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Information 2019-20 edition
The 2019-20 edition of the postgraduate course has already begun. Shortly we will publish updated information about the new edition of this programme.
18th Edition
24 ECTS (170 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
Payment of enrolment fee options

The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
- In two instalments:

  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up to 60 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme.
Notes 0,7% campaign

Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Next course
February 2021
Monday: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tuesday: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Wednesday: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Why this programme?
This postgraduate course covers various aspects of business management in the public works sector. It consists of an initial corpus that standardises the knowledge of the subject of students coming from different training areas. With this objective in mind, they cover subjects in the legal, accounting, human resources and marketing and communication fields. At the same time, the activities of companies involved in public works are examined in detail, including consultancies, technical support services and construction companies.

As regards legal aspects, the course covers trade law (the Law on public limited companies, the law on limited liability companies, the Code of Commerce), labour law (workers' statute, labour and sector and company employment agreements, etc.). and tax law (general tax laws, Corporate Tax, VAT, personal income tax).
With regard to accounting, the course starts with the concepts of general accounting (accounting statements, preparation of balance sheets, ratios, etc.) and provides an introduction to analytical accounting (cost and benefit centres).
The areas of human resources and marketing focus on the specific problems involved in recruiting staff faced by companies in the sector.

The recruitment mechanisms used by construction companies and consultancies (in the fields of transport, logistics, energy, environmental engineering and urban planning) are also studied.
The combination of knowledge of business and the training in standardisation enables students to define companies' budgets, their strategic plans, etc.
  • Provide a solid foundation of knowledge in applied economics that allows to develop the capacity of analysis of the national and international economic environment in which the management of the infrastructures is framed.
  • Provide advanced knowledge in the legal and institutional aspects related to the provision, construction, financing and management of infrastructures.
Who is it for?
Aimed at university graduates holding degrees in the following subjects: civil engineering, industrial and telecommunications engineering, law, economics, public works engineering, industrial technical engineering and business science.
Applicants without a university degree must prove they have extensive experience in the world of provision, planning, construction and management of infrastructures.

Training Content

List of subjects
6 ECTS 42h
The Public Works Sector
  • Business activity at the Catalan, Spanish, European and Latinoamerican level. Foreign market
  • The role of public administrations.
  • Strategic management in public works companies.
6 ECTS 48h
General and Analytical Accounting. Financial Management
  • General and analytical accounting.
  • Financial management in infrastructure companies.
5 ECTS 32h
Commercial, Tax, Employment and Human Relations Law
  • The mercantile code and the taxes.
  • Labor relations in the infrastructure company.
  • Human relations in the infrastructure company.
3 ECTS 18h
Marketing and Communication
  • Branding and marketing.
  • General concepts of marketing and business communication.
  • Cross-cultural management.
4 ECTS 30h
General Concepts and Practical Methodology
  • Completion of practical cases during the module and final debate.
  • Outdoor outings.
Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Solving exercises
Solutions are worked on by practising routines, applying formulas and algorithms, and procedures are followed for transforming the available information and interpreting the results.
Case studies
Real or hypothetical situations are presented in which the students, in a completely participatory and practical way, examine the situation, consider the various hypotheses and share their own conclusions.
Success stories
Outstanding business knowledge and experiences with high added value acquired during an outstanding professional career are presented and shared.
These visits are to specialist centres, companies in the sector or outstanding and important locations in the sector, in order to obtain knowledge in situ of development, production and demonstration environments within the programme.
Problem-based learning (PBL)
An active learning methodology that enables the student to be involved from the beginning, and to acquire knowledge and skills by considering and resolving complex problems and situations.
Business Game
Game thinking and its mechanics are used to solve certain problems or to make decisions, in order to motivate students in the learning process and to provide some results for analysis.
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Students are supported when undertaking group work, including theoretical sessions which provide the tools and knowledge needed to achieve a result. Ideas and results are exchanged between all the participating groups.
Assessment criteria
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Level of participation
The student's active contribution to the various activities offered by the teaching team is assessed.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
Work out projects
Studies on a specific topic, by individuals or groups, in which the quality and depth of the work is assessed, among other factors.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this postgraduate course will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Teaching staff
  • Garola Crespo, Àlvar
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    Economist by University of Barcelona (UB). PhD in Transport Engineering and Infrastructures from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Diploma of Advanced Studies of the program of Management of the Territory and Infrastructures of Transport of the UPC. He has been a researcher at Stanford University in the design and analysis of economic forecasting models. He worked in the Cabinet of Economic Studies S. A. between 1984 and 1999, as a project manager leading studies on issues of transport economics, infrastructure provision, construction sector and urban and territorial economy. Since 1991 he has been a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He teaches in the degree in Road Engineering and in the Masters in Logistics, Transport and Mobility, Environmental Engineering, Sustainability and Infrastructure Management. He is a deputy director of the Master's in Science and Technology of Sustainability (MCTS) at the UPC.

Career opportunities

  • Director and / or person in charge of the Public Administration in the management and planning of public infrastructures and / or services.
  • Specialist in consultancy and engineering, or in R&D&I.
  • Concession company area manager.
  • Responsible for infrastructures in the financial sector.
  • Investor group consultant.
  • Specialist and technician in the areas of construction.

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