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Postgraduate Certificate in Corruption Studies

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Start Date
07 Nov 2017 (Tue)
Next intake(s)
3 weeks
Course Fee
HK$23,200 (or US$3,000)
How to Apply
Deadline on 30 Aug 2017 (Wed)
(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 14th cohort in November 2016, a total of 334 Postgraduate Certificate awards have gone to the delegates, mostly senior officials of anti-corruption authorities coming from 45 countries and regions, which represent a total of 90 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, 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.


Programme Structure and Delivery

This Postgraduate Certificate is a 30 credit programme at Qualification Framework (QF) Level 6, which comprises the following six modules:

(1) Theories on Corruption
(2) Corruption Legislation
(3) Comparative Studies of Anti-Corruption Structures and Strategies
(4) Anti-Corruption Enforcement
(5) Corruption Prevention and Community Education
(6) Integrated Group Project

QF Level 6 (QR Registration No.:09/002260/6; Validity Period: 05 May 2008 - on-going)

Course Schedule
7 November to 30 November 2017
Days / Time
  • Mon - Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • 7 November - 30 November 2017

(1) Theories on Corruption
(2) Corruption Legislation
(3) Comparative Studies of Anti-Corruption Structures and Strategies
(4) Anti-Corruption Enforcement
(5) Corruption Prevention and Community Education
(6) Integrated Group Project
The medium of instruction is English.  The delivery of the programme comprises the three major components: (1) Pre-course research study; (2) A 3-week intensive full-time residential study in Hong Kong; and (3) Post-course self-study.


The 3-week intensive full-time residential study in Hong Kong will commence from 7 November 2017 and conclude on 30 November 2017 (Sessions will be held on weekdays (9:00am – 5:00pm) and / or Saturday & Sunday).  It involves face-to-face teaching and interactive learning through 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 students opportunities to apply the knowledge and concepts and hence improve their understandings in anti-corruption studies.

The minimum entry and admission requirements for the postgraduate certificate are detailed as below.  Applicants shall:
  1. hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized university;  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$23,200 (or US$3,000)
  • Early Bird Rate : HK$20,880 (or US$2,700) (Enrolment on or before 30 June 2017)
  • Group Rate : HK$19,720 (or US$2,550) (Group enrolment on or before 30 June 2017)
The Law Society of Hong Kong has approved this Postgraduate Certificate programme for the purpose of compliance with CPD requirements under its CPD Scheme. On successful completion of the programme, a participant 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.

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Enrolment Method
Applicants should complete and return the Application for Enrolment Form (SF 26) enclosing copies of (1) HKID card / passport; (2) Academic certificates; and (3) a recommendation letter from employers, together with a crossed cheque / bank draft or telegraphic transfer receipt (if applicable) of the application fee, made payable to “HKU SPACE”, to the following address: HKU SPACE (Attn: Miss Carmen Chan) 11/F.,  Fortress Tower, 250, King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong.
Payment Method
Course fees can be paid by cash or EPS at any HKU SPACE enrolment counters.
Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and applicant’s name. You may either:
  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.

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.