MA/PGDip/PGCert Slavery and Liberation (Distance Learning)

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Programme Description

MA/PGDip/PGCert Slavery and Liberation (Distance Learning)

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences


Taught by world-leading academic and practitioner experts, this internationally recognised distance-learning course is the first of its kind in the world.

It will provide you not only with the academic grounding of the study of contemporary slavery but also comprehensive training on how best to achieve 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.

There are more slaves alive today than at any point in history. Around the world, nearly 46 million people are forced to work against their will for no pay.

Key facts

  • This internationally recognised distance-learning course is the first of its kind in the world
  • The University's Rights Lab is the world's first large-scale research platform for ending slavery; it is currently tracking slavery with satellite technology and ensuring business don't use slave labour
  • Ranked in the UK top 15 for research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • Top 100 worldwide for politics and international relations in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • Committed to excellence in teaching, having won 13 Higher Education Academy awards
  • Expert academics who contribute to public debate through national and international media, including such publications as The Independent, The LA Times and Le Monde

Course details

All versions of this course include four 20-credit core modules which are taught online. 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.


Online modules

  • Slavery Since Emancipation
  • Anti-Slavery Policy and Legal Frameworks
  • Research Methods in Human Rights
  • The Anti-Slavery Usable Past
  • Dissertation (MA only)

Face-to-face modules (MA/PGDip only)

  • Methods of Liberation and Reintegration
  • Programme Design in Human Rights

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


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.

Employability and average starting salary

90% of postgraduates from the School of Politics and International Relations who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,429 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £29,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent)

English language requirements

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

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 19, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
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Sept. 2018
9 - 24 
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United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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MA/PGDip/PGCert Slavery and Liberation