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Two Year Master "Dependency and Slavery Studies"

Are you looking for cutting-edge research? Join the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies! We offer a broad and in-depth Master’s program that is unique and innovative.

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



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.



The Master program "Dependency and Slavery Studies" is a research-oriented degree program offering you a broad perspective on interdisciplinary research on slavery and other forms of strong asymmetrical dependencies through time and space.

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The design of the program allows students to acquire a sound knowledge of relevant historical phenomena as well as the methodological and theoretical tools to pursue their own study and research interests (modules 1–3).

In accordance with the broad perspective and innovative character of our program, the study program includes classes on transcultural comparison and current research debates (modules 5 and 6). Classes on case studies (modules 4 and 7) and Compulsory Elective Modules I provide the room to follow your own interests and to explore textual sources, material culture, and data.

Special support is offered to improve the respective source language skills and to work on individual sources for the students' own case studies. Besides making it possible to pursue your own regional, temporal research interests, these Compulsory Elective Modules also offer the room to study theoretical and methodological approaches in depth and to aquire further skills, for example in the field of digital humanities.

Moreover, the Compulsory Elective Modules II also offer the opportunity to do an internship in national or international institutions. The fourth semester is dedicated to preparing and writing your Master’s thesis.

Admission Requirements

When and how to apply?

Application period:

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

A 3-year B.A. or equivalent degree acquired in Germany or abroad in

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

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

Language Requirements

  • 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 

Start Date

Every winter term.
The next start date is October 1, 2020.

Funding Oportunities and Scholarships

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.



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