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5 reasons to study Corruption and Governance MA (online) at the University of Sussex

Looking to lead in the fight against corruption?

Whether you are in an anti-corruption role already, aspire to work in the field, or simply want to learn more about this fascinating subject, our online Corruption and Governance Masters will elevate your expertise and arm you with the skills needed to make the world a fairer place.

Read on for 5 reasons why it could be the right course for you.

1. It’s delivered from the UK’s 1st Anti-Corruption Centre

Sussex’s Centre for the Study of Corruption (CSC) is a globally renowned centre dedicated to interdisciplinary research, policy impact and teaching on anti-corruption – and it’s the first of its kind in the UK.

As a Corruption and Governance MA (online) student, you’ll gain:

  • insights from the CSC’s cutting-edge research
  • an understanding of its innovative approaches to understanding and tracking the nature of corrupt practices
  • robust methodologies for testing the effectiveness of anti-corruption measures.

You’ll learn from leading academics from the CSC, all of whom are active in the field, consult with policy makers and are passionate about training the next generation of anti-corruption professionals.

Professor Dan Hough, Head of the Department of Politics at Sussex, is among the esteemed module leads on the online MA course. Here, he discusses how his research at the CSC is helping the Metropolitan Police clamp down on international crime.


2. You’ll explore contemporary corruption challenges

While the course will provide you with a solid theoretical understanding of corruption, we also want to ensure you graduate with the relevant tools and insights needed to tackle corruption in the modern world.

To do this, we’ve incorporated highly topical modules that delve into contemporary social issues and examine their relationship to corruption.

Informed by the latest research, you’ll study the likes of:

  • Gender and Corruption
  • People Power and Anti-Corruption
  • Corruption in International Business.

Learn more about all 12 modules.


3. You’ll expand your global network of anti-corruption professionals

As our Masters in Corruption and Governance is taught 100% online, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with and learn from other professionals based around the world, providing you with a truly global perspective on the issues explored in the course.

As Michelle Kawa, a Corruption and Governance MA (online) student based in Mexico, describes:

“Online learning has allowed me to network with peers and professors from around the world – embracing different views, different stories, and different opinions.”

As well as the real-world, market-specific insights you’ll gain from your peers during the course, you’ll establish a global network of anti-corruption professionals to support you beyond graduation, opening doors to potential career opportunities in the future.

4. You’ll develop anti-corruption skills that are transferable across industries and markets

Our Masters course has been carefully designed to equip all students with a transferable toolkit of foundational knowledge, frameworks and skills that will allow you to devise and implement anti-corruption strategies across a variety of industries and markets.

You will also be encouraged to share your own professional experiences throughout the course – along with your peers – presenting another chance to examine corrupt behaviour and activity within various regional, sectoral and organisational contexts. This approach futureproofs your Masters qualification should you move into a new industry or global market.

Furthermore, by exchanging real-world examples of corruption with fellow professionals within the course, it not only offers a safe space to discuss and analyse workplace issues but a pathway to find solutions and bring about real change.

5. You can study at a top UK university for social sciences from wherever you are in the world

Studying online with Sussex means you can earn your Corruption and Governance Masters from an institution ranked 7th in the UK for Social Sciences (Times Higher Education World Rankings, 2022) and 16th in the UK for Politics (QS World University Rankings, 2022) – all from the comfort of your own home.

With 6 different start dates to choose from throughout the year and a 100% online delivery model, you can study at a time that fits around your existing work and personal commitments.

Depending on your preference and personal circumstances, you can choose to complete the course anywhere between 2 and 4 years – offering flexibility and peace of mind that you can pause your studies if you need to.

Think our course might be right for you? To find out more about our online MA in Corruption and Governance, please register your interest via the form on the course page, and one of our Enrolment Advisors will be in touch to discuss further.