M.Sc. On Campus

Business Research

University of Barcelona

12 months
66 EUR/credit 3960 EUR/year
47 EUR/credit 2820 EUR/year
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The MSc Business Research from the University of Barcelona is designed to provide students with advanced training in the research skills, techniques and methodologies to conduct their own research into business and business competitiveness. 

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The MSc Business Research from University of Barcelona can also be taken part-time over two years.

Students who successfully complete the master will have developed the knowledge and skills to begin the preparation of a doctoral thesis and may therefore request admission to the PhD in Business. Attainment of the MSc degree also prepares students for careers in research and policymaking in the public and private sectors. You must note, however, that it is a research-oriented programme and not a professional MBA.

The programme attracts students from around the world. A typical class profile has a percentage of international student of over 60%. As the master is taught in Spanish (55%) and English (45%), a good command of both languages is needed.

The MSc in Business Research offers international research excellence in business administration and management. It also provides the means for students to develop skills and abilities in research that meet the highest standards. Students are exposed to a rich training curriculum as well as a wide offering of master classes, research seminars, workshops and conferences. These offerings shape academic skills and at the same time create sensitivity for practical business opportunities and challenges.

Students must complete 60 credits comprising 30 core course credits and 30 free-elective credits. Given its research orientation, the master degree requires a teaching model that combines a practical approach with master classes, which provide the conceptual foundations of business research. Lessons in the computer room are essential in order to master statistical techniques and databases.

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the master will have developed the knowledge and skills to begin a doctoral thesis and may therefore request admission to the PhD in Business. This is one of the most popular career choices for MSc in Business Research graduates. In fact, the master is intended to serve as a foundation for doctoral research, which in turn constitutes the first step towards an academic career.

Not all students decide to follow this route, though. Some prefer to make the transition to the labour market straight after finishing their master degree and others wait until they have completed their doctorate. According to data provided by the Catalan government, 95.4% of all PhD social sciences graduates find a job in less than three years, and the unemployment rate is below 3.3%. Therefore, the MSc and the PhD allow students to improve their position in the job market.

The Faculty of Economics and Business has a dedicated Careers Services office, which offers guidance and facilitates employment for graduates. It manages the Job Bank, where companies post job offers and available work placements. The Career Services office also works to strengthen students’ entrepreneurial skills and offers the Coworking Space as a place for developing projects and sharing ideas and strategies.

Programme Structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters, which cover the period allocated for the Master’s Thesis.Core subjects are instrumental and methodological while free-elective courses allow students to focus on aspects that interest them. These elective courses are divided into six areas:

  • Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  • Technology and Operations Management
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • General Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Second period: Application received from May 16th to July 1st.


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in Spanish
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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

To be considered for the MSc programme, applicants must have one of the following:

  • an official degree issued by a Spanish university;
  • an official degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that grants access to official master’s degree programmes;
  • an official degree issued by a higher education institution outside the EHEA that has been legalised  or that carries official recognition.
English Requirements:
  • Candidates should have strong knowledge of the English language.

TOEFL iBT 42-71 


Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3960 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 66 EUR per credit during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2820 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 47 EUR per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Barcelona

770 - 1360 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Below are some of the grants and financial aid available for university master’s degree courses:

  • Equity grant
  • General grant
  • Mobility grant – Erasmus
  • UB collaboration grant
  • Departmental collaboration grant (MECD)
  • MAEC-AECID grants
  • Financial aid for participation in international mobility programs
  • UB grants for exchanges with foreign universities
  • UB grants for Els Juliols summer courses
  • Drac Program grants
  • Grants for students with difficult personal circumstances

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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