Postgraduate taught 

Slavery, Forced Migration & Reparative Justice IntM

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The Masters in Slavery, Forced Migration & Reparative Justice offers an international learning experience that involves studying, training and conducting research in different European countries over a period of two years. It is designed to enable the next generation of humanities graduates to develop and transmit knowledge of the history and legacies of slavery and forced migration as they take up careers in media, education, heritage, government and non-governmental organisations, business and academia. Key strengths of the programme are its global, comparative and interdisciplinary approach and its combination of rigorous academic training in historical theory and practice with hands-on professional skills development.

  • IntM: 24 months full-time

Why this programme

  • The programme offers a unique opportunity to study the history of slavery and reparatory justice from a global and comparative perspective, building on the expertise of seven European universities.
  • You will have the chance to study in three different European countries.
  • The city of Glasgow provides an excellent location for the first semester of the programme. Glasgow was central to the European trade of sugar, tobacco and cotton from the Americas, a past reflected in Glasgow's monumental downtown area and in the collections of the city's world-class libraries, archives and museums.
  • The programme includes a summer school at Radboud University on Slavery, Forced Migration and Indentured Labour: a Digital Humanities Approach.


Programme structure

You will spend the first semester in Glasgow, the second in Nijmegen, and the third in either Bonn, Wroclaw, Lisbon, Barcelona or Nantes, depending on your chosen study track. In each semester, you will have a combination of core and optional courses. The local programme convenors will work with you to ensure a sensible portfolio of courses is constructed, according to your personal aims and objectives.

In the fourth semester you will write a research dissertation, normally at the university where you have spent your third semester. Based on your research topic, secondary supervision will be provided by staff from one of the other universities.

Core courses

Semester one (University of Glasgow)

  • Slavery and Forced Migration (10 ECTS)
  • Reparations Now (10 ECTS)

Semester two (Radboud University)

  • Theory: Forced Labour and Migrations (5 ECTS)
  • Methods: People as Property (10 ECTS)
  • History of Reparative Justice (5 ECTS)

Optional courses

Semester one

  • Seeking Refuge from Slavery (10 ECTS)
  • Commodity Histories in the Global South (10 ECTS)

Semester two

  • Sources of historical research (5 ECTS)
  • Key research in historical studies (5 ECTS)
  • Contemporary debates in humanities (5 ECTS)
  • Methods and techniques in humanities (5 ECTS)
  • Humanities and big data (5 ECTS)
  • Statistics (5 ECTS)

Semester 3 study tracks

  • Theory and methodology (University of Bonn)
  • Public History (University of Wroclaw)
  • Area Studies: Africa and Brazil (University of Lisbon)
  • Area Studies: Atlantic and Asia (Pompeu Fabra University)
  • Area Studies: Mediterranean and Atlantic (University of Nantes)

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

The analytical and research skills you will have gained by the end of this programme set you up for many different positions in the private and public sector, including careers in business, government, policy consulting, cultural heritage, publishing, media and education. You will also be well qualified to proceed to study for a PhD in history or a related field.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2021-22



  • £13,833 per annum


  • £6,833 per annum 


  • The fees charged to EU students have yet to be finalised and will need to reflect the fee and funding regimes of the EU partners in the SFMRJ consortium.

The fees listed here cover tuition only. The University of Glasgow can only collect fees in Pound Sterling at the published GBP values. As the programme contains various mobility periods, students will need to cover their own airfares between each chosen partner.


Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 7.0 with no sub-test under 6.5.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ib, my best or athome)

  • 95 with minimum R 23, L 23, S 22, W 24.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic)

  • 60 with minimum 60 in all subtests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.


  • 125 with 125 in 2 or more sub-scores including literacy and no sub-score below 115 for direct entry, 120 with no sub-score lower than 110 for in-sessional support, 115 for 5 week PSE, 110 for 10 week PSE, 105 for 14 week PSE, 100 for 18 week PSE.
  • Tests must have been taken within 1 year of start date.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.

Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.


As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.

You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.

Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your refereeā€™s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.

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