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Energy and Climate Law

What did liberalization do for the energy sector? And did it change the relationship between the state and the energy industry? Should energy companies be concerned with climate change?

Today, the energy sector is changing as a result of market liberalization and climate change concerns. The EU presents a typical example of this scenario but similar developments can also be found in other parts of the world. This specialized programme will present the main principles of energy market liberalization and how climate law affects the energy sector, with the EU often used as a case example.

Official detailed information on the programme can be found here.

The LLM Energy and Climate Law is registered under the LLM CROHO label Energy and Climate Law (66829).

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Facts & Figures
Degree
LLM in Energy and Climate Law
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
66829
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Law
Why study this programme in Groningen?

The programme is taught in the middle of the Energy Valley of the Netherlands, which gives ample opportunity for leading experts in Energy and Climate Law to both work in the sector and teach the Energy and Climate Law students.

Programme

Students will have to participate in six compulsory courses and the compulsory seminar for this programme. Like all masters, this programme is also concluded by writing a Master's thesis, worth 18 ECTS.

Periods
Courses1234
Economics of Regulation (6 EC)
Energy Law and Policy (6 EC)
Seminar International Environmental Law (6 EC)
Climate Law (6 EC)
Energy Market Law (6 EC)
Energy Investment and Trade Law (6 EC)
Master's thesis (18 EC)
Energy Contracting (6 EC)

Curriculum

Students will have to participate in six compulsory courses and the compulsory seminar for this programme. Like all masters, this programme is also concluded by writing a Master's thesis, worth 18 ECTS.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

On top of providing the Admissions Board with transcripts and diplomas, students should have an equivalent minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) of 7/10 (Dutch grading scale).

knowledge minimum

Basic knowledge in the field of European law plus elementary knowledge of public international law

language test
  • TOEFL: 92 (all sections need to be at least 21; the writing section needs to be at least 23)
  • IELTS: 6.5 (all sections need to be at least 6.0; the writing section needs to be at least 6.5)
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English);
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English)
  • Applicants who are taking/have completed an English-taught bachelor programme at a Dutch research university are exempt from taking an English proficiency test.

The test scores cannot be older than two years.

previous education

LLB or equivalent

reference letter

Candidates must provide one letter of reference from an academic referee who has detailed knowledge of their academic records. More information can be found at: https://bit.ly/2Ho7gkM

written request

Applicants must send a motivation letter (max. 650 words). The letter should be written by the applicants themselves; it is not allowed to submit an (official) translation.

other admission requirements

Curriculum vitae

As this programme is a full selection master, all students should meet the admission requirements. For a full list of the requirements, please check: https://bit.ly/2Ho7gkM

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

On top of providing the Admissions Board with transcripts and diplomas, students should have an equivalent minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) of 7/10 (Dutch grading scale).

knowledge minimum

Basic knowledge in the field of European law plus elementary knowledge of public international law

language test

If you are not a native speaker of English, you will need to provide proof of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL: 92 (all sections need to be at least 21; the writing section needs to be at least 23)
  • IELTS: 6.5 (all sections need to be at least 6.0; the writing section needs to be at least 6.5)
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English);
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English)
  • Applicants who are taking/have completed an English-taught bachelor programme at a Dutch research university are exempt from taking an English proficiency test.
  • For more details about language requirements please check: https://bit.ly/2Ho7gkM

The test scores cannot be older than two years.

previous education

LLB or equivalent

reference letter

Candidates must provide one letter of reference from an academic referee who has detailed knowledge of their academic records. More information can be found at : https://bit.ly/2Ho7gkM

written request

Applicants must send a motivation letter (max. 650 words). The letter should be written by the applicants themselves; it is not allowed to submit an (official) translation.

other admission requirements

Curriculum vitae

As this programme is a full selection master, all students should meet the admission requirements. For a full list of the requirements, please check: https://bit.ly/2Ho7gkM

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

The programme is designed to equip its graduates for a career as in-house lawyer in an energy company, but it is also suitable for those who are interested in a career working as an energy expert for major law firms, governmental institutions or ministries, and inter- and non-governmental organizations. You can read more about career prospects for graduates here: https://www.rug.nl/rechten/education/international-programmes/llm/ecl/career-prospects

Research

Energy Law Research

The Energy and Climate Law programme is taught in the middle of the "Energy Valley" of the Netherlands, which gives ample opportunity for students to learn from leading experts who both work in the energy law sector and teach in our programme.

The Faculty is home to the Groningen Centre of Energy Law, the only research centre for energy law in the Netherlands

Study support

If you come across questions with regard to your programme, study progress, your way of studying, personal circumstances, etc., you can go to the International Office for guidance. All conversations are treated confidentially.