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Executive Master in Bussiness Administration (MBA)

Master's degree. Face-to-face.


UPC School

"An idea isn't worth much until a man is found who has the energy and ability to make it work." William Feather.

Our daily challenge is to provide students with key knowledge to boost their careers and help them achieve their professional objectives. To be able to reach this goal, we believe we need to help students in two ways: to help develop innovative capacity and boost the personal talent of every one of our students.

Progress is made by non-conformists, the non-conformists who are capable of applying creative thought to resolving problems and extracting everything out of an innovative experience that has the ability to improve peoples' quality of life. But, it is also necessary to possess leadership abilities to be able to apply these changes, and it's only a leader that knows how to take advantage of their own abilities to convert them into competitive advantages that promote change.


  • To teach university level students about management, administration and organisation, subjects they have not covered specifically over their years in college or even after completing their studies, that are required in their professional lives.
  • To complement and increase the knowledge, and develop decision making abilities of participants who find themselves carrying out management responsibilities in companies.

Who is it for

  • Graduates holding university degrees or diplomas who have professional experience.



Business Strategy
7 ECTS. 72 teaching hours.
  • Fundamental characteristics of business management systems and processes.
  • Methodologies used for designing the organisational structure of companies and different organisational models.
  • Strategy and strategic management concepts such as strategic management elements and different strategy classes.
  • The stages of strategic process from strategic analysis of the environment and internal aspects of the company to the implementation of the strategy, as well as the strategy formulation process.
  • The best strategies to use for different business situations.
  • Systems used for assisting decision making.
  • The idea generation processes, the different stages of creating a company and the concept of the entrepreneur.
Marketing and Commercial Management
8 ECTS. 81 teaching hours.
  • Marketing concepts and elements.
  • The function of marketing management, the tools they use and their contributions to business strategy.
  • Elements of the business environment and their influence on commercial decision making.
  • The strategic marketing planning process and proper marketing policies for any given situation.
  • The Marketing MIX.
  • The market. Different types of markets. Market segmentation. Factors that influence a consumer¿s decision to purchase.
  • Decisions about products and the strategies involved.
  • Tools used in the commercial negotiation process.
  • Producing marketing plan content.
  • Pricing strategy and its influence on demand.
  • Basic advertising concepts and tools used in the creative process.
  • The sales process: developing an argument, making an objection, sales and tracking.
  • Concepts, mechanisms and barriers to international commerce.
  • Strategies for entering external markets.
  • Importer and exporter operations such as the means of payment and international payment.
  • The foreign currency market.
Accounting and Finance
15 ECTS. 150 teaching hours.
  • The necessity of accounting, what it is, how it is organised and what role cost accounting plays within the company.
  • Accounting concepts: company assets and results, costs and their clarification and other concepts.
  • The accounting method, accounting cycles and the terminology used in financial accounting.
  • Accounting functions for active, passive, deposit and expense accounts as well as registering and evaluation.
  • Determining and distributing the results of the exercise.
  • Presenting accounting reports using annual accounts reports.
  • Analytical accounting methodology.
  • Cost models and the practical implications and limitations of each one.
  • Activity based costing and decision making costs.
  • Management control systems.
  • Tools and concepts used in investing and financing decision making.
  • How to analyse financial products on the market.
  • Finance operations, interest rate equivalencies and financing schedules.
  • The functions and classifications of financial revenues.
  • Different types of loans.
  • Concepts behind short term financial management.
  • Basic understanding of investment research.
  • Methods for evaluating investments, including their advantages and limitations.
  • The use of accounting statements for obtaining information about a company.
  • Different types of accounting statement analysis.
  • Long and short term finance cycles.
  • Finance planning methodologies.
  • The most important variables used to establish a company¿s finance policy.
  • Determining factors in the finance structure of a company.
  • Financing sources for a company.
  • Methodologies for evaluating companies.
  • Finance markets the their elements.
Economics and Law
7 ECTS. 69 teaching hours.
  • Basic concepts of economic science.
  • Characteristics of capitalism and how it works.
  • Methodology for calculating GDP based on supply, demand and revenues.
  • Resources for the global economy, its distribution and the results of economic development.
  • Prime indicators for tracking the economic climate.
  • The consequences of the European integration process.
  • Basic concepts of Private Property Law.
  • Legal regulations that regulate financial activity.
  • The legal framework used to develop business activity.
  • Basic elements of Commercial Law: companies, business people and business activity.
  • Origins of Commercial Law.
  • Protection procedures for: consumers, competition and intellectual property.
  • Fundamental concepts behind commercial contracts, the main characteristics of commercial contracts and the obligations and rights of the different parties involved.
  • The legal organisation of businesses and different types of commercial societies.
  • Foundational requirements and regulations of all of the different types of commercial businesses.
  • Legal provisions for financial crisis situations: bankruptcy and the institutions involved.
  • Financial and legal elements of securities in their different modalities: bills of exchange, checks, promissory notes and others.
  • The tax system structure: resources at the state, autonomous community, local and European levels.
  • Basic concepts behind the structure of any tax: taxable events, taxpayers, taxable income, net tax base, tax rate.
  • Legal terminology and origins of Tax Law.
  • Progressive, regressive and proportional taxes.
  • Different measurements of the payment capacity: income, wealth and consumption.
  • Tax figures that are levied based on previous measures and the structure of these taxes. Evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of each of these.
  • Evaluation criteria for any tax.
  • Peculiarities of the value added tax.
  • Elements that determine the existence of a work relationship and the special elements involved.
  • Terminology, legal institutions and origins of Labour Law.
  • Working conditions that determine legal regulations.
  • The dynamics of work relationships and the function of government in this area.
  • The rights and obligations of business people and employees, different types of labour contracts and the possible variables involved over time (modification, suspension, termination).
  • Collective relations, the agents involved (unions and employers) and the instruments involved (collective bargaining, collective labour conflicts, strikes, lockouts).
Human Resources
6 ECTS. 60 teaching hours.
  • The function of personnel management and the role that HR plays in the management of a company.
  • The contributions of personnel management and the competitive advantages it provides for the organisation.
  • A general view of human behaviour and how it affects business.
  • The responsibilities of human resources management within a company.
  • The challenges involved in personnel management nowadays.
  • Management roles and the associated competencies and abilities.
  • Management processes and participation in meetings.
  • The delegation process and decision making.
  • The process for establishing effective interpersonal relationships.
Operations Management
5 ECTS. 51 teaching hours.
  • Basic concepts and terminology used in operations management as well as its contributions to the competitiveness of the company.
  • Strategic, tactical and operational decisions in the area of operational management.
  • Causes, functions and problems related to stock.
  • Planning techniques linked to production and calculating needs.
  • Basic concepts behind quality control and the elements involved.
  • Toyota's production systems and the Kaizen methodology.
  • Logistics chain management and its identification as a competitive advantage for organisations.
  • Localisation decisions.
  • Concepts, characteristics and application of plant distribution.
  • Project management
Master's Final Project
12 ECTS.
  • Development of a business plan to be done in groups.
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Garriga Garzón, Federico
    PhD in Industrial Engineering. Tenured university lecturer in the Department of Business Organisation at the UPC. Business Advisor.
  • Solé Parellada, Francesc
    Professor of the Business Structure Department at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

Teaching staff

  • Abad Pous, Antoni
    Business Studies and MBA graduate from ESADE. Business Advisor.
  • Beltri Gebrat, Francesc
    Psychology Graduate from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. Diploma in Psychodiagnosis and Psychotherapy from the CIIP Miami. Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Development, GR Institute. Masters in Business Management and Organisation from the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña. Coach Federation. Consultant and founder of the Grupo Mediterráneo Consultores.
  • Bover de Soto, Armand
    Licenciado en Ciencias Económicas por la UB. Profesor mercantil. Director Financiero de Sandrigham (Empresa Holding de un Grupo Familiar). Con anterioridad ha desempeñado los cargos de Controller en GE Power Controls, Director Administrativo en Kepro y Director Administrativo en Arbora&Ausonia.
  • Cabeza Lambán, Manuel
    PhD in Economics and Business Studies, Universidad de Barcelona. Financial analyst. Has held leadership positions in asset management firms and industrial companies.
  • Cirera Cabeza, Ascensión
    Law Graduate. Practising lawyer. Diploma in Foreign Trade. Advisor to the Foreign Trade Department of the CECOT.
  • Esmendia Baltasar, Albert
    Law graduate from the UAB. Masters in Bankruptcy Law from the UB. Commercial lawyer. Business advisor.
  • Garriga Garzón, Federico
    PhD in Industrial Engineering. Tenured university lecturer in the Department of Business Organisation at the UPC. Business Advisor.
  • Guallarte Nuez, Carlos
    PhD in Economics and Business Studies. Tenured lecturer for the Department of Business Economics, UAB.
  • Jover Díaz, Carme
    Economics Graduate. Tax advisor. Associate lecturer in Financial and Taxation Law at the UAB.
  • Lujan Montero, Josep
    Ingeniero Industrial. MBA Business Administration and Management por la Universidad Politècnica de Madrid. Chief Operations Officer en Coesia. Con anterioridad ha desempeñando los cargos de Industrial Planning Corporate Director en Ficosa International., Process Engineering Director en Ficosa International, Director Industrial en Flamagás y Responsable de producción en Hewlett Packard, entre otros.
  • Marfil Sánchez, Fernando
    Ingeniero Industrial por el E.T.S.E.I.B (UPC). Máster en Dirección y Organización de Empresas. Interim General Manager en VIDURGLASS, S.L.
  • Martin Peña, Francisco
    PhD in Economics and Business Studies. Chartered accountant. Statutory auditor. Member of the ROAC (Official Register of Accounts Auditors). Tenured university lecturer in the Department of Financial Economics and Accountancy at the UB.
  • Maspons Bosch, Ramon
    Industrial Engineer. Has held various leadership positions in both public and private companies.
  • Mir Albertí, Elena
    Màster en Comunicación por el Instituto Superior de Marketing. Socia Directora y planner estratégico de Cyrano Marketing emocional 360º. Creatividad estratégica y marketing operativo. Con anterioridad ha desempeñado los cargos de Directora de Barcelona y posteriormente de Madrid de MC Marketing y Comunicación, Directora de Barcelona del Grupo Moliner Consultores, Técnica de marketing directo y promocional de Mailgrafica Direct y de Roberto Zubiri Document on Demand, y Directora de cuentas de "La Agencia" de Publicidad SA.
  • Peláez Temprano, Ana María
    Psychology Graduate. Diploma in International Business. Masters in Management and Foreign Trade. International Consultant.
  • Portabales, Jose Luis
    Law Graduate. Labour Relations Graduate. Diploma in Personnel Management from the ESADE. Former Organisation and Human Resources Director at Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat de Catalunya. Human Resources Director for the CELSA Group.
  • Rajadell Carreras, Manel
    PhD in Industrial Engineering. Has conducted feasibility studies for national companies. Tenured university lecturer in the Department of Business Organisation, UPC.
  • Rajadell Carreras, Pere
    Industrial Engineer. Process Engineer at Hewlett Packard.
  • Ramos Sánchez, Montse
    Social Sciences Graduate. Diploma in Marketing and Commercial Technical Consultancy. Masters in General Management at EADA. Specialist consultant in training human teams in the area of commercial skills.
  • Remolina Carral, Jose Ramon
    Industrial Engineer. Economics Graduate. Corporate banking investment analyst. Previously held the following positions: investment analyst at BIB, head of businesses at the Banco de Comercio, director of planning, budget and management control at BBV. Regional Manager of the Banco Crédito y Ahorro, head of the BBV Foundation Catalonia.
  • Resa Navarro, Xavier
    Doctorando en Dirección y Organización de Empresas por la UPC. Máster Oficial en eLearning y Educación (UOC). Máster Oficial en Sociedad de la Información y el Conocimiento (UOC) . Diplomado en Ciencias Empresariales por la UPC. Posgrado en Dirección de Marketing (EADA). Posgrado en Dirección Comercial y Marketing (EUNCET) . Técnico Superior en Informática de Gestión ( IPFP Terrassa). Profesor-Investigador asociado al Departamento de Organización de Empresas del ETSEIAT (UPC). Responsable del Área Digital del Centro de Investigación en Seguridad y Control Alimentario de la UPC. Colaboración en diseños tecnopedagógicos y creación y mantenimiento de entornos virtuales de formación vía webinars, con CRESCA y CDEI (Centro de Diseño de Equipos Industriales). Profesor-investigador en centro universitario privado.
  • Rex Valldepérez, Josep Maria
    Commerce Graduate. Diploma in Advertising. Diploma in Marketing and Advertising Communication at the Sorbonne University. Managing Partner at Leia Grup and Pasaporte del Sol.
  • Ronco Baquedano, Emilio
    Psychology Graduate from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Masters in Business Management and Administration from ESADE. Diploma in Leadership Development, University of Harvard. Diploma in Strategic Planning from the University of San Diego. Corporate Development Director for the Epise Group.
  • Rúa Costa, Carles
    Industrial Engineer by UPC and Diploma in Advanced Studies in Business Administration and Management. Responsible for strategic projects and innovation of the Port Authority of Barcelona. Professor of the Department of Business Organization and the Institute of Organization and Control of Industrial Systems of the UPC, as well as of the European Short Sea Shipping School. Consultant and researcher focused on logistics, industrial organization, international trade and port management.
  • Valoira Miqueo, Josep Maria
    Law Graduate. Executive MBA and Taxation Expert. Diploma in Arbitration Law. Practising lawyer.
  • Zaragoza Gras, Josep
    Licenciado en Ciencias Económicas. Máster en Economía y Dirección de Empreses IESE. Diplomado en Estudios Tributarios EADA. Interim Management - Director Financiero. Con anterioridad ha desempeñado los cargos de Director de Administración y Finanzas de La Sirena, Director de Análisis Financiero de Arbora & Ausonia, Analista financiero senior de Procter & Gamble, y Responsable de control de gestión y planificación de Arbora Holding.

General information

60 ECTS (483 teaching hours)
Start date
Classes start:19/10/2018Classes end:23/11/2019Programme ends: 30/11/2019
Friday  16:00 to 21:00Saturday  09:00 to 14:00
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Telephone: (34) 93 112 08 67
Special master's degree 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 it, is necessary to have an official university qualification or a university qualification equivalent to an EHEA degree, diploma or degree. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the programme issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya.

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Virtual Campus
The students on this Master's degree will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.
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 appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development Employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Registration fee
6.700 €
See the section Discounts, loans and financial aid for possibilities of advantageous financing conditions.

Applicants are given the option of making a voluntary €5 contribution when formalising their enrolment. As part of the UPC's 0.7% Campaign, this donation will go towards meeting charitable needs in developing countries.


Language of instruction
Payment of enrolment fee
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 90 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme