Timeline and Assessment Method

European Credits

This part-time master programme has a duration of two years. The fifth round will start in October 2023 and will conclude in August 2025. The programme consists of four modules and a Master’s thesis module. The study load is 90 European Credits (ECTS); each teaching module is 15 ECTS while the Master’s thesis module is 30 ECTS. One ECTS represents 28 hours of work.

Given the independent nature of the modules it is also possible to enrol for one (or more) single module(s).

The image below shows the programme schedule in a diagram form, organised by academic year and modules. Each of the four partner universities hosts one module. After the Master’s thesis is submitted, all graduating students will be presenting it in a symposium, at the occasion of their graduation ceremony (September year 2).

First Academic Year

Module 1 (Oct. – Dec.)

University of Groningen

Liberalising and Regulating the
Energy Market

Module 2 (Jan. – April)

University of Copenhagen

Climate Change and
the Energy Transition

Module 3 (May – Aug.)

University of Aberdeen

Energy Security, Safety and
Investment Protection

Second Academic Year

Module 4 (Sept. – Dec.)

University of Oslo

Energy Trade Law and
Energy Contracting




Master’s thesis (Jan. – Aug.)

Supervised from distance

Master’s thesis




method of assessment

The knowledge and skills gained by participants are assessed by papers and oral presentations. In each module, participants submit a two-page bullet-point overview answering a set questions prior to the teaching period and present their findings during a relevant lecture (15% of the grade). The second paper (around 1,500 words) is written during the two-week teaching period (15%). All participants present their paper on the last Friday of that period. After the conclusion of the module, participants are required to write a longer paper (7,000-8,000 words), which carries the greatest weight towards the module grade (70%). The topics of the second and third papers are of free choice, but must fall within the topics of the module. Upon admission, all participants receive the relevant guidelines with detailed instructions, relevant guidance, and dates. All these, as well as reading materials, power point presentations are made available online, on a dedicate CourseSites page.

Master’s thesis (30 ECTS) – Supervision at any of the partner universities
Once all teaching modules are completed, you will have time to write and submit a your Master’s thesis, using the knowledge and skills gained during the programme. Detailed instructions for writing a thesis are made available on CourseSites, as well as guidelines with every step of the way (including deadlines).

The students are required to carry out independent scientific research. They will write their thesis under close supervision of one of the academics of the partner universities. The Master’s thesis of 30 ECTS is a part of the curriculum for those students wishing to complete the master programme with a degree certificate.

The programme will be concluded by a symposium where the participants present their Master’s thesis. The presentation will not influence the grade of the thesis. The graduation ceremony will be combined with the symposium and the location can be anywhere from The Hague to Greenland!