University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Corruption and Governance

The course is designed to develop your understanding of what corruption is, where it flourishes, why it proliferates, what challenges it poses for policy-makers and the business community and, ultimately, what can be done to counteract it. This course is for you if you have an interest in the study of corruption and governance issues, no matter what background you come from - legal, business, sociological, anthropological or political science. It should also be of interest for existing practitioners in the field. The MSC addresses challenging issues of how different disciplines define corruption and how this can lead to very different anti-corruption approaches. It introduces analytical and theoretical tools, allowing you to analyse corruption across time, space and discipline and, importantly, aims to offer you practical experience of tackling corruption in the real world. Armed with these tools, you choose from a wide range of interdisciplinary options, allowing you to examine specific examples of corruption across the developed and developing world, ranging from systematic abuses of power by parties, politicians and civil servants to small-scale, petty misdemeanours. The role of business (for example, corporate social responsibility strategies, the introduction of 'business ethics' programmes and so on) can also be analysed. You have the opportunity to undertake a 3-month internship with an organisation active in the field; this might be with Transparency International in London, or with another organisation/body working in this area. Sussex has already developed links with a variety of organisations that are willing to take our students as interns, but you also have the option of organising your own internship if you wish.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper-2nd Class undergraduate Honours degree in a social science or humanities discipline.

Course modules

Autumn term: Interdisciplinary approaches to analysing corruption; anticorruption; research methods in corruption analysis. Spring term: Choose either one (if you opt for an internship) or 2 of the following options (this list is not exhaustive): International crimes; international transnational offending; political parties and party systems; corruption and international business; state capacity and natural resources; tackling corruption; the state in East Asia: Corruption, theft and collapse. Summer term: You write a 15,000-word dissertation in an area of your choice.

Assessment methods

All modules are assessed by 5,000-word term papers, presentations and exams. You also write a 15,000-word dissertation in the summer term. The internship is assessed by a 5,000-word report on what you did and how this links into theories of corruption, anti-corruption and/or good governance.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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