University of Barcelona

Actuarial and Financial Sciences

Recommended applicant profile and admission requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Students should have a solid grounding in economics and finance (graduates in business administration and management, economics or similar studies) and students with training in statistics and mathematics (fundamentally, graduates in statistics, mathematics, physics and engineering).

Good knowledge of computer tools and applications is strongly recommended.

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 master's degree committee will appoint a selection committee to assess each application and determine whether the candidate's profile is suitable for admission, whether additional training is required, or whether the application should be rejected.

To access the master's degree, students must accredit knowledge corresponding to the content of five 6-credit subjects from the specialization in Finance and Insurance of the UB's bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Management. These subjects, which are used as bridging courses for those students without the necessary prior training, are:
- Principles of Insurance
- Statistics for Statistics
- Mathematics for Accounting
- Quantitative Methods in Financial Valuation
- Public Welfare Plans

Students who are required to take bridging courses may do so during the standard teaching period for the master's degree. They must be completed before students can apply for the issue of the master's degree certificate.