Taught course

Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Exploitation

Keele University · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree with at least a Second-Class, lower division Honours degree (2:2). Applicants with other qualifications and appropriate experience will be considered on an individual basis.

IELTS - 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

Overseas applicants must supply an academic reference. We may ask for either a work and/or academic reference for Home applicants depending on details supplied with initial application.

The University also accepts a range of internationally recognised English tests.

If you do not meet the English language requirements, the University offers a range of English language preparation programmes.

During your degree programme you can study additional English Language courses. This means you can continue to improve your English Language skills and gain a higher level of English.

Months of entry


Course content

Become an advocate for change with a critical understanding of modern slavery, human trafficking and exploitation in the contemporary world. Our interdisciplinary programme is delivered through a highly applied curriculum, with opportunities to work with multiple agencies and across sectors such as business, law and non-governmental organisations. Ideal for changemakers, this MA considers the appropriate strategies for change and support for survivors on a local and global level, equipping you with the necessary skills to pursue a rewarding career, impacting on societal change. You will also gain an understanding of how agencies collaborate to target, dismantle and disrupt serious and organised crime in the UK.

Ideal for graduates with a background in social sciences, law, business and counselling degrees, this programme will allow you to develop your knowledge of human rights and the anti-slavery agenda in more detail, enhancing your high-level research skills and graduate attributes for various employment opportunities.

You will explore the world of modern slavery including the current threat landscape, with consideration of the approaches to preventing exploitation, rescuing victims and restoring lives. With this, you will be required to consider the link to criminality and the responsibility of employers and businesses to end exploitation in the workplace, alongside other subtle traces of modern slavery.

The programme will enable you to uncover the presence of modern slavery within the UK and overseas, with consideration of the global impact on victims and citizens, providing an international outlook on the challenges of modern day labour. This will enable you to identify the different forms of slavery including criminal exploitation, labour exploitation, and sexual exploitation and to investigate the methods of trafficking overseas and within the UK.

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to work with leading charities including Hope for Justice, Unseen, Sophie Hayes Foundation and Ride for Freedom. You will be able to explore their strategies in tackling human trafficking and exploitation. You may have the opportunity to attend networking events, to meet and become part of a like-minded community and gain new insights.

For more details, please visit the course page on the Keele University website.

Information for international students

Please note: this course is no longer accepting applications from international students for September 2023 entry.

Fees and funding

It's important to plan carefully for your funding before you start your course. Please be aware that not all postgraduate courses and not all students are eligible for the UK government postgraduate loans and, in some cases, you would be expected to source alternative funding yourself. If you need support researching your funding options, please contact our Financial Support Team.


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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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