Energy Governance

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Energy Governance

Start: February
  • Business and Economics
  • Behaviour and Society

This minor is for students with a keen interest in future energy markets and a passion for the environment. The minor addresses the relevant aspects related to energy governance from a multidisciplinary point of view. The emphasis is on the operational side, where you will look at energy transition from a managerial, economic and legal perspective.

Please note that exchange students can only be nominated for a specific exchange programme if an agreement has been set up between the Hanze School offering the programme and your home university. Please contact your home university for more information.

About this programme

During the Energy Governance programme you will learn about what the relevant aspects are to consider, related to energy governance. Governance is the process of making and enforcing decisions within an organization or society. Governance has a significant impact on the organization of the energy markets, and you will be introduced to the latest developments of markets for electricity, gas, hydrogen and district heating. 

Furthermore, you will become acquainted with the interaction between innovation (e.g. technological) and business models. You will also analyze the different administrative levels (e.g. European, national, regional) from a legal and economic perspective. A brief introduction into corporate governance will also be included. 

In the first period the topics are energy law and economic regulation. You will learn to analyze the different value chains and business models and will learn the skill of market mapping. The second period you will work at EnTranCe - Centre of Expertise Energy of Hanze University Groningen, where multidisciplinary research takes places on the latest technologies. This is a hotspot for innovative companies, system operators, municipalities, researchers, and professors. You will work on legal and economic issues based on real life questions. This results in the ability of solving multilevel governance issues. 

What can you do with it?

After completing this programme you will have gained more insight into the ways of energy markets. The minor will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to develop solutions for energy transition related issues.

After participating in this programme, you could work as an advisor or policy adviser in the corporate sector or government. Or you could work for an investment company as an advisor on energy-related projects and startups. Closer to home you could help initiatives in your local community. 

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This minor is a 30-credit programme.
Courses ECTS Credits Course code
Introduction to energy 5 SIRE9ITE
Energy politics 5 SIRE9EP
Introduction in energy law and economic regulation of energy markets 5 SIRE9IEL
Project energy cooperatives 5 SIRE9PEC
Risk and legal aspects of energy transition 5 SIRE9RLA
Future energy markets and new business models 5 SIRE9FEM
Project follow the money 5 SIRE9FTM
All these courses are spread across the two blocks

The content of the Energy Governance programme is currently being updated. Therefore, it is possible that the above mentioned courses may change.

Before you can start

The Energy Governance programme is open to exchange students from abroad and students from Hanze UAS. You should have an interest in economic and legal aspects of the Energy Transition. You also have to be in the main phase of your study. A propaeduetic certificate is not required.

For questions about the content of this minor, please contact the coordinator via the 'Contact & FAQ' tab above.

Admission & application

Please check with your home university whether there is an agreement set up with the Hanze School that is offering the exchange programme of your choice. To apply for and be admitted for our exchange programme you should take the following steps

  • 1. Be nominated by your home university

    Once you have been nominated, your nomination will be checked by us and confirmed to your home university by email. You will receive your application link during our application period.

  • 2. Submit your online application

    Once you have been nominated by your home university you will receive a personal application link and the application instructions during our application period. The application is fully digital and documents do not have to be send by email or postal mail. Make sure you do not miss our application deadline!

  • 3. Letter of Acceptance

    Once you have submitted your application we will check your documents. If you have to re-submit any documents, we will let you know. We will be sending out Acceptance Letters from the beginning of May when you start in September and from the middle of October when you start in February.


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Fields of interest

  • Behaviour and Society
  • Business and Economics
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