I am honoured to welcome you to the MSc in Critical Security Studies Program (MCSS). As the
first graduate Critical Security Studies program in Qatar and the Arab
World, this program contributes directly to the formation of a new generation
of qualified scholars, professional leaders, and practitioners in the field of
MCSS is designed to address the need for current and future strategic security
thinkers in Qatar and the rest of the Arab World. Each course of the MCSS program aims to develop the
students’ abilities to explore and exploit the knowledge and insights gained
about security environments. This will be delivered through a range of teaching
methods. In addition, the goal
of the program is to be a research-focused, diversity-infused master’s program
that emphasizes critical approaches to Security Studies. Finally, the MCSS aim
to serve the community by providing different issue-areas of specialization for
you – ranging from counterterrorism to environmental and human security – in
the hope that you would be in positions to “give back” through research,
intellectual advancement, employment and civic engagement.
As a research and
teaching program with a focus on both the theoretical and empirical dimensions
of Security Studies, the MCSS program will provide a rich scholarly environment
for you. Critical Security Studies require a concerted effort between students
and faculty who engage in vigorous research about what constitutes security
within different contexts, as well as a strong aspiration to learn from one
another’s experiences and expertise, in order to best apply their training
toward effective and positive change in the world.
To that end, it is a great honour and
privilege to be the first head of the first program of its kind in Qatar and
the region; a program that provides excellent
learning experiences and leadership opportunities for a diverse student body by
an outstanding faculty and staff.
Again, welcome aboard. It is a pleasure and an honour
to work with you.
Dr.Omar Ashour, Head
of the MCSS Program