International Slavery Studies MA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2023
  • Entry requirements: You should normally have a BA in History or a related discipline (2:1 or above, or international equivalent).
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Career prospects

The International Slavery MA delivers the ideal training if you are seeking an academic career in the field of slavery and unfree labour. The MA also provides a solid foundation for broader careers in education, the cultural sector, and third sector industries. If you have a professional background in any of these (or other relevant) areas, the MA provides you with the opportunity for continuing professional development, whilst enabling you to bring your experiences to the cohort which will further enrich the programme.

Graduates of this MA programme have the opportunity to enhance their future employment opportunities by engaging closely with the Centre’s external partners in the Liverpool and Merseyside region and beyond.

The International Slavery MA offers an opportunity to enhance your skills for a wide range of employment and professional fields, especially where communication, collaborative working, critical thinking and research are key components of the role. The required modules all emphasise public-facing thinking and activity (regionally, nationally and internationally) as well as encouraging co-production of knowledge and research experience. The modules are also designed to enhance confidence and digital fluency, and foster skills such as organisation, teamwork, time management, personal initiative and responsibility. All of these will be transferrable to future work environments within a global context including:

• Further research in the study of slavery, dependence, and subordination, or of particular historical, political, and social dimensions of these phenomena, eg PhD studentships in a wide range of disciplines.
• Research positions, eg central or local government, journalism, police, leisure and heritage, business, public affairs, politics.
• Public education and custodianship, eg museums, schools, gallery.
• Consultancies and activist positions in national and international governmental and nongovernmental organisations, charities, community-based and grassroots organisations focused on slavery, human trafficking, and human rights (eg Anti-Slavery International; various UN bodies).