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Master's Degree in Advanced Public Management

Universitat de Barcelona
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Master's Degree in Advanced Public Management

Program description

Master's Degree in Advanced Public Management

The master's degree in Advanced Public Management has been taught at the UB since September 2009 and currently incorporates several new features.

The degree is designed to provide specialist training in public administration and management techniques, and to give students the specific and cross-disciplinary profile they will need to conduct complex tasks as senior civil servants in government offices and the public sector in general, or in organizations associated with the public sector.

Having offered studies in Public Administration and Management since the academic year 1991/1992, the University of Barcelona has extensive experience in this area, which contributes greatly to the success of its postgraduate course offerings. The requirements for the course are covered by highly accomplished teachers with close ties to the professional environment and extensive experience of collaborative work with various areas of public administration.

The languages of instruction for this program are Spanish 10%; Catalan 90%.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:

  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The aim of the course is to help students develop expertise in four areas of management: legal and administrative management, financial management, human resource management and public policy management.

Students must gain in-depth knowledge of each of these areas, the applicable legal frameworks and management tools, and current challenges facing management. This will provide an overall understanding of the different dimensions to government activity and the public sector as a whole, and the ability to tackle their functions and objectives from a management point of view.

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the university website.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be prepared for civil service positions in the public administration and for contract positions in the range of organisations and bodies that make up the public sector. Above all, the degree prepares students for management and executive roles, particularly in areas with responsibilities for legal and administrative management, economic and financial management, and human resources management.

The current situation of the public sector is such that far-reaching changes can be envisaged both in terms of size and with regard to its composition. Therefore, the master's degree is of particular interest to those already employed in the public sector, as well as those looking to begin their careers, all of whom will benefit from the knowledge and skills needed to address the evolving nature of the public sector and the changes in employment structures across the public administrations.

About this institute

Universitat de Barcelona 

The University of Barcelona, founded in 1450, is a comprehensive higher education institution that presents deep academic tradition coupled with frontier scientific knowledge. It is located in the city of Barcelona, one of the main cosmopolitan hubs in the Mediterranean...

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Why study at Universitat de Barcelona

Why choose the University of Barcelona?

  • It is the top-rated Spanish university in the most prestigious international university rankings.
  • It is among the 25 best universities of the world with more than 400 years of history.
  • It is situated in Barcelona, one of the best university cities in the World.
  • It offers a wide range of course offerings: bachelor’s degree courses, master’s degree courses, doctoral programs and other specific courses and programs.

Contact info

Universitat de Barcelona

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
08007 Barcelona Catalunya

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