Objectives and competences

The master's degree in Advanced Studies in Social Exclusion reflects the importance of promoting specialized research and social practices to meet the needs and the basic rights of people in a welfare state.

The aims of the master's degree are: to train researchers who can take a global approach to identifying, analysing and proposing actions that strengthen rights in a welfare state; and to train experts in the design, assessment and management of institutional programmes and professional teams in the area of social exclusion.
The master's degree trains students to become highly qualified experts in the following areas:
  • The design and development of multidisciplinary research to promote policies and professional practices addressing problems in the area of social exclusion.
  • The analysis and evaluation of institutional and community programmes and projects designed to prevent social exclusion and to care for socially excluded and socially disadvantaged individuals and groups.
  • The direction and management of multidisciplinary teams who work for the social integration of individuals, by reducing the causes or addressing the effects of situations of social exclusion.
The main objective of the master¿s degree is to provide knowledge, skills and aptitudes for research and for the management of institutions and professionals in different social contexts, using a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and multi-professional approach.

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolSant Joan de Déu Teaching Campus - Private Foundation
Branch of knowledge
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Number of places available30
Length of course1 academic year
Language(s) of instructionCatalan (85%) and Spanish (15%)
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentNo
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Bridging coursesYes

Objectives and competences


The master's degree in Advanced Studies in Social Exclusion aims to satisfy three main objectives:
  • To provide training in the theoretical tools and research methods used in the social sciences to analyse social exclusion and inequality in the today's world.
  • To provide training in the diagnosis and evaluation of complex social situations to inform decision-making at community, institutional and professional levels.
  • To provide the knowledge and skills to design, manage and oversee social intervention teams and programmes in contexts of exclusion.


General competences
  • Capacity to integrate complex knowledge and translate this knowledge into study, research and professional development proposals applicable to contexts of social conflict or social hardship.
  • Capacity to make critical analyses of social realities and understand the ethical implications of research and professional practice.
  • Capacity to design, apply and assess social science research projects that focus on problems and social contexts in the field of study.
  • Capacity to design and implement processes for the direction and coordination of multi-disciplinary and/or multi-professional research teams.
  • Capacity to produce the spoken and written communication required for projects, reports and records in the area of the social sciences.
  • Capacity to plan, implement and assess theoretical, methodological and technological tools designed to improve and transform social research and intervention.
  • Capacity to draw up, implement and evaluate social intervention programmes aimed at preventing and addressing situations of social exclusion from a perspective focused on human rights, democratic culture, cultural diversity and gender.

Specific competences

  • Capacity to identify and formulate the analytical categories involved in political and scientific diagnoses of situations of inequality and social exclusion.
  • Capacity to apply suitable theoretical and technical models and paradigms to cases of social exclusion, according to specific analytical and intervention requirements.
  • Capacity to develop processes for the observation and analysis of public systems and social programmes to prevent social exclusion.
  • Capacity to detect emerging needs and to propose guidelines for improving the quality of social, cultural and educational institutions.
  • Understanding of and capacity to implement processes for coordinating and developing multi-disciplinary and multi-professional teams.
  • Capacity to design and implement programmes for assessing social and health institutions and projects carried out in these areas within the framework of broader policies against social exclusion.
  • Capacity to formulate and develop innovative social and educational intervention projects.
  • Capacity to devise and design quality indicators and measures to promote the development of good practices and to prevent disputes in professional teams working in the area of social exclusion.
  • Capacity to direct, manage and evaluate social intervention, applying criteria of justice, equality and social advancement.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

The master's degree has two purposes: it offers a professional pathway, to train future professionals with a comprehensive knowledge of social exclusion, and a research pathway, to provide students with the skills to carry out research projects in this field.
The course is intended for graduates with advanced university training in social disciplines (social work, social psychology, sociology and anthropology), education (social education, pedagogy, educational psychology) and health (nursing), as well as other graduates who can demonstrate a solid professional background in education, health or social sciences.
The master's degree is aimed at graduates with advanced university training.

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
Official Spanish degrees granting direct access (recognized national equivalents will be considered):
- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA diploma in Social Work
- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA diploma in Social Education
- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA diploma in Teacher Training
- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA diploma in Nursing
- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA degree in Education
- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA degree in Psychology
- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA degree in Sociology
- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA degree in Educational Psychology
- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology
- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA degree in Business Management and Administration
- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA degree in Economics
- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA degree in Political Sciences
- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA degree in Law

Depending on the availability of places, the Academic Committee may also consider applications from holders of other bachelor's degrees and pre-EHEA degrees, provided that the candidate can demonstrate a solid professional background in education, health or social sciences.

Students must be fluent in Spanish and/or Catalan.

As candidates may access the master's degree from range of academic backgrounds, and to ensure a consistent level of basic knowledge, two six-credit subjects will be offered in September, before the main master's course begins.
The aim of these subjects is to ensure that students have attained basic, general and specific competences relevant to the degree content on social exclusion, which may not be covered by bachelor's degrees or equivalent undergraduate studies.
These bridging subjects must be taken by students with previous studies in the following areas:

- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA diploma in Teacher Training

- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA diploma in Nursing

Social sciences:
- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA degree in Business Management and Administration
- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA degree in Economics
- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA degree in Political Sciences
- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA degree in Law
Holders of pre-EHEA degrees, bachelor's degrees and equivalent undergraduate qualifications in other subjects will also be considered, provided that they can demonstrate a solid professional background in education, health or social sciences.
If candidates hold one of the above qualifications, the Academic Committee will assess on an individual basis which students may be exempted from taking the bridging courses.




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

  • Previous studies (40%). Priority is given to the qualifications listed as granting access to the course, and consideration is given to other studies (master's and postgraduate degrees and other studies related to the subject area).
  • Professional experience (40%). Experience in the field of social exclusion
    In this case, three specific aspects are evaluated, listed in order of importance:
    • 1. Number of years' experience in professional activities related to social inclusion or exclusion.
    • 2. Importance of positions held in institutions or as part of programmes related to social inclusion or exclusion.
    • 3. Relevance of the professional activities performed.

  • Academic record (10%). The grade-point average obtained in the degree or equivalent studies used for the purpose of application will be taken into account.
  • Motivation (10%). Consideration is given to each candidate's reasons for applying.


The Coordination Committee is responsible for the selection process and admission decisions.

Claims against any the Committee's decisions must be sent to the master's degree secretary from the date of decisions.


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

Bridging courses

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 ?

- Coordination of professional teams specializing in social action.
- Middle management positions.
- Positions of responsibility in social work and social intervention services, in social care and healthcare.
- Social sciences research, in the area of social exclusion.
- University teaching (at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level).
- Consultancy work in the areas of social policy and strategy.
- Public sector advisory services in matters of social policy and exclusion.
- General skilled positions in local, regional or state government offices.

Contact us

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08830, Sant Boi de Llobregat