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Master of Science in Sustainability Management

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The Master of Science in Sustainability Management offers you the technical and strategic keys to make sustainability one of the central focuses in the management of a company or institution. You will be trained to lead in sustainability from the perspective of its social, economic, and environmental dimensions.

  • Sustainability
  • Circular economy
  • Environment

Next edition

Classes start: 10 October, 2022 (To be confirmed)

Classes end: 30 June, 2023 (To be confirmed)

Program ends: 15 September, 2023 (To be confirmed)

Modality

On-campus

Language

English

ECTS credits

60

Schedule

Full-time program. Monday to Friday from 9 am to 1 pm (Class times may change due to academic requirements).

Price

18500 €
Last places available for October 2022

The Master of Science in Sustainability Management offers a global vision of sustainability. It is a great transformation opportunity that brings differentiation, value, and competitive advantage to organizations.

Sustainability management will be one of the most in-demand profiles in the coming years. Among its main challenges is knowing how to deal with the existing complexity between the current models of production, consumption, and business activity. This is in juxtaposition to a growing environmental and social awareness, and a paradigm shift, led by the change-makers, the Green Transition, the 2030 Agenda, and the sustainable development goals (SDG) of the United Nations.

With this master's degree you will acquire the necessary tools for the management of sustainability in companies, making it compatible with their social and economic interests. You will learn to implement sustainable management of companies and institutions, bringing strategic keys to operationalize concepts such as the circular economy, energy transition, or the SDGs.

The master's degree addresses the three dimensions of sustainability: the economic, social, and environmental dimensions. All this using a logic of practical projects, starting with a solid technical base, continuing with the keys of corporate management and culminating with an effective measurement of the impact, as well as subsequently communicating it to the interested groups (see Program Curriculum and Methodology).

The Master of Science in Sustainability Management is endorsed by Pompeu Fabra University, the 1st Spanish university and the 15th best university in the world (of those with less than 50 years), according to the Times Higher Education ranking. In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management has EQUIS accreditation, the most prestigious institutional recognition for business schools globally.

The program has a teaching team made up of professors and sustainability experts from the UPF Barcelona School of Management and ESCI-UPF. In addition, active professionals will share their experience and real cases throughout the course. 

Program jointly offered with:

ESCI-UPF

Why choose this program

01

International recognition

Study at a school accredited by EQUIS, international distinction that guarantees the quality of our institution and makes us the 1st school of management linked to a public university with this accreditation in our country.

02

In-demand professional profile

According to estimates by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Green Transition will mean the creation of 24 million new jobs related to sustainability and digitalization in the coming years. This will mean a paradigm shift in the production system. In addition, it will force the work environment to adapt to a new, more ecological reality, increasing the demand for professional profiles trained in the field of sustainability.

03

Expert faculty in the field of sustainability

You will learn with a teaching team that approaches sustainability from different perspectives and with diverse specialties. The UPF-BSM, through several of its chairs related to sustainability, and ESCI-UPF with the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change, bring together their knowledge and expertise to form a teaching team that will address sustainability from different perspectives and approaches. 

04

Configure the program according to your interests

The study plan offers you the global vision necessary to understand the current ecological transformation of society and companies as a whole. Within the environmental, economic, and social sustainable dimensions, you will be able to choose from a large number of elective subjects to configure the program according to your needs and interests, in order to link the choice of subjects with the Master's Final Project.

05

Practical and experiential learning

The program offers you a set of experiential activities. These aim to introduce you to projects related to innovation in sustainability. You will learn about the strategies of different companies and institutions linked to sustainability and the green transition. 

06

Barcelona: leading city in urban sustainability

You will study in a city that is home to more than 1,000 organizations committed to working and promoting environmental, social, and economic sustainability and was the world capital of sustainable food in 2021. The urban transformation in which Barcelona is currently immersed is a case study in itself and a reference model for other cities. 

Who is it for?

The Master of Science in Sustainability Management is aimed at people who want to change the world by leading the sustainable transition that companies and institutions need. This master's degree is made up of people of all nationalities who want to create and move towards the sustainable transformation of society and organizations. Whether you have just graduated or whether you are a professional in any discipline and wish to position yourself in sustainability management, it is time to join this master's degree. 

Admission and enrolment

Accreditations

UPF Barcelona School of Management is the management school of Pompeu Fabra University, the 1st Ibero-American university and the 16th placed university in the world, among those under 50 years of age, according to the Times Higher Education ranking. 

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 MSc in Sustainability Management is an official master's degree and has the academic recognition of the Ministry of Education of the Government of Spain. The Quality Agency of the University System of Catalonia (AQU) has also institutionally accredited UPF-BSM. This accreditation certifies all the official master's degrees that we teach and recognizes the quality of our educational model in accordance with the criteria of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

*Degree pending for inclusion in the RUCT. 

EQUIS-Accredited
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Curriculum

The Master of Science in Sustainability Management is organized around four large modules which are developed following the different dimensions of sustainability:  

  1. Fundamentals of Sustainability  
  2. Environmental Dimension of Sustainability 
  3. Economic Dimension of Sustainability  
  4. Social Dimension of Sustainability 


All students must take all the compulsory subjects and choose a total of six optional subjects, among those available in each of the modules. Students will have a tutor who will advise them on their choices according to their personal goals and professional interests.

Students can also undertake curricular internships in companies, which will be recognized as two optional subjects (6 ECTS).

Throughout the second and third term, students will work on their Master's Final Project, in which they must demonstrate the knowledge acquired during the program. During the first term, the teaching load of the Master's Final Project is reduced, since the student is yet to select the topic, and will take support and advice tutorials for its development.

Classes may be held both at the facilities of the UPF Barcelona School of Management, and at those of ESCI-UPF. 

Fundamentals of Sustainability

Core courses
Sustainability concepts and SDGs
Sustainability Management Systems
Elective courses
ODS in practice

Environmental Dimension of Sustainability

Core courses
Environmental impacts: causes and effects
Climate Change: facts, emergency, political and legal context
Product and Environment
Carboon Footprint
Elective courses
Green procurement and Environmental labelling
Energy and renewables
Circular Economy and Cradle to Cradle

Economic Dimension of Sustainability

Core courses
Marketing and communication fundamentals
Economics for sustainable development
Applied Statistics
Elective courses
Sustainability communication and marketing: social media, mass media
Sustainable finance
Sustainability in Logistics and Operations
Public-private collaborations in sustainable projects

Social Dimension of Sustainability

Core courses
Corporate Social Responsibility
Environmental law and jurisprudence
Elective courses
Social entrepreneurship

Professional internships (optional)

Professional internships (optional)

The assigned tasks will be agreed upon between the organization or company receiving the student and the management of the master's degree, always with the aim of responding to the real needs of said institution or company. The management of the master's degree will check that the assigned tasks are relevant and related to sustainability management. The knowledge acquired throughout the program must be put into practice during the internships in companies. 

The 6 ECTS corresponding to professional internships are interchangeable for two elective subjects of 3 ECTS each. 

Master’s Final Project

Master’s Final Project

Participants must complete a Master's Final Project under the supervision of a mentor. There are two options: in the first, the participant carries out original research that leads to the implementation of a research project related to sustainability. In the second, with a practical approach, the student develops, for example, an analysis or audit applied to an organization, a sustainability implementation manual, a case study, or a strategic or consulting business sustainability plan.

Note on elective courses
Elective subjects will take place if a minimum number of enrolled students is reached. The final offer for each year may be adapted depending on the academic planning. 

Complementary activities

Participants have the possibility of attending free complementary training parallel to the running of their studies. 
 
The following activities are optional and are included in the program's tuition fees: 

  • Brush-up Courses: preparatory crash-courses on business and economy-related subjects which take place two weeks prior to the beginning of the program. 
  • Spanish Course: free of charge during the first term. 3 hours/week course at the UPF's language school. 
  • Career Development Program: career sessions and workshops where participants obtain specific training on how to improve their professional profile, approach potential employers, and develop professional soft skills. 

Qualification obtained

Once students have completed the course they will obtain the Máster Universitario en Gestión de la Sostenibilidad / Master of Science in Sustainability Management official Master Degree, awarded by 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 title. This rate varies annually and the rate in force at the time of application for the degree will be applied. 

Note: 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 enrolled in the virtual space before the start of each subject.

Faculty

The Master of Science in Sustainability Management arises from the union of UPF-BSM and ESCI-UPF. The teaching staff on the master's degree combine their academic activity with participation in chairs, observatories, and projects related to the ecological transition. Throughout the course, professionals from different sectors will be invited to share their experience in the field of sustainability.

The program curriculum and coordination of the master's degree is governed by an Academic Council, made up by the Academic Directors of the program and chaired by Ramon Bastida (UPF-BSM), Mercè Roca (ESCI-UPF) and Pere Fullana (ESCI-UPF) experts in the development of programs in sustainability management. 

Academic directors

Alba Bala Gala

Researcher and Lecturer ESCI-UPF

Oriol Montanyà Vilalta

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Vice-Dean for Development & Partner Programs

Deputy Directors

Lela Mélon

Lecturer ESCI-UPF

Erola Palau Pinyana

Teaching Assistant UPF-BSM

Faculty

Ramon Bastida Vialcanet

Associate Professor UPF-BSM
Vice Dean for Knowledge Transfer

Xavier Carbonell Durán

Lecturer ESCI-UPF

Marcos Eguiguren Huerta

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Associate Provost for Strategic Projects

Ana Maria Freire Veiga

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Director of the Academic Department of Operations, Technology & Science

Pere Fullana Palmer

Lecturer ESCI-UPF

Lela Mélon

Lecturer ESCI-UPF

Oriol Montanyà Vilalta

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Vice-Dean for Development & Partner Programs

Roger Pagà Peris

Lecturer UPF-BSM

Erola Palau Pinyana

Teaching Assistant UPF-BSM

Mercè Roca Puigvert

Associate professor ESCI-UPF

Fàtima Vidal Ayuso

Teaching Assistant UPF-BSM

Ramon Xifré Oliva

Associate Professor ESCI-UPF

Methodology

The Master of Science in Sustainability Management is a face-to-face program where different teaching methodologies are combined to offer a unique learning experience.

Methodologies include:

  • Traditional methodologies, with master class sessions based on the explanations of experts on the subject.  
  • Active methodologies, with practical cases, role-playing games, problem solving, and topic presentations by students, among others.  
  • Autonomous methodologies used by the students, with text readings and the carrying out of individual or group work. 
01.

Practical case studies

Along with the theoretical training, you will be able to learn from practical cases of real organizations. Through cases with a practical and applied approach you will be able to put into practice the skills you have acquired. 

02.

Class discussions and group activities

Through practical simulations, group dynamics, class presentations, and interactive activities you will enhance the learning process, providing valuable knowledge.  

03.

Tutoring and monitoring

Throughout the program the academic management team will monitor you to offer you support, ensure your correct evolution in the development of skills, and help you whenever you need it.  

04.

Masterclass with experts

In each program, professionals from different sectors are invited to share their experience and knowledge in the different fields of sustainability. In this way you will be able to learn first-hand about real cases and challenges that they have had to face and respond to. 

05.

Visits to companies and institutions

You will have the opportunity to discover organizations from different sectors and learn about their strategies linked to the field of sustainability and ecological transition. In addition, you can network in order to open doors for your professional future. 

Evaluation

To obtain the corresponding degree, it is essential to pass all the subjects, whose evaluation will depend on the respective professors. This may consist of a continuous evaluation, the realization of a task, exercises, final exam, etc. The Master's Final Project must also be passed, consisting of its preparation and defence with a panel of experts.

Regular class attendance and passing the practical exercises and compulsory assignments are part of the evaluation system. Their delivery and preparation criteria will be designated by the teachers who hand them out.

All evaluation activities will be related to each other to follow a logical project.

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 of Science in Sustainability Management is aimed at graduates and professionals in the field of business administration and management, engineers, and environmentalists, as well as other graduates and change-makers interested in sustainability. 

Student profile

The program brings together students of different nationalities and backgrounds, combining profiles focused on the field of management, with others of a more technical nature, but all of them with a common interest in the development and management of sustainability. This will allow the subjects to be multidisciplinary in nature and group dynamics to be a real source of learning. The value of the master's degree will not only be in the specialist teaching staff, but also in the exchange of experiences and knowledge between students, which will be promoted throughout the program. 

Career opportunities

This master's degree enables you to develop a new and practical perspective in one of the most emerging professional fields of the moment: the management of sustainability in companies and institutions. With this technical and strategic knowledge, you will be prepared to collaborate in the ecological transformation of companies and institutions, making it compatible with their economic and social development.

The master's degree includes the option of doing curricular internships that will boost your professional future.         


Upon completion of the master's degree, students will be able to access a wide variety of positions related to the following areas:

  • Consultancy
  • Strategic Management
  • Auditing
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Supply chain management
  • Sustainable Financing
  • Sustainable Marketing 


Specifically, you could access positions such as: 

  • Sustainability Project Manager   
  • ESG consultant
  • Energy policy and strategy Consultant
  • Climate Change Consultant 
  • Sustainability Analyst
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Auditor in Supplier Sustainability 
  • Sustainability Project Manager
  • Sustainability and CSR Consultant 
  • Supply Chain Sustainability Manager 

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?

Bachelor degree

Applicants must have finished or be in the last year of a Bachelor Degree from an accredited university. If you are currently studying the last year of your Bachelor Degree you will need to finish your university studies and provide proof of your final qualification before the beginning of the program.

Proficiency in English

In order to enrol in the Master of Science in International Business, an official English certificate must be submitted.

If you do not have your English Test results at the time of admission, you will be required to provide them two months before the course starts. Admission without an official English certificate will be considered conditional until the certificate is provided.

The English certificate scores are: 

  • TOEFL CBT: > 235
  • TOEFL PBT: > 575
  • TOEFL IBT: > 100
  • CAE: C1
  • IELTS: > 7
  • Duolingo: > 115


Applicants whose mother tongue is English do not need to submit the aforementioned certificate.

Applicants who have completed their full Bachelor Degree at an English-speaking institution must submit written evidence that the language of instruction of their studies was English. 

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 its form.

 

Application for admission

Complete your application within the next admission rounds:

RoundApplication deadlineResolution deadline
1605/10/202220/10/2022
1719/10/202203/11/2022

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
    • 2 academic recommendation letters (mandatory) and 1 professional (optional)
    • 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.
Applications 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

  • Resgistration 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.
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your transcript of records.
  • 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 1573.
  • 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.

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