structure and curriculum

IACA’s IMACC is a two-year programme consisting of seven modules and a master’s thesis.

Four modules are completed in the first academic year, followed by three modules and the master’s thesis in the second year.

Each module runs in 11 to 13 weeks. The modules comprise of several core module and stand-alone courses, and practical compliance projects and labs. They are composed of self-study readings, interactive presentations, discussion forums, self-assessment, group works, live sessions, written assignments, webinars, etc.

The IMACC degree comes with a total of 120 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), enabling enrolment into PhD programmes if desired.

IACA is recognized by the Republic of Austria (the Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy, acting in its capacity as ENIC NARIC AUSTRIA) as an institution of post-secondary education (in accordance with art. 51 para. 2 subpara. 1 of the Universities Act 2002 – UG, BGBl. I no. 120/2002, and art. 4 para. 4 of the Universities of Applied Sciences Studies Act – FHStG, BGBl. no. 340/1993, as amended). IACA programmes and their final diplomas are recognized in the sense of the EU's Bologna Process. Additional information on recognition is available here.

Module structure

Each module is composed of various synchronous and asynchronous learning content. In the beginning of the module, students will receive entire asynchronous learning content through their e-Learning platform.

Synchronous Learning Content

  • Live Sessions: Every module will have between 12 and 16 live sessions (90 minutes each). These live sessions are split among the courses proportionally.
  • Webinar panel discussions: Each module contains at least a panel discussion in form of a webinar or. The topic of the webinars are chosen based on the content covered in the modules and announced to the students along with the information of the speakers, in the beginning of each module.
  • Live Group Activities and Simulation Games: Some courses may contain virtually organized synchronous group works and simulation games.

Asynchronous Learning Content

  • Learning Content: Reading materials & Visual presentations.
  • Self-Assessment Quiz (non-graded): Guides students through their learning contents.
  • Graded Assessments (Written assignment & Quiz): Each course of a module will contain a graded assessment, and the grade weight will depend on the weight of the course in the module (number of ECTS).
  • Complementary Learning Materials: Depending on the composition of the course, various complementary learning materials may be applied, such as case studies, group works, individual works, quick surveys, etc.
  • Discussion Forum: Each course will have a dedicated discussion forum. The discussion forum starts in the beginning of the module and continues to be open until the end of the module. The lecturers will encourage students to actively participate in the discussion forums.


The following themes are representative of the IMACC Online modules. IACA may change the sequence of the modules and/or modify the module themes.

A. Research and Writing in Anti-Corruption and Compliance

  • An Introduction to Writing Research Papers
  • Social Science Empirical Research
  • Writing a Research Proposal
  • Quantitative Research Methods

B. Facilitating virtual teams and learning process

C. Modules

Module 1
Introduction to Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action Studies

Core Module Courses:

  • Corruption: Themes, Trends, Definitions, Consequences and Measurements:
  • Impact of Globalisation on Corruption
  • Corruption in Business Sector
  • Ethical Framework for Anti-Corruption Compliance
  • Part 1: Theories of Organizational Misbehavior
  • Using Behavioural Science to understand Corruption and Design Anti-Corruption Policies
  • The Role of Collective Action/Collaboration in Preventing and Reducing Corruption
  • Part 1: Theories of Collective Action and Collective Action Problems
  • Rationale of Anti-Corruption-Compliance System
  • Methodology for Anti-Corruption Compliance Project Work and Group Tasks during Modules

Stand-alone Courses:

  • Glimpses of International Initiatives in Anti-Corruption
  • Corruption in Sports

Module 2
Anti-Corruption Compliance: National and International Legal Framework and Risk Assessment

Core Module Courses:

  • International Anti-Corruption Instruments and Initiatives
  • Transnational Application of Anti-Corruption National Laws: A Comparative Analysis
  • Risk Assessment in the Process of Developing an Anti-Corruption Compliance Programme

Stand-alone Courses:

  • AML/CFT - Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crime Protection: International Legal Framework & Initiatives

Module 3
Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action

Core Module Courses:

  • Policy and Procedures, Internal, Controls
  • Gift, Hospitality, Donations and Charity
  • Identifying, Minimizing and Managing Conflict of Interest
  • Due Diligence: Third party Intermediaries (Compliance Throughout Supply Chain), Mergers & Acquisitions and Counterparties
  • The Role of Collective Action/Collaboration in Preventing and Reducing Corruption
  • Part 2: International Initiatives
  • Anti-Corruption Project Planning

Stand-alone Courses:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corruption

Compliance Projects & Labs:

  • Due Diligence: Compliance Lab
  • Project 1 (Part 1)
  • Auditing under ISO 37001Anti-Bribery Management System and ISO 19600 Compliance Management System

In this auditor training you will learn the necessary theory and practice you need to know about auditing anti-bribery and compliance management systems according to international best practice standards. New professional paths may open up for you, whether you then work as an auditor for a certification body, act as a consultant for organisations or you want to apply the knowledge you have acquired in your current company.

Module 4
Behavioral and Institutional Economics, anti-Corruption Compliance Management, and Implementation

Core Module Courses:

  • Behavioral and Institutional Economics Approaches to Anti-Corruption
  • Compliance Management & Corporate Communication
  • Localization of Transnational Standards on Anti-Corruption Compliance

Stand-alone Courses:

  • Anti-Corruption measures in Procurement (Public and Private Perspective)
  • Multilateral Banks and Debarment policies and their role in anti-corruption

Compliance Projects & Labs:

  • Due Diligence: Compliance Lab
  • Project 1 (Part 1)

Auditing under ISO 37001Anti-Bribery Management System and ISO 19600 Compliance Management System

Module 5
Internal Investigations, Crisis Management and Cooperation with Law Enforcement and Supervisory Bodies

Core Module Courses:

  • Corporate Liability for Corruption
  • Internal Investigations and Crisis Management in Business Enterprises
  • Cooperation with Regulatory and Law Enforcement Bodies

Stand-alone Courses:

  • Open Source Investigation

Compliance Projects & Labs:

  • Practical Training: Investigation Lab
  • Project 1 (Part 3)
  • Auditing under ISO 37001Anti-Bribery Management System and ISO 19600 Compliance Management System

Online Examination

Module 6
Anti-Corruption Compliance Monitoring and Evaluation

Core Module Courses:

  • Anti-Corruption Compliance for SMEs
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Anti-Corruption Compliance Programmes
  • Ethical Framework for Anti-Corruption Compliance –
  • Part 2: Organizational Integrity
  • Value based Compliance System

Stand-alone Courses:

  • Whistleblowing and Whistleblower Protection

Compliance Projects & Labs:

  • Establishing Whistleblowing System as Part of Compliance System: Compliance Lab
  • Project 2 (Part 1)

Developing Code of Conduct

Module 7
Value of Joining Forces against Corruption, Leveraging technology and Future of Anti-Corruption Compliance

Core Module Courses

  • The role of Collaboration in Preventing and Reducing Corruption
    • Part 3: Case studies and way forward
  • Role of Technology, Data Analytics and Emerging Technologies in Anti-Corruption
  • Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, and Corruption
  • The Future of Compliance

Stand-alone Courses

  • Civil Societies and Media in the Fight against Corruption

Compliance Projects & Labs:

  • Designing a Collective Action Model: Compliance Lab
  • Project 2 (Part 2)

Developing Code of Conduct

Master Thesis

The IMACC programme is completed with the successful submission and defence of a Master’s Thesis. The Master’s Thesis is an academic paper of about 25,000 words demonstrating conceptual and analytical approaches to a topic related to corruption and anti-corruption compliance preferably in the business sector, and collective action against corruption, with focus on applying knowledge to practice.

Each IMACC student of this class is assigned an experienced faculty supervisor to guide her/him in the research and writing of his/her Master’s Thesis. Master’s Theses are due in September of the second year of studies. Defence of the Master Theses takes place online in October and early November of the second academic year, followed by graduation on IACA campus, on or around 9 December, which is an International Anti-Corruption Day.

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