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

Fees 

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.

Find out more about our alumni 

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

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 of Politics, Head Of Department Of Politics

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. 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.

Scholarships

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

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.

Find out more about the alumni discount and eligibility criteria.

*T&Cs apply.

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