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A world-first in slavery and liberation

Study for the world's first MA degree in how to end slavery

Taught by world-leading experts, this internationally recognised distance learning course is the first of its kind. It will introduce you to key concepts and challenges in slavery, liberation, and human rights.

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. There are also opportunities for MA and PGDip students to 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.

 

Kevin Bales, fieldwork
There are more slaves alive today than at any point in history.  Around the world, nearly 41 million people are forced to work against their will for no pay.
Professor Kevin Bales

Full 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.

Module structure
CourseYear oneYear two
  Autumn Spring Autumn Spring
MA 
full-time  
Three online One online and two face-to-face    
MA 
part-time
Two online One online One online Two face-to-face
PGDip 
full-time 
Three online One online and two face-to-face    
PGDip 
part-time
Two online One online One online Two face-to-face
PGCert 
full-time  
Three online One online    
PGCert 
part-time
Two online One online One online  

 
MA students complete their dissertation in the summer (of year two for part-time students).

 

Hear from former student, Angharad Smith on why she chose the MA in Slavery and Liberation.

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Professor Kevin Bales and Dr Louise Kettle talk about MA Slavery and Liberation.


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