24 months
5725 GBP/year
5725 GBP/year
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Taught 100% online, the Corruption and Governance (Online) MA from the University of Sussex is a unique interdisciplinary course that aims to provide an in-depth understanding of one of the most prevalent and complex issues of our time. 

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Taught by experts from the internationally renowned Centre for the Study of Corruption, you’ll focus on the fundamental questions: what is corruption; how, where and at what scale does it exist; and what can be done to combat it?

Taught by experts from the renowned Centre for the Study of Corruption (CSC) the Corruption and Governance MA (online) is a unique interdisciplinary course, exploring the subject of corruption with academic analysis from law, anthropology, economics, development studies, sociology and political science.

Through current case studies and live examples, you’ll explore corrupt behaviour within the regional, sectoral and organisational contexts in which it exists. Examining corruption through multiple prisms such as grassroots politics, institutional governance, narrative approaches, gender and integrity.  

You’ll gain both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills 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, the  Corruption and Governance (Online) MA from the University of Sussex  allows you to fit your Masters around your career and access expertise from the Centre for the Study of Corruption from anywhere in the world. You can study in your own time, from your own home, whilst joining a network of like-minded professionals from all over the world. Flexible payment options provide the opportunity to pay for your course one module at a time, and if you need to take a break from your study at any time, you can step on and off the course as you need to*. 

*maximum study break applies. 

Career prospects 

This course is designed for students from a range of professions, including government and public sector officials, compliance officers, financial services professionals, consultants, journalists, and those from civil society and NGOs. 

Graduates who have studied within the Centre for the Study of Corruption have gone on to roles including:

  • Investigations Lead at Transparency International UK 
  • Policy Analyst in the Governance and Anti-Corruption team at the OECD 
  • Academia 
  • Illicit Finance Policy Lead, SOCnet (the UK government's agency for coordinating response to serious & organised crime)
  • Director of the Africa team at FTI Consulting's Global Risk and Investigations Practice. 

Programme Structure

Taught 100% online, this course gives you the flexibility to fit study around your professional and personal commitments.

Modules commence every eight weeks and have been designed to provide you 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

Teaching is practical and applied. You’ll participate in live and on-demand lectures and seminars, take part in group work and individual projects and be supported by an expert academic team. Assessments are taken throughout each module, there are no exams or dissertation. 


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. 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

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.
Upper 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

  • GPA: Higher second class honours 
  • English requirements : IELTS 6.5

General requirements

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

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Corruption and Governance (Online)
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