Corruption and Governance, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
University rank #147 (WUR) ,
Develop your understanding of what corruption is, where and why it proliferates, and what can be done to counteract it. Our interdisciplinary MA looks at issues of corruption and governance. You’ll address challenging issues of how different disciplines define corruption and how this can lead to different anti-corruption approaches.

About

You examine specific examples, from systematic abuses of power by parties, politicians and civil servants to small-scale, petty misdemeanours. The role of business can also be analysed.

We welcome applications from all disciplines and from those who have first-hand experience of the world of anti-corruption.

Key facts

  • We were ranked in the top 5 UK institutions for research output in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF).
  • We offer teaching excellence, with three winners of national teaching awards among our faculty. Our research expertise covers the spectrum of UK, European and international issues, encompassing political theory as well as comparative and party politics and corruption.
  • Sussex was rated one of the top UK universities for its political scene (Which? University Student Survey 2016).

Careers

Our MA equips you with the skills for a career in a wide variety of fields. You are particularly well placed to work:

  • at the interface between the private and public sectors
  • in the area of public policy-making
  • the Civil Service and business
  • in areas of corporate social responsibility – an area of growing importance for many national and international companies.

Development and a wide variety of NGOs and charities are also options. The skills you develop are highly valued in journalism, including a fine eye for what is and is not acceptable government and business practice.

The optional internship helps you to develop and apply a range of practical skills prospective employers find attractive.

Programme Structure

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Corruption and Governance Dissertation
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Analysing Corruption
  • Research Methods and Approaches

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

  • Corruption and Governance in International Business: Risks, Rules and Remedies
  • International Crimes
  • Internship
  • International and Transnational Offending
  • The Politics of Governance in Central and Eastern Europe
  • State Capacity and Natural Resources
  • The Law on Financial Crime

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

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  • Minimum required score:

    88

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a social science or humanities discipline.


Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    7700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Brighton

  • 815 - 1390 GBP/month
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