The bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations provides interdisciplinary training in human resource management to meet the demand for labour law professionals, both at private companies and in the public sector.
Given these objectives, the bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations is an interdisciplinary qualification in which students must study relevant, essential aspects of labour relations, including law, economy, psychology, sociology, history and company organization. The bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations is designed to respond to recent economic and social transformations, and focuses in particular on the numerous changes that have taken place in industrial relations over the years. It offers multidisciplinary academic content and the knowledge and abilities needed to address the complexity of present and future industrial relations and, at the same time, conduct social and labour research. It offers two specializations (Labour Law Consulting and Personnel Management), intended to prepare future graduates to meet the needs and demands of society.

Basic information

TypeBachelor's degrees
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Law
Branch of knowledge
  • Social Sciences
Mode of delivery


Number of places available

150 (excluding double degree)

Length of course4 academic years
Language(s) of instructionCatalan 48,3%, Spanish 51,7%
Admission grade

7,890 (July 2023, start of process, via official entrance examinations/vocational training)


Approximate price per credit17,69 €
Compulsory placementsNo
Course detailsIndicators

Objectives and competences


  • To provide sound, flexible training in response to the development of the economic and social context, with a particular focus on changes in industrial relations and in human resources management.
  • To provide interdisciplinary skills and knowledge to manage industrial relations.
  • To gain an understanding of the complexity and dynamic and interrelational nature of work.
  • To apply the knowledge that is gained in different areas: legal advice on employment, human resources management, organization of work, and management and mediation in the labour market.
  • To develop the capacity to apply information and communication technologies.
  • To develop the capacity to learn new knowledge independently and to access studies.


Generic Competences

  • Commitment to ethical practice: critical skills and attitudes that are consistent with ethical and moral standards in work relations.
  • Capacity for learning and responsibility: the ability to analyse, synthesise and make decisions.
  • Team work: capacity to collaborate with others and contribute to a common project as part of cross-disciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • Creative and entrepreneurial skills (capacity to conceive, design and manage projects/capacity to research and integrate new knowledge and approaches).
  • Concern for sustainability (capacity to assess the social and environmental impact of actions taken in a particular setting/capacity to adopt integrated and systemic approaches).
  • Respect for the fundamental rights of workers, in particular with regard to gender equality, incapacity and the work-life balance.
  • Communication skills: capacity to understand and produce effective spoken and written language, using specialized terminology.

Specific competences


  • Understanding of the foundations of the Spanish legal system, constitutional framework and basic institutional framework.
  • Understanding of the most relevant aspects of contemporary economic, political and social history and of the dynamic nature of labour relations.
  • Capacity to apply qualitative and quantitative social research techniques to the study of industrial relations.
  • Understanding of the fundamental principles of economics, the labour market and employment policies and their importance in organizational contexts.
  • Theoretical and practical understanding of the legal framework applicable to companies and commercial activities.
  • Understanding of the structure and function of companies and ability to apply results analysis and organizational techniques.
  • Theoretical and practical understanding of staff management techniques in organizations.
  • Theoretical and practical understanding of the legal framework applicable to labour relations, union activity and social security actions in the management of public and private sector workers.
  • Understanding of and capacity to manage the basic aspects of government intervention in labour relations.
  • Understanding of the technical and legal aspects of occupational risk prevention and capacity to manage risk prevention activities.
  • Understanding of and capacity to manage fiscal obligations and understanding of accounting as an instrument for analysing the economic-financial information generated by companies.
  • Capacity to apply specific knowledge in the field of legal and labour advice.
  • Capacity to apply specific knowledge and techniques in the field of people management.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

The applicant should have the ability to analyse, summarise and work in a team, and have social skills for negotiations and conflict resolution.

Access requirements and conditions

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain.

Applicants holding higher educational qualifications from a university outside Spain should consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications to find out about specific admission requirements.


Students that have studied abroad and who wish to study at the University of Barcelona may be admitted to EHEA bachelor's degree courses. Procedures for gaining admission will depend on the qualifications held by each applicant.

For further information about admission, consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications.


As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online via the Món UB portal. To find out the date and time you have been assigned, check the specific information for your course. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned.

Academic information



Administrative procedures related to enrolment

  • Enrolment information for new students Enrolment
  • information for second-, third- and fourth-year students
  • Other enrolment procedures



Support and guidance

Pre-enrolment information and events

Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Basic training 60
Compulsory 144
Optional 30
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 6

List of subjects

Pathways and specializations

Specialization in Labour Law
Specialization in Personnel Management
Check the planning of the different pathways of the degree

Previous years


Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment.They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

Institutional information


Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

Graduates in industrial relations are well equipped for careers in the following areas:

  • Labour rights specialist
  • Human resources management
  • Occupational risk prevention
  • Public administration: social security, public employment services
  • Teaching

Data from the university system in Catalonia

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Secretary: 934 020 127

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