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Master in Human Resources, Labor Relations and Talent Management

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Master in Human Resources, Labor Relations and Talent Management

UPF-BSMMastersMaster in Human Resources, Labor Relations and Talent Management

The Master in Human Resources, Labor Relations and Talent Management, a program designed for an international audience, offers you a 360-degree perspective on human resource management. With more than 20 editions and over 1,000 trained professionals, this master's program provides you with the strategic vision and the necessary knowledge to perform roles in leadership, management, and consulting within the HR field.

People managementHR
Next edition
Classes start: September 2024
Duration10 months
ECTS credits60
Price12.500 €

The main objective of the Master in Human Resources, Labor Relations, and Talent Management is to consolidate your position as a specialist in the management and direction of Human Capital and in the management of the various scenarios of Labor Relations, through training in key competencies that allow you to implement a strategic HR plan.

Through the most innovative techniques and the analysis of complex situations, you will specialize in the management and direction of Human Capital. Throughout the program you will be trained in the psychology of organizations (motivation, leadership, climate), in HR programs and policies (selection, performance, training) and in the different scenarios of Labor Relations (negotiation, conflict, risk). You will also learn to manage HR to bring it closer to business reality, adding value to organizations both in terms of results and employee well-being.

The program is taught by professors and specialists who work as executives or HR consultants, adding value through their contribution and a practical approach updated to the current labor reality.

Why choose this program


Study one of the top 50 HR master's programs in the world

After more than 20 editions, this master's program in human resources management has been recognized by the Eduniversal ranking as the 4th best HR master's in Spain and among the top 50 in the world in this specialty.


Undertake internships in leading companies

You will study a reference master's in HR in the sector and will be able to undertake internships in leading companies such as Allianz, Bacardi, Danone, Foot Locker, Ikea, Mattel, Doctors Without Borders, NH Hotels, Oysho, or Telefónica, among others.


Learn with real practical cases

The contents of this master's program are taught by sector experts, ensuring a true-to-life approach to the current labor market. Professors and professionals will contribute, through professionalizing activities, to bringing the work environment into the classroom.


Increase your job opportunities

More than 1,000 professionals endorse the solidity and reputation of this master's program, which will open up interesting job opportunities for you.


Expand your network

You will have an excellent opportunity for networking and identifying job opportunities through interaction with peers and renowned professors and speakers from the field of Human Resources.


Train at an accredited school

The UPF Barcelona School of Management has the EQUIS accreditation, the most prestigious institutional recognition for business schools globally, placing it in the elite of business schools.

Who is it for?

This Master's Degree in Human Resources, Labor Relations, and Talent Management from the UPF Barcelona School of Management is aimed at university students or graduates from various fields of Social and Legal Sciences (Business Administration and Management, Economics, Law, Labor Relations, Sociology, etc.), Health Sciences (Psychology, etc.); as well as graduates or university students from the fields of engineering and architecture, sciences, arts, and humanities.

In it, you will delve into aspects such as motivation, assertive leadership, people management, and emotional intelligence, as well as techniques in personnel policy such as selection, training, occupational risk prevention, and compensation, while learning to evaluate employee performance and satisfaction in relation to their job positions.


The UPF Barcelona School of Management is the management school of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), the 3rd best public university in Spain according to the Times Higher Education ranking. It is the best Spanish university, 10th in Europe, and in the Top 20 worldwide in its 2023 ranking of the best young universities.

UPF Barcelona School of Management has EQUIS accreditation, the most prestigious institutional recognition for business schools globally, and places itself among the top business schools in the world.



The Master in Human Resources, Labor Relations and Talent Management is made up of 3 modules that are carried out during 2 academic years.

Module I corresponds to the Postgraduate Course in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations and modules II and III focus on Selection, Evaluation and Preservation of Human Potential (first term) and on Training and Development of Human Capital (second term).

The program consists of lectures, conferences, analysis of practical cases, group and individual work, exams, and the development of the Master's Final Project, which is a final thesis in which an applied HR project will be developed to highlight the acquired knowledge.

Competency Development and People Management

Mandatory Subjects
  • Talent Attraction Strategies
  • Effective Talent Management and Retention. New technologies
  • Competency Management. Reskilling / Upskilling
  • Employer Branding
  • Strategic Leadership. Skilling HR
  • Negotiation and Influence Skills
  • Leading Agile Teams. High Performance.
  • Leadership and Remote Team Management
  • Strategies in International Mobility Processes
  • Cultural Intelligence. Multicultural Management
  • New Models of International Teleworking
  • The Employee at the Center of Organizational Strategy
  • Employee Experience: A Key Element for Every Organization
  • From Customer Journey Map to Employee Journey Map
  • Employer Branding. Strategic Brand Management
Elective subjects

Labor Relations and Talent Management

Mandatory Subjects
  • Labor Relations
  • Working Conditions
  • Conflict and Mediation. Negotiation
  • Occupational Risk Prevention
  • Strategic People Management
  • HRBP as a Strategic Figure
  • Corporate Culture. Commitment and Performance
  • Internal Communication. Internal Communication Plan
  • Performance Management
  • Measurement and Analysis Systems. Satisfaction and Commitment
  • Recognition and Feedback
  • Salary Structure
  • Remuneration Models
  • Retributive Policy for Talent Retention
  • Flexibility and Work-Life Balance
  • Elearning in Virtual Training Environments
  • Training Plan
  • Training Profitability
  • Training and Corporate Universities
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Development Center
  • Knowledge Management / Transfer

Organizational Transformation

Mandatory Subjects
  • Leading Future Companies
  • New Organizational Models
  • The Future of Work. New (Hybrid) Work Environments
  • Data Analysis Tools
  • Change Management: Tools for Managing Transformation
  • Agile Methodology and Procedures
  • Digital Mindset
  • Standards for Sustainable Management
  • Socially Responsible Planning and Investment. Circular Economy
  • Sustainability: SDGs and 2030 Agenda
  • Business Ethics
  • Digital Corporate Culture
  • HR Data Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for HR
  • Disruptive Innovation
Elective subjects

Master's Final Project

The Master's Final Project consists of the analysis of a company in relation to its HR policies. Based on the above, work is done on a topic related to the program and one or more of its subjects.

The student has the support of a mentor for the completion of the work and an evaluation committee that validates it, once it is finished.

Note on the Curriculum

The information contained in these pages is for information purposes only and may be subject to change in the adaptation of each academic year. The definitive guide will be available to students in the virtual space before the start of each subject.

Complementary activities

This master's program includes formative complements, aimed at all students coming from disciplines outside the degrees defined as recommended in the entry profile, such as engineering and architecture, sciences, arts and humanities, and/or those who have not sufficiently covered the main subjects in their previous degree to follow the master's program.

The formative complements planned for this degree are:

  • Introduction to Human Resources Management – 3 ECTS
  • Introduction to Labor Law – 3 ECTS
  • Introduction to Business – 3 ECTS

The Master in Human Resources, Labor Relations and Talent Management also includes the possibility of participating in practical activities and activities for personal and professional growth such as:

  • UPF-BSM Inside: is a group of interdisciplinary subjects (applied data, communication, creativity, innovation and project management, sustainability and leadership among others) that, if you take this program, you can access at no additional cost. They are 100% online and you can take them throughout the academic year at your own pace, as they have been designed as self-study subjects.
  • International mobility program: we offer you the possibility of extending your studies in another top international institution during the academic year following the completion of your Master's degree. Places are limited.

Qualification obtained

Once students have completed the course they will obtain the Màster Universitari en Recursos Humans. Especialitat en Relacions Laborals i Gestió del Talent - Máster Universitario en Recursos Humanos. Especialidad en Relaciones Laborales y Gestión del Talento official Master's Degree, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.

Issuance of official Master's Degrees: The amount stipulated in the DOGC (Official Gazette of the Government of Catalonia) must be paid for the rights to issue the degree. This rate varies annually and the rate in force at the time of application for the degree will be applied.


The contents are taught by professional experts in the sector, who guarantee a faithful focus on the current workplace reality.

Academic directors


Collaborating faculty

  • Josep Abet
    Expert Human Resources & Strategic Management.
    Faculty and Research Staff at UPF.
  • David Aguado
    Associate Professor,Senior Researcher, HR Analytics.
    UAM & Knowledge Engineering Institute IIC.
  • Rosaura Alastruey Garcia
    Director of ICT Projects.
    Expert in social media recruitment.
    PhD from ESADE–University of Navarra.
  • Antoni Aparicio Forns
    Consultant and Partner-Director of BAESTRA Estudi Formació, S.L.
    Degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona.
  • Juan F. Arza
    PDD from IESE–University of Navarra.
    Partner at Arza y Legazpi People First.
  • Belén Badia
    Chief People & Culture Officer at Uriach.
    Degree in Psychology from the University of Barcelona.
  • Ainhoa Berganza Larrañaga
    Graduate in Psychology from the University of Deusto.
    Coaching consultant.
  • Alfonso Bustos Sanchez
    Head of Learning & Development at RICOH Spain and Portugal.
    Ph.D. Euducational Psychology Universitat de Barcelona.
  • Roser Carner
    MBA from EADA.
    Talent and Projects Manager at Grupo Indukern.
  • Ángel Cervantes
    Master in Human Resources Management from the Madrid Chamber of Commerce. PDD by the IESE Business School–University of Navarra.
    Training Director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Spain.
  • Silvia Ciurana
    PDD from IESE–University of Navarra.
    Corporate Human Resources Director at CaixaBank.
  • Oscar Garcia Pañella
    Motivational Design, Gamification & Serious Games (Cookie Box) / Program Director (ENTI-UB, IEBS, EUNEIZ) / TEDx Speaker / Forbes Most Creative.
  • Juan Antonio Gómez
    Leadership Expert. Agility & Innovation Author.
    Softskills. Transformation. C-Level coach.
  • Sergio González-Anta
    PDD from the IESE Business School.
    Partner at KPMG Abogados.
  • Marcos Hernando Ponce
    Master in Professional Mediation and Master in Human Resources Management in Organizations from Pompeu Fabra University.
    Deputy Director of Human Resources of the Mar Parc de Salut Consortium (Barcelona).
  • Eva Marco
    HR Senior Consultant, Lecturer and Executive&Team Coach.
  • Bet Matoses
    Associate Strategic Design Consultant.
    Innovation & Sustainability.
  • Alícia Pomares
    Graduate in Psychology from the University of Barcelona.
    Managing Partner at Humannova.
  • Eva Roca
    Talent & Culture passionate in Transformation at Schneider Electric
  • Tomás Rubio
    Ph.D. Distinguished Professor UPF Barcelona School of Management
  • Itziar Usandizaga
    HRBP & Talent Management Iberia Lead Sanofi.


Our experts and industry professionals guarantee an approach that is faithful to the current labor reality through analysis and real practical debates of companies. Based on the pre-readings and cases provided for each session, the speakers develop a conceptual foundation and, through the case method, share their reflections and management experiences as a source of knowledge for the students. The master's program also includes lectures where you will have networking opportunities with renowned speakers in the field of Human Resources.

In addition, you will learn with educational techniques such as the contrast of ideas, simulations, role-playing games, work presentations, etc., and we will assign you a mentor according to the characteristics of your project.

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Learn from the Professionals

The content is delivered by speakers and professionals specialized in different subjects, coming from leading institutions and companies, ensuring an approach that faithfully reflects the current labor reality.


Study of Real Business Cases

You will acquire knowledge in a practical way, studying, analyzing, and debating real situations provided by the speakers, accurately reflecting the current management of people in organizations.


Personalized Support

We will assign you a mentor according to the characteristics of your project. The mentor will act as a reference guide to help you in the development of your final project. They will also assist you in identifying teachers, projects, companies, and benchmark activities in HR with which you can compare and enrich your project.


Learning techniques

You will learn with techniques such as the contrast of ideas, simulations, role-playing games, work presentations, data analysis, roleplay, etc., with the added goal of integrating activities that simulate the workplace environment in the classroom.


To obtain the degree of the Master's in Human Resources, specializing in Labor Relations and Talent Management, you must successfully complete the presentation of projects established before the Program Director and the rest of the participants. Additionally, there will be continuous evaluation through questionnaires at the end of each subject, which allow monitoring of the students' learning progress.

As it is a face-to-face program, a minimum attendance of 80% of the total teaching time is mandatory.

Master's Final Project: the program includes an individual project that is worked on throughout the course. The project:

  • Must respond to a professional challenge connected with reality, and can address any problem, opportunity, or initiative of interest to the student.
  • Connects the theory learned in class with professional practice.
  • Constitutes an opportunity for interaction, debate, exchange of ideas, and learning among peers.


Project-oriented learning and the combination of lectures and active methodologies such as case studies, flipped learning, solving real problems and professional simulations allow the student to connect theory and practice, acquire advanced skills and achieve learning which is transferable to work.

You will have:

  • Master's Final Project (TFM) or  Postgrad Final Project (TFP)
  • A personal mentor to monitor your final project (TFM or TFP)
  • Digital resources to achieve transversal skills
  • Interdisciplinary activities and workshops

Professional Future

You will be trained as an HR expert and will acquire the necessary knowledge to have a 360-degree view: Talent Acquisition, Strategic People Management, Talent Management, Leadership, Sustainability in the People area, Change Management, Employer Branding, People Analytics, Gamification, Design Thinking, Digital Mindset, International HR Mobility, Coaching and Mentoring, Diversity and Inclusion, and Employee Experience, among others.

Student profile

You will train with students from different national and international backgrounds, which will allow you to grow not only academically but also culturally and personally.

Our students come from various academic backgrounds and professional areas. This contributes to creating an interdisciplinary, dynamic, cooperative, and enriching learning environment.


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Experiencia profesional media


Participantes internacionales


Participantes de las principales titulaciones (RRLL, Psicología, ADE y Derecho)


Participantes de otras titulaciones

Career opportunities

You will study a reference master's program in the sector and will have the opportunity to undertake professional internships in leading companies such as Allianz, Bacardi, Danone, Foot Locker, Ikea, Mattel, Doctors Without Borders, NH Hotels, Oysho, or Telefónica, among others.

More than 1,000 Human Resources professionals have been trained with us in this HR master's program, which will open up interesting job opportunities for you.

You will be trained by recognized experts in the sector with a practical approach, ensuring an accurate reflection of the current labor market reality. The master's program also includes conferences where you will have networking opportunities with renowned speakers from the field of HR.

  • Executive in HR and Labor Relations Management
  • Human Resources Director
  • Talent Management
  • HR Business Partner
  • HR Advisor
  • Training and Development Manager
  • International Recruiter
  • Knowledge Management Manager
  • With complementary trainings:
    • Occupational Risk Prevention Manager
    • Internal Communications Manager

Grants, scholarships and financing


The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.

Merit Based Scholarship

Apply for our Merit Based Scholarship, awarded to those who prove they have talent and motivation.

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Grants and discounts

Alumni discounts

If you are a member of our alumni associations or of one of our partner universities, we offer you a series of applicable discounts on the amount of tuition for your program.

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UPF Employee Discounts

If you are a member or family member of an employee of the UPF group or belonged to the collaborating institutions of the UPF Barcelona School of Management, you can enjoy a series of applicable discounts on the tuition fees for your program.

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UPF Partner Latinoamerican Universities Discount

If you are alumni of one of our Partner Universities, you are entitled to a discount of 10% on the UPF Barcelona School of Management Masters and postgraduate program tuition fees (those programs with more than 15 credits).

*Discount not compatible with other scholarships, discounts and reductions.

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Financing simulator

You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator.

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Collaborating entities

In addition, we collaborate with various entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links. 

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