Postgraduate in Accounting Management and Administrative Control

Acquire the skills and abilities necessary to direct the accounting department of any company or institution. This is a specialized program to focus your career in the field of administrative control or business controller.

  • Accounting Management
  • Administrative Control
  • controlling
Next edition
Classes start
04 October, 2021
Program ends
07 February, 2022
Monday and Wednesday from 6 pm to 9 pm and some Fridays
ECTS credits
3150 €

The Postgraduate Course in Accounting Management and Administrative Control will teach you to analyse the economic and financial status of an organization in an analytical and strategic way, as well as to make decisions about its operations.

Through exercises, mostly practical, on this course you will address all the contents from a management and decision-making perspective. On the course you will become an accounting expert capable of leading an accounting team in all its aspects, as well as performing controlling and internal audit functions.

At the end of the course, the student will know how to diagnose the economic and financial situation, and evolution of any company, mastering the cost calculation systems and the most current strategic and analytical planning systems, preparing budgets, implementing budget control systems and analysing deviations in professional activity, as well as designing an administrative control system from a decision-making perspective.


Why choose this program


Learn from a prestigious teaching team

On this course you will train with professors from the UPF Economics and Business area and also with recognized experts who will contribute their knowledge and experience to apply the theory to the daily practice of the business controller.


We adapt to you

Throughout the course we offer students the same program, strategy, content, and academic qualification in different modalities: face-to-face, blended and online. This is how we adapt to your personal and professional situation.


Gain access to a consolidated program

46 courses and more than 1,000 students trained endorse the success, the methodology, and the consolidation of this postgraduate course in administrative control.


Expand your training

If at the end of the postgraduate course you want to continue expanding your training as a business controller, you will be able to take the Master in Accounting and Financial Management at UPF-BSM, with the credits obtained during this course being recognized.

Who is it for?

The program is aimed at university graduates, preferably in the field of organization management, economics, budgets, and finance, who want to specialize in the sector and professionals with experience who already have an accounting methodology and who want or need to update it, expand on it or deepen their knowledge of it.

The postgraduate program develops the student in the role of cost controller and director from a grassroots level and with a generalist approach, which is why it is also aimed at experts from other disciplines who demonstrate prior knowledge in these information systems, either through previous academic or work training.

Admission and enrolment


The postgraduate curriculum is made up of 3 main subjects around administrative control and the figure of the financial controller and is complemented by the Postgraduate Final Project that will encompass the content acquired by the student throughout the course.

Business analysis I
  • Current state of academic research and business practice in the context of financial statement analysis, controllers, and strategic planning.
  • Equity and financial analysis. Discriminant analysis. One-dimensional and multidimensional models.
  • Analysis of the working capital. The relationship between working capital needs and actual working capital. Latest trends in working capital management.
  • Comprehensive analysis by the director or as part of an audit.
  • Analysis of the ability to generate profits, value, and growth.
  • Comprehensive diagnosis of the company. Sensitivity analysis.
Strategic cost management
  • Relationships between cost and financial accounting.
  • Current state of academic research and cost business practice, with special emphasis on the different cost systems used by organizations in the current context.
  • Cost administrative control based on activities.
  • Relations with integrated information systems and other functional areas of the company.
  • Strategic cost management.
  • New trends in cost accounting.
  • Latest academic research on the subject.
  • Cost models of high growth companies.
  • New approaches to cost reduction. The low-cost model, quality, and non-quality costs. Environmental costs.
  • Consequences of cost reduction approaches.
Budget management and control
  • Relations with integrated information systems and other functional areas of the company.
  • Standard costs and deviation analysis models.
  • Practical implementation of the director of budget control models.
  • Review of the literature on new trends in budget control and management beyond budgets.
  • Budget management models of high-growth companies by sectors.
  • Link between the strategy and the operations control system.
  • Selection of monetary and non-monetary indicators.
  • Planning and Design of scorecards (balanced scorecard).
  • Human aspects of administrative control.
  • Relations with integrated information systems and other functional areas of the organization.
  • Review of the literature on new trends in administrative control and foreseeable evolution of control in organizations.
  • Administrative control models in high growth environments.
  • Design of control systems that minimize the perverse effects of administrative control.
  • Case study of successful and unsuccessful business models.
Postgraduate Final Project (Management Skills)

The Postgraduate Final Project is intended for students to integrate the various subjects of the course. It is also about promoting managerial and financial controller skills related to the oral and written presentation of the work carried out. This will allow, on the one hand, the application of the skills acquired by the students to the world of work and, on the other hand, the enrichment of the vision that the student has of the concepts they are learning throughout the program.

Qualification obtained

Once you have passed the program, you will be awarded the degree of Curso de Postgrado en Dirección Contable y Control de Gestión, issued by Pompeu Fabra University.


The course's teaching team is made up of professors from the UPF Economics and Business area and experts in administrative control, who guarantee the UPF-BSM's teaching rigour.

Academic directors

Jordi de Falguera Martinez Alarcon

Associate Professor UPF


Ramon Bastida Vialcanet

Vice Dean for Research and Knowledge Transfer at UPF Barcelona School of Management
Associate Professor BSM

Jordi de Falguera Martinez Alarcon

Associate Professor UPF

Quico Marin Anglada

Senior Lecturer BSM

Joan Anton Ros Guasch

Senior Lecturer BSM

Antonio Valls Roig

Lecturer BSM


The planning of the course has a very practical and professional approach to the student. It combines theory and practice that encompasses the different information systems, with a very participatory methodology. Added to the presentation of theoretical concepts by the teachers is the interaction and active intervention of the students.


Connected with the professional world

Throughout the course, real and current practical cases around administrative control will be discussed and presented, which will allow you to apply the concepts learned and thus face the situations that you will encounter in your professional activity.


Team building

Group work allows students to share vision, opinions, and methodology with classmates from diverse backgrounds, enriching your academic knowledge and strengthening your networking.


Active participation

Faced with the practical exercises, students will have to propose the solution they find most appropriate, applying the knowledge acquired and demonstrating their ability to make decisions.


The modality of the evaluation for the course is continuous and will be carried out based on:

  • Practical cases, exercises, and work oriented to the business reality of controllers
  • Tests of the different subjects
  • Class participation and presentations
  • Class attendance (minimum 80%)
  • Postgraduate Final Project

The student's evaluation activities will be carried out individually and also in a group, promoting teamwork.


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 program is aimed at all those professionals who want to get to know the role of the controller, as well as grow and develop in an accounting team, whether they are young graduates who want to start their career, or qualified professionals who want to take on new financial challenges and responsibilities in this area of vital importance in any public, private, or auditing company.

Student profile

You will share the classroom with young people who come from the fields of Accounting and Finance, Economics, or Business Management. There will also be professionals from the sector and other financial directors who want to deepen their knowledge about controllers in order to apply it in their professional activity.

There will be the students of the Master in Accounting and Financial Management and the postgraduate students in the classroom.


Average age


Average number of years of professional experience

Career opportunities

Through the support of the teachers, the postgraduate studies all the techniques that a controller requires with the aim of creating the foundations that allow the participants to professionally face a workplace situation directly linked to financial managers.

  • Business Controller
  • Head of Planning and operations control
  • Internal Auditor
  • Risk analyst
  • Director of accounting/finance department
  • Accounting/finance department staff
  • Audit 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?

University graduates.

Likewise, other candidates without the required university degree may take part in the course selection process by virtue of their professional and academic merits, and the workplace they occupy.

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 3009.
  • 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

Postgraduate in Accounting Management and Administrative Control