MSc in Energy Law, Business, Regulation and Policy

Μεταπτυχιακό Πρόγραμμα: Δίκαιο της Ενέργειας, Επιχειρήσεις, Ρυθμιστική και Ενεργειακή Πολιτική



The Programme

"designed for graduates of Law & Political Sciences, Economics, Business Studies & Engineering, with a strong motivation to pursue a career in energy related domains"

The IHU "Master of Science in Energy Law, Business, Regulation and Policy" has as its objective the provision of postgraduate level studies, specialization and experience in Energy Law, Βusiness, Energy Policy, and Geostrategy, as well as the general regulatory intervention in the area of the energy sector as a whole. It offers a highly flexible qualification suitable for a wide range of career opportunities in many sectors.

Emphasis is given to legal, economic, geopolitical, business and environmental problems which arise and the political, legal and legislative solutions offered in the greater European and International Energy sector, in relation to Energy sources and infrastructure, international energy transactions, transportation and storage of Energy, the legal, commercial – business, regulatory, geopolitical, economic and financial issues and the resolution of disputes which arise in the energy sector, for the purpose of a holistic, all-around inter-disciplinary approach to energy issues.

The basic aims of this MSc are the following:

  • The acquisition of specialized knowledge for a successful career in national and international organizations, energy businesses and companies, law offices and firms, Regulatory Authorities, and public sector services and organizations, which deal with the whole range of energy issues.
  • The understanding of issues which arise in the contemporary international environment of energy procurement, energy transactions, and their geostrategic and environmental ramifications as well as the rapid and successful resolution of relevant disputes.
  • The in-depth study of issues pertaining to the formulation of energy policy and design on a national, European and international level, as well as within their regulatory context.
  • The extensive cognition of transnational, European and comparative aspects of the energy sector which relate to issues of commerce, businesses, international exchanges, law, economy, finance and ADR.

This programme is designed for University graduates of Law & Political Sciences, Economics, Business Studies & Engineering, with a strong motivation to pursue a career in energy related domains.


The Structure

The MSc in Energy Law, Business, Regulation and Policy (full-time mode) is a 14-month programme taught over three terms. Lectures take place on weekends. It is also available in part-time mode over 26 months for those who cannot commit to a full-time programme either due to work commitments or other reasons.

In order to be awarded the MSc degree, students must complete a total of 90 credits. This involves taking: Nine core courses (54 credits), two elective courses (6 credits), Master’s Dissertation (30 credits).

During the first term, all students are required to follow five (5) mandatory core courses. During the second term, all students follow a further four (4) core courses and two (2) elective courses. Finally, during the third term, work is dedicated exclusively to the Master's dissertation.

The Core Modules

First Term - Core Modules

Energy Law I: General Aspects - Legal framework of Electricity, Natural Gas, Renewable Energy Sources & Hydrocarbons - Law and Regulation - Licensing -Competition - Consumer Protection

Energy Company Strategies, Operation and Finance: Energy Project Finance - Resources Joint Ventures - Business and Sustainability - Quality in Energy Projects

Cross-border Energy Trade: Energy Agreements (Production Sharing Agreements, Joint Operating Agreements) – Contracts, International Energy Transactions - Investment Protection

Energy Economics: Political Economy of Energy Policy - Energy Pricing (Tariffs) - Environmental and Resource Economics

Energy & Environment: Energy projects and environmental protection - Environmental issues arising from hydrocarbons exploration and exploitation - Pollution Control - Energy Risk Management (Objectives, Methods and Instruments)


Second Term - Core Modules

Energy Law II: Energy Charter Treaty - EU Directives - Dispute Resolution in the Energy Sector (Negotiations, Energy Arbitration) - State Aid in the Energy Sector

Energy and Environmental Policy: Long Τerm Εnergy Planning - Energy Markets, Regulation and Policy - The Kyoto Protocol - The Energy Road Map 2050 - Renewable Energy Sources in the European Εnergy Μix

Energy Politics & Security: Energy Players and Strategies - Energy Diplomacy - Energy Conflicts & Security
Energy Transport & Storage: Energy & Traffic Legislation - Shipping & Energy Transport - LNG and CNG Transportation - Energy Hubs –Energy Storage

Energy Transport & Storage : Energy & Traffic Legislation - Shipping & Energy Transport - LNG and CNG Transportation - Energy Hubs –Energy Storage


The Elective Modules

Second Term - Elective Modules

Energy, Mineral and Petroleum Taxation

Corporate Environmental Liability

Management and Design of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems

Water Law & Policy

Quantitative Methods for Energy and Environmental Economists

Climate Change Law and Policy

Mergers and Acquisitions in the Energy Industry

Disasters, Vulnerability and Development

International & European Environmental Law & Policy

Derivatives for Energy

Special issues in Accounting & Costing in the Energy Sector

Recent Developments in Energy Law & Business


The Dissertation

By the end of the series of taught courses, students choose a dissertation topic relevant to the courses of the MSc programme. The topic is chosen by the student with input and advice from a faculty member, who acts as the supervisor, working closely with the student. The dissertation is an individual paper of original scientific work, which upon completion is submitted for examination and approval by a three-member committee chaired by the student’s supervisor.


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