One-Year Master "Slavery Studies"

Do you wish to develop a unique research profile? Join the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies! We offer a concise and in-depth Master’s program that is specialized and innovative.

At a Glance

One year

Winter term (October)

Our aim is to offer a concise and in-depth Master’s program that is specialized in Slaveries and slavery-like phenomena through time and space from an interdisciplinary perspective. Our Master students should profit from the cutting-edge research on slavery and the newly developed concept of “strong asymmetrical dependency” conducted in the interdisciplinary and international environment of the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies/the Cluster of Excellence "Beyond Slavery and Freedom".

  1. a specialized and innovative Master’s degree in “Slavery Studies”
  2. an interdisciplinary and intercultural research environment
  3. support and supervision by internationally renowned scholars
  4. excellent qualification within two semesters
  5. excellent student support


Our Master`s program is a one-year, research-oriented degree program offering you a broad perspective on interdisciplinary research on slavery and slavery-like phenomena through time and space.
The basic module (1) provides a sound knowledge of relevant historical phenomena as well as of the methodological and theoretical tools to pursue your own study and research interests.
In accordance with the interdisciplinary perspective and innovative character of our program, the study program includes classes on transcultural comparison and current research debates (2 & 3).
Compulsory Elective Modules provide the room to follow your own interests and to explore textual sources, material culture, and empirical data. The 4th module is dedicated to preparing your Master’s thesis.

Admission requirements


Application period:

Apply now via our University of Bonn Online Application Portal for Graduate Programs.

The application is possible between May 10 and June 30, 2021, and again from August 23, to August 30, 2021.


Archaeologies, Asian or Islamic Art History, Comparative Religious Studies, Egyptology, English Studies, German Studies, History, History of the Islamicate World, History of Law, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Latin American Studies, Slavic Studies, Social Sciences, South East Asian Studies, Theologies, Tibetan Studies, or similar disciplines.

Minimum grade for the first higher education degree qualifying for employment:

  • C1 proficiency in English
    (documented by, e.g., a B.A. program taught entirely in English, minimum scores of TOEFL iBT 94/IELTS 7.0)
  • German language proficiency is not required.
  • Proficiency in source languages is recommended according to the subjects mentioned above. 
  • "university fee" (~ 600 €/p.a.)
  • living expenses 

Every winter term.
The next start date is October 1, 2021.

For stipends and scholarships please check the website of stipendiumplus.

For international students the scholarship search database by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is especially recommended.


Sarah Dusend

Head of Research and Study

Niebuhrstraße 5

53113 Bonn

+49 228 73 62446

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