Basic information

Type Master's degree
Faculty or school Faculty of Information and Audiovisual Media
Branch of knowledge Economic sciences, business administration and management, marketing, commerce, accounting and tourism, Interdisciplinary, Social sciences, social work, industrial relations and human resources, sociology, political science and international relations
Mode of delivery Semipresencial
Credits 60
Number of places available 30
Length of course 1 academic year
Language(s) of instruction Spanish
Approximate price per credit 27.67 euros per credit (82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2021-2022
Course details Indicators
Open pre-enrolment Yes
Open enrolment No
Lead to doctoral studies Yes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualification No
Bridging courses Yes

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Objectives and competences


The aim of this master's degree is to train specialists who can design and manage information systems, manage projects, and manage human and financial resources in all kinds of public and private information units, where they will also be able to implement and manage quality processes to ensure that the organization's objectives are met.

The degree aims to train experts in strategic planning, assessment, service marketing, and quality and resources management (human, material, economic and financial, technological and information resources, infrastructure, etc.). It also provides skills and competences applicable to the organizational development, leadership and executive management of libraries and other public and private information departments and systems (library networks, consortia, archives, newspaper archives, map collections, etc.) across a wide range of specializations and sectors.


On completion of the master's degree, students should demonstrate:
  • the capacity to analyse the working environment of an information unit or service and to identify user requirements, through the strategic gathering and interpretation of data;
  • the ability to assess and identify the critical factors that determine the success of an organization;
  • to capacity to use planning, direction and leadership techniques for the use and management of resources;
  • the capacity to plan resource use on the basis of user requirements, staff structure, collection type, etc.;
  • the capacity to plan and manage collaboratively, to ensure that services and products meet the demands and needs of the organization and its users;
  • the ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of an organization, product or service, establish and apply indicators, and devise solutions to improve quality;
  • the capacity to use various promotion and communication strategies to involve users and capture greater market share;
  • the capacity to draw up policies, guidelines and procedures to ensure the smooth running of the organization;
  • the ability to manage and lead an efficient team and to promote personal and professional development.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

The master's degree is intended for holders of university degrees in any discipline who would like to gain the knowledge and skills required for the general direction and management of an information centre or service in an area relevant to their degree.

The course is particularly useful for people with professional experience in information services in any area of specialization who require or would like a professional qualification in order to reach management-level positions.

In addition, the course is particularly attractive to diploma-holders in library and information science or graduates in information and documentation who want to continue with their training and specialize as managers/director of information units and services.

Access requirements and conditions

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:
  • An official Spanish 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 from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses 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.

To be admitted, candidates should have the knowledge and general software skills to create, process, retrieve and consume information. Professional experience in multidisciplinary teams and good social skills will also be valued. In addition, credit will be given for previous training in planning, management, direction and leadership.

The official Spanish degrees that grant access to this master's degree are the pre-EHEA diploma in library and information science, the pre-EHEA degree in documentation, and the bachelor's degree in information and documentation. Applicants who do not have a university qualification related to library and information science or information and documentation and do not have knowledge or experience in the field must take bridging courses to gain essential knowledge of the types, functions, processes and basic techniques of information departments, centres and services.

In addition to previous university training, and in accordance with current regulations, master's degree applicants must also have English language skills at level B1.



  • First period: 1 February - 27 April 2023.

    Notification of resolutions: 11 May.


  • Second period: 2 May - 21 June 2023.

    Notification of resolutions: 27 June.


  • Third period: 23 June - 7 September 2023.

    Notification of resolutions: 13 September.



  • 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

The selection process will take into account the following criteria:
  • Academic record for previous studies (60% weighting).
  • Curriculum vitae. Applicants must submit a full curriculum vitae indicating their official studies, professional experience and lifelong learning or further training completed (40% weighting). The 40% weighting allocated to the CV will be divided as follows:
    • Professional experience in information units and services (10%)
    • Lifelong learning associated with the functions and processes of information departments and services (10%)
    • Lifelong learning associated with general management processes (10%)
    • Professional experience involving the development of software skills and the knowledge to create, process, retrieve and consume information, or related training (5%)
    • Professional experience involving work in multidisciplinary teams and the application of social skills, or related training (5%)


The Academic Coordination Committee will examine each application and the supporting documentation and publish a list of successful candidates. On admission, the Academic Committee will notify each successful candidate of the bridging courses they will need to complete, if any.


As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online via the Món UB portal. To find out the date and time you have been assigned, check the specific information for your course. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned.


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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.


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Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

On successful completion of the course, graduates will be able to design and manage information systems, and manage projects, human and financial resources in all kinds of information units and services, including public libraries, specialized libraries, research libraries, school libraries, documentation centres, archives, newspaper archives, map collections etc.; information systems (networks of libraries and consortia, etc.); and online information services in the widest sense of the term.

They will be able to work independently and create and manage service companies that can draw up comprehensive projects for information and document management in companies and organizations.

Although the master's degree is mainly designed to provide professional skills and facilitate access to management and executive positions in information departments and services, it also provides an introduction to research and is the basic training required for subsequent doctoral studies in the area of executive management.

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