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Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance


Venues: Nice - Berlin
Period: October 2016 - September 2017
Application deadline: July 1, 2016

The Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance aims to give a deep understanding of the complexity of the current energy transformations in Europe and worldwide. 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 four terms and takes place in two study locations: Nice and Berlin.

Overview of the year:
The first term 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. An academic or professional expert is invited for each event.
For their second term 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 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.
From July to August students will work on their Master’s thesis. All along the summer, supervisors will be at their disposal to follow up their work. The defence of the students’ Master’s thesis will take place in Nice in mid-September.


The requirements

This graduate programme is targeted at students who have already completed a first degree (minimum three years of study at university level). Furthermore, students must have an active, good knowledge of English.  For a full list of the documents required for the application, please see:



Students who successfully complete the programme are awarded two certifications at the end of the academic year:

  • The Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance. This is the diploma of CIFE, certifying the successful completion of the academic curriculum and granting 90 ECTS credits at Master level.
  • The degree qualification Chargé de Mission en Organisations Européennes et Internationales (Policy Officer in European and International Organisations). This qualification is recognised by the French state as a degree at Master level (level 7 of the European Qualifi cations Framework EQF).


Regular tuitions fees for the Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance are 8 900 €. This amount covers the study fees for the whole length of the programme, students' accommodation in Berlin,  parts of the programme-related travel expenses, the simulation and negotiation games, the field trips as well as access to local libraries. Please note that the tuitions fees do NOT include general living expenses (e.g. meals, others) and the accomodation in Nice.



A limited number of tuition reductions is available.


How to participate to the Application

Interested students can either apply via our online application form: or download the application form at: and send the filled out form via email or via postal mail. Please note that the deadline for applications is the July 1, 2016. Do not hesistate to contact us to ask any queries on the application procedure.


Information & contacts

Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE)
Institut Européen·European Institute

address: 81, rue de France - 06000 NICE - France

+33 (0)4 93 97 93 70
+33 (0)4 93 97 93 71


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