Postgraduate in Active & Healthy Ageing Project Management

The Postgraduate in Active & Healthy Aging Project Management will provide you with the best tools to be able to work for the well-being of the elderly, both in the public and private sectors.

  • active & healthy ageing
Next edition
Classes start
01 October, 2020
Program ends
26 November, 2020
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4.30pm to 9pm
ECTS credits
1750 €

The Postgraduate Course in Active & Healthy Aging Project Management will train you to design, develop, and manage strategies, projects, actions, services, etc. that encourage the maintenance of health, and the integration and participation of the elderly in order to age well.

At the end of the postgraduate course you will have the knowledge necessary to be able to make proposals and projects for the benefit of the elderly in various fields and sectors: administration and public or private health services, social and health services, residential homes, centres for the elderly, associations and entities that have a community character: cultural, educational, sports, tourist, legal, and insurance services companies, etc.

The course is recognized as good practice by the Department of Labour, Social Affairs, and Families of the Generalitat of Catalonia.


Why choose this program


Practical application of contents

Throughout the course you will learn to design, promote, and implement projects that aim at the well-being of the elderly, applying the concept of comprehensive health that promotes "active and healthy aging", a concept defined by the WHO and based on four pillars: health, participation, safety, and learning.


Recognition of good practice by the Generalitat of Catalonia

The course is recognized as good practice by the Department of Labour, Social Affairs, and Families of the Generalitat of Catalonia.


Unique vision of the public and private sphere

The contents are focused with a single vision that does not distinguish between the public and private sectors, instead only adapting each project to one scenario or another.


Teachers in direct contact with the sector

Benefit from an exceptional teaching team made up of professionals currently working in the sector.

Who is it for?

The postgraduate course is aimed at technicians in the area of senior citizens or other areas of the Administration, professionals in companies, associations and entities linked to the socio-cultural field and community action, as well as graduates or people who work in other areas and want to promote projects or redirect their career to ensuring an active and healthy aging of the population.

Admission and enrolment


The study plan is structured over ten subjects that will provide participants with the knowledge necessary to be able to manage well-being projects.

Older people: evolutionary process
  • The aging process.
  • Old age and its stages.
  • Quality of life while aging: autonomy and dependence.
  • The learning of the elderly.
Older people and society
  • Demography and sociology of aging.
  • Social politics. Resources.
  • Accessibility. Mobility. Older-people-friendly cities.
  • The social representation of old age. Image.
  • Age discrimination. Mistreatment.
Active seniors
  • Concept of 'active elderly person'.
  • Active aging. Fundamental axes: health, participation, and security.
  • Policies for active aging. Tools for its management and evaluation.
  • Retirement. Productive aging. Active leisure.
Strategies to promote the participation of older people
  • Participation policies. New participation models.
  • The associationism of the elderly.
  • Integration of the elderly in the community.
Senior volunteering
  • Innovative experiences.
  • Action strategies. Management models.
Axes of intervention in groups of older people
  • Training and culture as dynamic elements.
  • Relational leisure time.
Intergenerational programs and projects
  • Solidarity between generations.
  • Original proposals. Projects that have worked.
Leisure and health facilities/spaces for the elderly
  • The organization of leisure time for active and healthy aging.
  • Models and functions of different public and private facilities.
Good practices and innovation in active and healthy aging
  • Policies and actions. The best practices in the world.
  • Initiatives from Administrations and the private sector. Pioneering projects.
  • WHO and European Union programs.
Resources for active and healthy aging
  • Other activities and various therapies.
  • Innovations and good practices.

Qualification obtained

Once you have passed the program, you will obtain the Postgraduate Course in Active & Healthy Aging Project Management certificate, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.


Academic directors

Paulina Ballbè Carles
Jordi Camí Morell

Professor of Pharmacology at the Pompeu Fabra University

  • David Agustí Belart
    Head of the Office of Active Older People of the Department of Labor, Social Affairs and Families of the Generalitat of Catalonia.
  • Paulina Ballbè
    Creator, promoter and director of the Active & Healthy Ageing Project Management at BSM-UPF.
    Master in Development Cooperation from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium).
    Also, she is a former Director at Cuatrecasas law firm in Brussels.
  • Lourdes Bermejo
    Consultant in social and educational programs with senior citizens.
    PhD in Science Education from the UNED (National Open University).
    Lecturer of gerontology pedagogy at the University of Barcelona.
    She is also author and co-author of numerous articles and books in this field.
  • Jordi Camí
    Manager at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Lab (PRBB)
    Professor of Pharmacology at the Pompeu Fabra University
    Also, he has been the manager of Pascual Maragall Foundation
  • Teresa Capel
    Deputy Head in the WHO Office of Barcelona.
    Master in Human Resources from the University of Barcelona.
  • Xavi Catasús Capellades
    Business Development Manager, Health & Sport Industries at EURECAT
    Bachelor in Geological Sciences from the University of Barcelona
    Also, since 1994 he has developed practically his entire professional career in the Health sector linked to ICT.
  • Alex Dobaño Princep
    Founder and director of Avanti-Avanti Studio, specialized in accessible design.
    Graduate in Graphic Design
  • Enric Duaso Magaña
    Director of the Sociosanitary Area Service of the Anoia Health Consortium (Igualada).
    Doctor in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
  • Ana Fernandez
    Founder and director of the Barcelona branch of KAW - Arquitecten en Adviseurs de Groningen (Holanda). Co-founder of Cohousing_LAB (Barcelona).
    Arquitect  from Universidad de Buenos Aires.
  • Bernat Gato
    Founding architect, together with Francesc and Roger Pernas, of the architecture studio CASA SOLO Arquitectos de Barcelona, specializing in the design and construction of sanitary and socio-sanitary facilities with the Age-friendly concept. 
    MA in Planning and Design of Healthcare Centers
  • Maria Teresa Lluch
    PhD in Psychology.
    Professor of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health at the UB Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
  • Pilar Martínez
    Director of the Program on Active Aging and Personal Autonomy.
    She also works at the Provincial Council of Barcelona.
  • Francesc Massana Guitart
    Business Manager Health Sector at EURECAT - Technological Center of Catalonia
    Executive MBA from EADA
  • Jordi Muñoz Iranzo
    Expert lawyer in elder abuse. Co-founder of the EIMA Association for Awareness and Information.
  • Magda Orozco Areny
    Manager of the Directorate of Services for Children, Youth and the Elderly - Area of Social Rights, Global Justice, Feminisms and LGTBI, of the Barcelona City Council.
    Master in Public Management and Administration from the UAB
  • Emili Padrós Ferrer
    Founder of  Emiliana Design together with Ana Mir. 
    Master of Arts in Industrial Design from Central Saint Martins School of Arts (Londres)
    He is also an Industrial Designer from ELISAVA.
  • Julio Pérez Díaz
    Member of the Geriatric and Gerontology Association (SEGG).
    PhD in Sociology from the UNED (National Open University).
    He is also Senior Scientist at the Spanish National Scientific Research Council (CSIC).
  • Roger Pernas
    Architect. Founder, together with Francesc Pernas and Bernat Gato, of the CASA SOLO Arquitectos studio in Barcelona, specializing in the design and construction of sanitary and socio-sanitary facilities with the Age-friendly concept.
    Executive MBA at IESE
  • Sacramento Pinazo
    President of the Valencian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology.
    Tenured lecturer at the Department of Social Psychology of the University of Valencia. 
    Also, she is a coordinator and activator on the "Vulnerable Senior Citizens" Network and founding member of the Programs for Intervention and Intergenerational Support for IMSERSO.
  • Enric Pol Urrutia
    Director of the Research Group in Social, Environmental and Organizational Psychology (Psico-SAO).
    Lecturer of Social Psychology and Environmental Psychology at the UB.
  • Elena Roura Carvajal
    Scientific Manager at Alicia Foundation.
    Doctor in Dietetics and Human Nutrition.
    Also, she is a Bachelor in Science and Food Technology.
  • Enric Rovira-Beleta
    Architect and Accessibility Consultant at Rovira-Beleta.
    Bachelor in Architecture from the Higher Technical School of Architecture (Barcelona).
    Lecturer at the Higher Technical School of Architecture (Barcelona).
    He is also member of the Advisory Board of the Office of Specialized Assistance at FC.
  • Mayte Sancho
    Scientific Director at Matia Gerontology Institute (San Sebastián)
    Master in Social Gerontology from the Autonomous University of Madrid.
    She was also R&D+I research project evaluator in successive meetings organized by IMSERSO. Former Vice-President of the Spanish Society for Geriatrics
    and Gerontology (SEGG).
  • Cristina Segura
    Manager of the Senior Citizens Program for the La Caixa Foundation Social Area.
  • Ma Àngels Treserra
    Doctorate in Neurology.
    Former General Director at the Catalan Social Services Institute (ICASS).
  • Feliciano Villar
    Coordinator of GIC- Research Team in Gerontology
    Professor of Evolutionary Psychology and Education in the Department of Cognition, Development and Educational Psychology at the UB.
  • Mariona Violan Fors
    Co-director of the PAFES Program, Catalan Sports Council, Government of Catalonia.
    Doctor in Medicine of Physical Activity and Sports.




The Postgraduate Course in Active & Healthy Aging Project Management is developed through master classes and with different methodologies where participants express and share their opinions.


Practical sessions

The postgraduate sessions are eminently practical with the aim of understanding and addressing the needs of the elderly from an applied perspective.


Expert guests in the field

The postgraduate teaching staff are professionals in the sector with proven experience.


Visits to entities and facilities

Visits to public and private entities and facilities may be scheduled, and will be optional.


  • Attendance in class: to obtain the certificate, you must attend a minimum of 80% of the 50 scheduled teaching hours.
  • Individual or group work that may be requested during the course.
  • Project or Final Report.


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 objective of the program is to train participants so that they have a complete vision of what aging represents for the person and the population, and the benefits of practising "active and healthy aging".

Student profile

Postgraduate participants come from different disciplines with a common goal: to understand the needs of older people in order to design projects that are appropriate for them. The multidisciplinary profile and the previous experience of the students generates an enriching learning environment.


Average age


Previous studies in Social Work


Previous studies in Journalism and Communication


Previous studies in Architecture


Previous studies in Medicine

Career opportunities

At the end of the postgraduate course, students will be able to join positions related to public administrations, in the areas of senior citizens, and in foundations, entities and organizations related to participation, associationism, social services, health, education, culture, sports, tourism, quality of life, innovation, etc. as well as public and private facilities (centres for the elderly, residences, flats with services, day centres, primary care centres, mental health centres, civic centres, cultural, sports, health centres, etc.).

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?

You need to be a university graduate or a higher graduate with a university degree.

Likewise, other candidates may access the course selection process without the university recognition required by virtue of their academic merits, their professional experience, or the place of work they occupy.

Those participants who do not have Spanish as one of their mother tongues or who have not had it as a training language in their studies, must prove to have at least a B2 level of Spanish (Common European Framework of Reference), as well as to fluently pass a personal interview with the academic management, if required.

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

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.


  • 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.


  • 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 3163.
  • The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.

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.

Grants and discounts


Financing simulator

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.

Application for admission
You are applying for admission to the program:
Postgraduate in Active & Healthy Ageing Project Management
Modality: Presencial
Price: 1750
Admission fee: 120
We will deduct this amount from the total registration fee if your application is accepted. If your application is rejected, we will reimburse you.

Postgraduate in Active & Healthy Ageing Project Management