Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance Nice-Berlin

Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE)

Program Description

Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance Nice-Berlin

Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE)

"Understanding the complexity of current energy transformations in Europe and worldwide"

The Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance is targeted at students who have completed their undergraduate studies. Its objective is to provide students with a deep understanding of the complexity of the current energy transformations in Europe and worldwide. The programme takes place in Berlin and Nice, offering 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 programme stretches over three terms and takes place in two study locations: Nice and Berlin.

Degree and recognition

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

  • Master in Energy Transition and Global Governance: This is the diploma of CIFE, certifying the successful completion of the academic curriculum and granting 60 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 Qualifications Framework EQF).

Admission requirements

This graduate programme is aimed at students who have already completed a first degree (minimum three years of study at university level).

Furthermore, students must have a good knowledge of English.

You can find more detailed information on the application procedure at www.ie-ei.eu.

Applications for the academic year 2019/20 will open on October 15th, 2018.

Overview of the academic year

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. An academic or professional expert is invited to each event.

For their second term (January-March) students move to Berlin, where workshops are offered for the four modules. 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 research and the Master’s thesis, and the second 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 given to methodological support for the students’ work on their thesis including individual meetings with the academic supervisors. During this term, a simulation game will enable the participants to test their negotiation skills.

During this term, students will finalise their work on their thesis in close contact with their academic supervisors. The thesis will be delivered in mid-June and defended at the end of June.

Teaching modules

  • International energy governance

This module delivers the theoretical knowledge on the main international energy-related issues and conflicts (resource curse, neoinstitutionalism, developmentalism, weak/strong States etc.).
It also provides the participants with concrete examples of the emergence and regulation of energy conflicts worldwide in order to analyse better how they exert pressure on the security and diversification of the energy supply. (8 ECTS)

  • Economic energy governance

Economic and market fundamentals are applied to the energy sector in order to understand the current multiple national, regional, and local low carbon energy pathways in the world.
The module examines how the different markets are regulated and how they influence the transitions from fossil fuels to renewable energies. The economic perspective will highlight the role of liberalisation, privatisation and regulation of the sector. (8 ECTS)

  • European energy governance

The aim of this module is to highlight the EU priorities and its decision-making process regarding clean energy transition in Europe, thus helping to understand political economy factors that both inhibit and accelerate it. While focusing on how the different EU policies challenge institutional architectures and multilevel governance schemes, the module provides insight into issues currently facing European policymakers such as social acceptance, sustainability of renewable energies as well as rapid advancement in clean energy technologies. (8 ECTS)

  • Energy and territories

Participants will examine how EU regions and cities and more generally territories develop their own low carbon strategy at the crossroads of many policies (housing, waste management, transport, fuel poverty, environment and energy) and in the framework of a multilevel governance system.
Concrete examples of local and regional strategies will be delivered in order to analyse the levers and obstacles for more decentralisation. (8 ECTS)

  • Methodology modules

Students will acquire skills in research methodology, energy project management and the elaboration of energy strategies. They will concretely experimentwith different methodological tools: first, through the research work for their thesis and second, thanks to the methodological tools of project management. Students will be involved in a simulation in which they will have to decide on the construction of a wind park in a territory. In a negotiation game, participants will have to elaborate a common strategy in the perspective of international energy cooperation. (9 ECTS)

  • Thesis

For their Master’s thesis participants will carry out a profound research work on an energy issue, chosen and elaborated in regular coordination with their supervisor. The thesis will require the application of the methodological tools which the students have acquired during the programme.
The academic work will involve in-depth desk research, possible interviews with external partners and the writing of a thesis of approximately 17,000 words. (15 ECTS). Candidates will defend their thesis in an oral exam. (4 ECTS)

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated July 30, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2018
Jan. 2019
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1 year
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8,900 EUR
Includes accomodation in Berlin, progamme related-travels costs and study trips.
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France - Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
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