Details at a Glance
The degree takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining the intersection between human trafficking, migratory flows, forced labour, and organised crime.
The programme combines vocational and theoretical components. You'll study the social conditions in which human trafficking occurs, including wealth, social and gender inequalities; migration due to political instability, war and poverty; and the role of criminal gangs and organised crime groups in the proliferation of this crime in recent years. The modus operandi of traffickers and their networks will be explored as will the challenges raised by the role in family members and communities in this increasingly complex issue.
You'll also engage critically with existing legal frameworks and policing in place to combat human trafficking. The degree also offers the chance to examine different discourses used to analyse the issue including debates about terminology, media representations, effectiveness of anti-trafficking policies and the efficacy of rescue and rehabilitation programmes.
The MA programme is part of a wider commitment to addressing modern slavery and human trafficking through the work of the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery, established at St Mary’s in 2015. The Centre was founded to develop an evidence based response to addressing the current intensification of human trafficking and slavery cases globally.
The Centre is part of the Santa Marta Group and has links to many external partners including Kevin Hyland (former Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and Visiting Professor at St Mary’s University), policy-makers, police, other academic institutions, safe houses, campaigners, international organisations and NGOs.
Students on the MA in Human Trafficking, Migration and Organised Crime will have access to the resources of the centre, including cutting edge research and lectures by high profile experts in the field.
Applicants with two years of relevant non-certified learning and professional experience in a relevant field of work, such as health, social services, police and third sector organisation will also be considered.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply online here.
Clubs & Associations
The St Mary's Students Union offers a variety of sports clubs, societies and social events open to all students at the University. You can find out more about these activities here.
What Our Students Say
The MA provided me with an invaluable experience that far exceeded my expectations. The course content is current and pertinent to the phenomena of modern slavery, the global refugee crisis and the ever present challenges associated with organised crime. The course drew people in from across the world; it led to a vibrant community, which was both challenging, supportive and innovative.Jo Lumb, MA Human Trafficking, Migration and Organised Crime ‘19
The MA provided me with an invaluable experience that far exceeded my expectations. The course content is current and pertinent to the phenomena of modern slavery, the global refugee crisis and the ever present challenges associated with organised crime. The course drew people in from across the world; it led to a vibrant community, which was both challenging, supportive and innovative.