12. When is the application deadline?
1. When does the programme start and what is the duration?
The complete programme lasts for two years and a new teaching round starts by mid September every even year. The specific dates for each round are available on the The four two-week teaching modules take place during the first academic year and the first half of the second academic year. After this students will have until the end of the second academic year to finish their master thesis. A more detailed overview and the specific dates of the current teaching round can be found on Programme Overview.
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 modules, each lasting for two weeks (most days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Outside these teaching modules 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 90 EC programme. For more information on the study load please see the Timeline and assessment page.
3. Is it possible to follow individual modules?
Although the modules are highly interconnected, and the admission board advises those interested to follow the complete programme, there is a possibility to join separate modules. The study load of an individual module is 15 European Credits. If you do not wish to complete the entire programme please indicate which modules 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 modules. 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. How much does the programme cost?
For participants following the entire master programme, the tuition fee is € 12 500 per year or € 25 000 once. The course fee for individual modules is € 7000.
During each teaching module, the teaching materials, site visits, a welcome dinner, a closing dinner, lunches, and coffee breaks are included in the tuition fee. Additional costs for the participant will include travelling to the university where the module 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 is usually in March.
8. How is accommodation arranged during the two-week modules?
The host universities of the each of the teaching modules will offer information regarding rooms at a reasonable price, in either hotels, hostels, Airbnb options, or on their campus. Depending on the country and the location of accommodation, the rates will vary between considerably for the thirteen nights per module. Participants are free to arrange accommodation on their own accord. Please refer to costs.
9. Who are the participants?
The participants are legal professionals working in the field of energy law and wishing to specialize or further acquire knowledge of energy law. The 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 early June when a new teaching round is about to begin or, up to two months prior to the start date of the module you wish to follow (whether you wish to follow only a few modules or all modules but did not catch the start of the new teaching round). Please refer to Costs.
13. Being a lawyer, does the programme qualify for Continuing Professional Development points?
All Partners 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 soon. 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. We already have an established network via our LinkedIn page: NSELP – Professional LL.M in Energy Law.