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Master Programs at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies


Master Programs

The international Master degrees in "Dependency and Slavery Studies" and in "Slavery Studies"* serve as a preparation phase for our PhD program and are also be open to other students.

A one-year Master's program in "Slavery Studies"is offered to students who have completed a four-year BA program (240 ECTS points), a two-year Master's program in "Dependency and Slavery Studies" to those who hold a three-year bachelor degree (180 ECTS points). 

These Master degrees will provide students with new insights into area studies and historically and philologically oriented subjects. They will offer access to newly developed and empirically proven analytical tools for the investigation of complex dependency problems and resulting options for actors.

The cluster professors and researchers will bring their teaching and research experience into the Master programs by jointly focusing on interdisciplinary questions and topic areas. With the establishment of those two relevant international Master programs, the cluster will strive to promote the University of Bonn as an attractive destination for German and international students.

Our Head of Research and Study, Sarah Dusend, offers individual advice on our Master programs, especially for international students.

Individual advice offers:

Sarah DusendSarah Dusend
Head of Research and Study
University of Bonn
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Niebuhrstraße 5, 53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / 228 / 73 62446
E-Mail: ma-program[at]

Two-Year Master "Dependency and Slavery Studies"

Program Outline

  • Duration:
    2 years
  • Start:
    Winter semester (October)
  • Program Language:
  • Aim:
    Our aim is to offer a broad and in depth, unique and innovative Master's program in Dependency and Slavery Studies. Our Master students should profit from the cutting-edge research on slavery and other forms of strong asymmetrical dependency conducted in the interdisciplinary and international environment of the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies/Cluster of Excellence "Beyond Slavery and Freedom". The program's special feature is its attention to the historical dimension of asymmetrical dependency, which also offers interesting perspectives on contemporary forms of strong asymmetrical dependency.
  • Quality Features
  1. unique and innovative Master's degree in "Dependency and Slavery Studies"
  2. an interdisciplinary and intercultural research environment
  3. support and supervision by internationally renowned scholars
    Alongside an international and interdisciplinary teaching staff, the close connection to the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies provides cooperation with visiting high-profile scholars and the program's connection to other departments of the University of Bonn allows contact to a variety of disciplines, scholars and students.
  4. excellent student support
    Our students can seek support at the central offices of the University as well as at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies office for research and study programs. Furthermore, the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies offers an equal opportunity program that is supposed to support and consult our members in case of individual needs.  

Further information on our two-year Master's program.

Download our Master's program flyer.

One-Year Master "Slavery Studies"

* The one-year Master will be offered from the winter semester 2021/2022.

Further information will follow shortly.

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