Postgraduate Course in Social Security Law

With the Postgraduate Course in Social Security Law you will specialize in the functioning and current legal aspects of Social Security in Spain.

  • 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: Thursday from 4 pm to 9 pm
ECTS credits
5000 €

The Postgraduate Course in Social Security Law has the aim of converting you into a professional capable of advising individuals and companies on issues such as the rights to health coverage, temporary and permanent disability, widowhood and orphanhood, retirement or unemployment, as well as the business obligations for contributing and the responsibilities in case of not doing so correctly.

During the course you will receive training from academic and professional experts from legal institutions throughout the country. In addition to analysing in depth the legal regulations of Social Security, the course will introduce you to the main problems of interpretation posed by the most recent amendments to the law and you will learn about the main doctrinal contributions through a selection based on criteria of originality and depth.

Why choose this program


Profession in high demand

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


Benchmark program in the sector

For more than 28 courses the master has been training specialists in the social branch of law, subject to continuous reforms, both in labour matters and in social security, which makes it a benchmark program in the sector.


Diverse teaching staff

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


Connection with the professional world

The program meets various needs: preparation for public examinations, change of legal speciality, preparation for free practice as a specialist lawyer, recycling of all the material after years of dealing with a few topics, etc.


Professional internships

You will have the opportunity to carry out specialized professional internships in the field of Labour Law and Social Security.

Who is it for?

The Postgraduate Course in Social Security Law is aimed primarily at graduates in Law and Labour Sciences interested in specializing in the professional practice of the field of Labour Law and Social Security. Graduates from other fields can also apply (such as Economics or Political Sciences) as long as they have taken a subject in Labour Law, as well as graduates in Labour Relations.

The program allows professionals in the sector to update their knowledge and perfect their practice, contrasting it with that of highly qualified specialists.

Admission and enrolment


The Postgraduate Course in Social Security Law is structured into 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 Module

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

Social Security Law Module

Subjective scope and legal relationship of affiliation
Contributions and special agreement
Collection and executive procedure
Business responsibilities
Work accidents and collaborating insurance companies
Non-contributory pensions
Dependence: evaluations and benefits
Temporary disability
Child birth and dependent children benefits
Maternity, paternity, and risk situations
Permanent disability: benefits and review
Retirement: requirements, benefits, and compatibility
Partial, early, or postponed retirement
Death and survival
Unemployment: benefits, subsidies, and job seekers allowance
Special Regime for Self-Employed Workers

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 de la Seguridad Social, issued by Pompeu Fabra University.


Academic directors

Julia Lopez Lopez

Full Professor UPF-BSM

Josep Fargas Fernandez

Associate Professor UPF-BSM

  • Alexandre de le Court
    Assistant Professor of Labour Law and Social Security at Pompeu Fabra University. Mentor.
  • Ana Huertos Torné
    Lawyer specialist in employment law.
  • Ana Salas
    Social Magistrate
  • Antonio Baylos
    Director of the Central European and Latin American Institute of University Research for Social Dialogue. Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Castilla-La Mancha.
  • Borja Moreno Pantrigo
    Legal Advice for the Department of Social Welfare and Family for the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government)
  • Consuelo Chacartegui
    Lecturer in Employment Law and Social Security and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law, with management responsibilities in the Bachelor's Programme in Labour Relations at UPF.
  • Eduardo Rojo
    Member of the Editorial Board of sociology magazine Papers. Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • Faustino Rodríguez
    Social Magistrate in Barcelona.
  • Félix Salaverria
    Head of Legal Advice for the Department of Social Welfare and Family for the Generalitat de Catalunya.
  • Félix V. Azón
    Master from the London School of Academics (United Kingdom). Social Magistrate.
  • Fernando Salinas
    Magistrate at the Supreme Court. PhD in Law from the University of Seville.
  • Ferran Camas
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Girona.
  • Francisco González
    Head of Legal Consultancy at the National Institute of the Social Security in Barcelona.
  • Francisco J. Prados
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Granada.
  • Ignacio García-Perrote
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Castilla-La Mancha. Director of Employment Department at Uría-Menéndez Abogados.
  • Jaime Cabeza
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Vigo.
  • Jesús Cruz Vilalón
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Seville.
  • Jesús R. Mercader
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University Carlos III of Madrid.
  • Jordi Agustí
    Magistrate at the Supreme Court.
  • José Antonio Garcia Ballesteros
    Social Security information service in Barcelona.
  • José Luis Goñi
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the public university of Navarra.
  • José Manuel Gómez
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Seville. Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law.
  • Juan López Gandía
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.
  • Juan Manuel Sánchez-Bustamante
    Lawyer of the Social Security Administration.
  • Juan Reyes
    Lawyer from Employment Department at Uría-Menéndez Abogados. Barcelona
  • Maria José Feijóo
    Tenured lecturer of Employment and Social Security Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • María Luisa Segoviano Astaburuaga
    Magistrate at the Supreme Court.
  • Mercè Saura Súcar
    Social Magistrate.
  • Miguel Arenas
    Lawyer and partner at Col.lectiu Ronda.
  • Nuria Pumar
    President of the Equality Commission at the Law Faculty of the University of Barcelona. Tenured lecturer of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Barcelona.
  • Paco Pérez
    Lawyer specialist in employment law.
  • Patrocinio Rodríguez
    Tenured lecturer of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Seville.
  • Pedro J. López Clarós
    Social Security Retirement Dept. in Barcelona
  • Rafael Laraña
    Deputy Director of Retirement, Survival and International Conventions at the National Institute of the Social Security in Barcelona.
  • Rosa Maria Viroles Piñol
    Magistrate at the Supreme Court.
  • Santiago González Ortega
    PhD in Law from the University of Bologna. Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University Pablo de Olavide
  • Sebastián de Soto
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Huelva.
  • Sergio Canalda
    Assistant Professor of Labour Law and Social Security at the Pompeu Fabra University. Mentor.
  • Telma Vega Felgueroso
    Employment Inspector.


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 (TS, TSJC, JS), 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 Social Security Law brings together on each course legal professionals who wish to specialize in this branch of Law. Throughout the program, participants will be trained to continue their career in the professional market as specialists in Social Security 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 a focus on 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 Social Security 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 2027.
  • 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.


Apply for one of our UPF-BSM Scholarships, awarded specifically to Pompeu Fabra University students with a good academic record.

Social Value Scholarships

UPF Barcelona School of Management, for this next academic year, and aiming at the commitment for social welfare, offers the Social Value Scholarships with the objective of supporting and favoring the groups that the School considers a priority. Enter and consult the details.

Grants and discounts

Alumni discounts

If you are a member of our alumni associations or of one of our partner universities, we offer you a series of applicable discounts on the amount of tuition for your program.

UPF Employee Discounts

If you are a member or family member of an employee of the UPF group or belonged to the collaborating institutions of the UPF Barcelona School of Management, you can enjoy a series of applicable discounts on the tuition fees for your program.

UPF Partner Latinoamerican Universities Discount

If you are alumni of one of our Partner Universities, you are entitled to a discount of 10% on the UPF Barcelona School of Management Masters and postgraduate program tuition fees (those programs with more than 15 credits).


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 Social Security 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 Social Security Law