Universitat de Barcelona

Advanced Public Management


The master's degree in Advanced Public Management has been taught at the UB since September 2009 and currently incorporates several new features.

The degree is designed to provide specialist training in public administration and management techniques, and to give students the specific and cross-disciplinary profile they will need to conduct complex tasks as senior civil servants in government offices and the public sector in general, or in organizations associated with the public sector.
Having offered studies in Public Administration and Management since the academic year 1991/1992, the University of Barcelona has extensive experience in this area, which contributes greatly to the success of its postgraduate course offerings. The requirements for the course are covered by highly accomplished teachers with close ties to the professional environment and extensive experience of collaborative work with various areas of public administration.

Learning objectives

The aim of the course is to help students develop expertise in four areas of management: legal and administrative management, financial management, human resource management and public policy management.

Students must gain in-depth knowledge of each of these areas, the applicable legal frameworks and management tools, and current challenges facing management. This will provide an overall understanding of the different dimensions to government activity and the public sector as a whole, and the ability to tackle their functions and objectives from a management point of view.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan, 90%; Spanish, 10%
Number of places available:
Approximate price:
 46,11 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2020-2021
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Law
Master's degree course homepage:
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Recommended applicant profile

The master's degree is primarily addressed to graduate students with qualifications related to public management; especially holders of a degree in public management and administration or political and administrative sciences. However, the course is also open to holders of other qualifications in the areas of legal, economic and sociological sciences who have a particular interest in public management.

The degree may also suit the training needs of civil servants or public employees who hold qualifications in other areas of knowledge. In these cases, the Coordination Committee will evaluate each application and determine the additional training required for admission.

Admission 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.

Specific requirements

The official qualifications granting direct access to the master's degree are the EHEA bachelor's degrees (and former llicenciatura degrees) in the subjects listed below:

' Business Administration and Management
' Labour Sciences
' Political and Administration Sciences
' Criminology
' Law
' Economics
' Public Management and Administration (EHEA bachelor's degree or diplomatura degree)
' Sociology
' Other degrees in areas related to legal, economic, political and sociological sciences

Applicants in possession of degrees not included in the list above may also be admitted to the course. In this case, they will be required to completed bridging courses with a total value of up to 30 ECTS credits.

In each case the Coordination Committee will determine which subjects of those on the following list from the EHEA bachelor's degree in Public Management and Administration must be taken, based on the applicant's previous training and professional experience.

Subjects and study load:
- Administrative Science (6 ECTS credits)
- Public Accounting (6 ECTS credits)
- Personnel Management (6 ECTS credits)
- Budget Management I (6 ECTS credits)
- Budget Management II (6 ECTS credits)
- Introduction to Financial Management (6 ECTS credits)
- Public Policy (6 ECTS credits)
- Legal Regime of Public Administrations I (6 ECTS credits)
- Legal Regime of Public Administrations II (6 ECTS credits)
- Public Employment Scheme (6 ECTS credits)

The Coordination Committee may exempt from bridging courses candidates who can provide evidence of at least five years of experience in public administration in employment group A, level 22.

Skills and competences

The course also involves the development of basic and cross-disciplinary competences. Students will develop the capacity to understand theories, apply methods and organize data, in order to integrate knowledge for the purpose of carrying out original research, which also implies consideration of related social and ethical responsibilities. They will also learn team leadership and how to publicly communicate conclusions that have been reached and the arguments on which they are based.

Complete list of competences.

Pre-enrolment calendar

  • 25 January - 18 June 2021 (inclusive).

Notification of resolutions: 30 March and 30 June.

  • 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%.

Open Pre-enrolment


Required documentation

Selection criteria

The Coordination Committee will assess each candidate on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Previous studies (40%). Preference will be given to holders of the pre-EHEA or bachelor's degrees in Public Management and Administration (GAP) and holders of the pre-EHEA degree in Political and Administrative Sciences (CPA), or national equivalent, who have completed the first cycle of GAP or taken the specialization in Administrative Science.

2. CV and statement of interest (40%). Candidates must submit a full curriculum vitae listing their academic and professional experience, together with a statement of interest outlining their reasons for applying to the master's degree. Students with professional experience in the public sector or associated bodies will receive additional credit.

3. Academic record. Preference will be given to those candidates with the highest grade averages for previous studies (20%).

Candidates may be asked to attend a personal interview to complete the consideration of their applications.

Candidates not in possession of one of the qualifications granting direct access to the master's degree may be admitted subject to the prior completion of 30 bridging credits.

Holders of the pre-EHEA degree in GAP will be granted direct access to the master's degree. However, upon completion of the course they will not be considered to hold the 300 ECTS credits required for access to doctoral studies.


Admission decisions will be announced at the end of each pre-enrolment period.
• First announcement: 30 March 2020
• Second announcement: 30 June 2020

The Committee will consider all documentation submitted up before 20 March and 19 June respectively.

Successful candidates must pay a fee of €300 to reserve their place on the course.


Closed Enrolment