The bachelor's degree in Public Management and Administration trains professionals to manage, direct, administer, organize, advise and evaluate any government agency or public contractor.
Consequently, the bachelor's degree in Public Management and Administration develops knowledge of public administrations and their activity from an interdisciplinary perspective. The content is closely related to the professional situation at different levels of the administration, so that students gain the skills and knowledge required to work in high-level technical and leadership positions in the public sector. The objectives are focused mainly on economic and financial management, legal and administrative management and human resources management, although other disciplines are also covered, such as administrative science, public policies or public management techniques. These subjects complement the multidisciplinary, general focus of the curriculum.

Basic information

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


Number of places available

80 (excluding double degrees)

Length of course4 academic years
Language(s) of instructionCatalan 59,6%, Spanish 40,4%
Admission grade

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


Approximate price per credit17,69 €
Compulsory placementsYes
Course detailsIndicators

Objectives and competences


The aim is for students to develop skills and knowledge to work in technical management positions. The objectives are focused on the area of economic and financial management, legal and administrative management and human resources management.

The objectives of the bachelor's degree in Public Management and Administration are equivalent to those of degrees in business administration, but they refer to a clearly different reality in the framework of public administrations.

Public administrations control and regulate a large part of private activity, stimulate another part and directly or indirectly provide services for the population relating to the economy, individuals, society or territory.

The knowledge provided by the bachelor's degree will enable graduates to manage and direct public and associated organizations in a professional manner.


Generic Competences

  • Commitment to ethical practice (critical and self-critical capabilities/capacity to demonstrate attitudes consistent with accepted notions of ethical practice)
  • Capacity for learning and responsibility (capacity for analysis and synthesis, to adopt global perspectives and to apply the knowledge acquired/capacity to take decisions and adapt to new situations)
  • Ability to work in a team (capacity to collaborate with others and contribute to a common project/capacity to work in 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)
  • Communication skills (capacity to understand and produce spoken and written Catalan, Spanish and a third language, including the comprehension and use of specialized terminology/capacity to research and integrate information in these languages)

Specific competences

  • Understanding of the underlying structures of the Spanish legal system and constitutional framework
  • Understanding of fundamental economic principles
  • Understanding of the fundamental principles of political science and the Spanish political system
  • Understanding of the fundamental principles of sociology and ability to apply standard research strategies
  • Understanding of the principal statistical tools and their application to public management
  • Understanding of the major areas of contemporary political and social history and ability to relate them with the current operation of public administrations.
  • Ability to use computer applications in administrative and financial management.
  • Understanding of the legal, economic and political organization and operation of public administrations in Spain and Europe.
  • Capacity to apply the principal instruments and resources used in the different areas of public management.
  • Ability to work within the legal frameworks of the different areas in legal and administrative management.
  • Ability to manage the financial and economic actions of public administrations.
  • Ability to work within the legal frameworks of public employment and plan and organize human resources in public administrations and other organizations.
  • Understanding of the specific features of local public management.
  • Knowledge and skills outside the standard public management skill set or applicable to specialized areas of public management.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Applicants should be people with a certain capacity for and interest in public matters, who are not indifferent in the face of the efficiency or inefficiency of public organizations, but believe that one or other result affects the lives of all citizens.

Future students must demand professional training so that they can gain the skills and knowledge needed to work in public and associated organizations. They should see public administrations as providers of employment and potential clients. Students who have already had contact with public administrations in their work may be more motivated to take the bachelor's degree in Public Management and Administration.

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




Support and guidance

Pre-enrolment information and events


Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Basic training 60
Compulsory 132
Optional 30
Compulsory placements 12
Compulsory final project 6

List of subjects

Pathways and specializations

Specialization in Local Public 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 ?

A graduate in Public Management and Administration will have received the training required to work in administration, management and consultancy in the following areas:

  • Public administration and other public bodies. For example:
  • Regional government (Generalitat de Catalunya)
  • National government
  • Local government (town and city councils, regional councils, metropolitan authorities)
  • Social security management agencies
  • Universities and other education institutions
  • Public or private law entities associated with or dependent on public administration (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona, Agència Catalana de Consum, Agència Catalana d'Habitatge, etc.).

Companies that are hired by or collaborate with the government. For example:

  • Public-private hospitals
  • Concessionaires
  • Companies that provide services for or advise the administration
  • Third-sector organizations that collaborate to provide social services
  • Third-sector organizations that carry out activities in the public interest, subsidized by the government.

Companies or people who represent and defend the rights and interests of others before the government. For example:

  • Consultancy
  • Professional offices
  • Administrative agencies

Data from the university system in Catalonia

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