Gain the skills required to understand and tackle global complexities of corruption, within a multitude of sectors.

Choose an online Corruption and Governance MA that drives meaningful change.

This Corruption and Governance MA explores the implications of corruption on societies around the world. Focusing on three fundamental questions; what is corruption, what causes it and what can be done to combat it? This course will sharpen your critical eye, encouraging you to challenge what is being done to combat corruption and improve lives for all society.

Teaching focuses on real-world case studies and is delivered by leading researchers from Sussex’s renowned Centre for the Study of Corruption.

A version of this course is also available to be studied on campus, visit the course page if you would like to explore this option.

  • Defining corruption
  • Measuring corruption
  • Explaining corruption
  • Fighting corruption
  • People power and anti-corruption
  • Narratives and metaphors of corruption
  • International actors and anti-corruption
  • Corruption and gender
  • Compliance in international business
  • The Natural Resources Curse: oil, gas and corruption
  • Money in politics
  • Project

Each module lasts for 7 weeks with the final module assessment deadline usually on the Monday of Week 8. Students should allow for 20 hours per week study time.

Assessments will take place throughout each module and must be completed within the module teaching period for students to progress through the course/to the next module.

Roxana Bratu

Course Director Corruption and Governance MA (online)

Lecturer In Corruption Analysis (Politics)

Professor Dan Hough

Professor Dan Hough

Professor of Politics, Head Of Department Of Politics

Dr Elizabeth David-Barrett

Professor Elizabeth David-Barrett

Professor Of Governance And Integrity (Politics)

Professor Robert Barrington 

Professor Of Anti-Corruption Practice (Politics)

Moletsane Monyake

Lecturer/ Researcher

A higher second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above from any UK university or international equivalent.

Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) are required to obtain and provide evidence of English proficiency at IELTS Level 6.5.

Course fee: £11,450
Cost per module: £955

Course fees will remain fixed for 24 months from your initial course start date. Thereafter, the course fee will rise at a rate of 2.5% per calendar year (subject to rounding for administration purposes).


Please visit our fees and funding page for more information on funding for master’s students.

20% Alumni discount

If you have previously graduated from an undergraduate, postgraduate or PhD course with the University of Sussex you will be eligible* for a 20% discount on this online course.

Get more information about the alumni discount and eligibility criteria by visiting the Online Masters discount page.

*T&Cs apply.

  • Delivered 100% online – Study wherever you are, whenever you can
  • Six start dates a year, start your MSc at a time that suits you
  • A sharp industry focus – Explore real-world case studies
  • An interdisciplinary approach from a world-renowned faculty
  • Prepare for a career that makes a difference to those most in need, in a range of industries.