Corruption and bribery undermine the workings of a fair society, negatively impacting economic development, the rule of law, and market competition.

Many countries, including the UK and US, have adopted new measures to try and better combat these crimes. These new systems require additional understanding, from the investigators that enforce them, and also the businesses that might run afoul of them.

This course will teach you the legal aspects of corporate corruption and bribery, so you can identify and analyse it where it occurs, and develop strategies and tools to prevent it.

What you learn on this course prepares you for work or further study in this area. Completing the course will support application to further related courses, and provides 20 credits towards a specific parallel course, our Certificate in IP crime.

Therefore, it's an ideal next step to progression in careers in law enforcement, compliance, regulation and business.

Course Details


  • Mode of study: Distance learning
  • Two modules: Bribery, corruption and study skills, and Preventing bribery and corruption
  • Credits: 40 Level 4
  • Duration: 24 weeks
  • Start and end dates:
    • 16 January 2023 – 4 July 2023

The course will subsequently be run twice every year starting in January and September.


  • £2,566

If you already hold the Certificate in Intellectual Property Crime, you can make a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) claim to exempt you from the first academic skills-based module. You'll then gain a 50% fee reduction for this course.

What You'll Experience

On this short course you'll:

  • Gain an understanding of corporate corruption and bribery
  • Analyse real corporate corruption and bribery cases, to better understand and develop preventative tools and strategies
  • Be taught by experts from the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies
  • Develop additional transferable skills, such as writing and analysis


You'll be assessed through:

  • Quizzes 
  • An essay
  • A report

What's Included

You'll have access to:

  • Moodle, our online learning platform
  • Online support for distance learning


Teaching is delivered online, via Moodle. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Moodle is our virtual learning environment, where we host learning materials and activities.

Entry Requirements

Access to this course is open to all individuals subject to the approval of the course leader. The course is delivered in English, so applicants are expected to be proficient in English to IELTS band 6.0, with no component score below 6.0.


Book your place

  • Beginning in September 2022 — Sorry, this intake is fully booked. Please contact us using the form below if you’d like to be notified if a place becomes available or new course dates are added.

  • Beginning in January 2023

Please email Branislav Hock (branislav.hock@port.ac.uk) to enquire about applications.

Get in touch

Find out more about this course by contacting us below.

Course Details

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To register your interest in future courses please contact Jacki Tapley on jacki.tapley@port.ac.uk