Objectives and competences

Given the educational challenges involved in building new projects for peaceful coexistence in the context of the global crisis, education in values and citizenship is increasingly important if we are to learn to live together in multicultural, interlinked global societies.
The financial crisis has raised questions about social cohesion and the fundamental values of citizenship in democratic societies. Globalization and social networks also pose new challenges for the shaping of identities, as digital identity now coexists with personal and social identities more deeply rooted in places and cultures.

Whether our focus is microscopic, detecting widespread concern over a crisis of values, or we take a more macroscopic view, we are addressing an age-old issue in the history of human interaction that calls for urgent attention through social and educational research and through the efforts of education professionals. The increasing complexity and diversity of contemporary society requires a social model of integration that can ensure the prevalence of a shared public culture founded on pluralism, as the cornerstone of a social, political and cultural project that acknowledges difference.

This master's degree therefore aims to meet the challenges of today's society by providing students with the tools to shape progress towards universal social responsibility.

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Education
Branch of knowledge
  • Education sciences
  • Social sciences, social work, industrial relations and human resources, sociology, political science and international relations
  • Gender studies and feminist studies
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Number of places available30
Length of course1 academic year
Language(s) of instructionCatalan - Spanish
Approximate price per credit27.67 euros per credit (82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2023-2024
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentYes
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Bridging coursesNo

Objectives and competences


  • Acquire a theoretical and practical perspective on values education and the practice of citizenship in multicultural societies, and learn how to incorporate this educational task into relevant professional areas: formal, informal and non-formal education; administration; the service sector; the media, and foundations and bodies that operate programmes in areas related to the scientific field in this master's degree.
  • Learn to plan, design, apply and evaluate projects in citizenship and values education appropriate to various areas of intervention: regional educational projects; educational plans at the local level; programmes of social inclusion and attention for immigrants; evaluation of audiovisual programmes and games aimed at young children and adolescents; preparation of school texts and materials in a variety of media; programmes to promote civic-mindedness, health, environmental education and education on consumption.
  • Learn to identify social needs, the theoretical perspectives and methodological tools required for research, and to apply and transfer the results, which is a particularly significant objective for students interested in pursuing research.


On completion of the degree, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the different theoretical and methodological foundations of values education and education in citizenship.
  • Analyse and evaluate the characteristics, issues and forms of intervention appropriate to the various areas of application for citizenship and values education.
  • Interpret the needs posed by the current social, cultural and economic reality, in order to offer educational responses.
  • Promote, implement and evaluate programmes of values education that are appropriate to different educational and social institutions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of educational research relating to values education.
  • Apply an ethical and deontological commitment to the profession in the different professional areas in which values education is conducted.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

The course is open to holders of official bachelor's degrees, equivalent undergraduate degrees and diplomas in disciplines related to social and educational work (social education, social work, education, teacher training, educational psychology, sociology, psychology and anthropology). Holders of other degrees are also welcome to apply, provided that they have a specific interest in the course content and some academic and/or professional training in the areas covered by the programme.

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
Candidates should hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent undergraduate qualification. Preference is given to holders of bachelor's degrees in education, teaching, and educational psychology.



First period: from 1 February to 30 June 2024.
Notifications: partial resolutions in the first half of each month.

Second period: from 1 July to 4 September 2024.
Notifications: September 9.


  • 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

Candidates are selected on the basis of the following criteria, weighted as shown:
  • Suitability of academic record (40%): previous studies in education, educational psychology, teacher training, philosophy, anthropology and history.
  • Suitability of professional record (40%): experience in formal and non-formal education, experience in teacher training in the education and health fields.
  • Weighted average grade for previous studies (10%).
  • Instrumental skills (8%): IT skills and language skills.
  • Experience in areas related to the course content (2%).


Only applications that include the required documentation and include the payment of the pre-registration fee will be assessed.

By the deadline established in the pre-enrolment calendar, the resolution of admission is notified by email or published on the website.


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

Compulsory 24
Optional 24
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 12

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: Values Education and Education in Active Citizenship
Citizenship and Democracy Compulsory 2nd semester 6
Citizenship and Gender Optional 1st semester 3
Citizenship: History and Policies Optional 2nd semester 3
Cohabitation and Well-Being for Citizens Optional 1st semester 3
Construction and Acquisition of Values Optional 2nd semester 3
Descriptive, Explanatory and Evaluative Research Optional 2nd semester 3
Emotional Education Compulsory 2nd semester 6
Environmental Education Optional 2nd semester 3
Final Project Compulsory 2nd semester 12
Historical, Philosophical and Comparative Research Optional 1st semester 3
Identity and Networked Society Optional 1st semester 3
Intercultural Education Optional 2nd semester 3
Methodologies of Moral Education Compulsory 1st semester 6
Quantitative Analysis in Educational Research Optional 2nd semester 3
Quantitative Analysis of Socioeducational Research Optional 2nd semester 3
Reflection on Ethics Optional 2nd semester 3
Research Focused on Comprehension and Transformation Optional 2nd semester 3
Scientific and Academic Writing Optional 1st semester 3
Strategies for Obtaining Information in Educational and Social Research Optional 1st semester 3
Values Education in the Family Unit Optional 2nd semester 3
Values Education Compulsory 1st semester 6
Writing Research Projects on Educational and Social Research Optional 1st semester 3

Previous years


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.

Institutional information

Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

An education in values and for the development of active citizenship is a core interest and important task for all professionals involved in education. It is also central to those involved in non-regulated forms of education, but who are also educating others in values and training active citizens.

The master's degree offers tools required to progress in this social endeavour. Besides, it complements any academic profile with a set of competences for professional education and service for citizens, and is the starting point in research training for students interested in writing a doctoral thesis.

The Master's Degree in Values Education and Education in Active Citizenship is connected to the doctoral programme in Education and Society of the Faculty of Education.

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