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Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance

The Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance is targeted at students who have completed their undergraduate studies. Its objective is to give a deep understanding of the complexity of the current energy transformations in Europe and worldwide. The programme takes place in Berlin and Nice. The programme offers a unique, multidisciplinary approach which distinguishes it from other Master’s courses in the field of energy studies: It analyses the links between the different levels of energy governance, from an international to a local level, offering problem-focused learning at the crossroads of theory and practice. The one-year Master’s programme stretches over three terms and takes place in two study locations: Berlin and Nice

Students who successfully complete the programme acquire 60 ECTS credits.

The programme is structured into three terms:

The first term (October-December) in Nice encompasses classes on the basics of the four energy modules (International energy governance, Economic energy governance, the EU energy governance and Energy and territories). Each module is complemented by seminars dealing with current energy issues.

For their second term (January-March) students move on to Berlin where teaching in the four modules continues in the form of workshops. Each module organises a half-day workshop with an expert. Students prepare the workshops in group work delivering papers on themes linked to the topic of the seminar (climate negotiations, energy stock exchange, the role of the EU interconnections in the European energy market, the EU funds and the territorial energy policy). To better understand the local energy challenges in the framework of the German Energy Transition Field, visits will also be organised in co-operation with local institutions and companies. Another focus of this term will be put on the methodology classes, one dedicated to the research work and the Master’s thesis, the second one to project management.

In April students return to Nice. The third term (April-June) aims at deepening their knowledge on the four energy modules. A special focus is also given to the methodological support for the students’ work on their thesis including individual meetings with the academic supervisors. In the two simulations the participants will forge their negotiation techniques with regard to the construction of wind farms at local level and work out of a strategy for an international energy cooperation. Written and oral exams in June will conclude this term. The graduation ceremony in the end of June concludes the academic year.

Admission requirements

The Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance is a graduate programme, aimed at students who have already completed a first degree (minimum three years of study at university level). Furthermore, students must give evidence of their good knowledge of English.
The deadline for application for the Master programme is 1 July 2017.

Tuition and funds

The tuition rate for the Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance is 8.900 €.This sum covers classes, the students’ accommodation in Berlin, the programme-related travel expenses, simulation and negotiation games, the field trips as well as access to local libraries. For a detailed account please have a look at our website.

A limited number of tuition reductions are awarded to particularly qualified candidates who are not able to cover the cost of their studies and stay. The application form for the reduction of fees is available on our website.
Students are only eligible to apply for a reduction once they are accepted.


Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE)
Institut européen-European Institute
81 rue de France
F-06000 Nice

You can find more detailed information on the application procedure and apply online at

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Who we are

CIFE is a private institution of higher education and research, founded in 1954 with its head office in Nice and branch offices in Berlin, Brussels and Istanbul. It is one out of six institutes of higher education in Europe which receive special funding in the framework of the Jean Monnet Programme of the European Union.
The Institut européen·European Institute (IE·EI)  is a department of CIFE, offering graduate programmes in European integration since 1964. Every year, students from all continents and a great variety of countries enroll in its programmes, which lead to a degree at Master level (EQF 7) recognised by the French state. Over 2000 students, coming from more than 100 countries, have graduated at CIFE. They now work as Senior officials in European institutions, policy officers within the UN framework, administrators, diplomats, consultants, researchers for think tanks, lobbyists, and academic experts.





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