IACA’s IMACC is a two-year programme consisting of six modules and a final project or thesis.

Four modules are completed in the first academic year, followed by two modules and the final project or thesis in the second year.

Each module has three phases: pre-module, an in-class session, and post-module (see Module Structure). Intensive in-class phases (either seven or ten days) allow for maximum learning opportunities within a condensed period of time. Classes take place approximately every three months at the IACA campus in Laxenburg, Austria (Vienna area) and, for study visits, possibly other locations worldwide.

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 as an institution of post-secondary education to the effect that IACA’s study programmes and academic degrees are treated equivalent to those of educational institutions accredited in accordance with the EU’s Bologna process.


The pre-module phase is designed to prepare students, through self-study, for the in-class phase by providing a common standard of familiarity with terminology and the relevant academic disciplines and practical perspectives. A written assignment is included in each pre-module phase.

The in-class phase allows students to expand and utilize the knowledge they have acquired in the pre-module phase. Students are guided by lecturers who provide additional in-depth understanding and tools to prepare them for the practical use and application of the material in their own professional setting.

The in-class phase features lectures, case studies, interactive games, group work, and stakeholder discussions. In addition, five modules include a Compliance Lab that will give participants practical tools and methodologies for effective anti-corruption compliance management.

 During the post–module phase, students work on projects that reflect the overall learning outcomes of the module and allow them to review and apply in practice their newly acquired knowledge and skills.


Module I:  Introduction to Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action Studies

  • Introduction to the Master Programme
  • Introduction to the Study of Corruption
  • Economic Analysis of Corruption
  • Behavioural Sciences Applied to the Study of Corruption
  • Team Building
  • Research Methods


Module II: Ethical and Legal Frameworks for Anti-Corruption Compliance

  • Culture, Ethics, and Values
  • Value-Based Compliance Programmes
  • International Law and Standards on Anti-Corruption Compliance
  • Transnational Application of National Laws
  • Regulation of Anti-Corruption Compliance in National Laws: Comparative Analysis

The Compliance Lab

Developing a Model of a Value-Based Compliance Programme


Module III: Designing and Implementing an Effective Anti-Corruption Compliance Programme

  • Rationale for an Anti-Corruption Compliance Programme
  • Risk Assessment in the Process of Developing an Anti-Corruption Compliance Programme
  • Developing Codes of Conduct and Anti-Corruption Compliance Policies
  • Anti–Corruption Clauses
  • Due Diligence
  • Risk Management
  • IT Solutions and Big Data Analytics in Anti-Corruption Compliance
  • Gifts and Hospitality
  • Donations and Charity
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Procurement

The Compliance Lab

 Conducting Due Diligence


Module IV: Anti-Corruption Compliance Management: Maintaining Rigour and Proactive Implementation

  • Compliance Management
  • Corporate Communication
  • Whistle-blowing
  • Localization of Transnational Standards on Anti-Corruption Compliance
  • The Supply Chain in the Compliance Programme
  • Anti-Corruption Compliance and SMEs
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of the Anti-Corruption Compliance Programme

The Compliance Lab

Bank of Best Practices

Workshop on Anti-Corruption Compliance Benchmarking


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

  • Internal Investigations
  • Forensics
  • Forensic Tools Workshop
  • Crisis Management
  • Cooperation with Regulatory and Law Enforcement Bodies
  • Corporate and Individual Liability

The Compliance Lab

 Conducting Internal Investigations


Module VI: Collective Action and the Value of Joining Forces

  • The Role of Collaboration in Preventing and Reducing Corruption
  • Understanding Collective Action Against Corruption
  • Collective Action Against Corruption in Practice
  • Interaction with Stakeholders in the Framework of Collective Action
  • Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action: The Way Forward
  • Research Methods

The Compliance Lab

Designing a Collective Action Model for Businesses

International Conference on Anti-Corruption Compliance Benchmarking

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

IMACC curriculum (PDF)

Students will complete the programme with the successful submission and defence of a faculty-guided project or thesis. A supporting course on research methods and academic writing to help participants with their final project or thesis is included in the curriculum.

Combining theory and practice, the final project will develop a proposal for tackling a particular challenge in the area of anti-corruption, compliance, and/or collective action. Through it, participants will contribute to their own areas of work, organizations, and industries.

For those wishing to pursue a PhD, there is also the option of a master’s thesis.


 schedule imaccc 2017