University master's degree courses

More than 150 government-regulated official dregrees that have been tailored to comply with the requisites outlined by the European Higher Education Area.
These are courses offering advanced training in a specialist area of professional or cross-disciplinary practice; alternatively, they provide students with the official research training required for doctoral programmes.

They have a work load equivalent to European degrees, between 60 and 120 ECTS credits, equivalent to one or two academic years full time, with the objective of encouraging and facilitating mobility and the integration of students into the European labour market.

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  • Master's degree curricula provide theoretical and practical training for the student through:

    - compulsory subject areas

    - optional subject areas

    - seminars, external placements and supervised work

    - writing and public defence of the final project

    In each master's degree course website you can find the available specializations and pathways, the curriculum and specific subjects with their credit load, possible placements and the credits corresponding to the final project.

    Once the master's degree programme is completed, students can access doctoral studies, provided their meet the access requirements and the admission criteria for a specific programme. Doctoral programmes encompass a series of activities designed to help students acquire the research skills and competences needed to complete and defend a thesis and receive a PhD degree.

    To access a university master’s degree course, students must first pre-enrol as part of the selection process .

    The Pre-enrolment section in the master's degree information sheet and website, includes the dates, required documentation and links to online forms, once the pre-enrolment process is open. Pre-enrolment dates may vary depending on each master's degree and cover different time periods. Pre-enrolment is usually online.
    You can pre-enrol in different courses, but you must pay a fee of around €30 for each application.

    When you do not meet all requirements at the time of pre-enrolment, but will meet them before the start of the course, you should state so in the pre-enrolment form. At the time of enrolment, you must meet all the requirements and submit the documentation that certifies this.

    The master's degree Coordination Committee will prioritize applications following the selection criteria established for each master's degree. A resolution of admission and waiting list will be issued.

    To access the University master's degree courses you should meet the general and specific access requirements and complete a pre-enrolment application.


    General access requirements

    In accordance with Article 18 of Royal Decree 822/2021, of 28 September, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access a university master's degree:

    • An official Spanish degree.
    • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the framework of the European Higher Education Area 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, the degree has been officially recognized as a qualifying Spanish degree, if that is the case, or must include a statement of equivalence to an official Spanish university qualification of comparable academic level. Successful admission does not imply that the applicant's previous qualification has been homologated to its Spanish equivalent or granted recognition of equivalence for any other purposes than access to the master's degree programme. Nevertheless, once the course has been completed, the master’s degree has full official recognition.


    Specific access requirements

    For each master's degree specific requirements may be established, such as preference for certain bachelor's degrees, knowledge of languages or professional experience, among others.
    Where it is deemed necessary by the Coordinating Committee for the master’s degree and depending on the candidate's previous training, they may have to complete bridging courses up to a maximum of 30 ECTS credits.

    For all applications meeting the general and specific requirement, in cases when the number of applications is higher than the places offered, the master's degree Coordination Committee will prioritize them following the selection criteria established for each master's degree. A resolution of admission and waiting list will be issued.

    The information on access requirements and selection criteria can be read in the master's degree information sheet.


    Once you have been admitted to the master's degree, you must complete the enrolment process. You can follow these suggestions:

    The enrolment is completed at the Faculty where the course is taught. You should confirm with the Faculty if enrolment is on-site or online.

    At the time of enrolment, you must meet all the access and admission requirements and submit the documentation that certifies this.

    Payment can be done by direct payment in cash or in instalments, by direct debit single payment or through a monthly installment AGAUR loan.

    For information about enrolment, forms and complementary instructions, students must consult the website Enrolment master's degree courses.


    These are official fees fixed by the Catalan government Decree of fees and complemented with the agreements of the Governing Council and Board of Trustees of the UB. The fees for Erasmus Mundus programmes is set by the consortium of universities.

    The standard enrolment fee for a master's degree course with 60 ECTS credits is between €2,500 and €3,300, but the fee may change depending on certain characteristics of the course and/or the student.

    Fee per credit for university master's degrees