Corruption and Governance MA (online)

Key Information

Taught 100% online, study Sussex’s MA Corruption and Governance at a time and place that suits you.

Course start dates:
There are six start dates every academic year, providing maximum flexibility for our students;

September 2019 | November 2019| January 2020 | March 2020 | May 2020 | July 2020   

Course fee:  £11,450 *
*Course fee is subject to change during the course validation period.

Course overview
The Corruption and Governance MA provides a distinct approach to the study of corruption and anti-corruption. Approaching the subject from an interdisciplinary perspective, you’ll focus on three fundamental questions: what is corruption, what causes it and what should be done to combat it?

Drawing on expertise from the renowned Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption, you’ll examine corrupt behaviour and activity within regional, sectoral and organisational contexts.

If you'd like to find out more about Sussex's bespoke Virtual Learning Platform and what it's like to learn online with us, register now to attend our next Corruption and Governance webinar and see a live demo of the platform and take a tour around. You can also book a call with one of our Admissions Advisors to ask any questions you have about the course or joining Sussex as an online student. 

Why choose this course?

As a student studying Corruption and Governance at Sussex you’ll be exposed to a distinct interdisciplinary approach to the subject area. This is the only Masters to bring academic analysis from law, anthropology, economics, development studies, sociology and political science to the study of corruption and anti-corruption.

Studying relevant case-studies, you’ll unpack the corruption problem and explore potential solutions in the context within which they exist. You’ll gain both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to understand the complexities of defining, measuring and counteracting corruption within a multitude of sectors and from a global perspective.

As a graduate of this course you’ll be equipped with the intellectual and practical tools to help you fight corruption.

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This course is part-time and can be completed in a minimum of two years and maximum of four. Students have the opportunity to step on and off the course, pausing their studies if their work or life commitments require*.

*Maximum study break times apply to this course

N.B. This course is currently going through university validation with details of the course, such as module titles, subject to change. 


  • Defining Corruption
  • Measuring Corruption
  • Explaining Corruption
  • Fighting Corruption
  • International Actors and Anti-Corruption
  • Narratives of Corruption
  • Corruption and Gender
  • People Power and Anti-Corruption
  • Compliance in International Business
  • The Natural Resource Curse: Oil, Gas and Corruption
  • Money in Politics
  • Project

Further module details 

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.

This course is currently subject to validation, in line with our procedures for assuring the quality of our degrees. This means that some course detail may change. The validation process will be concluded before the course starts.

Academic Expertise

Professor Dan Hough

Professor of Politics

Professor Dan Hough joined the University of Sussex in 2003. Between 2010 and 2018 he was director of the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption (SCSC). Since 2012 he has been course leader for the online MA Corruption and Governance.

An expert in politics and the study of corruption, Dan has written widely for publications including the Washington Post, South China Morning Post, The Conversation and the New Statesman. He is also a regular contributor for the BBC and CNBC.

Dan regularly works with and advises practitioners in the anti-corruption community. He has conducted consultancy work for the UK Cabinet Office, the Saudi Arabian anti-corruption commission and the South Korean anti-corruption commission.

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Dr Elizabeth David-Barrett

Senior Lecturer in Politics

Dr. Liz David-Barrett joined the University of Sussex in 2014. Her research focuses on corruption at the interface of government and business, e.g., in public procurement, bribery, lobbying and the revolving door. She also studies the role of anti-corruption instruments, including private-sector anti-corruption clubs and international standards, and codes of conduct, focusing particularly on how they change professional norms.

As Director of the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption (SCSC) in 2018, Liz engages widely with anti-corruption practitioners in international organisations, governments, the private sector and NGOs - in the UK and overseas.

Liz has written several reports for Transparency International and advised the UK Department for International Development on its International Anti-Corruption programme and the UK Cabinet Office on the 2017-22 National Anti-Corruption Strategy.

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Dr. Moletsane Monyake

Lecturer/ Researcher

Moletsane Monyake holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Sussex. His dissertation examined the influence of corruption on citizen-driven anti-corruption tactics, including protests, in the African continent. He holds a Master of Social Science degree and Bachelor of Social Science (honours) degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the National University of Lesotho.

Moletsane contributes regularly to the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption blog, the Pambazuka News and various platforms dedicated to the analysis of African Politics, (Anti-) Corruption, Political Behaviour and Political Conflict. Moletsane teaches Political Science at the National University of Lesotho, in Maseru. He has acted as a consultant for, among others, the Global Integrity, International Idea and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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Typical entry requirements

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

*This course is currently going through university validation; entry requirements are subject to change

Further information on applying for online Masters courses.


English language requirements

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

Fees, funding and scholarships

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

Course fees will remain fixed for 24 months from the student’s first enrolment. 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.


A limited number of scholarships worth £2,000 are available to students applying to this course.


How the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption is helping the Metropolitan Police

Professor Dan Hough, Course Leader for MA Corruption and Governance online, talks about how his research will help the Met clamp down on international crime.

How the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption is helping the Metropolitan Police

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Contact us

To speak directly with a dedicated online Admissions Advisor call

+44(0) 1273 019311