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Competitiveness and Innovation

9 months
11160 EUR/full
11160 EUR/full
Tuition fee
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Despite the current situation provoked by COVID-19, the admissions team at Deusto Business School is available to answer any questions about our master's programmes via email, Skype, or over the phone and will keep applicants up-to-date with any changes that may affect our admission process. The admissions process for 2020-2021 remains open for all programmes and can be initiated online. 

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The Master's in Competitiveness and Innovation offered at  University of Deusto  relies on a close collaboration between Deusto Business School and Orkestra - Basque Institute of Competitiveness, one of the leading authorities on understanding and promoting territorial competitiveness. It aims to develop the knowledge and capabilities necessary to identify and analyse the key factors driving competitiveness and innovation at the organisational and territorial levels. 

The programme promotes an understanding of the key relationships between these levels of analysis that will support effective decision making amidst the complexity of real-world innovation and competitiveness. 

Career Opportunities

In the Master’s degree programme in Competitiveness and Innovation (official Spanish diploma), our aim is to help our graduates find the jobs best suited to their talents, abilities and energy. As such, we offer you personal guidance to define your professional career and the means necessary to boost your first endeavours in today’s job market. 

From the very first day, this Master’s degree programme provides you with:

  • Contact with professionals from our partner businesses and organisations that are looking for the profile our graduates achieve
  • Databases with businesses that have potential interest in graduates with these qualifications
  • Support in your job search throughout the duration of the Master’s programme
  • Paid internships, centring on a project that demonstrates your ability to create value and capitalise on your contract from the beginning

Graduates of the Master’s are capable of working professionally as:

  • Consultants
  • Analysts specialising in innovation and/or competitiveness
  • Managers or professionals

Capable of assuming responsibilities in the following areas, amongst others:

  • Strategic consulting or innovation consulting
  • Engineering companies, with an integrated overview of the firm
  • Technology and innovation centres
  • Advisory and assessment services for public institutions
  • Public administrations and dependent institutions, especially in areas of activities related to the design of public policy, economic development and innovation
  • Regional development agencies, cluster associations,...
  • Innovation or R&D departments of institutions or companies
  • General management of companies or organisations
  • Associations, foundations, institutes, etc. requiring a strategic projects manager

Programme Structure

  • Business Competitiveness and Innovation Management 8 ECTS
  • Competitiveness and Innovation Theories 8 ECTS
  • Responsible Sustainability and Innovation in an Interconnected World 6 ECTS
  • Territorial Competitiveness and Innovation Systems 8 ECTS
  • Change and Innovation Management 6 ECTS
  • Practicum 12 ECTS
  • Research Methods and Skills in Academic Research Communication 12 ECTS
  • Theories and Scientific Bases focused on Competitiveness and Innovation Research  12 ECTS 
  • Value Creation 6 ECTS
  •  Thesis 6 ECTS


Ana Carolina Iga, México

"I decided to do this Master because it combines competitiveness and innovation and includes a subject on sustainability. The broad content of the course offers us the possibility of having more professional opportunities in the future. Thanks to the content of the program, I am considering the possibility of working in a government institution"

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

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IELTS or TOEFL needed




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduates in Business Administration or similar o relevant experience in the field
  • English: C1
  • You will be able to combine this MAster's Degree with: International Business

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11160 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11160 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
  • EU/EEA

    11160 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11160 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.

<<Fundación Vizcaína Aguirre>> Grants

These grants are awarded in the form of a 20% to 40% percent reduction in the tuition. More info:


  • <<Fundación Vizcaína Aguirre>> Grants

The DBS-Fundación Vizcaína Aguirre Grants are awarded in the form of a 20% to 40% percent reduction in the tuition fee (the contribution fee and credit recognition fees are not included) for first time enrolment in subjects. This reduction is to be applied to each of the monthly tuition payments. 

The application period is open from January until June

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Competitiveness and Innovation
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