Master in Professional Mediation

Program curriculum and final degree

Program Curriculum

General Module


  • Mediation in the new and changing social, political and economic paradigm
  • Conflict analysis: context, people, evaluation methods and process


  • The concept
  • The mediator
  • The process:
  1. The seven Harvard elements
  2. The stages of the process:
  • Initial presentation
  • From positions to interests
  • Establishing a work agenda
  • Working with the objective criteria of the conflict
  • Analysing the alternatives
  • Generating options
  • Agreements and follow-up
  • Contributions from the fields of law, psychology, anthropology, sociology and education to the Harvard mediation model.


  • The concept
  • The mediator
  • Elements of transformative mediation:
  • Conflict analysis
  • Participants
  • Empowerment
  • Acknowledgement
  • Individual transformation
  • Joint transformation
  • Transformative mediation: processes
  • Contributions from the fields of law, psychology, anthropology, sociology and education to transformative mediation.


  • The role of the professional mediator
  • Systems theory and social constructionism
  • The different processes of the model
  • Constituent elements: legitimation, deconstruction of the conflict, working with the differences, subjective positioning, co-building the relationship.
  • Techniques, skills and tools of the model
  • Multidisciplinary contributions to the model

Module on the Role of Mediation in Private Law: Family, Civil and Criminal Matters

  • Mediation in the field of private law: Civil: Family, community, conflict between individuals
  • The environment, professionals, types of conflict and people
  • Process, strategies and techniques pertaining to this area of specialization
  • Mediation for disputes related to property ownership: on a neighbourhood and city-wide scale
  • Mediation for disputes related to divorce, family matters, inheritance, fostering, parentage, family firms, etc.
  • Multi-party techniques for public disputes
  • Necessary content from other disciplines
  • The role of the mediator in this area of specialization
  • Training through role play Co-mediation with course lecturers
  • Restorative justice
  • Techniques and strategies for criminal mediation

Module on the Role of Corporate and Organization Mediation

  • Commercial mediation: corporate and organizational relations
  • Conflicts within organizations: workplace mediation
  • Conflicts between organizations:
  • mediation with lawyers and other parties to distributive disputes
  • The mediation process, strategies and techniques in monetary terms
  • Mediation in conflicts within and between organizations, in trade and insurance matters, between partners, in relation to lease agreements, mortgage defaults, etc.
  • Necessary contributions from other disciplines
  • The role and profile of the mediator in this area of specialization
  • Training through role play Co-mediation with course lecturers

UPF Barcelona School of Management INSIDE MODULE:

This module deals with three key skills that future professionals need in order to achieve success in any area, and to quickly and efficiently respond to the constant challenges that emerge in business. The subjects coincide with UPF Barcelona School of Management's key identifying features: analytical capacity, communication and social purpose.

  • Evidence-based management: This subject brings us closer to professional decision making through prudent, clear and precise data analysis. Real life, relevant examples give students an opportunity to discover the manifold opportunities that big data can provide to different professional sectors.
  • Storytelling : In this subject we develop the functions and mechanisms of audiovisual narrative (storytelling) and we apply them to professional communication. We tackle issues such as how to create communications that make an impact (on a personal, project and corporate level) as well as interpersonal communication and team motivation. The goal is to help professionals transmit any idea successfully, with creativity and energy.
  • Ethics and sustainability: Professionals in all sectors have to deal with issues relating to ethics and sustainability throughout their working lives. In this subject, we focus on identifying, analysing and effectively responding to these questions.

    TIMETABLE Fridays from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m

    Final Degree

    Upon successfully completing the program, students will receive a Master's Degree in Professional Mediation, awarded by Pompeu Fabra University.

    Academic Value: 60 ECTS.

    One ECTS (European Credits Transfer System) credit equals a total approximate dedication of 25 hours, including teaching hours and independent work.Class attendance, passing the corresponding tests and submission of set assignments are essential in order to obtain the qualification.