International Relations and Institute for Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies
St. Andrews is Scotland’s first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, founded in 1413. Over six centuries it has established a reputation as one of Europe’s leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research. The University has been involved in European Framework Programmes since FP4, and is currently managing about 100 open projects.
International Relations has been taught at the University since 1978. A joint degree programme was initiated in the early 1980s and a separate department was created in 1990. A separate School of International Relations was then created and moved to the purpose-built Arts Building in September 2006.
The School of International Relations is the only one of its kind in Scotland and is recognised globally for the exceptional quality of its research and teaching. With expertise in area studies – including especially post-communist Europe and Eurasia as well as Africa and the Middle East – in addition to thematic fields including foreign policy, international organisations and regimes, peace and conflict studies, political theory, and terrorism and political violence, the School offers a friendly, intellectually stimulating and vibrant environment in which students can assess developments in the international system.