Universitat de Barcelona

Cultural Management


This 90-credit master's degree is part of
the University of Barcelona's Cultural Management Programme
. It seeks to provide training to prospective cultural management, administration and mediation professionals with the skills to take on responsible roles in the public or private sector, tackling generalist projects and a variety of cultural sectors such as audiovisual media, publishing, performing arts, music, heritage services and visual arts. It is also aimed at training researchers in cultural management and policies, leading to the doctoral programme in Cultural and Heritage Management.
The teaching and research experience of the University of Barcelona in this field dates back to 1989. Over time, the UB has been able to carefully construct a didactic discourse that has garnered broad international recognition. A considerable effort has been made to structure content, collect experiences and documentation, and design simulation exercises and teaching methods to develop intellectual curiosity and a common-sense approach. The challenge of this collective work has been to create high-quality training to prepare competent professionals for work across the entire range of cultural institutions, projects, facilities and services.

The University of Barcelona also offers a variety of UB-specific lifelong learning programmes and part-time vocational courses for professionals in the field of cultural management, including athe master's degree in Management of Cultural Institutions and Organizations and the postgraduate diplomas of International Cooperation and Cultural Management, of Performing arts and festivals production and Managementand of Design of Cultural Projects.

The main language of instruction is Catalan, but some subjects are taught in Spanish or English (this information will be given in the individual course plans).

Learning objectives

This course provides prospective cultural management, administration, mediation and research professionals with the skills to take on high-level roles in the public or private sectors, in a variety of cultural areas: audiovisual media, publishing, scenic arts, music, heritage services, visual arts, etc. It also aims to develop research skills and to encourage reflection on theoretical and applied aspects of work in this field, as well as contributing to improving the general levels of professionalism, efficiency and internationalization of the sector.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan: 78%, Spanish: 12%, English: 10%
Number of places available:
Approximate price:
 27,67 euros per credit (82 euros for students who are not EU or China nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2022-2023.
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Economics and Business
Master's degree course homepage:
  Master's degree course homepage

Recommended applicant profile

The academic backgrounds and profiles of students in the master's degree in Cultural Management vary widely, but as a general rule the following candidates are ideally suited to the course:
  • Recent graduates who would like to acquire more specialized professional training in the organization and management of cultural projects.
  • Cultural agents who wish to acquire a structured, conceptual understanding of their professional experience.
  • Culture professionals (creators, educators, mediators, curators and specialists in a range of areas) interested in acquiring specific training in cultural management.
  • Teachers and researchers interested in moving into applied research or preparing a doctoral thesis on cultural management and policies.

To stand a good chance of successfully completing the course, candidates should have an interest in the field of study, possess the ability to process information on a conceptual level, know how to lead a team, possess management and communication skills, and be involved in the cultural development of their communities or artistic fields.

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

Applications will be accepted from any candidate in possession of the necessary qualifications to enrol in a university master's degree in Spain, according to the current regulations. Students must also be able to demonstrate a good level of Spanish and English (equivalent to B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Skills and competences

Basic and general:
On completion of the master's degree, students will be able to:
  • Acquire specialized knowledge and use it to solve problems.
  • Integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgements based on limited information, taking due consideration of the social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying knowledge and making judgements.
  • Transmit conclusions, and the information and reasons that justify them, in a clear and unambiguous manner.
  • Harness the learning skills acquired to pursue further learning requiring a more independent and self-directed approach.


On completion of the master's degree, students will be able to:
  • Analyse the economic, political, personal, social and cultural phenomena that drive the creation, production, diffusion, consumption and appropriation of cultural products.
  • Assess and compare a range of cultural management approaches and practices and suggest improvements.
  • Communicate confidently, professionally and effectively on topics related to the field of cultural management.
  • Gather, organize and critically analyse information.
  • Take part in critical discussion of conclusions drawn from papers and technical/scientific reports in the field of cultural management.
  • Use and adapt theoretical and applied models, instruments and techniques to analyse current situations and prepare, plan, intervene in and evaluate projects and practices in the field of cultural management.
  • Analyse the behaviour of people in social, organizational, group and interpersonal contexts in the general field of cultural management, using the knowledge acquired to evaluate and predict the effects of this behaviour on cultural products and their consumption.
  • Identify and critically appraise new management trends and cultural practices that can be harnessed for the development of specific cultural products.
  • Design cultural management projects and practices in keeping with the principles of socio-cultural diversity and strategic management.

Pre-enrolment calendar

  • First period: Until March 24 2022.
    Online test: March 24
  • Second period: Until July 14 2022.
    Online test: July 15

  • 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

Selection criteria

The Admissions Committee will select candidates on the basis of the written test, the content of their curriculum vitae and the academic documents submitted, taking into account the following selection criteria:

  • Skills and capabilities (55%): written or video test, statement of interest, etc.
  • Academic and professional experience (30%).
  • Foreign language skills and computer skills (15%).


Upon conclusion of the last pre-registration period, the Admission Commission will proceed to select the candidates. Accepted students will receive a letter by email confirming their admission. Moreover, candidates who are placed on the waiting list and those who have not been accepted will also receive a written confirmation of their status.
The resolution will be made public between mid-July and September.
Candidates who need to apply for a grant or scholarship can ask beforehand for a pre-acceptance document.


Enrolment period: pending approval of the general University of Barcelona academic calendar.

Closed Enrolment