Energy Policy Studies

Follow-up Master's degree in full-time form. The language of instruction is English.

The programme can be studied only as a single subject. Tuition fee is €3,000 per academic year.

Application deadline depending on the admission procedure chosen (midnight 15 November 2022 or 30 April 2023)

What will you learn?

Combating climate change, ensuring economic development, fighting inequality, managing the rapid transition to renewable energy and electric mobility, or enhancing national security in the ongoing geopolitical struggle between world powers. These are just a few examples of global challenges associated with climate and energy politics.

“Energy matters”

This programme answers the ever-increasing demand in the job market for graduates with knowledge, skills and competences necessary for navigating the complex framework of national and international climate and energy policies. It uniquely combines political science with elements of environmental science, law, economics and science and technology studies, providing the students with a comprehensive set of skills and ensuring their ability to make a difference in their future careers.

During the studies, students will be introduced to a large variety of intriguing topics such as energy & sustainability, environment & climate change, economic development & energy poverty, geopolitics of energy supply & energy security, innovation & technological development, or energy markets & trading. Students can choose to specialize in a few or just one topic. For example by selecting specific internships or in-class projects on specific topics, or build up a comprehensive knowledge of the whole field.

The programme requires no specific previous knowledge. Our students include graduates from not only social sciences fields such as politics, economics, geography, environmental studies, but also from law, engineering, and natural sciences. The only prerequisites are critical thinking, an active approach to studies, and the ability to work in a team. Everything else you will learn with us.

The programme offers high-quality, practical and applicable degree at affordable tuition fees that can be further reduced by various scholarships.

Practical training

Practical training takes place both on and off campus. On campus, practical courses are an integral part of the curriculum often including discussions and workshops with experts in the field – among whom are our graduates and also through interactive course design – such as building up cash flow models for investment projects.

Off the campus, the students are encouraged to find internships in institutions and fields of their interest either by themselves or through an established network of graduates and cooperating institutions.

The faculty recognizes study credits for internships and supports the outgoing students through scholarships. Internships can also serve as the basis for students’ final theses.

Further information

Career opportunities

Our graduates work for government institutions, energy regulatory authorities, energy corporations, consultancy companies, non-profit organizations & special interest groups, or in research & academia.

Admission requirements

Admission Master program Spring 2023 (beginning February 2023)
— Submission deadline until midnight 15 Nov 2022

The program is open to students holding a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in the social sciences (political science, International Relations, European studies, and related disciplines, including history, law, economics, etc.) or the humanities from a recognized institution of higher education. Applicants must have a good command of the English language. Students are evaluated and admitted on the basis of the documents they submit and entrance video-interviews - see:

Criteria for evaluation

Students are evaluated and admitted on the basis of the documents they submit and the entrance interviews; the evaluation scale is 0 - 100 points with 60 as the passing level.

Admission Master program Fall 2023 (beginning September 2023)
— Submission deadline until midnight 30 Apr 2023

The program is open to students holding a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree from a recognized institution of higher education. Each application must include English language curriculum vitae, cover letter, official transcript of records, and a sample of academic writing in the extent of an essay. It is highly recommended to also include a proof of proficiency in English at the B2 level or higher. After completing the application, prospective students are invited for an online interview with members of the admission board. The interview typically takes about 20 minutes and serves to clarify whether the applicant fits the program, whether the program is a good fit for the applicant, and to verify English language competence. Further details are available at Essay: Pick a topic in (international) energy politics. It does not matter whether the topic is something affecting the whole world (like climate change or transition to renewable energy) or whether it is something more regional (like the conflict and cooperation behind the Nord Stream gas pipelines, for example). In your 700-800 words essay, describe the topic and then imagine you are a political leader participating in solving an issue or a problem relevant to your topic. What would you, as a political leader, do? What solutions would you suggest and why? Explain and defend your reasoning. If citing any sources, make sure you cite them properly and that you avoid any intended or unintended plagiarism.

Criteria for evaluation

Applications are evaluated on the basis of the students’ background, experience and motivation (up to 30 points), the submitted essay (30 points), and the online interview (40 points). Applications awarded with at least 60 points are accepted.


15 Jul – 15 Nov 2022

Submit your application during this period

Admission Master program Spring 2023 (beginning February 2023)

1 Sep 2022 – 30 Apr 2023

Submit your application during this period

Admission Master program Fall 2023 (beginning September 2023)

Follow-up studies

Graduates may continue to a doctoral degree program.

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Social Studies
Type of studies Follow-up master's
Mode full-time Yes
combined No
distance No
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies No
Standard length of studies 2 years
Language of instruction English
Tuition fees
The studies are subject to tuition, fees are paid per academic year
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