Master in Energy and Climate Law - University of Groningen

Taught in the middle of the ‘Energy Valley’ of the Netherlands, the specialised Energy and Climate Law LL.M programme will present the main principles of energy market liberalisation and how climate law affects the energy sector, with the EU as a case example. This programme examines how EU law influences national laws when it comes to energy, how liberalisation changed the relationship between the state and the energy industry, and whether energy companies should be concerned with climate change, among others.

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands as well as one of the largest. Founded in 1614, it offers high quality education and research in a broad range of disciplines through socially relevant programmes, and organises current debate on scientific, social and cultural issues. In 2013, it was voted the best University of the Netherlands, according to the International Student Barometer. Its Faculty of Law, one of the largest in the country, measures itself amongst the best law faculties in Europe.

Location: Groningen, the Netherlands

Single Diploma

Language: English

Number of Places/Students per year: not provided yet

Start Date: first week of September

Duration: 1 year

Price/Fee: € 2060 (EU/EEA students) or € 14350 (non-EU/EEA) 

Scholarships: Several scholarship opportunities exist for Groningen students. For information on the application process and the available scholarships, please see the University's scholarship database, Grantfinder. 

Accommodation: The University of Groningen itself does not have any rooms available for students, however it has arranged for an accommodation organisation called SSH to take care of accommodation for international students in Groningen. Students will receive more information about the SSH upon admission. 


Application Process:

Applications to this LL.M are open to candidates with a university Law degree which entitles them to practise in their country of origin or signifies completion of the academic stage of legal education. The University of Groningen accepts students with a GPA of 2.75/4, 3.5/5, 7/10, 70/100, or its international equivalent, while applicants to the Energy and Climate Law LL.M should be able to demonstrate basic knowledge of European law and elementary knowledge of public international law.

Language Requirements: Applicants, who are not native English speakers, must 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)

• CAE or CPE

Deadline: All application materials must be submitted online before May 1, 2019. All students are required to register themselves through Studielink, the Dutch government's online application system, through which their application will immediately transported to the University of Groningen's Online Application System (OAS). You can find step-by-step manuals (for both systems) and more information on the exact application procedure here.

Application Fee: There is no application fee.

Documents: Applicants will receive an email from UG's OAS with their login details, where they can upload all required documents:

• the fully completed online application;

• a certified copy of the candidate’s academic transcript from his/her university;

• a certified copy of the LLB degree certificate;

• contact details for two academic referees;

• a letter of motivation;

• a curriculum vitae;

• photocopy of your passport (the page with the date of issue and expiry, your personal details and your picture); and,

• if your native language is not English, evidence of English proficiency (the required English test).

Non EU/EEA Students: Every foreign student, staying in the Netherlands for more than three months, must obtain an Authorisation for Temporary Residence (Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf (MVV)) before entering the Netherlands. Only the Admissions Office can apply for these MVV’s for students. The procedure usually takes approximately 6 weeks. The costs of the MVV and the residence permit combined are € 304. For more information, please see the University's Practical Information pages.


Program Structure (60 ECTS)

• Compulsory courses: Climate Law (6 ECTS), Economics of Regulation (6 ECTS), Energy Contracting (6 ECTS), Energy Law and Policy (6 ECTS), Energy Market Law (6 ECTS), Energy Investment and Trade Law (6 ECTS).

• Seminar (6 ECTS): International Environmental Law

• Master’s thesis (18 ECTS) 

Career Prospects:

The Energy and Climate Law programme is designed to equip its graduates for careers as in-house lawyers in energy companies, as well as energy experts for major law firms., governmental institutions and ministries, inter- and non-governmental organizations and academic institutions.



Academic Director: Prof. Dr M.M. Roggenkamp

Faculty of Law: International Office, Faculty of Law, P.O. Box 716, 9700 AS Groningen, The Netherlands

Telephone: +31 50 363 52 43

Admissions Office: Student Information and Administration, P.O. Box 72, 9700 AB Groningen, The Netherlands

Telephone: +31 50 363 30 79

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By Angeliki Tsanta


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