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

A version of this course is also available to be studied on campus. 

Course start dates:

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

January | March | May | July | September | October

The first intake of this course will be in January 2020


Course fee:  £11,450

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 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 learning online with Sussex book a call with one of our Admissions Advisors.

This Masters is taught 100% online and is part-time. The course can be completed in a minimum of two years and maximum of four. Students have the opportunity to pause their studies if their work or life commitments require*.

You can also study an on campus version of our Corruption and Governance Masters on a full or part time basis, find out more.

Download the course leaflet. 

*Maximum break time applies.

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 training.

Exploring 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
  • 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

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.

Professor Dan Hough

Professor of Politics

Professor Dan Hough joined the University of Sussex in 2003. Between 2010 and 2018 he was director of Sussex’s 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.


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 Sussex’s 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.


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


A higher second-class (2.1) 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.

Further information on applying for online Masters courses.

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).

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.

*Modules 1-11 = £955, module 12 = £945.


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

The Corruption and Governance online course is also available to be taken as a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert).

The PG Cert is made up of the first four modules of the course and provides students with the key foundations and understanding of what corruption is, what causes it and how to tackle it.

Module 1: Defining corruption
Module 2: Measuring corruption
Module 3: Explaining corruption
Module 4: Fighting corruption

Students studying the Postgraduate Certificate who would like to progress to the fall Masters will be accepted onto the Masters course following successful completion of all four modules.

Course fees:
PG Cert cost: £3,980 (£995 per module)

Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis

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