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Application advice from our Corruption and Governance MA (online) academics

Our course marketing team spoke to faculty members and leading academic expert in the field, Robert Barrington, about what makes this course so worthwhile for students.


We’ve designed our online Corruption and Governance MA to help people around the world better understand corruption and arm them with the practical skills and insights to combat it. We’d love to hear from you about your personal and professional goals and help you achieve them on this course.

Of course, we understand that enrolling on a Masters course is a big undertaking, and that you’ll want to feel confident it’s the right choice before investing time and effort in your application.

For this reason, we’ve outlined some key considerations and information below. We hope you find it helpful.


What makes a great Corruption and Governance MA (online) applicant?

Given its focus on fighting corruption, the course naturally caters to passionate individuals with a keen sense of justice and determination to make a difference – whether in their workplace, industry or region.

As an interdisciplinary course encompassing law, anthropology, economics, development studies, sociology and political science, students with a deep curiosity about the world and a willingness to engage with varied subjects and perspectives will also do well on this course.

One of the many benefits of the online Masters course is that it attracts students from around the world who bring unique local insights and real-world case studies of corruption in their region. Our online seminars not only offer a safe space to discuss and analyse these challenges but a pathway to find solutions and bring about real change. For this reason, we really welcome applicants with a willingness to engage in these conversations and interact with others during the course.

Finally, we have entry requirements for the course which all applicants must meet in addition to the above.


What are the entry requirements?

You will need a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above from any UK university or international equivalent. Your qualification should be in a social sciences, humanities or business-oriented subject.

You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing – this is known as a ‘non-standard’ application, and we evaluate these on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) need to supply evidence of IELTS (Academic) high level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).


What does the application process involve?

The application process is designed to be as straightforward as possible, but if you have any questions about it – or any aspects of the course – you can always reach out to our dedicated Admissions Team either by phone on +44 (0) 1273 019311 or via email at studyonlineadmissions@sussex.ac.uk

The five stages of applying for the online Corruption and Governance MA are as follows:

  1. contact our Admissions Team to create an account (we’ll send a personalised link to you to access the portal)
  2. complete the application form (this includes your personal statement, required documents, personal and contact details and your start date preference)
  3. submit your application
  4. wait for the decision (we aim to come back to you within 48 hours with a decision or up to five days if you have a non-standard application)
  5. accept your offer and confirm your place.

For a more detailed run-through of the stages, what’s involved, and for FAQs on the process, visit our full application guide.

We hope this overview of the process clears up any queries you might have had and gives you the confidence to apply for our online Corruption and Governance MA (online).

We look forward to meeting you online in the near future!

Meet the team

Application advice from our Corruption and Governance MA (online) academics

Dr Samuel Power

Course Director

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Application advice from our Corruption and Governance MA (online) academics

Robert Barrington

Professor Of Anti-Corruption Practice (Politics)

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Application advice from our Corruption and Governance MA (online) academics

Rebecca Dobson Phillips

Lecturer in Corruption Analysis (Politics)

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Application advice from our Corruption and Governance MA (online) academics

Dan Hough

Head of Department of Politics

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