University Master’s Degree in Management & Operations
About the master's degree
This was one of the first qualifications to be recognised as an official university master’s degree according to the criteria set out for the European Higher Education Area.
This master’s degree aims to professionalise and teach people who are willing to take on the passionate task of instigating, organising and managing business projects, whether these involve production or services, in any of their different sectors. It is important to point out the strong practical focus, which is based on work placements in companies. The course also has a strong international focus, and attracts high numbers of foreign students.
Both the course structure and the teaching staff ensure that the programme meets the demands of today’s companies. These companies operate in an international context, and require employees with a good technical background who also have human qualities that ensure they are equipped to take on projects, making decisions based on both rigor and responsibility.
The principal objectives of the programme are:
- To offer specialised postgraduate training in a way that meets the needs of today’s companies and the decision-making processes they face.
- To enhance participants’ theoretical and practical knowledge of the concepts and methods for managing processes for product innovation, planning, production and distribution, and to apply this knowledge to problem-solving within companies.
- To introduce students to various models of company management, financing, strategies and operative systems.
- To provide participants with the skills necessary for managing human resources and working with the human and social aspects of business operations.
University graduates (with or without professional experience) with degrees in Engineering or any discipline related to business management, and who hope to enhance their training and seek careers in product and service company management, with a global perspective (please see requirements and admissions criteria for further information).
- Máster Universitario en Dirección de Empresas y Sistemas de Producción por la Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (an officially recognised Spanish qualification).
This Master’s degree has helped me understand how a company is structured and how different departments work together. The classes have a practical approach based on real business cases, which means you gain a comprehensive understanding of the different processes involved in running an organisation. In addition, the group projects reinforce the practical side of the programme, guided by lecturers and professors who are not only experts in teaching, but who also have extensive experience in the world of business.
I would this recommend this Master’s degree to anyone who already has technical knowledge, as it combines the process improvement aspects of an engineering degree with the business knowledge of a business degree. The programme also teaches you about teamwork and provides the tools you need to offer improvement solutions to a company.
This master’s is taught on-site over one academic year, and is divided into two semesters.
The first semester is taught at UIC Barcelona and consists of theory classes (30 credits). In the second semester work placements will be undertaken in companies (18 credits). These work placements can be undertaken in Spain and also abroad. The curriculum ends with a Final master’s Degree Project, which consists of an original research project in the field of company management and production systems.
At the end of the course students must present a Final master’s Degree Project (12 credits) in Barcelona. At the end of the course students must present a Final master’s Degree Project (12 credits) in Barcelona.
Work placement duration. Second semester
The master's Degree in Business Management and Production Systems includes an extended period of work placements in companies, which help to enrich student's theoretical training during the classes. Work placements are a medium for training students and the aim is for them to broaden the knowledge they have acquired in the classroom and apply this knowledge to resolve specific problems in terms of managing the production processes which are undertaken in companies. These can be carried out in a functional area of the company or in different areas and the preferences; abilities and needs of the students are taken into account during the selection process carried out by the master's degree coordinators. This is always undertaken under the umbrella of a written agreement with each company, in which the rights and obligations of each party are stated and then supervised and monitored by a lecturer from the university and an in-company tutor for each student.
Based on the Bologna Process and the continuous evaluation of the subject, the work placements are broken down into three stages:
- The stage "prior" to the work placements: the aim of this stage is to provide students with the necessary information to search for and secure work experience or a job in a company, as well as sessions on how students can become incorporated into the world of work. This stage is considered to be a key stage in terms of students' professional future.
- The stage "during" the work placement: the university supervisor and the in-company supervisor have the objective of encouraging the development of the student's abilities and attitudes, while at the same time monitoring progress in terms of the functions and responsibilities taken on by the student within the company.
- The stage "subsequent" to the work placement: This stage requires the Work Placement Report to be written, evaluated by a jury made up of various lecturers from the Faculty of Economic and Social Science.
The work placements are compulsory and will be undertaken in the second semester, and they will be full-time.
Relationship between the Business world and the University
Industry professionals who will come to share their experiences in class.
You will have the opportunity to attend the most important conferences in the sector, where you can get a first-hand look at market trends and watch live simulations.
You will work on real-world cases, run projects that not only meet a business need, but also help contribute towards achieving some of the sustainable development goals. Some of the companies we have worked with are: AGBAR Automotive, Agilent Technologies, Atrápalo, Banc de Sabadell, Banco Santander, Bosch, Cambra de Comerç Espanyola a Xangai, CASIO, CELSA, COMSA, Danone, SA, Deutsche Bank, Endesa, Ernest & Young, FCC, Gallina Blanca, General Electric, Grupo HUSA, KPMG, Caixabank, Nestlé, Nike, Nutrexpa, RACC, ROCHE Diagnostics, SL i Seat, SA, entre d’altres.
You can visit companies in the industry to learn on-site how the logistics process is carried out and how product and process innovation are managed.
Work placements in companies
During the second semester you will do a work placement in a company (18 ECTS). This experience will allow you to put the knowledge and skills acquired during the first semester into practice and prepare you for your professional future.
Prerequisites & admissions
In addition to meeting the legal requirements described in the access routes, the Office of Admissions will highly value:
- Applications that show sufficient prior training
- Transcripts from previous studies
- Transferring credits
- Descriptions of relevant work experience.
Priority will be given to candidates who have completed studies in engineering (preferably industrial engineering) or business management.