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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.

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.

How will I study?

You will study core modules and options during the spring and autumn terms. In the spring term, you can also opt for an internship. In the summer you work on your dissertation.

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


You have the opportunity to take up a three-month internship. Here, you put the theory learned in the seminar room in to practice.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017


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.

Visit the Corruption and Governance - MA page on the University of Sussex website for more details!




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