MA/PGDip/PGCert Slavery and Liberation


Program Description


It is taught by world-leading academic and practitioner experts, from our Rights Lab - the world's first large-scale research platform for ending slavery which is currently tracking slavery with satellite technology and ensuring businesses don't use slave labour.

It will provide you not only with the academic grounding of the study of contemporary slavery but also comprehensive training on how best to make a difference through the liberation and social reintegration of those in slavery.

You will be introduced to key concepts and challenges in slavery, liberation, anti-slavery and human rights, and will benefit from:

  • an in-depth, academic look into an important and growing area of human rights work
  • specialist practical training to plan and carry-out anti-slavery and anti-trafficking activities aimed at liberation, rehabilitation, reintegration, prevention, protection and prosecution
  • training to enable you to conduct independent research in the specific area of human rights

As this is a distance-learning course, the majority of content will be taught online, allowing you to connect with the course and other students from across the globe. MA and PGDip students also study at Nottingham through intensive face-to-face modules; however, the PGCert can be completed solely online. If you choose to study the MA or PGDip part-time, you won't need to travel to Nottingham until your second year.

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Course details

All versions of this course include four 20-credit core modules which are taught online via Moodle, a dedicated virtual learning environment (VLE) including online course materials, learning resources and support.

MA and PGDip students also take two 20-credit modules back-to-back over two weeks of intensive face-to-face seminars in Nottingham (in the spring semester for full-time students and in the spring semester of year two for part-time students).

Please note, the cost of transport, visas, accommodation and subsistence for the face-to-face element is in addition to course fees.

MA students will complete their studies with a 60-credit, 15,000-word dissertation. You will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.


Assessment for each taught module will take place towards the end of each semester and is through a combination of coursework and participation.

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent)

Other requirements

All students will also have to attend two weeks of face-to-face teaching in the UK. Therefore you will need to be able to obtain an appropriate visa and fund this activity.

IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Careers and professional development

This course will prepare you for a career in a wide range of fields relating to human rights, such as national government, international organisations and non-governmental organisations.

Graduating from Nottingham means that you have opened the door to an opportunity for an interesting and well paid career. Our students are highly regarded by employers because of the strong academic foundation and transferable skills that they gain during their degree course.


We offer a range of local, national and international placement opportunities, which may be paid or voluntary, part-time alongside your studies or longer placements during University vacations.


If you wish to continue your studies after completing this course, we offer a range of research opportunities with PhD supervision in most subject areas.

Last updated February 2019

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