Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance Nice-Berlin

Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE)
1 year
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Berlin, Nice
January 2023

About this program

Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance Nice-Berlin

The Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance is targeted at students and young professionals with a bachelor degree and is open to all academic disciplines.

It aims to give a deep understanding of the complexity of the current energy transformations in Europe and worldwide.

With its unique, multidisciplinary approach, the programme 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.

Admission requirements

Language requirements

The programme is taught in English and therefore an active knowledge of the English language is required. As proof of your knowledge of English you may include the following documents with your application:

  • The test report from one of the following institutions. Once issued, please ensure you give CIFE permission to view your results.
    • IELTS test report at 6.5 overall
    • TOEFL certificate at CBT = 213 or IBT = 82
    • Other tests organised by the British Council OR
  • At least one reference from your professor(s), stating your level of language competence. OR
  • A statement from an English-speaking university, certifying that you have participated in classes held in this language for at least one academic year.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

Teaching modules

Five basic modules form the framework of teaching and research at CIFE. International guest lecturers, experts from various European and international organisations, as well as researchers from partner institutions contribute to these modules.

International Energy Governance and Conflicts

This module delivers the theoretical knowledge on the main international energy-related issues and conflicts (resource curse, neo-institutionalism, 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.

Economic Energy Governance and Markets

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.

Clean Energy Transitions in the European Union

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 multi-level governance schemes, the module provides an insight into issues currently facing European policy makers such as social acceptance, sustainability of renewable energies as well as rapid advancement in clean energy technologies.

Cities and Citizens in the Energy Transition Process

Participants will understand 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.

Professional Skills and Methodology

This module aims to deliver professional and soft skills to equip future professionals of the energy policy at the different levels of governance. Students will acquire skills in research methodology, energy project management and the elaboration of energy strategies. They will concretely experiment different methodological tools: first of all through the research work for their thesis, second thanks to the methodological tools of project management. Students will be involved in a simulation negotiation game, in which they will have to elaborate a common strategy in the perspective of international energy cooperation.

  • Professional skills
  • Soft skills
  • Job support service


For their Master 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. Candidates will defend their thesis in an oral exam.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please visit the institute website for more information.

Program delivery

A one-year programme + optional professional internship (max. 3 months to be completed by 30 September)

  • October to December: Nice
  • January to March: Berlin
  • April to June: Nice


The overall tuition fees of the "Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance" amount to 8,900 €.


Graduates receive two certifications:

  • The Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance. This is the diploma of CIFE as a private institute of higher education, certifying the successful completion of the academic curriculum and granting 60 ECTS at Master level.
  • The degree qualification "Policy Officer in European and International organisations" (level 7 EQF), recognised by the French state.

Career paths

The energy job market offers great potential to the future generation of policy officers in energy development. The job prospects are at the crossroads of public, private, research or non governmental sectors and of different levels of governance, from local to international level.

  • Energy analyst
  • Energy project manager in public authorities, enterprises, NGOs
  • Energy advisor to decision makers at international, EU, national, regional and local level
  • Energy policy officer in European and international organisations
  • Research fellow in energy development

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Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE)

The Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) is a private institute of higher education and research. It is one of the seven designated institutions receiving special funding from the European Union in the framework of the Jean Monnet Programme. Since...

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81, rue de France
06000 Nice

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