Post-Graduate Degree Programmes

Post-Graduate Diploma in Anti-Corruption Enforcement

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5 Sep 2022


31 July 2022


The start of the programme is subject to minimum number of students in the programme.


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This Post-Graduate Diploma is the first of its kind to be established in Anti-Corruption  Enforcement (PG-DACE). This one-year diploma offers an extensive curriculum that covers the behavioural, social, anthropological, and cultural study of corruption crime. Also, the legal and regulatory framework and international cooperation that are used in fighting corruption are focused upon. Then, the importance of the nexus between corruption and other forms of crime, and various tools and techniques in investigating corruption and enforcement are also included in this diploma. This is a part time programme and held online.

The programme aims to hold some seminars in hybrid form on IACA campus or a different location, combined with study visits, local content, and other side events.


Earn an internationally recognized Post Graduate Diploma with 60 ECTS credits while building/continuing your professional career in anti-corruption and enforcement.

Learn through synchronous and asynchronous online methods with maximum flexibility and the possibility of hybrid seminars.

Understand the complexities of legal and regulatory frameworks, and their important role in the prevention of organised crime.

Gain interdisciplinary insights on corruption from experts in the field.

Strengthen your skills through methodologies and tools provided during workshops and anti-corruption labs.

Share and learn with peers from diverse sectors across the globe.

Develop skills in global best practices including measurement, policy framing, enforcement and investigation to fight and investigate corruption, which are easily transferrable into a workplace setting.

Structure and Curriculum

This diploma programme comprises of four modules and a final research paper, taking one year. These modules will focus on topics such as the fundamentals of criminology and (anti)corruption, the legal and regulatory framework and international initiatives in anti-corruption, the nexus between corruption and other types of crime, and criminal investigation and law enforcement. Every module of the programme takes between 11 to 14 weeks. The courses run in sequence, and all contain self-study and a live session in each. Then, the course study phase will conclude with a final exam comprised of a set of basic questions from the courses. The third phase of the module will focus mainly on research and seminars. These modules will carry between 11 to 14 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. At the end of the programme students will submit a final research paper of 6,000 – 8,000 words worth six ECTS credits, coming to a total of 60 ECTS credits overall.


Fundamentals of Criminology and (Anti)Corruption

Course 1 - Introduction to the Study of Corruption
Course 2 - Economic Consequences of Organized Crime and Corruption
Course 3 - Theories of Criminology and Social Order
Course 4 - Psychology of Corrupt and Criminal Behaviour
Course 5 - Culture, Crime, and Corruption
Course 6 - Corruption and Gender
Course 7 - Building Skills for Group Work Activities and Presentations
Course 8 - Methodology of Research in Social Sciences

Legal and Regulatory Framework in Anti-Corruption

Course 1 - International Legal Instruments and Initiatives in Anti-Corruption
Course 2 - National Criminal Laws and Anti-Corruption Laws
Course 3 – Whistleblowing and Whistleblower Protection
Course 4 - Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration in Corruption Crime Prevention
Course 5 - Corruption, Human Rights, Data Privacy, and Criminal Justice

Nexus Between Corruption and other Crimes, and the Preventive

Course 1 - Transnational Crimes and Corruption: Human Trafficking, and Drug Trafficking
Course 2 - Role of Emerging Technologies in Anti-Corruption Enforcement
Course 3 - Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crime Prevention
Course 4 - Cyber Crime and Cyber Corruption
Course 5 – Corruption in Public Procurement

Criminal Investigation and Law Enforcement in Anti-Corruption

Course 1 - Anti-Corruption Criminal Investigation
Course 2 - International Cooperation in Criminal Investigation
Course 3 - Tracing Stolen Assets and Asset Recovery
Course 4 - Punishment and Corrections in Corruption Cases
Course 5 - Judicial System, Judicial Power, and Judicial Integrity

Note: IACA reserves the right to make amendments in the courses and content of the programme at any time.

Learning Methodologies

Each Programme’s module consists of several courses. Each course covers one aspect which corresponds to the topic and overall objectives of the module. The workload of each course is determined by the number of ECTS allocated to the course. According to ECTS guide, each ECTS is equivalent to 25 – 30 contact hours expected by the students on the learning content.

The program includes various synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning methods.

Note: IACA will make an endeavour to hold at least one, and at most two seminars in hybrid mode, either at IACA or any other location around the world depending upon a host partner, where participants, at their own cost, may come together to present papers and engage in discussion, subject to removal of travel restrictions.



  • Undergraduate degree, equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant work experience or a proven history of academic research in areas related to anti-corruption and/or compliance is required. Candidates who do not have working experience yet and are applying directly from the bachelor’s degree, should have their undergraduate degree qualification related to anti-corruption, criminology, law, business, or international relations. Other degree backgrounds may be accepted if relevant to the course material.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English is also required for entry.

Admission Process

Submit an online application along with the required documents and the payment of the 100 EUR application fee (non-refundable).

Guidelines for admission

Participants are selected considering their professional and academic experience. IACA is committed to promoting diversity and strives to attract participants from various professional backgrounds and geographical areas. Bringing together diverse perspectives and practices to better learn about and tackle corruption is essential to the quality of the PG-DACE programme

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Programme Fee

9,950 EUR, payable in two instalments. The programme fee covers teaching, including teaching materials and ICT, and supervision and thesis defence. All other arrangements and associated costs, not covered by the above stated fees, such as, travel, medical insurance, accommodation, and subsistence for the graduation ceremony, are Student’s responsibility.

In some countries and jurisdictions, educational expenses can be tax deductible. Please check with your national tax authority.


Under the Preferential Treatment Scheme for IACA Parties contributing to the general budget of the organization, IACA is offering different preferences related to member states contributions to the IACA general budget.

Application Fee

100 EUR application fee (non-refundable).


There are currently no scholarships available for this diploma

Individual Sponsorship

There are currently no scholarships available for this diploma

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