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Tackling Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Delivering Change

Beginning with an overview of the scale and forms of human trafficking and modern slavery and its drivers, this course introduces students to the international and national policy frameworks that can be used to tackle these phenomena. It will provide a more holistic response than the traditional criminal justice approach.

Discussion of the economics of human trafficking, the typologies of offenders, human rights abuses, support systems for victims, criminal justice responses, business practices, and modern slavery in supply chains ensures a multidisciplinary approach drawing on criminology, social policy, human rights, law, and business.

Dates and times

This course will be delivered during an intensive week of learning, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm on:

  • Monday 10th June 2024
  • Tuesday 11th June 2024
  • Wednesday 12th June 2024
  • Thursday 13th June 2024
  • Friday 14th June 2024.

The course is a blended course and in addition to the in person week of study, students will also need self-study and prepare independently. This will require a time commitment of approximately 68 hours throughout the course.

The course aims to bring together professionals working in the field as well as those seeking to gain knowledge and skills about human trafficking and modern slavery. The in person teaching and time for learning from others are important elements of this course. The course is intended to be sufficiently small in intake to enable engagement.


This course will be held at our main campus, Twickenham.


The full cost is £750 excluding the course assessment. 

Participants can opt to take the course assessment at an additional cost of £250. The deposit cost is £50 which is payable upon application. The course fee excludes refreshments and accommodation. Information on accommodation on campus or in local hotels can be provided upon request.

St Mary's University alumni will receive a 20% discount. Please email Short Courses to arrange. 

Please ensure you can commit to the scheduled dates as unfortunately we are unable to give refunds.


This course provides the knowledge and understanding of the drivers of human trafficking including the policy frameworks that aid responses to human trafficking, evidence of scale and forms of human trafficking and modern slavery.

The module includes the Five P’s of human trafficking: policy, prevention, prosecution, protection, and partnership. In addition, students will learn of the typologies of offenders, the economics of human trafficking, and policing modern slavery.

The course also covers supporting victims, prevention strategies, partnership working and monitoring, and evaluating anti-trafficking interventions.


The course is assessed via pre-course preparation of a briefing paper focused on the risk of human trafficking and the policy framework in a country of your own choice, which you will present to colleagues on the course.

A final portfolio (equivalent to 4,000 words) is to be produced within two months of the course completion.

Participants who complete and pass the course assessments will receive a certificate of accreditation at master’s level. For participants who choose not to undertake the assignments, a certificate of attendance will be provided.


This is a practice based course for professionals working in the sector. Therefore, it is expected that your role will bring you into contact with victims/survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking. 

A minimum 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in arts, humanities or social sciences.  Undergraduate degrees in other disciplines may be considered

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 organisations will also be considered.

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent)


Successful students will receive a certificate of attendance and a transcript detailing 20 credits at masters level. Please note that the transcript will follow once internal and external quality assurance processes have been completed.

For more information about this course please contact the Short Courses Team:

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