2 years part time
Starts September 2017

Corruption, Law and Governance (delivered in Qatar)

Corruption damages economic development and the health of civil society, nationally and internationally.

This LLM – taught in English and delivered in Qatar, with a particular focus on the problems being encountered in the Arabian Gulf region – gives you a thorough understanding of what corruption is, what causes it, and what does and doesn’t appear to work in trying to tackle it.

You gain an overview of the legislative and regulatory solutions to confront the rapidly changing forms of corrupt practices at national and international levels.

Key facts

  • At our world-leading Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption, we analyse what corruption is, where and why it flourishes and what can be done to counteract it.
  • We work closely with organisations such as the United Nations and G20 to develop strategies in the struggle against corruption.
  • Our innovative LLM in Corruption, Law and Governance brings Sussex’s expertise to Qatar, offering a challenging insight into issues of corruption, law and governance with a particular focus on the problems being encountered in the Arabian Gulf region.

How will I study?

You'll learn through core modules and options. Over the two years of your course, you plan and work on your dissertation. 

You study part time over two years for this LLM. All teaching events will normally take place between 3pm and 8pm.

What will I study?

  • Module list – year 1

    Core modules

    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.

    • Advanced Research for LLM Students

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      Advanced Research Skills for LLM Students is an intensive module, introducing students to the essential research, bibliographic, on-line and writing techniques which are required for study at this level and for the production of term papers, dissertations and other assessments.

    • Understanding Corruption, Law and Governance

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      In this module you explore the different theoretical and analytical approaches that are necessary for the study of Corruption, Law and Governance at LLM level.

      You begin by analysing exactly what we understand 'corrupt' behaviour to be and how this appears to differ (often quite starkly) across national boundaries and over time.

      You address questions such as:

      • do humans appear to be naturally corrupt? If so, does this matter?
      • is corrupt behaviour absolute and universal or does it depend on location and context? Indeed, can corruption sometimes even be a good thing?
      • how can corruption be measured and analysed?

      As part of the module, you review contemporary international scholarship on the causes of corruption and its relationship with law and governance. And you explore the legal, social, economic, and political consequences of this kind of offending.

    • Issues in Corruption, Law and Governance

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In the first half of this module, you focus on a wide variety of different forms and modalities of corruption, examining specific examples across the developed and developing world, including:

      • systematic abuses of power by parties and politicians
      • corruption in government agencies such as the police and judiciary
      • business and commercial corruption
      • small-scale, almost trivial, petty misdemeanours.

      You examine the nature and extent of organised crime networks involved in such activities, as well as addressing new forms of offending based on a globalised market and recent developments in information technology.

      This analysis then provides a foundation for the second half of the module, in which you examine what legal reforms, governmental and policing strategies might contribute to the reduction of such corrupt practices.

    • Dissertation Skills (Corruption, Law and Governance)

      0 credits
      Spring & Summer Teaching, Year 1

      All LLM students complete a dissertation as part of the course. This means you design and carry out a project of research under individual supervision.

      When producing your 8000-word dissertation, you're encouraged to apply the theoretical and practical principles of research methodology which you addressed in your previous module; 'Advanced Research for LLM Students'.

      The aims of your dissertation module are to:

      • accomplish an extended piece of research work on a topic of your choice
      • deepen your appreciation of environmental law
      • develop appropriate research skills.
  • Module list – year 2


    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

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 2

    • International Legal Responses to Corruption

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 2

      In this module, you focus on the international campaign against corruption. You examine its history and development and the role of non-government organisations - such as Transparency International - and international bodies - such as the United Nations - as well as regional agencies such as:

      • the European Union
      • Council of Europe
      • the Gulf Co-operation Council.

      You then turn to international and regional anti-corruption agreements including, in particular the United Nations Convention against Corruption and the United Nations against Transnational Organised Crime.

    • Corruption and Domestic Law

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 2

      This module examines from a comparative perspective, the ways in which domestic legal systems seek to regulate the problem of corruption and bribery.

      It will initially focus on the regulation of bribery in UK domestic law examining the key provisions and impact of the Bribery Act 2010 and the methods used to police, detect and punish corruption.

      The module will then examine comparatively the domestic law and practice of a number of other national jurisdictions, including, in particular Qatar, in order to establish the different levels of success of different approaches as well as international best practice in this area.

    • The Law on Financial Crime

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 2

      In this module, you analyse different types of transnational financial crime and its impact.

      Much discussion of 'crime' and 'criminal law' is often preoccupied with 'crimes on the street' (e.g. volume crimes such as theft, offences against the person, etc.) rather than 'crimes in the suites' (e.g. corporate fraud, bribery, money laundering etc.).

      Yet, financial crime causes significant harm and undermines both society and individuals both domestically and internationally.

      Financial crimes - and the finances of crime - are issues that merit deeper scrutiny.

      In this module, you develop an analysis of financially motivated crime and deviance in the UK and internationally.

      You critically examine different forms of financial crime, both domestic and transnational, and efforts to target criminal finances.

      As part of the module, you may cover topics such as:

      • the nature of white collar crime
      • fraud
      • insider dealing
      • money laundering
      • terrorist financing
      • asset recovery.

      And you'll use a number of relevant in-depth case studies in order to explore these issues.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in law or a relevant subject (such as economics, finance, international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology) but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 1 August 2017.

English language requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Visas and immigration

For students who are applying from outside of Qatar and need further information on the student visa process, please contact the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre (ROLACC) directly on:

24th Floor, Palm Towers (B)
Al-Dafna, West Bay, Zone 60
Majlis Al Taawon Street
Doha, Qatar
PO Box: 24808
(00974) 40126220
Rule of Law & Anti-Corruption Centre

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?


£25,000 for the two-year course (2017/18 fee).

How can I fund my course?


The Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center in Qatar is delighted to offer a number of scholarships worth 25% of the tuition fee to attract the most talented students to study for the LLM in Corruption, Law and Governance in Qatar.


Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre

This course is taught by Sussex faculty at the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre (ROLACC) in Doha, Qatar. ROLACC is a not-for-profit organisation, established in 2013 by the Emir of Qatar. 

The Centre aims to build knowledge and raise individual and institutional competencies that promote the rule of law and fight corruption in line with international standards.

It plans to create a permanent framework for the exchange of experiences and expertise through the establishment of strategic partnerships with offices and agencies of the United Nations – particularly the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – as well as the most prominent studies and research centres in the world.

  • Faculty profiles

    Prof Dan Hough
    Professor of Politics

    Research interests: Corruption, Devolution, Germany, Political Parties, The GDR/east Germany

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    Prof Richard Vogler
    Professor of Comparative Criminal Law &Criminal Justice

    Research interests: Comparative Law, Criminal justice reform, Criminal law and criminal justice, Criminal Law And Criminology

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    Dr Dimitris Ziouvas
    Reader in Criminal Law and Compliance

    Research interests: Anti-corruption, Arab GCC Countries, business crime, comparative criminal law, compliance law, Corporate Criminal Liability, corporate governance, Criminal law and criminal justice, Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility, International Financial Criminal Law, organised crime, Sports Integrity, Sustainable development

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Faculty from the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption teach modules based on their own research in Qatar, enabling students to get a real feel for how anti-corruption works in practice.”Dan Hough
Professor of Politics
Director of the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption


This course prepares you to take leading roles in supporting anti-corruption strategies in government, non-government and commerical organisations, and in a variety of domestic, regional and international anti-corruption agencies.