Energy matters

Degree programme specification

Combating climate change, ensuring economic development, fighting inequality, managing the rapid transition to renewable energy and electric mobility, or enhancing national security in the ongoing geopolitical struggle between world powers. These are just a few examples of global challenges associated with climate and energy politics.

This programme answers the ever-increasing demand in the job market for graduates with knowledge, skills and competences necessary for navigating the complex framework of national and international climate and energy policies. It uniquely combines political science with elements of environmental science, law, economics and science and technology studies, providing the students with a comprehensive set of skills and ensuring their ability to make a difference in their future careers.

During the studies, students will be introduced to a large variety of intriguing topics such as energy & sustainability, environment & climate change, economic development & energy poverty, geopolitics of energy supply & energy security, innovation & technological development, or energy markets & trading. Students can choose to specialize in a few or just one topic. For example by selecting specific internships or in-class projects on specific topics, or build up a comprehensive knowledge of the whole field.

The programme requires no specific previous knowledge. Our students include graduates from not only social sciences fields such as politics, economics, geography, environmental studies, but also from law, engineering, and natural sciences. The only prerequisites are critical thinking, an active approach to studies, and the ability to work in a team. Everything else you will learn with us.

The programme offers high-quality, practical and applicable degree at affordable tuition fees that can be further reduced by various scholarships.

Study plans

Admission Procedures
Admission Master program Fall 2023 (beginning September 2023)
Submission deadline until midnight 30/4/2023

  • Acceptance round information

    This application is only for semester Fall 2023 (beginning September 2023). If you want to study from Spring semester 2023 (beginning in February 2023) please submit the online application for this semester (application deadline on November 15, 2022).

  • Information on entrance examinations designed for this degree programme
    The program is open to students holding a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree from a recognized institution of higher education. Each application must include English language curriculum vitae, cover letter, official transcript of records, and a sample of academic writing in the extent of an essay. It is highly recommended to also include a proof of proficiency in English at the B2 level or higher. After completing the application, prospective students are invited for an online interview with members of the admission board. The interview typically takes about 20 minutes and serves to clarify whether the applicant fits the program, whether the program is a good fit for the applicant, and to verify English language competence. Further details are available at https://eps.fss.muni.cz/prospective-students/how-to-apply Essay: Pick a topic in (international) energy politics. It does not matter whether the topic is something affecting the whole world (like climate change or transition to renewable energy) or whether it is something more regional (like the conflict and cooperation behind the Nord Stream gas pipelines, for example). In your 700-800 words essay, describe the topic and then imagine you are a political leader participating in solving an issue or a problem relevant to your topic. What would you, as a political leader, do? What solutions would you suggest and why? Explain and defend your reasoning. If citing any sources, make sure you cite them properly and that you avoid any intended or unintended plagiarism.
  • Evaluation criteria valid for the applicants applying for a place on this degree programme
    Applications are evaluated on the basis of the students’ background, experience and motivation (up to 30 points), the submitted essay (30 points), and the online interview (40 points). Applications awarded with at least 60 points are accepted.

Studies

  • Objectives

    Combating climate change, ensuring economic development, fighting inequality, managing the rapid transition to renewable energy and electric mobility, or enhancing national security in the ongoing geopolitical struggle between world powers. These are just a few examples of global challenges associated with climate and energy politics.

    This programme answers the ever-increasing demand in the job market for graduates with knowledge, skills and competences necessary for navigating the complex framework of national and international climate and energy policies. It uniquely combines political science with elements of environmental science, law, economics and science and technology studies, providing the students with a comprehensive set of skills and ensuring their ability to make a difference in their future careers.

    During the studies, students will be introduced to a large variety of intriguing topics such as energy & sustainability, environment & climate change, economic development & energy poverty, geopolitics of energy supply & energy security, innovation & technological development, or energy markets & trading. Students can choose to specialize in a few or just one topic. For example by selecting specific internships or in-class projects on specific topics, or build up a comprehensive knowledge of the whole field.

    The programme requires no specific previous knowledge. Our students include graduates from not only social sciences fields such as politics, economics, geography, environmental studies, but also from law, engineering, and natural sciences. The only prerequisites are critical thinking, an active approach to studies, and the ability to work in a team. Everything else you will learn with us.

    The programme offers high-quality, practical and applicable degree at affordable tuition fees that can be further reduced by various scholarships.

  • Learning Outcomes

    After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

    • Navigate the complex interactions between politics, the economy, and the environment
    • Command the energy-relevant basics of political science, economics, environmental studies, law, and science and technology studies
    • Analyze socio-technical trends such as electrical mobility or transition to renewable energy
    • Interpret geopolitical and power moves by major international players
    • Understand the feedback loops between energy and the environment
    • Critically analyze ideas, narratives, discourses, and social practices associated with energy supply or use
    • Understand how energy markets work and how they are regulated
    • Interpret corporate strategies of energy companies
  • Occupational Profiles of Graduates

    Our graduates work for government institutions, energy regulatory authorities, energy corporations, consultancy companies, non-profit organizations & special interest groups, or in research & academia.

  • Practical Training

    Practical training takes place both on and off campus. On campus, practical courses are an integral part of the curriculum often including discussions and workshops with experts in the field – among whom are our graduates and also through interactive course design – such as building up cash flow models for investment projects.

    Off the campus, the students are encouraged to find internships in institutions and fields of their interest either by themselves or through an established network of graduates and cooperating institutions.

    The faculty recognizes study credits for internships and supports the outgoing students through scholarships. Internships can also serve as the basis for students’ final theses.

  • Goals of Theses

    Master's thesis follows the form factor of academic article (9,000 words +/-10%). It is written under individual supervision of a Faculty member and will be evaluated by the supervisor as well as independently by another Faculty member. Students should demonstrate the ability to work critically with data and relevant literature, processing them using advanced theories and methods. Instructions for Final State Examinations and elaboration of the Bachelor's/Master's thesis are regulated by FSS Directive No. 4/2013 On Final State Examinations for Students of the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University.

  • Access to Further Studies

    Graduates may continue to a doctoral degree program.

  • Additional Information

Basic information

Abbreviation
N-EPS
Type
master's degree programme (following the bachelor's one)
Profile
academic
Degree
Mgr.
Length of studies
2 years
Language of instruction
English English
Annual tuition fee
3000 €

11
number of active students
8
number of theses/dissertations

Faculty of Social Studies
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