Anti Slavery Day

Studying at the institute

The Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation is one of the few research centres anywhere in the world that offers expertise on both historical and contemporary slavery.

Several of the University's Masters-level programmes include elements of the detailed study of historical and contemporary slavery, coerced labour, human rights and social justice. The Wilberforce Institute itself also offers PhD opportunities across these fields.

The institute is particularly keen to encourage applications for PhD studentships in the following areas: 

  • historical slavery in the Americas 

  • the abolition of slavery and the transition to freedoms 

  • memories, legacies and representations of slavery and abolition 

  • modern slavery, human rights and social justice 

You should submit a formal proposal (one or two sides of A4) with your application. Your proposal should outline the scope of your proposed topic, the underlying research questions and rough chapter outlines. 

If you're considering applying for  postgraduate study at the Wilberforce Institute, you may want to think about fees and funding and other frequently asked questions.

The institute itself doesn't directly offer undergraduate courses. But if you're interested in historical and contemporary slavery, you'll find modules linked to our work available on undergraduate courses in law, criminology and in the School of Social Sciences.

If you're interested in the possibility of doing doctoral work at the institute, please contact Professor John Oldfield,

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