Master in Labour and Social Security Law

The Master in Labour and Social Security Law specifically trains students in the necessary skills for labour legal advice, from advising companies and public institutions to negotiating and defending the different parties in labour relations, either individual or through collective bargaining.

  • Labour Law
  • Social Security
  • Law
Next edition
Classes start
07 October, 2021
Program ends
01 July, 2022 (To be confirmed)
Schedule
Thursday and Friday from 4 pm to 9 pm.
Modality
On-campus
ECTS credits
60
Price
9350 €

This university training is characterized, mainly, by offering students a very complete syllabus concerning labour law that goes beyond simple updating, complementation, or review, training specialists in the social branch of law and the labour market. The program aims to train lawyers specialized in Labour and Social Security Law and, therefore, is different from other programs in Human Resources, labour relations, social promotion, or business advice in general.

Throughout the subjects of the master, you will learn labour, collective bargaining, work, and social security regulations and you will delve into the main interpretive problems posed by the latest regulatory changes and the criteria applied in labour legal advice. In addition, the subjects in the master will provide you with up-to-date knowledge on constitutional jurisprudence and the Spanish Supreme Court, highlighting what refers to the unification of the doctrine applied to lawyers and companies and, if applicable, that of the higher courts of justice of the autonomous communities, especially in the case of Catalonia.

The master's course offers the student a very diverse team of teachers. The composition of the last two courses consisted of 19 university professors belonging to 13 different universities and various fields of the labour legal environment, 9 magistrates, 7 lawyers from the Public Administration, 4 practising lawyers and 2 Work and Social Security Inspectors.

Why choose this program

01

Gain access to a profession in great demand

Labour relations have always presented a high degree of judicialization, so there is a sustained demand for the education of specialists in labour law (lawyers and graduates with good company knowledge). Every year, in Catalonia alone, more than 62,000 cases in matters of management of labour law and labour legal advice enter the courts. In approximately half of these, more than 30,000, a trial is held and the corresponding sentence or negotiation is given, while the others are reconciled and some are abandoned. This gives us a clear idea of the social need for a large number of legal specialists and lawyers in this area.

02

Reference program in the sector

For more than 28 courses, the master has been training students as specialists in the social branch of law and as lawyers, subject to continuous reforms and management systems, both in labour matters and in the elaboration of collective agreements, which makes the program a reference in the labour law sector.

03

Learn from industry experts

The teaching team of the master is made up of diverse professors who come from many universities and different areas of experience, as well as specialists from all legal subjects and professions (magistrates, inspectors, lawyers, public administration lawyers, etc.) both from Spain and from the European environment.

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Connect to the professional world

The master program satisfies the diverse needs of students: preparation for public examinations, change of speciality in the field of work and social security, preparation for free practice as a lawyer specializing in labour relations, new knowledge and recycling of all the subject after years of dealing with a few topics on labour legal management, etc.

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Undertake professional internships

Students on the Master will have the opportunity to carry out specialized professional internships in the field of labour relations, Labour Law and Social Security in Spain.

Who is it for?

The master is one of the courses that is aimed primarily at graduate students in Law or Labour Relations, who are interested in specializing or deepening their skills and knowledge in the professional practice of labour law and advice in the field of Labour Law and labour relations in companies.


Exceptionally, those graduates from other fields (such as Economics, Labour Sciences or Political Sciences) could apply as students of the master provided they have certain knowledge and a minimum legal-labour basis for having taken subjects in Labour Law and labour relations in Spain.

Admission and enrolment

Curriculum

The Master in Labour and Social Security Law structures its curriculum in 3 large areas that revolve around the subjects of procedural law, labour law and the right to social security, and give the students the necessary experience for accessing numerous companies and offices in the judicial environment.

According to possible legislature developments in Spain, the final program and the methodology that allows us to reach the end of the Master can be slightly different.

Note: The language of the program will be mainly Spanish, although approximately 20% of the classes will be done in Catalan. Therefore, a knowledge of Catalan is required at the level of understanding.

Procedural Law
The social process: competence, legitimation, etc.
The ordinary process
Special processes: for dismissal and sanctions
Special processes: union conflicts et al.
Processes in matters of Social Security, monitoring procedure et al.
Ex officio procedure and challenge of administrative acts
Jurisdictional resources
Provisional and definitive execution of sentences
Conciliation, mediation, and arbitration
Labour aspects of insolvency proceedings
Labour Law
Subjective scope of labour law. Common, special, and self-employed employment relationships
Constitutional model of collective rights, and legal development of freedom of association
Other forms of representation: work councils and union delegates
Collective bargaining: collective agreements, agreements, and other negotiated forms of collective autonomy
Entrepreneur and company. Business groups and multi-service companies
Contracts and illegal assignment of workers. New forms of business organization
Public administration as employer
Employment contract: effectiveness of the employment contract, modality, and content
The right to health of workers and the prevention of occupational risks
Working time. Working hours, overtime, shifts, rest, national and regional holidays, leave, and vacation
Duration of the employment contract: permanent and temporary contracts
Professional classification, ius variandi. Functional mobility
Salary and salary guarantees
Telework: concept and working conditions
Substantial modifications of working conditions
Geographical mobility. Transfers and postings
Suspension of the employment contract. Leave of absence
Temporary and permanent redundancy
Objective dismissals. Causes and form
Disciplinary dismissal. Causes and form
Community jurisprudence
Labour and Social Security Inspection: applied administrative criteria
Social Security Law
Subjective scope and legal relationship of affiliation
Contributions and special agreement
Collection and executive procedure
Work accidents and collaborating insurance companies
Business responsibilities
Healthcare
Temporary disability
Maternity, paternity, and risk situations
Permanent disability: benefits and review
Retirement: requirements, benefits, and compatibility
Partial, early, or postponed retirement
Non-contributory pensions
Child birth and dependent children benefits
Death and survival
Dynamics of benefits: revaluation, incompatibilities, etc.
Unemployment: benefits, subsidies, and job seekers allowance
Special Regime for Self-Employed Workers
Integrated special regimes and special systems
Special regimes for public officials
Dependence: valuations and benefits. Guaranteed income and Minimum Living Income
Community social protection, and temporary displacement
Administrative criteria applied in the National Institute of Social Security
Master's Final Project
Master's Final Project

Complementary activities

BSM Inside is a transversal and interdisciplinary module, common to all master's and postgraduate degrees at UPF Barcelona School of Management, which has been conceived to work on a set of key competencies for professional development in conjunction with the real needs of today's organizations. 

This module extends throughout the academic year and is made up of 3 areas of knowledge that constitute the identity traits of the UPF-BSM: Communication; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Planetary Well-being and Humanities. 

All the subjects of the BSM Inside module are 100% online and have been designed as self-learning subjects: from the first day of the subject until the end of the term you will have all the teaching materials available on the eCampus and you can work with the material and the different activities that it contains at your own pace, according to your availability and in a self-organized way. 

Qualification obtained

Once you have passed the program, you will be awarded the degree of Máster en Derecho Laboral y de la Seguridad Social, issued by Pompeu Fabra University.

Faculty

The teaching team of the Master in Labour and Social Security Law is made up of a diverse team of teachers with extensive experience in education who come from different companies and universities as well as specialists from all professions in the labour legal field (magistrates, inspectors, lawyers, public administration lawyers, etc.).

Academic directors

Josep Fargas Fernandez

Associate Professor UPF

Julia Lopez Lopez

Full Professor UPF

  • Alexandre de le Court
    Assistant Professor of Labour Law and Social Security at Pompeu Fabra University. Mentor.
  • Ana Huertos Torn
    Lawyer specialist in employment law.
  • Ana Salas
    Social Magistrate
  • Antonio Baylos
    Director of the Central European and Latin American Institute of University Research for Social Dialogue. Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Castilla-La Mancha.
  • Borja Moreno Pantrigo
    Legal Advice for the Department of Social Welfare and Family for the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government)
  • Consuelo Chacartegui
    Lecturer in Employment Law and Social Security and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law, with management responsibilities in the Bachelor's Programme in Labour Relations at UPF.
  • Eduardo Rojo
    Member of the Editorial Board of sociology magazine Papers. Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • Faustino Rodríguez
    Social Magistrate in Barcelona.
  • Félix Salaverria
    Head of Legal Advice for the Department of Social Welfare and Family for the Generalitat de Catalunya.
  • Félix V. Azón
    Master from the London School of Academics (United Kingdom). Social Magistrate.
  • Fernando Salinas
    Magistrate at the Supreme Court. PhD in Law from the University of Seville.
  • Ferran Camas
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Girona.
  • Francisco González
    Head of Legal Consultancy at the National Institute of the Social Security in Barcelona.
  • Francisco J. Prados
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Granada.
  • Ignacio García-Perrote
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Castilla-La Mancha. Director of Employment Department at Uría-Menéndez Abogados.
  • Jaime Cabeza
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Vigo.
  • Jesús Cruz Vilalón
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Seville.
  • Jesús R. Mercader
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University Carlos III of Madrid.
  • Jordi Agustí
    Magistrate at the Supreme Court.
  • José Antonio Garcia Ballesteros
    Social Security information service in Barcelona.
  • José Luis Goñi
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the public university of Navarra.
  • José Manuel Gómez
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Seville. Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law.
  • Juan López Gandía
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.
  • Juan Manuel Sánchez-Bustamante
    Lawyer of the Social Security Administration.
  • Juan Reyes
    Lawyer from Employment Department at Uría-Menéndez Abogados. Barcelona
  • Maria José Feijóo
    Tenured lecturer of Employment and Social Security Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • María Luisa Segoviano Astaburuaga
    Magistrate at the Supreme Court.
  • Mercè Saura Súcar
    Social Magistrate.
  • Miguel Arenas
    Lawyer and partner at Col.lectiu Ronda.
  • Nuria Pumar
    President of the Equality Commission at the Law Faculty of the University of Barcelona. Tenured lecturer of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Barcelona.
  • Paco Pérez
    Lawyer specialist in employment law.
  • Patrocinio Rodríguez
    Tenured lecturer of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Seville.
  • Pedro J. López Clarós
    Social Security Retirement Dept. in Barcelona
  • Rafael Laraña
    Deputy Director of Retirement, Survival and International Conventions at the National Institute of the Social Security in Barcelona.
  • Rosa Maria Viroles Piñol
    Magistrate at the Supreme Court.
  • Santiago González Ortega
    PhD in Law from the University of Bologna. Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University Pablo de Olavide
  • Sebastián de Soto
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Huelva.
  • Sergio Canalda
    Assistant Professor of Labour Law and Social Security at the Pompeu Fabra University. Mentor.
  • Telma Vega Felgueroso
    Employment Inspector.

 

Methodology

The Master in Labour and Social Security Law is conceived with the purpose of combining two objectives that could seem antagonistic at the educational level: generality and depth. The first experience is manifested in an all-encompassing program design in which all aspects of the world of work, labour law, collective agreements and labour disputes are considered, with special emphasis on those aspects that have undergone more recent modifications.

01.

Group practical cases

Throughout the master, practically half of the face-to-face sessions offered to students are devoted to the analysis of practical cases, which are examined and discussed in class with the entire group of students.

02.

Diverse and specialized teaching team

The composition of the teaching team of the latest courses consisted of 13 university professors with experience from 7 different universities, 9 magistrates (TS, TSJC, JS), 8 public administration lawyers, 5 practising lawyers and 5 Labour and Social Security inspectors.

03.

Tutoring and monitoring

Throughout the course the academic management team will monitor the student to offer support and ensure their correct progress in relation to labour legal assessment.

Evaluation

To obtain the title corresponding to our courses, it is essential that students complete the Master's Final Project, attend classes regularly (a minimum of 80%) and pass the practical exercises and compulsory work, whose conditions of delivery and preparation will be defined, in each case, by the professionals who commission them.

Tools

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 or postgraduate work to learn by doing
  • A personal mentor to monitor your Master's Final Project (TFM) or Postgraduate Final Project (TFP)
  • Digital resources to achieve transversal skills
  • Interdisciplinary activities and workshops

Professional Future

The Master in Labour and Social Security Law brings together legal professionals in each course, together with lawyers who wish to specialize in this branch of Law and labour disputes in companies. Throughout the program of the master, students will be trained to continue their career in the professional market as specialists in labour legal assessment.

Student profile

Our master's students are mostly legal professionals who wish to become specialists in Labour and Social Security Law in different organizations in a European environment, whether they are acquiring this speciality for the first time after recently joining a law firm or by changing speciality given the high current demand for specialists in law and in the labour market. In particular, graduates who have recently started practising as lawyers or as company graduates tell us that their interest is to expand their training in issues that they once deemed irrelevant, together with a natural focus on the most recent regulatory reforms.

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Average age

50%

Previous studies in Law

42%

Previous studies in Labour Relations

8%

Previous studies in Legal and Social Sciences

Career opportunities

This university master training includes the possibility of doing extracurricular internships as a lawyer in a law firm at the end of the master. This type of internship is not part of the academic content of the master or postgraduate course; it is considered a complement to the students' class sessions and is not mandatory.


The program meets diverse needs at a professional level and helps the student who reaches the end of the master to:

  • Prepare oppositions
  • Change specialization to the field of work and social security
  • Prepare for the free practice of law as a specialist lawyer
  • Update knowledge related to Labour and Social Security Law
  • Create a firm for advising companies

Admission and enrolment

Our admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation of each application to preserve the quality of the group as well as the training, experience, and work capacity of all students.

Who can apply?

To access the places for enrolment in the Master in Labour and Social Security Law, you need to be a lawyer, graduate or higher graduate with a university degree.

Those participants who do not have Spanish as one of their mother tongues or who did not have it as a teaching language in their training studies, must prove that they have at least a B2 level of Spanish (Common European Framework of Reference), as well as fluently take part in a personal interview with the academic director, if necessary.

How to apply?

To apply for admission to this program, students must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Contract once they start the application for admission through the following form.

Application for admission

Complete your application within the next admission rounds:

RoundApplication deadlineAdmission resolution
111/11/202026/11/2020
203/12/202018/12/2020
317/12/202031/12/2020
412/01/202128/01/2021
502/02/202117/02/2021
623/02/202110/03/2021
716/03/202131/03/2021
808/04/202123/04/2021
927/04/202112/05/2021
1013/05/202128/05/2021
1127/05/202111/06/2021
1208/06/202123/06/2021
1322/06/202107/07/2021
1406/07/202121/07/2021
1520/07/202130/07/2021
1602/09/202117/09/2021
1716/09/202101/10/2021
1805/10/202120/10/2021
1921/10/202105/11/2021

Applications for admission will be evaluated when you complete the following steps:

  • Complete the online admission form.
  • Pay the €120 admission fee. This amount will be returned if you are not admitted.
  • Send the following documents through the online platform e-registrar:
    • Presentation letter or video
    • CV
    • Scanned copy of university degree (if you are in the last year of your degree, you can provide your academic records)
    • Scanned copy of Transcript of Records. Make sure that it includes your GPA (Grade Point Average)
    • Scanned copy of ID Card or Passport
    • Passport-size photo (jpg format)

Additional documents may be requested in certain cases.
Application rounds are subject to the number of places available on the program.

Admission

  • The Admissions Committee will select the candidates on the basis of a personal or CV-based interview.
  • You will be notified of the admission decision in writing.

Enrolment

  • Registration must be paid within a 15 days after the admission.
  • Once the letter of acceptance to the program has been received, you will need to submit the following original documents before the course begins:
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your university degree.
  • If you have a foreign degree you may need to submit additional documents.
  • Paying the reservation fee (25% of the program's tuition fees) is essential in order to reserve your place
  • If you pay the tuition fees by bank transfer you will be required to introduce the program code. The program code for this course is 1011.
  • The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Grants, scholarships and financing

Scholarships

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.

Grants and discounts

Funding

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You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator and receive an answer in less than 24 hours.

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Collaborating entities

In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management collaborates with various banks and financial entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links (in Spanish).

Note, however, that in order to benefit from these special conditions you must have a NIE if you are not a European Citizen. Therefore, UPF Barcelona School of Management strongly recommends international students to seek first for students loans at bank entities of their country of origin, or to search for funding opportunities through international entities.

The Agency for Management of University and Research Grants of Catalonia (AGAUR, in Spanish) also offers loans to university students with legal residence in Catalonia through the PREPOST program.

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