Objectives and competences

The master's degree in Management of Teaching Centres aims to meet the educational needs of students interested in the theoretical and practical aspects of managing non-university educational institutions. The course places specific emphasis on the development of professional skills.
he history of this master's degree goes back to 1986-87, when it began as a postgraduate course, meaning it draws upon thirty years' experience in the training of management teams and specialists in educational management. 

The syllabus is centred on content related to the roles and functions of directors, assistant directors, heads of studies and academic secretaries, as well as heads of department and academic coordinators. 

The teaching staff comprises lecturers from several UB departments, primarily the Department of Teaching and Learning and Educational Organization, and from other universities in Catalonia. Tuition will also be provided by external experts: directors and managers of public and private educational institutions, and educational inspection consultants and professionals, who will contribute to making the program more relevant and practical in terms of the real-life application of the topics studied.

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Education
Branch of knowledge
  • Education sciences
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Number of places available35
Length of course1 academic year
Language(s) of instruction90 % Spanish - 10 % Catalan
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 coursesYes

Objectives and competences


The master's degree focuses on two key objectives:
  • Acquire and develop skills associated with the management, direction and administration of non-university educational institutions.
  • Acquire the knowledge and know-how required to fulfil professional roles in the direction or management of education centres, developing the capacities for democratic leadership, coherent application of the principles of efficacy, efficiency, rigor and satisfaction, and respect for the values of equality and justice.


The specific competences developed in the master's degree are:
  • Ability to analyse and evaluate the nature of management in general and the performance of different roles, functions and management styles.
  • Capacity to lead educational teams and perform personnel management tasks.
  • Ability to create designs which aid in the collection and interpretation of data related to the performance of managerial functions.
  • Capacity to apply the appropriate tools and strategies for efficient and competent management in the framework of democratic educational institutions.
  • Understanding of basic legislation affecting educational management, leading to its correct interpretation and application.
  • Capacity to design, implement and evaluate proposals and professional practices in the organization and management of educational institutions and services.
  • Ability to manage groups using processes of motivation, negotiation, conflict resolution and teamwork.
  • Capacity to employ the appropriate strategies and tools for the management of information and material and functional resources.
  • Capacity to design and implement action strategies for the construction of solid and sustainable relationships with the scholastic community, in order to effectively promote its participation in educational processes.
  • Ability to promote and oversee processes of change and learning in educational organizations.
  • Ability to design, implement and evaluate projects and improvement plans using action research methods.
  • Capacity to analyse and evaluate professional experiences presented by students in the class for the purpose of deducing learning in terms of strategies and tools for practical applied management.
  • Capacity to analyse and evaluate the nature, objectives, structure, culture and systems of work in non-university educational institutions, as well as in formal educational settings.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Preferably, professionals involved in formal or non-formal education in non-university education centres, but also graduates in any field of study who are professionally oriented towards the field of education.

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
Qualifications granting access to the master's degree: official Spanish degrees or recognized equivalents.



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

  • Pre-enrolment application
  • Photocopy of degree certificate or equivalent qualification. In case of admission, foreign degrees that require so should be translated and authenticated through diplomatic channels before completing the enrolment.
  • Other specific documentation related to the selection criteria

Selection criteria

  • 1.Education-related university qualifications (maximum 4 points).
  • 2.Professional experience in management roles in schools and educational centres and positions in academic coordination (up 3 points).
  • 3.Professional experience in teaching, or in administrative positions or support roles related to educational psychology in educational institutions (up to 2 points).
  • 4.Suitability of curriculum to the subject of the master's degree (up to 1 point).

The four criteria are applied simultaneously.


The master's degree Coordination Committee only considers applications including all documents required (academic documents, motivation letter and curriculum) and proof of payment of the pre-enrolment fee. 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 35
Optional 0
Compulsory placements 5
Compulsory final project 20

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: Management of Education Centres
Academic Management Compulsory 2nd semester 5
Administrative and Economic Management Compulsory 2nd semester 5
Educational Institutions and their External Environment Compulsory 2nd semester 5
Final Project Compulsory 2nd semester 20
Innovation and Research Compulsory 1st semester 5
Institutional Evaluation and Organizational Development Compulsory 1st semester 5
Leadership and Human Resources Compulsory 1st semester 5
Organization of Educational Institutions and Managerial Action Compulsory 1st semester 5
Pràctiques Externes Obligatòries Compulsory 2nd semester 5

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 750 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 ?

  • Management of formal and non-formal education institutions (directors, managers, assistant-directors, department heads, coordinators, etc.). 

  • Creation of education centres.  

  • Technical positions in education administration.  

  • Education inspection. 

Access to the labour market

Data from the university system in Catalonia

Contact us

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