Objectives and competences

The University Master's  Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations has the objective of training professionals to become diplomats, civil servants of international organizations such as the United Nations or the European Union, experts and advisors of international organizations (NGOs, consultancies, etc.), or managers of international projects in the public administration. The best specialists and professionals in each sector provide the corresponding training. 

"The master's degree combines theoretical and practical training with a compulsory placement. The practical training placement may take place in embassies, consulates, permanent representations, international organizations, private companies or non-profit organizations. Students can choose between the specialization Human Security and the specialization International and European Economic Relations."

This master's degree combines theoretical and practical training in Spanish and English with a compulsory in-company or institutional placement. The placement may take place in embassies, consulates, permanent representations, international organizations, private companies or non-profit organizations.

 

Students can choose between the specialization in Human Security and the specialization in European and International Economic Relations.

Basic information

Type Master's degree
Faculty or school Centre for International Studies
Branch of knowledge Interdisciplinary
Mode of delivery Presencial
Credits 60
Length of course 2 academic years
Coordination JORDI QUERO ARIAS
E-mail eugenia.guarro@ceibcn.com
  Indicators
Open pre-enrolment Yes
Open enrolment Yes
Lead to doctoral studies Yes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualification No
Bridging courses Yes
Specializations
  •  Human Security
  • International and European Economic Relations

Objectives and competences

Objectives


  • To know the structure, operations, competencies and mechanisms of access to the diplomatic corps and to prepare for a professional career in an international organization, in the European Union or in multinational companies.

  • To understand the functioning of the European Union, its external relations, the Common Commercial Policy, the internal market and the right of competition and free movement of people, among other areas.

  • To know and learn to apply the legal principles of diplomacy and paradiplomacy, the national laws that affect international relations, and the international law, trade law, and recruitment and arbitration.

  • To understand the principles of the protection of the environment and the management of energy resources encompassing a legal, political and economic perspective; as well as the principles and institutions of sustainable development.

Competences

Basic competences




  • Knowledge forming the basis of original thinking in the development or application of ideas, typically in a research context.

  • Capacity to apply the knowledge acquired to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of studies.

  • Capacity to integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgements based on incomplete or limited information, giving due consideration to the social and ethical responsibilities that are implicit in their application.

  • Capacity to communicate knowledge and conclusions and the grounds on which they have been reached to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner.

  • Capacity for ongoing self-directed and independent learning.



 



General competences




  • Critical and self-critical reasoning skills.

  • Capacity for analysis and synthesis.

  • Ability to interact respecting the democratic values ​​of equality and non-discrimination in front of diversity and sustainability.

  • Mastery of oral and written specialized language.

  • Ability to take responsibility and demonstrate leadership in individual and group work.



 



 



Specific competences




  • Ability to recognize and evaluate especially complex problems underlying the different forms of international political organization and to propose original advanced level responses to those problems.

  • Ability to propose new and original criteria for interpretation and application of international standards and jurisprudence, in order to adapt them to the complex and changing international reality that is under study.

  • Ability to identify and evaluate the impact of European integration in state internal regulations and foreign policy, as well as in the external relations of the EU, in relation to the different fields under study.

  • Ability to interpret the interests in tension, the strong and weak points in different international scenarios, identifying the political, economic and legal elements involved, if applicable.

  • Ability to formulate, present and debate solutions to specific problems in international and multicultural environments, with original and specialized arguments, both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to design, organize and write an original and advanced assignment on current and especially complex problems of international practice, aimed at an expert audience.

  • Skills in leadership and responsibility to efficiently solve real problems in international and multicultural environments.

  • Capacity for adaptation and integration in international and multicultural environments, acquired through the mandatory placement in diplomatic or consular facilities, permanent representations, secretariats of international organizations or other destinations.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

The specific profile is that of graduates in Law, Economics and Business Administration, International Relations, Political Science and Administration and Global Studies.

For students with other undergraduate degrees, the master's degree offers compulsory bridging courses that take place during the two weeks prior to the start of the course.

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
  1. Curriculum vitae and academic record. Special consideration is given to a balanced curriculum, in which, in addition to the studies, training activities and complementary practice (volunteering in multicultural fields, work experience, etc.), also artistic and leisure activities (such as sports) can be shown. This is the case because a comprehensive training of students is valued, but also because international organizations pay attention to these features and demand them from students applying for placements.
  2. English language proficiency (minimum B2). This requirement is qualifying and indispensable.
  3. Result of the access test.
The acces test cosists of an examination on aspects of contemporary international society in English or Spanish in writing. There are also two interviews in English and Spanish conducted to better assess the candidate's motivation and English language proficiency.

Pre-enrolment

Calendar

First period: 1 November 2022 ' 15 June 15 2023

Examination and interview (online): 7 March, 16 May or 27 June 2023.

eugenia.guarro@ceibcn.com

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

    Notification

    Further information.

    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 24
    Optional 12
    Compulsory placements 18
    Compulsory final project 6
    TOTAL 60

    List of subjects

    Assignatura Tipus Llengua Crèdits
    Especialitat: CF per a l'Accés al Màster de Diplomàcia i Organitzacions Internacionals
    Introducció a l'Economia i al Comerç Internacional Optativa   2
    Introducció a les Relacions Internacionals i a la Política Internacional Optativa   2
    Introducció al Dret Internacional Públic i les Organitzacions Internacionals Optativa   2

    Complements de formació
     
    Assignatura Tipus Llengua Crèdits
    Especialitat: Relacions Econòmiques Europees i Internacionals
    Dret Diplomàtic i Consolar: Paradiplomàcia Obligatòria   3
    Dret Internacional del Comerç i les Inversions Estrangeres Optativa   3
    Dret Internacional Institucional. La Funció Pública Internacional Obligatòria   3
    El Governament Econòmic de la Globalització Obligatòria   3
    El Governament Polític de la Globalització Obligatòria   3
    Habilitats I Obligatòria   3
    Habilitats II Obligatòria   3
    Institucions i Presa de Decisions a la Unió Europea. La Funció Pública Europea Optativa   3
    Institucions per al Manteniment de la Pau i Seguretat Obligatòria   3
    Mercat Interior i Competència en la Unió Europea Optativa   3
    Ordenament Jurídic de la Comunitat Internacional Obligatòria   3
    Pràctiques Externes Obligatòria   18
    Relacions Exteriors i Política Exterior de la Unió Europea Optativa   3
    Treball Final de Màster Obligatòria   6
    Especialitat: Seguretat Humana
    Cooperació al Desenvolupament Optativa   3
    Desenvolupament Sostenible i Protecció del Medi Ambient Optativa   3
    Dret Diplomàtic i Consolar: Paradiplomàcia Obligatòria   3
    Dret Internacional Humanitari. Dret Internacional Penal Optativa   3
    Dret Internacional Institucional. La Funció Pública Internacional Obligatòria   3
    El Governament Econòmic de la Globalització Obligatòria   3
    El Governament Polític de la Globalització Obligatòria   3
    Habilitats I Obligatòria   3
    Habilitats II Obligatòria   3
    Institucions per a la Protecció Internacional dels Drets Humans Optativa   3
    Institucions per al Manteniment de la Pau i Seguretat Obligatòria   3
    Ordenament Jurídic de la Comunitat Internacional Obligatòria   3
    Pràctiques Externes Obligatòria   18
    Treball Final de Màster Obligatòria   6

    Syllabus

    Teaching staff

    Teaching staff

    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.



    Institutional information


    Career opportunities

    What can you work on ?


    • Diplomat.

    • International civil servant of the UN, NATO, the EU, and other international organizations.

    • Adviser and technical officer in public institutions in international matter of the central and autonomous administration, provincial councils, city councils, etc).

    • Member of staff of communications and international departments of companies, foundations or academic centres.

    • Member of consulates of other states accredited in Spain.

    • Expert in a specific area of international relations in non-profit organizations (NGOs).

    Contact us

    Finca Agustí Pedro Pons
    Avinguda de Vallvidrera, 25
    08017 Barcelona
    info@ceibcn.com

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