General information

Academic year: 2023/2024

Level: Master

Type: Official Master's Degree

ECTS Credits: 60

Programme orientation Research

Length of programme (full time): 1 YEAR

Mode of delivery: Face-to-face

Level of qualification: Máster (MECES level 3 - EQF level 7)

Model of study: Full-time (42-60 ECTS per school year)

Work-based learning (Practicum): Yes

Language(s) of instruction Spanish

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Field(s) of education and training (ISCED-F)

  • Political sciences and civics (0312)

Main focus

; Graduates of this master’s programme will have acquired the knowledge and skills to do the following: – Lead and manage public organisations on the basis of principles of strategic government and criteria of efficiency, efficacy and quality in a context of modernisation and change in public institutions. – Assimilate the processes of change in the Spanish public administrations by identifying their transformations, advances, and dysfunctions in order to help optimise their performance. – Apply methodologies of planning, public participation, cooperation, negotiation, communication, and public-sector marketing. – Analyse and assess public policies, innovation, and electronic administration. – Draft, analyse, and audit public financial information: – carry out performance assessment, management, and public/private collaboration. – Evaluate the quality of public services and their sustainability.


Students that have completed the second cycle have the following competencies: – Have demonstrated knowledge and understanding that is founded upon a basis or opportunity for originality in developing and/or applying ideas, often within a research context. – Can apply their acquired knowledge and understanding, and problem solving abilities in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their field of study. – Have the ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity, and formulate judgments with incomplete or limited information, but that include reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments. – Can communicate their conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously. – Have the learning skills to allow them to continue to study in a manner that may be largely self-directed or autonomous.

Programme qualification

Name of title awarded in original language

Máster Universitario en Dirección y Gestión Pública

Qualification requirements

60 minimum credits

Programme courses

Course NameYearPeriod
Account and Budget Information Systems in Public Sector Bodies 1st Year 1st Semester
Analysis and Evaluation of Public Sector Policies 1st Year 2nd Semester
Approaches, Theories and Trends in Public Management 1st Year 1st Semester
Communication and Marketing in Public Administration 1st Year 1st Semester
Consolidation and Analysis of Public Sector Financial Information 1st Year 2nd Semester
E-Government 1st Year 2nd Semester
Ethics, Quality and Innovation in Public Administrations 1st Year 1st Semester
Health Policies; Policies for Active Ageing; Immigration Policies 1st Year 2nd Semester
Human Resource Management and Planning in Public Administrations 1st Year 1st Semester
Local Public Management 1st Year 2nd Semester
Management Control in Public Sector Bodies 1st Year 1st Semester
Master's Dissertation 1st Year 2nd Semester
Modernisation, Participation and Cooperation in Public Administrations 1st Year 1st Semester
Open Macroeconomics 1st Year 2nd Semester
Practicum 1st Year 2nd Semester
Public Sector Auditing 1st Year 2nd Semester
Public Sector Economics 1st Year 1st Semester
Public/Private Collaboration and Investment and Finance Decisions in Public Sector Bodies 1st Year 1st Semester
Regulatory Framework for the Management of Public Administrations 1st Year 1st Semester
Sustainability Policies: Security Policies; Mobility and Environmental Policies; R&D&I Policies 1st Year 2nd Semester
Techniques, Skills and Instruments for Management, Administration and Mediation in Public Sector Bodies 1st Year 2nd Semester


Specialisation name

– No Specialisation

Admission information

Access to Master’s Degree programmes is granted to holders of:
A.1. A Spanish official university degree.
A.2. A degree issued by a Higher Education institution from another European Higher Education Area Member State which allows access to Master Degree’s programmes in that State.
A.3. A degree from a non-EHEA education system, upon verification by the Spanish University that the aforementioned degree accredits an equivalent education level to that of a Spanish university degree and allows access to postgraduate programmes in the issuing country.
A.4. A Spanish Bachelor in Advanced Artistic Education.
A.5. Official Spanish university degrees of Diplomado, Arquitecto Técnico, Ingeniero Técnico, Licenciado, Arquitecto, Ingeniero, Graduado or Máster Universitario.

Specific admission requirements

Access to this Master’s degree programme is granted to students who meet one of the following requirements: – Hold a Spanish official university degree of Licenciado or Graduado (Bachelor’s Degree) in the field of Social Sciences and Law, or hold an equivalent degree from other education systems. – Have civil servant status in the Public Administration technical bodies. – Hold a high position in the public administration and comply with the requirements to access Master’s degree programmes, in accordance with Royal Decree 861/2010.

General regulations

Grading scale
In the Spanish university system, modules/courses are graded on a scale of 0 to 10 points with the following qualitative equivalence:
0-4,9: «suspenso»; 5-6,9: «aprobado»; 7-8,9: «notable»; 9-10: «sobresaliente». A special mention, «Matrícula de Honor» may be granted to up to 5% of the students in a group provided they have got a «sobresaliente». To pass a module/course is necessary to get at least 5 points.
In cases of recognition of ECTS, professional experience, cultural or sports activities, or student representation no grading will be recorded but, where appropriate, the word «Apto».


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