Energy Policy Studies
Acquire a unique combination of skills
The programme focuses heavily on multidisciplinarity. You will learn both the theory of social studies and more technical skills such as the basics of economy and law, to truly understand the complex field of energy policy and security.
Understand what moves the world
Energetics is a field that is a key part of the political, economic, and social mix of factors that are crucial in understanding the challenges of a modern global society. The study field reflects the growing demand of the energy sector for experts in political and strategic issues.
Gain practical experience abroad
Our department cultivates relationships with potential employers and encourages the students to participate in internships both locally and abroad. Improve your CV during your studies!
The field focuses on a detailed study of energy security issues in the context of international relations. Multidisciplinarity is its unique feature – it combines social studies with findings of more technical fields, economics and law. It aims to equip students with sufficient knowledge to analyse problems and use the skills they acquire in practice. The study field thus reflects the growing demands of the energy sector for experts in political and strategic issues who unite knowledge of international/political relations with technical, economic, and legal aspects of energy.
Instruction takes on a critical, demanding form that develops students' analytical and conceptual abilities, as well as their skills in communication, creativity, and teamwork. Students become acquainted with the terminology, concepts, and methods used in energy security and international relations with the aim of their application in practice.
Practical training, while encouraged, is not an obligatory part of the curriculum for this field. The Department of International Relations and European Studies, however, has been actively involved in the gradual establishment and deepening of links with organisations that can help students in gaining practical skills and experience. The main contributors regarding such activities include continually expanding internship opportunities and study abroad programs (primarily through the Erasmus study program).
Graduates of Energy Policy Studies can pursue a career in many fields; e.g. they may take part in the creation of energy legislation in the European Union, in the formation and implementation of state energy policies, in relevant areas of state administration, analytical or foreign units of energy companies, or in the media. Due to the increasing importance of energy issues, positions can be searched for in diplomatic services or in international institutions, with special regard to the EU. Last but not least, graduates may also find jobs in research or in the academic sphere.
The program is open to students holding a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in the social sciences (political science, international relations, European studies, and related disciplines, including history, law, economics, etc.) or the humanities from a recognised institution of higher education. Applicants must have a good command of the English language. Students are evaluated and admitted on the basis of the documents they submit and entrance video interviews – see: http://energy.fss.muni.cz/education/application/how-apply
Criteria for evaluation
Students are evaluated and admitted on the basis of the documents they submit and the entrance interviews; the evaluation scale is 0–100 points with 60 as the passing level.
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