Postgraduate Certificate in Corruption Studies - HKU SPACE: Criminal Justice & Criminology , Social Work & Sociology courses
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Postgraduate Certificate in Corruption Studies

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Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
Next intake(s)
November 2020
3 weeks
Course Fee
How to Apply
Deadline on 31 Aug 2019 (Sat)
(852) 29755685
(852) 25710630

This challenging international programme is one of the world’s leading training programmes in corruption studies. It is beneficial to all practitioners and professionals in anti-corruption and law enforcement agencies, justice departments, regulatory bodies, accounting and legal professions, the public and private sectors as well as multi-national organisations who require the expertise to combat corruption within an organisation or within a country.

This Postgraduate Certificate in Corruption Studies programme has now been established as one of the leading training courses in anti-corruption studies in the world. It has been providing the much needed capacity building for all practitioners and professionals in anti-corruption and law enforcement agencies, justice departments, regulatory bodies, accounting and legal professions and the like from around the world, who share a mission and commitment in the global battle against corruption. It has also become an enriching platform of networking amongst anti-corruption and related agencies, which is important since corruption is a transnational crime and international cooperation and networking is essential for any success.

By the completion of the 15th cohort in November 2017, a total of 345 Postgraduate Certificate awards have gone to the delegates, mostly senior officials of anti-corruption authorities coming from 46 countries and regions, which represent a total of 92 agencies and/or organizations. These include Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Hong Kong SAR, Iraq, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Lesotho, Mainland China, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe. They also include officials from international organizations such as the UNDP, UNODC, USAID, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, The Asia Foundation and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). (Please see Appendix 2 for a list of the major agencies and organizations). Many of the graduates held influential positions in the field of anti-corruption in their home countries and they are able to put what they have learned into practice and together they have enhanced the fight against corruption globally.



"A holistic program that has combined practical and theoretical knowledge very well. With exceptionally experienced industry experts sharing their knowledge and expertise, it is very easy to relate the concepts to real day work scenarios. Well covered topics that assist the learners to understand and appreciate the concepts of how Anti – Corruption works."

Ms. Arti Naidu
Principal Corruption Prevention Officer
Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption, Fiji
                                 November 2017
This Postgraduate Certificate programme aims to develop strategic and technical aspects of anti-corruption studies that trained professionals will need in combating corruption. It provides participants with a comprehensive in anti-corruption studies and hence equips them to fight against corrupt activities in an efficient and effective manner.
The programme will be taught by distinguished and seasoned professional experts with diverse backgrounds in relevant fields.  The delivery of the programme comprises three major components: (1) Pre-course research study; (2) A 3-week intensive full-time residential study in Hong Kong; and (3) Post-cost self-study. It will be intensive, interactive and insightful, including lectures, seminars, workshops and case studies. Demonstrations, experience-sharing, focus-group interviews and field trips to the law enforcement agencies in Hong Kong may be arranged where appropriate to provide the participants opportunities to apply the knowledge and concepts and hence improve their understandings in anti-corruption studies.


“I am very grateful to have been a student/participant of the program: “Postgraduate Certificate in Corruption Studies” in November 2017 offered by HKU SPACE. Indeed, HKU SPACE did deliver its mandate in terms of logistics for the program, course content and extra curriculum activities.

I learnt to apply theories on corruption to analyze the causes and effects of corruption as well as its impact on my organization and country. I also leant to formulate and design effective and efficient anti-corruption strategies and action plan for my organization. More especially, I can utilize the technical knowledge and competence in anti-corruption investigations to prevent and combat corruption in my organization and the country as a whole.

Indeed, the program did meet my expectation and aspirations as an intelligence officer of the revenue collecting Authority of Ghana. I hope to make an impact on the Authority’s employees in striving to curb corruption. I hope also to participate in the future programs of HKU SPACE.”

Mr. Boniface Eugene OWUSU
Chief Revenue Officer,
Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana
November 2017
Days / Time
  • Mon - Fri, 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • 5 November - 28 November 2019
This Postgraduate Certificate is a 30 credit programme at Qualification Framework (QF) Level 6. It comprises six modules that are structured into six closely integrated core components:
1. Theories on Corruption (3 credits)
2. Corruption Legislation (3 credits)
3. Comparative Studies of Anti-corruption Structures and Strategies (6 credits)
4. Anti-Corruption Enforcement (6 credits)
5. Corruption Prevention and Community Education (6 credits)
6. Integrated Group Project (6 credits)
Applicants shall:
  1. hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized university or equivalent;  or
  2. have at least 3 years of relevant work experiences as practitioners in anti-corruption or law enforcement agencies, justice departments, regulatory bodies, accounting and legal professions; and
  3. be proficient in English language (For those graduated from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction, a written proof of English proficiency is required).
Preference will be given to candidates who are middle to senior level executives in their organizations or are recommended by their respective employers.  All applicants are expected to be highly self-motivated and self-directed learners.  Final decisions concerning admission are made at the discretion of Admission Committee of the programme.
Application Fee

HK$150 (or USD20) - non-refundable

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$25,200 (Or US$3,250)
  • Early Bird Rate : HK$22,680 (Enrolment on or before 31 July 2019)
  • Group Rate : HK$21,420 (Group enrolment on or before 31 July 2019)
The Law Society of Hong Kong has approved this Postgraduate Certificate programme for the purpose of compliance with its Continuous Professional Development (CPD) requirements under its CPD Scheme. On successful completion of the programme, a graduate is entitled to claim up to 15 CPD points in that CPD practice year if he/she is a member of the Law Society of Hong Kong.

“Attending the 15th Postgraduate Certificate in Corruption Studies Programme in Hong Kong in November 2017 provided an opportunity for me to expand my knowledge of anti-corruption and strengthen my capacity as an officer working for the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) for the past five years, and as a representative of my country Fiji.

The training programme and design provided an environment conducive to an interactive adult learning which not only engage us through lectures but also allow us to participate and exchange constructive ideas based on our country experiences on how best we can approach and address the problems of corruption through group discussions. As a participant, I came out feeling more revitalized and confident to talk about the dynamics of corruption and the processes and systems that are important to be realized, considered and included when designing anti–corruption strategies.”

Ms. Cevalala Siteri WAINISE RABICI
Manager Complaints Department
Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption, Fiji
November 2017





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Enrolment Method
Applicants are required to complete and return the application form (SF26) together with the relevant supportive documents by by mail or in person  on or before the application deadline:
  • By mail:  Social Sciences, 11/F., Fortress Tower, 250 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong (Attention: Miss Carmen Chan); or
  • In person:  Any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.
Required supportive documents (certified true copies*) include:
  1. Academic certificates and transcripts;
  2. Professional certificates (if any);
  3. A recommendation letter from employer; and
  4. HKID card or Passport.
* Certified true copies: Applicants will be required to present the original certificates and transcripts at the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres for verification.
Application Deadline: 31 August, 2019
Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS
Course fees can be paid by cash or EPS at any HKU SPACE enrolment counters.
2. Cheque or Bank Draft
Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title and applicant’s name.
Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard, including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.
If you wish to make payment through telegraphic transfer, please contact Miss Carmen Chan at for more details.


  1. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder’s credit card account.
  2. Fees and places on courses cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on approved transfers.
  3. Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  4. For additional copies of receipts, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a completed form and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’. Such copies will only normally be issued at the end of a course.