Police Officer

Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

Level 7, 20 Credits

Course aim

This programme will critically examine the issues involved in Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery, taking you through a structured and methodical approach in considering the varying legal status of foreign nationals within the UK and discussing topical issues including the various forms that human trafficking and modern day slavery can take.

You will study the governing legislation and the processes around how these cases are dealt with in the UK and from an international perspective, together with the link to organised crime. The programme will also assess the differences between human trafficking and people smuggling and the dilemma situations when offenders allege to be in slavery or when those perceived to be in slavery claim that they are experiencing a 'better life'.

This module will also consider the agencies involved in dealing with cases of human trafficking and modern day slavery, both in the UK and abroad, evaluating their respective role and responsibilities and how these organisations and groups work together in addressing all aspects of such cases.

Course length

7 sessions run over a 18 week period

21 taught hours

200 learning hours

Course cost

The total cost for this CPD module is £760 on-site delivery at LJMU for UK domiciled students. Other delivery options are available – costs on enquiry.


Learning is on a part-time basis and through delivery on-site (at LJMU), off-site or through a blended delivery process incorporating some distance learning. Delivery will be supported by LJMU’s Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas. While the intake month is flexible, with the module being able to commence in semester 1, semester 2 or the summer period, the duration of study will usually last 18 weeks. Guest lecturers will be used on this programme and Masterclasses are likely to be run in parallel with each module. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend these events if calendars allow.

Course content

After completing the module you should be able to:

  • Critically assess the scale and various forms that human trafficking and modern day slavery can take
  • Critically evaluate the perspective of a victim of human trafficking or modern day slavery and the potential conflict with their home circumstances
  • Critically evaluate the involvement and impact of organised crime on human trafficking and modern day slavery
  • Critically assess the governing legislation together with the processes and the work of the UK and international agencies engaged in prevention

Assessment methods:

  • 2500 word essay
  • 10 minute presentation and poster
Entry requirements
  • First degree at 2:2 or above, international equivalent or through RPEL
  • This CPD module is open to recruitment for police officers or staff. The content of the programme is also of relevance to individuals working in other law enforcement and partner agencies who will deal with human trafficking and/ or modern day slavery as a key element of their work processes (e.g. the NCA, UKBA, HMRC and the DWP as examples)
CPD award

This 20-credit module is studied as a single CPD programme and can contribute towards further studies at Level 7.

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Further information

Further information is available in our Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies CPD brochure

Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies
80-98 Mount Pleasant 
L3 5UZ

Admissions enquiries:
T: 0151 231 5175
E: APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

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