MLitt) 2020 entry
The MLitt in International Security Studies introduces international security through traditional and critical approaches. Students will learn to cultivate their own voice by engaging with different theoretical approaches and empirical case studies.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 September 2021
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
One year full time
- A strong 2.1 Honours degree. A background in political science and international relations is strongly encouraged. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
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.
UK and EU: £11,420
30 April 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- CV or résumé
- personal statement indicating your knowledge of the programme and how it will benefit you (500 words)
- sample of academic written work (2,000 words)
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
What our students say
"Since I first came to St Andrews, I have been surrounded by an open, friendly and stimulating environment with outstanding staff members and a vibrant international community. It is this atmosphere that makes St Andrews a unique and inspirational setting to study in. The International Security Studies programme, with its comprehensive curriculum, provides students with a thought-provoking understanding of past and present security issues. The modules provided in the first semester, covering both critical and traditional security perspectives, offered me the perfect opportunity to cultivate my own academic voice and curiosity. Working together with students and lecturers with diverse academic backgrounds and perspectives makes exploring new thoughts and challenges an enriching task. My studies at St Andrews has provided me with a strong foundation from where I have been able to start my future international career."
Sebastian, Sweden - 2019
All International Security Studies MLitt students take two compulsory and two optional modules over the course of the programme.
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 see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2019–2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
- Critical Security Studies: examines the challenge to traditional conceptions of security presented by the emergence of critical security studies since the end of the Cold War.
- International Security: focuses on important issues and significant debates in security studies.
Here is a sample of optional modules that may be offered.
- The Changing Face(s) of Diplomacy: Emotions, Power and Persuasion in International Relations: highlights the role of emotions, persuasion and communication technology into the diplomatic arena.
- Emergent Great Powers: provides a comparative analysis of the emergence of India and China as great powers within the international system.
- Gender and Terrorism: explores gender as a tool for the construction and maintenance of power.
- The Global Politics of Everyday Life: explores how everyday life and global politics are co-constitutive by drawing on a range of interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives.
- The Military in Politics: introduces students to civil-military relations and then analyses how armed forces impact states domestic politics.
- Non-Western Political Thought: explores different elements of non-Western thought to understand assumptions about the body, political community and the world.
- Political Economy of Conflict: provides a political economy perspective on conflict in a developing economy.
- Religion and International Politics: investigates the so-called 'global resurgence' of politicised religion.
- Security and Development in East Asia: explores how The East Asian region contains some of the gravest security challenges while also being a global economic power.
- Security and Justice Institutions in World Politics: examines the development and efficacy of institutions in the fields of peace, security and justice.
- Spaces of Securitization: explores how securitization unfolds in theory and in practice by investigating the ‘spatial turn’ in international relations.
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). You may, with permission, take modules from other MLitt programmes in the School.
The final element of the MLitt is a 15,000-word dissertation. The dissertation should focus on an area of international 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.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there is an exit award 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.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.