Objectives and competences

The master's degree in Internationalization is designed to serve the growing demand for knowledge of and professionals capable of responding to the complexities posed by globalization. It is an overtly interdisciplinary programme that combines elements of economics, business, law and politics to provide an understanding of how to manage new global realities and rules. The course is addressed to postgraduate students with a basic level of training in this field and is also open to applicants with other academic profiles who are interested in the many implications of internationalization.
International relations give rise to increasingly complex areas of knowledge encompassing profound changes in the rules of economic, business, legal, social and political activities. This complexity generates new educational requirements and growing demand for training based on new realities and emerging trends, which is the fundamental motivation for this master's programme.

Moreover, the challenges implicit in addressing the combination of 'globalization' and 'crisis' emphasize the importance of an international outlook in driving recovery and the improved global positioning of many economies and societies. Detailed examination of these concepts is therefore required and should be achieved by providing people with the analytical and professional skills to understand the innovative requirements of global activity and preparing them to devise and propose new and effective solutions.

This master's degree also tackles the interdisciplinary dynamics of global problems and challenges, in which elements of economics and business interact in a highly complex way with socio-political, legal and cultural phenomena.

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Economics and Business
Branch of knowledge
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Economic sciences, business administration and management, marketing, commerce, accounting and tourism
  • Law and legal specializations
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Credits90
Number of places available30
Length of course2 academic years
Language(s) of instructionSpanish: 90%, English: 10%
Approximate price per credit27.67 euros per credit (82 euros for students who are not EU or China nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2023-2024.
CoordinationAURELIA MAÑE ESTRADA
E-mailomd.eco@ub.edu
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentNo
Open enrolmentYes
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Bridging coursesYes

Objectives and competences

Objectives

Students enrolled in the master's degree in Internationalization will pursue the following objectives:
  • To acquire a broad understanding of international relations and the new scenarios generated by globalization.
  • To acquire the skills and abilities required to take on the direction, analysis and management of companies and institutions, incorporating the dynamics of internationalization.
  • To be able to respond to the needs of societies seeking to become part of new global realities and to recognize the capacity for taking on these challenges as one of the foundations for their prosperity.
  • To acquire strong interdisciplinary training;
    to strengthen analytical skills, reasoning skills, and the capacity for synthesis, and to harness the potential or new technologies to improve spoken and written communication.

Competences

On completion of the master's degree, students will be able to:
  • Identify and fully understand the specific problems that affect the many parameters of which our complex global realities are composed.
  • Recognize and identify economic and business problems in different areas of commerce, finance and technology, their implications in the management of companies and institutions, and their short- and long-term effects, in order to assess available options and determining factors.
  • Recognize and identify the different configurations of general legal precepts and of socio-political dimensions and their specific implications in private or public institutions operating in the international arena, in order to assess opportunities and constraints.
  • Analyse the potential and opportunities in different regions of the global economy, identifying the specific traits of each type of market and society in order to improve the effectiveness of activities undertaken along general lines of professional responsibility.
  • Identify and evaluate the relationships between the different areas of complex global realities in order to make recommendations and take appropriate decisions.
  • Select data and information, prepare new information from previously published sources, analyse it constructively and creatively, synthesize it in a relevant manner and produce critical evaluations in order to support positions and defend decisions and proposals.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Students wishing to enrol must hold an official bachelor's degree or equivalent undergraduate qualification and provide evidence of comprehensive training in a discipline related to the content of the programme, especially in the areas of economics and business, law and politics. Since this is an interdisciplinary programme, graduates in other disciplines may also be accepted. A particular focus will be placed on knowledge and approaches conducive to internationalization (languages, mobility, interculturality, etc). Previous versions of this programme have proved that groups of students with from different academic and cultural backgrounds generate a much richer learning environment.

Access requirements and conditions

General requirements
In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, students wishing to be admitted to a university master's degree must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Official Spanish university 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 issued by an institution outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, applicants must request homologation of the degree to its equivalent official Spanish university qualification or obtain express approval from the University of Barcelona, which will conduct a study of equivalence to ensure that the degree is of a comparable level to an official Spanish university qualification and that it grants access to university master's degree study 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.

Specific requirements
Applications will be accepted from any candidate in possession of the necessary qualifications to enrol in a university master's degree in Spain, according to the current regulations. The preferred degree areas for access to this master's degree are economics, business and law, hence priority is given to holders of the official bachelor's degrees in Economics, Business Administration and Management, and Law, as well as the diploma in Business Sciences. Holders of degrees in areas of the social sciences such as political science and sociology are also suited to the course content.
Given the relevance of internationalization in virtually every type of activity, bringing with it the need for interdisciplinary education to produce professionals with the skills to meet the challenges of an internationalized working environment, candidates with bachelor's degrees in other disciplines are also welcome to apply.

For all other applications, depending on the presence or absence of economic, business, legal and/or political contents in the candidate's previous training and CV, the Coordination Committee through its Admissions Committee may establish the requirement to pass the following subject, exclusively designed as bridging course for the master's degree:
- Introduction to Economics and Law (5 credits).
This course, included in the master's degree curriculum, is taught in the weeks prior to the beginning of classes for the rest of the master's subjects.

To be eligible for admission to this programme, students must hold an official undergraduate degree that grants access to master's degree study and have a competent level of Spanish and English (level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or its equivalent). Students who are not native speakers of either of these languages must be able to provide documentation accrediting their level of competence: IELTS or Cambridge (English) and DELE (Spanish).

Pre-enrolment

Calendar

  • First period: January 25 - March 31, 2024.
    Notification of decisions: April 22, 2024.

  • Second period: April 3 - June 15, 2024.
    Notification of decisions: June 28, 2024.

Notes:

  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

Required documentation

Selection criteria

Applications are evaluated by the Admissions Committee on the basis of the following criteria:
  • Academic record (50 %).
  • Previous studies in areas of economics, business, law and politics (10 %).
  • Grades obtained for subjects related to international matters and internationalization (1 0%).
  • Officially accredited foreign language skills (20 %).
  • Other experience in the general field of internationalization (10 %).

The Admissions Committee will evaluate the degree to which each applicant meets the conditions above and may request additional information (to be provided in writing or during a personal interview) in order to ensure that the selection criteria are applied as fully and objectively as possible.

Notification

The body in charge of resolving applications is the master's degree Admissions Committee. This procedure is carried out in the period established in the pre-enrolment calendar. Once the Committee has met and the corresponding resolution has been reached, electronic confirmation is sent. The faculty's Master's and Doctoral Office will contact admitted students to inform them of the steps to take to complete enrolment.

Enrolment

As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned

Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Type ECTS
Compulsory 40
Optional 30
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 20
TOTAL 90

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: Internationalization: Economic, Commercial, Legal and Political Aspects
Asia-Pacific Optional 2nd semester 5
Conflict Management in Negotiation Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Development Economics Optional 2nd semester 5
Digital Business Management: Information Systems, Big Data and E-Commerce Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Final Project Compulsory 1st semester
2nd semester
20
Global Political Ecology Optional 2nd semester 5
Institutional or Company Placement Optional 1st semester
2nd semester
10
International Accounting Regulations Optional 2nd semester 5
International Business Law Compulsory 1st semester 5
International Economics Compulsory 1st semester 5
International Public Law Compulsory 1st semester 5
International relations Compulsory 1st semester 5
Latin America Optional 2nd semester 5
Law, Economy and Globalization Optional 2nd semester 5
Organizational Behaviour and Corporate Governance Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Practicum Optional 1st semester
2nd semester
10
The Economy of the European Union and Other Developed Countries Optional 2nd semester 5
The Internationalization of Business Compulsory 1st semester 5
Topics in Globalization: Economics and Geopolitics of Energy Optional 2nd semester 5
Topics in International Economics Optional 2nd semester 5
Topics in International Policy Optional 2nd semester 5
World Economy and International Economic Organization Compulsory 1st semester 5

Bridging courses

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: BC for admission to the Master's Degree in Internationalization
Introduction to Economics and Law Optional 1st semester 5

Previous years

Placements

Placements in a company or another type of organization are an integral part of university studies, providing first-hand experience of working methodologies in students' chosen professional fields. They offer invaluable practical experience for the transition into work after graduation.



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.



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Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

There is considerable demand for professionals with interdisciplinary training in internationalization, as reflected in the high employment rate of students who have completed this master's degree in previous academic years. Potential employers include:
  • Domestic and foreign companies involved in international activities in national or global markets.
  • Companies involved in internationalization projects and initiatives.
    Public institutions with regional or national scope involved in promoting, fostering and supporting internationalization.
  • Inter-company cooperation or public-private cooperation organizations providing support for and promotion of internationalization.
  • Multinational and international organizations and institutions.
  • Institutions that conduct analyses and provide consultancy services on issues related to internationalization and to improving the global positioning of companies or countries.

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