Objectives and competences

This is one of the few master's degrees in Spain to specifically address the subject of youth, and the only course with a solid foundation of seven successful previous editions and a team of expert researchers, teachers and professionals. The objective is to provide training in the fields of research, intervention and public policies for young people. The course is both interuniversity (taught at the UdG, UB, UAB, UdL, URV and UPF) and interdisciplinary (covering sociology, anthropology, education and communication sciences, among other subjects).
It focuses on both professional skills and research and combines theoretical training with practical experience, field trips, case studies, a foreign study trip, and a range of other activities. Depending on the subjects selected in module IV, the placements carried out and the final project that is developed, the master's degree enables graduates to develop the following:
  • Detailed understanding based on theoretical and practical aspects and on the application of work methodology, analysis, direction and management of youth policies, and the associated diagnosis, design, application and assessment of plans, programmes and projects.
  • Direct actions with young people and youth work with the integration and understanding of specific knowledge, its scientific basis and the capacity to apply the acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments.
  • Research in youth studies, from epistemology, methodology and basic conceptions of youth to its main fields of research: history, education, economy, psychology, social participation, leisure, identity, consumption, health, communication and youth policies.

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
Length of course1 academic year
Language(s) of instructionCatalan and Spanish
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentNo
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Main universityUniversitat Girona
  • Universitat Girona
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Lleida
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Universitat Rovira i Virgili
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Bridging coursesNo

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Objectives and competences


  • Increase training in the area of research, intervention and public policies on youth.

  • Become specialised in interventions with young people and youth policies.

  • Gain advanced training in youth research and studies.


Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

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.

Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Compulsory 39
Optional 5
Compulsory placements 6
Compulsory final project 10

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: Youth and Society
Emotional Education Optional 2nd semester 6
Values Education Optional 1st semester 6

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 ?

  • Technical officer in youth services.

  • Technical officer in education.

  • Technical officer in cultural services.

  • Coordinator of youth services.

  • Head of youth facilities and programmes.

  • Head of management and coordination of youth entities and services.

  • Head of intercultural mediation and conflict resolution.

  • Youth information provider.

  • Researcher in the youth area.

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