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Corruption and Governance (Online)

M.A. Online
24 months
5725 GBP/year
5725 GBP/year
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The Corruption and Governance programme from the University of Sussex focuses on three fundamental questions; what is corruption, what causes it and what can be done to combat it? Taught by Sussex’s internationally renowned Centre for the Study of Corruption, this course takes a distinct interdisciplinary approach and explores the effect of corruption globally and at all levels of society. 

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The only Corruption and Governance MA in Europe to take a distinct interdisciplinary approach to the study of corruption, this Masters explores the subject area with academic analysis from law, anthropology, economics, development studies, sociology and political science.

As a student on this Corruption and Governance course from the University of Sussex you’ll explore relevant case-studies, unpacking why and how corruption exists and exploring potential solutions within the relevant context. 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.

100% Online Programme

Taught 100% online, you can benefit from internationally renowned teaching and research from Sussex’s Centre for the Study of Corruption from anywhere in the world, and graduate equipped with the intellectual and practical tools to help fight corruption.

Programme Structure

Taught 100% online, this course gives you the flexibility to fit study around your professional and personal commitments. Modules have been designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to take on a range of roles in the public, private and third sectors. 

  • 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
This course is practical and applied, assessments are taken throughout each module (no exams or dissertation).


This course prepares you for a career in a range of public, private and not-for-profit organisations including civil service and government, CSR, finance and compliance, NGOs and charities, journalism and law. You’ll graduate with the skills and confidence to pursue your career aspirations and work anywhere in the world. 


This course is delivered by Sussex’s internationality renowned Centre for the Study of Corruption. The only centre in Europe to take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of corruption and anti-corruption, you’ll benefit from expertise from areas including law, anthropology, economics, development studies, sociology and political science. 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Modules start every two months with students having the option to step on and off the course as they require.





Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5725 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5725 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5725 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5725 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.

Course fees are charged on a module by module basis providing students with the financial flexibility to spread the course cost across their studies.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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