Universitat de Barcelona

Research and Educational Change


This master's degree, offered by the Faculty of Education at the University of Barcelona, has been designed in response to academic and social needs directly related to the proposals for change, innovation and improvement that have emerged from schools and non-formal education systems with the growth of the global knowledge society.
Educational institutions have an increasing need for specialized personnel able to promote personal and institutional change built on the key principles of constant review and evaluation of practices. This master's degree is therefore structured around the concepts of change, innovation and evaluation, and is aimed at training skilled education professionals with a vocational interest in continual improvement.
The main objective of the course is to provide an introduction to research in the fields of teaching, training and evaluation at various levels of the education system, including higher education. It also develops the students' capacity to establish learning environments conducive to change, promoting critical analysis, reflection, collaboration and a commitment to society and its improvement.
There is a pronounced international need for specialists with high-level academic and research abilities, capable of analysing and understanding the changes that are taking place across all areas of education systems. At the same time, it is also essential to provide education professionals with the tools and resources that will enable them to transform and improve teaching practice.
Additionally, major changes in higher education in the EU following the introduction of the European Higher Education Area are having a particular impact on teacher training, teaching and the accreditation of university programmes. This has created unprecedented demands with respect to management systems, teacher training, and the evaluation and accreditation of teaching programmes. This master's degree course has been designed as a reasoned response to these demands, based on solid educational criteria and a broad research perspective.

Learning objectives

  • Adopt epistemological and methodological approaches in educational research focused on a deeper understanding of the educational reality and its transformation and change.
  • Take an enquiring approach to the use of research resources in the analysis of education and educational practice.
  • Devise and design projects for educational research and put them into practice.
  • Use research skills to identify and understand current educational problems and needs and to promote processes for improvement and change built on research findings.
  • Study the contributions of teaching, training and assessment to the understanding and improvement of educational practice.
  • Apply the findings from teaching, training and assessment to different contexts, levels and types of formal and informal education.
  • Acquire a detailed understanding of teaching, training and assessment capabilities as they apply to higher education.

Basic Information

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Approximate price:
 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
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Education
Master's degree course homepage:
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The course is designed for students and education professionals who wish to undertake educational research, in order to pursue doctoral studies or to apply their findings to educational practice.

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

Holders of any degree can will be considered for admission.
The course is intended primarily for holders of university degrees in education, teaching (primary or secondary education), social education, educational psychology and other educational disciplines.
It is also open to educational professionals with degrees in other areas of human sciences, social sciences, natural sciences, experimental and technological sciences, and health sciences. In this case, applicants must provide evidence of two years of teaching experience in formal or non-formal education: this should include accreditation of the tasks performed by the company or institution at which the experience was acquired, and a report by the candidate outlining the skills and competences developed during this period. In these cases, credit will be given for previous teacher training courses completed.

Skills and competences

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
  • Understand and analyse the subjective, relational and institutional dimensions of teaching practice by reflecting on experience.
  • Understand, consider, research and study specific aspects of training and assessment in different educational situations and from a multidisciplinary perspective.
  • Understand the theoretical and methodological components of educational evaluation and apply them to the resolution of specific issues of educational relevance.
  • Design, implement and evaluate creative and innovative strategies for individual and group relationships in education.
  • Research educational situations in multicultural and differentiated environments, focusing on aspects of cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic and generational diversity.
  • Display a knowledge of current policy trends with regards to the management and quality of higher education and institutional evaluation.
  • Analyse, apply and make decisions with regard to changes in policy and university management, teaching processes and assessment in higher education.

Pre-enrolment calendar

- First period: 1 February - 30 June 2021.
Notification of resolutions: the first fortnight of the month following the submission of the application.

- Second period: 1 July - 4 September 2021.
Notification of resolutions: 18 September.

A new extraordinary period will open in September in the event that vacancies remain.

  • 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%.

Closed Pre-enrolment

Required documentation

Selection criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with previous studies in education. Consideration will also be given to candidates holding a university qualification in another area with professional experience in education.

Candidates are selected on the basis of the following criteria:
  • University qualification related relating to education, and corresponding transcript (30%).
  • Professional experience in education (20%).
  • Research experience in education (20%).
  • Relevance of curriculum vitae and statement of interest to the general objectives of the master's degree (20%).
  • Other merits (10%).


Only applications that include the required documentation and include the payment of the pre-registration fee will be assessed.

By the deadline established in the pre-enrolment calendar, the resolution of admission is notified by email or published on the website.


July 20-24, 2020

September 2020 (people who cannot prove the bachelor's degree in the first registration period).

Closed Enrolment