Please find the Frequently Asked Questions below. If you have a specific question and cannot find the answer on the website please contact us.

1.   When does the programme start and what is the duration?
2.   What is the study mode of the programme? 
3.   Is it possible to follow individual blocks?
4.   Is this an LL.M degree program?
5.   I do not have a degree in law, can I apply for the programme? 
6.   What does the programme cost?
7.   Are there funding options available?
8.   How is accommodation arranged during the two-week blocks?
9.   Who are the participants?
10. Can I contact an alumnus of the programme?
11. How do I apply for the programme?
12. When is the application deadline?
13. Being a lawyer, does the programme qualify for education points?
14. Is there an alumni organisation?

1. When does the programme start and what is the duration?

The complete programme lasts for two years and the next round is planned to start in September 2016. The four two-week teaching blocks take place between September 2016 and October 2017. After this students will have until August 2018 to finish their master thesis. A more detailed overview of the 2016-2018 round can be found on the Timeline and assessment page.

2. What is the study mode of the programme? 

As an executive master the programme is designed so that legal professionals can complete the programme without spending large amounts of time away from their job. Over the course of the two-year programme participants have to be at the location of the four teaching blocks, each lasting for two weeks. Outside these teaching blocks the programme takes on a distance learning form, where students can study and work at home and communicate with lecturers online or, if required, via phone. During the two years that the programme runs students have to complete the 90EC programme. For more information on the study load please see the Timeline and assessment page.

3. Is it possible to follow individual blocks?

Although the blocks are highly interconnected, and the admission board advises those interested to follow the complete programme, there is a possibility to join separate blocks. The study load of an individual block is 15 European Credits. If you do not wish to complete the entire programme please indicate which blocks you wish to follow on your application form.

4. Is this an LL.M degree programme?

The Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organisation has officially accredited the North Sea Energy Law Programme on 29 July 2014. The programme is accredited as a joint LL.M degree, entitling the Universities of Groningen, Aberdeen, Copenhagen and Oslo to jointly grant participants the LL.M title upon successful completion of the programme. Thus, participants receive their LL.M from the consortium of universities, rather than a separate degree from each university.

During the first round participants received a certificate from the hosting institution after successfully completing each of the individual teaching blocks. Participants whom completed the entire programme received an additional certificate upon completion of the thesis, and thus the entire programme.

5. I do not have a degree in law, can I apply for the programme?

Yes you can apply, it is not mandatory to have a degree in law to be admitted to the programme. The programme is designed for participants with professional legal experience in the energy sector, this can be obtained without a degree in law. Please see the admission criteria for details.

6. What does the programme cost?

For participants following the entire master programme, the tuition fee is € 12 500 or € 13 750 per year or € 25 000 resp. € 27 500 in total, depending on the fact if one has applied before or after 1 June 2016. The course fee for individual blocks is € 7000.

During each teaching block teaching materials, site visits, a welcome dinner, a closing dinner, lunches, coffee and tea are included in the tuition fee. Additional costs for the participant will include travel to the university where teaching will take place, accommodation costs and dinners. Please refer to Costs.

7. Are there funding options available?

In most cases the employers of our students pay for their education.

Even though none of the partner universities offer scholarships which are applicable to the NSELP, it is possible that there are different funding opportunities. We encourage students to search through different media. For example, the embassy or cultural institute of the country you would like to study in might offer grants. Also, national databases, both online and offline, will include many specific grants which might be applicable to the NSELP. Most private funding parties are best found in grant books which, for example, can be found at universities.

The International Bar Association Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL), together with the Academic Advisory Group (AAG) offers a scholarship every year. Last year, the application deadline was March 15th.

8. How is accommodation arranged during the two-week blocks?

The hosting universities of the four teaching blocks will offer participants rooms at a reasonable price, in either hotels or on their campus. Depending on the country and the location of accommodation, the rates will vary between €50 and €140 per night for thirteen nights per block. The average of the four blocks of the last round was close to €100 per night.
Participants are free to arrange accommodation on their own accord.

9. Who are the participants?

The participants are legal professionals working in the field of energy law and wishing to specialise or further acquire knowledge of energy law. The vast majority of the participants studied law.

10. Can I contact an alumnus of the programme?

Yes, if you wish to do so please contact us.

11. How do I apply for the programme?

Please find the admission requirements and a list of documentation you will have to provide here. In case you wish to apply please contact us. We will then provide you with further information regarding the application procedures.

12. When is the application deadline?

The deadlines for application are 1 June 2016 (tuition fee € 25000) and 1 July 2016 (€27500). Please refer to costs.

13. Being a lawyer, does the programme qualify for Continuing Professional Development points?

All coordinators of the North Sea Energy Law Programme have close relationships with the national Bar Association of their country. They can therefore liaise with their Bar Associations about the role of the NSELP in the permanent education of practicing lawyers.

14. Is there an alumni organisation?

We aim to have a proper platform for alumni setup before the coming round has finished. Alumni of the programme emphasize how valuable the programme is to get to know both academics and practitioners in the energy sector on a professional and a personal level. Please refer to alumni network.