Postgraduate Course in Controlling

Train yourself to develop the role of Controller in a financial department and learn to identify how to make the company's strategy operational in business operations.

  • controlling
  • controller
  • Administrative Control
Next edition
Classes start
21 April, 2022
Program ends
11 July, 2022
One, two, or three afternoons a week, depending on the electives selected, from 6 pm to 9 pm.
ECTS credits
1600 €

Train yourself as a Financial Controller with the Postgraduate Course in Controlling from the UPF Barcelona School of Management and learn to competently perform all its functions, specializing in analytical accounting and advanced financial planning.

Throughout the course you will learn to develop the internal control function of a company, to master and know how to choose and implement the most advanced administrative control processes and techniques based on the needs of the company and its objectives, as well as use the computer tools necessary to carry out this task.


Why choose this program


Prestigious teaching team with a double didactic approach

You will train with professors from the UPF Economics and Business area and with recognized active professionals who will contribute their knowledge and experience to apply theory to practice.


Adapted to you

The same program, contents and academic qualification, offered in three different modalities (face-to-face, blended, and online) so that you can adapt it to your personal and professional situation.


Expand your training

If at the end of the postgraduate course you want to continue expanding your training, you can take the Master in Accounting and Financial Management at UPF-BSM with the credits obtained being recognized.

Who is it for?

The program is aimed at university graduates preferably from the environment of business administration and management, economics, and accounting and finance, who want to specialize in the accounting field, as well as professionals with financial experience and knowledge who want or need to update it, expand on it, or look at it in depth.

The program is advanced training, so it is important to have previous training and/or experience in the sector.

Admission and enrolment


The Postgraduate course consists of 5 optional subjects from which 3 must be chosen, and is complemented by a Final Project in which the student applies the knowledge of the content acquired during the course.

Optional Subjects
Internal control
  • Corporate governance
  • Management of corporate risks
  • Design of risk maps
  • Circuit and process design
Advanced management control
  • Incentive systems
  • Process redesign
  • Beyond budgeting
  • Project controlling
IT tools for optimizing management control
  • Excel applied to accounting and finance
  • How to implement an ERP successfully
  • Latest trends in computer tools for optimizing management control
International Controlling (in English)
  • Management control systems to evaluate the performance in multinational corporations.
  • Effective decision making in international business.
  • Controlling subsidiaries


New trends in Finance
  • Bitcoin and blockchain technology
  • From cryptocurrencies to crypto-assets
  • Smart contracts
  • Decentralised finance (DeFi)
Postgraduate Final Project
Postgraduate Final Project

This subject is intended for students to show that they have internalized the content developed during postgraduate studies and that they are capable of applying them in different environments. It is a project that seeks to integrate all or several of the subjects developed during the postgraduate course.

Qualification obtained

Once you have passed the program, you will be awarded the degree of Curso de Postgrado en Controlling, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.

Note: Elective courses will be carried out in case of reaching a minimum number of enrolled students. The final offer for each academic year may be adapted depending on the academic planning.


The teaching team is made up of professors from the UPF Economics and Business area and professionals from the sector, with the guarantee of the UPF-BSM's teaching rigour.

Academic directors

Llorenç Bagur Femenías

Vice Dean for Faculty of UPF Barcelona School of Management
Director of the Associated Centre (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Barcelona School of Management
Associate Professor BSM


Llorenç Bagur Femenías

Vice Dean for Faculty of UPF Barcelona School of Management
Director of the Associated Centre (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Barcelona School of Management
Associate Professor BSM

Ramon Bastida Vialcanet

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

Oriol Montanyà Vilalta

Senior Lecturer BSM

Marc Oliveras Villanueva

Teaching Assistant BSM

Luz Parrondo Tort

Head of Accounting and Finance
Senior Lecturer BSM

  • Oriol Amat Salas
    Full professor of Financial Economics and Accounting at UPF and UPF-BSM
    PhD in Economics (UAB). Degree and MBA in Business Administration
  • Silvia Baron Gómez 
    BBVA Real Estate Business Unit.
    Master in Banking and Finance from Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Ricard Blasco Mínguez 
    Financial Manager with consolidated experience in multinational environments and transformational projects. He has developed most of his professional career in the multinational firm COTY. He currently works in PEPSICO.
    Master in Financial Management from EADA. 
  • Julio Capilla Vidal 
    Partner of RSM Spain Auditores since 2013.  President of the Agrupación de Auditores de Baleares and member of the Board of Directors of the ICJCE.
    Associate lecturer in the Accounting and Auditing Department of the University of the Balearic Islands.
    Postgraduate course in Financial Management from Pompeu Fabra University Postgraduate course in Administration and Tax Management from the University of Barcelona.
    Degree in Economic and Business Sciences from the University of Barcelona.
  • Pau Guerrero Vilà 
    Corporate Financial Director at Cervino Corporation.
    Executive MBA from IESE.
    Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). He also holds a Bachelor in Administration and Business Management and a Bachelor in Law from Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Juan Pablo Mejía
    Industrial Engineer and MBA from the London Business School.
    He has more than 11 years of experience in investment banking, capital markets, entrepreneurship and providing advice related to blockchain and crypto assets. He is also a professor of topics related to Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies since 2017 in universities, corporate workshops, events, and through his YouTube channel "Juan en Cripto" and the podcast "Tune into the Block".
  • Xavier Subirats Alcoverro
    Master in International Business at ESCI - UPF
    Degree in Business Administration from the Universitat Barcelona.
    Partner at Amsel Assessors and professor of Business Administration at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
  • Víctor Vera Vinardell 
    Financial Director at Orange Catalunya. 
    Economist and Chartered Accountant. International Business Development at Essec. 


The program has a very practical and professional approach, combining theory and practice with a participatory methodology. In addition to the presentation of theoretical concepts by the teachers, there is also interaction and active intervention by the students.


Connected with the professional world

Throughout the course, real and current practical cases 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 will allow you to share visions, knowledge and opinions with colleagues from diverse backgrounds, enriching your academic experience and strengthening your networking.


Active participation

Faced with the practical exercises, students will have to propose the solution they find most appropriate by applying the knowledge acquired.


The evaluation of the program is continuous and will be carried out based on:

  • Practical cases, exercises and work oriented to business reality
  • Tests of the different subjects
  • Participation and presentations in class
  • Attendance in class (minimum of 80%)
  • Postgraduate Final Project

The evaluation activities will be carried out individually and in groups, to encourage 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

You will share the classroom with professionals who come from the fields of Accounting and Finance, Economics, or Business Administration who want to increase their knowledge to apply it in their jobs.

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

Student profile

You will share the classroom with professionals who come from the fields of Accounting and Finance, Economics, or Business Administration who want to increase their knowledge to apply it in their jobs.

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


Average age


Average number of years of professional experience

Career opportunities

The postgraduate course is advanced training that delves into all the techniques that a Controller requires to professionally face a workplace such as this.

  • Controller
  • Director of accounting/finance department
  • Business advisor on accounting, financial, and management issues
  • Business consultant
  • Risk analyst in financial department
  • Internal Auditor

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.

Other candidates without the required university degree may take part in the selection process by virtue of their academic or professional merits, and the place of work 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 3166.
  • 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

Application for admission
You are applying for admission to the program:
Postgraduate Course on Controlling
Modality: Presencial
Language: Spanish
Price: 1600
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 Course in Controlling