Objectives and competences
|Faculty or school||Centre for International Studies|
|Branch of knowledge|
|Mode of delivery||Presencial|
|Length of course||1 academic year|
|Coordination||JORDI QUERO ARIAS|
|Lead to doctoral studies||Yes|
|Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualification||No|
Objectives and competences
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 profileThe 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 conditionsGeneral requirements
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.
- 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.
- English language proficiency (minimum B2). This requirement is qualifying and indispensable.
- 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.
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
- Documents required for enrolment
- Procedure to formalize enrolment
- Grants and financial aid (in Catalan)
- Economic information (in Catalan)
- Student Support Service
- Grants and financial aid (in Catalan)
Subjects and course plans
Distribution of credits
|Compulsory final project||6|
List of subjects
|Specialization: BC for admission to the Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations|
|Introduction to Economics and International Trade||Optional||2|
|Introduction to International Relations and International Politics||Optional||2|
|Introduction to Public International Law and International Organizations||Optional||2|
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.
What can you work on ?
- 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).