Postgraduate Course in Labour Law

With the Postgraduate in Labour Law you will be up to date with the latest changes to Spanish labour regulations and you will learn to analyse and solve the main interpretive problems that arise with respect to current regulation in this field.

  • Labour Law
  • Social Security
  • Law
Next edition
Classes start
07 October, 2021
Program ends
05 July, 2022 (To be confirmed)
From October to December: Thursday and Friday from 4 pm to 9 pm. From January to July: Friday from 4 pm to 9 pm.
ECTS credits
5000 €

The Postgraduate Course in Labour Law is characterized mainly by offering a very complete syllabus that goes beyond simple updating, complementation, or review, training specialists in the labour branch of Law.

During the course, you will learn about the regulations that affect the current labour market (temporary employment agencies, subcontracts for works and services, etc.) and you will review the role of agents in any employment relationship. You will update your knowledge of labour law (community labour law, collective bargaining, individual self-employment, etc.), you will deal with current labour relations (flexible hours and workdays, salaries and compensation) and you will be up-to-date with the new regulations on dismissal subject to collective agreements, personal agreements and other agreements, among other things.

The postgraduate course will provide you with precise knowledge of labour regulations as well as of constitutional jurisprudence and of the Supreme Court, highlighting what the unification of doctrine and, if appropriate, that of the higher courts of justice of the autonomous communities, especially in the case of Catalonia.

Why choose this program


Profession in high demand

The postgraduate course has been training professionals for more than 20 years in response to a strong and growing demand. In Catalonia alone, 33,000 lawsuits are held each year in matters of labour law and social security.


Updated contents

Specialists in each of the subjects inform you and regularly update you on the main interpretive problems posed by changes in labour regulations and Social Security.


Diverse teaching staff

Throughout the course you will have classes with magistrates from the social courts, lawyers from the Public Administration, lawyers and labour and social security inspectors, magistrates from the Supreme Court and specialized professors from thirteen different universities.

Who is it for?

The postgraduate course in Labour Law is aimed at graduates in Law or Labour Relations who are interested in specializing or delving into the professional practice of the field of Labour Law.

Exceptionally, graduates from other fields (such as Economics, Labour Sciences, or Political Sciences) can access the course as long as they have a minimum legal-labour basis for taking labour law subjects.

Admission and enrolment


The Postgraduate in Labour Law is structured in two large modules that revolve around Procedural Law and Labour Law.

In accordance with possible legislative developments, the final program may vary slightly.

Note: The teaching language of the program will be mainly Spanish, although approximately 20% of the classes will be held in Catalan. Therefore, a knowledge of Catalan is required at a level of comprehension.

Procedural Law
The social process: competence, legitimation, etc.
The ordinary process
Special processes: for dismissal and Basic Rights
Special processes: union conflicts et al.
Social Security processes
Contentious administrative processes
Jurisdictional resources
Provisional and definitive execution of sentences
Conciliation, mediation, and arbitration
Labour aspects of insolvency proceedings
Labour Law
Subjective scope of labour law. Common, special, and self-employed employment relationships
Entrepreneur and company. Business groups and multi-service companies. Public Administration.
Transfer of workers, subcontracting of works and services, temporary work companies
Employment contract: effectiveness of the employment contract, modality, and content
Labour rights and duties derived from the employment contract. Pro operario principle
Duration of the employment contract: permanent and temporary contracts
Working time. Working hours, overtime, shifts, rest, national and regional holidays, leave, and vacation
Salary and salary guarantees
Professional classification, ius variandi. Functional mobility
Geographical mobility. Transfers and displacements
Substantial modifications of working conditions
Suspension of the employment contract. Leave of absence
Temporary and permanent redundancy
Objective dismissals. Causes and form
Disciplinary dismissal. Causes and form
Labour and Social Security Inspection: its role in the labour relations model
Procedural effects of dismissal
The right to freedom of association in the Labour Relations constitutional model; Constitutional Court's reading
Subjects and contents of freedom of association
Other channels of representation in the company. Works councils and staff delegates
Collective bargaining: models, subjects, and content
Right to strike: legal framework, subjects, and content
Administrative criteria for Labour Inspection/evaluation

Complementary activities

BSM Inside is a transversal and interdisciplinary module, common to all master's and postgraduate degrees at UPF Barcelona School of Management, which has been conceived to work on a set of key competencies for professional development in conjunction with the real needs of today's organizations. 

This module extends throughout the academic year and is made up of 3 areas of knowledge that constitute the identity traits of the UPF-BSM: Communication; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Planetary Well-being and Humanities. 

All the subjects of the BSM Inside module are 100% online and have been designed as self-learning subjects: from the first day of the subject until the end of the term you will have all the teaching materials available on the eCampus and you can work with the material and the different activities that it contains at your own pace, according to your availability and in a self-organized way. 

Qualification obtained

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


The teaching team of the Postgraduate in Labour Law is made up of a diverse faculty that comes from different universities as well as specialists from all legal professions (magistrates, inspectors, lawyers, administration lawyers, etc.).

Academic directors

Julia Lopez Lopez

Full Professor UPF

Josep Fargas Fernandez

Associate Professor UPF


The course is conceived with the aim of combining two purposes that may seem antagonistic: generality and depth. The first is manifested in an all-encompassing program design in which all aspects of labour law are considered, with special emphasis on those aspects that have undergone more recent modifications.


Practical cases in group

Throughout the course, almost half of the sessions are devoted to the analysis of practical cases, which are examined and discussed in class with the entire group of students.


Diverse and specialized teaching team

The composition of the teaching staff of the latest courses consisted of 13 university professors from 7 different universities, 9 magistrates (Supreme Court, High Court of Justice of Catalonia, High Court), 8 lawyers from the Public Administration, 5 practising lawyers and 5 Labour and Social Security inspectors.


Tutoring and monitoring

Throughout the program, the academic management team will monitor the student to offer support and ensure their correct progress.


To obtain the corresponding qualification, regular attendance at class is essential (a minimum of 80%), and practical exercises and compulsory work must be carried out and delivered to the professionals who commission them and who will mark them in each case.


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 Postgraduate Course in Labour Law brings together legal professionals who wish to specialize in this branch of Law. Throughout the program, students will be trained to continue their career in the professional market as specialists in Labour Law.

Student profile

Our students are mostly legal professionals who wish to become specialists in Labour and Social Security Law, either acquiring this speciality for the first time after recently joining a law firm, or by changing speciality given the current greater demand for specialists in the labour field; in particular, recent graduates who practice as lawyers or labour graduates show interest in expanding their training, not wishing to neglect issues that they previously deemed of little relevance, together with attention to the most recent regulatory reforms.


Average age


Previous studies in Law


Previous studies in Labour Relations


Previous studies in Legal and Social Sciences

Career opportunities

The Postgraduate in Labour Law includes the possibility of doing extracurricular internships. This type of internship is not part of the academic content of the postgraduate course, is not mandatory and is considered a complement to the teaching sessions.

The program meets diverse professional needs and helps participants to:

  • Prepare oppositions
  • Change legal specialization
  • Prepare for free practice as a specialist lawyer
  • Update knowledge related to Labour Law and Social Security

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.

Those participants who do not have Spanish as one of their mother tongues or who did not have it as a teaching language in their training studies, must prove that they have at least a B2 level of Spanish (Common European Framework of Reference), as well as fluently take part in a personal interview with the academic director, if necessary.

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 2026.
  • 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 Diploma in Labour Law
Modality: Presencial
Price: 5000
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 Labour Law