Postgraduate Course in Social Security Law
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.
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.
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.
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
Social Security Law Module
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.
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.
Full Professor UPF-BSM
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
- 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
- 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
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
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.
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.
Previous studies in Law
Previous studies in Labour Relations
Previous studies in Legal and Social Sciences
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:
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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
- 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.
If you are studying your last undergraduate course (4th year) at UPF or at a UPF Group centre and you have a good record, you can apply for a UPF-BSM scholarship. Remember that you must be a graduate and be in possession of your degree (or failing that, the certificate of receipt) when you start the program in which you have enrolled.
- Be in the last undergraduate year at UPF.
- Have a good academic record.
- Have been admitted or are in the process of admission to a Master or Postgraduate course for which you are applying for this Scholarship.
- Apply for the Scholarship at the time of application for admission.
- Submit a motivation letter with the reasons why you have opted for the Scholarship and a list of verifiable merits.
- Upload the required documentation through the eRegistrar platform
- The dates of awarding or denying of the Scholarship will be published on the website.
- The scholarship candidate will personally receive a communication with the procedures to follow in order to formalize it.
- The Scholarship Committee assesses academic talent (average grade of the report) and personal talent (the motivation of the candidate and their merits).
- The UPF-BSM Scholarships are not compatible with specific aid for the programs, scholarships granted by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, and other UPF-BSM scholarships.
- They are compatible with other scholarships from organizations outside the UPF-BSM and with discounts for large families.
They are applied for and granted in accordance with the dates stipulated below:
Academic year programs 2020–21 and 2021–22
- Scholarship application deadline: 03/12/2020, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 14/12/2020
- Scholarship application deadline: 12/01/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 25/01/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 23/02/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 08/03/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 08/04/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 19/04/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 13/05/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 24/05/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 08/06/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 21/06/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 06/07/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 27/07/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 20/07/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 27/07/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 02/09/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 13/09/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 05/10/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 18/10/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 21/10/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 01/11/2021
Remember that you must apply for the scholarship when you complete the application for admission to the program that interests you and always before classes start. The Scholarship cannot be processed for a program that is already being studied.
If you have any questions about how to apply for the UPF-BSM Scholarships, you can contact our scholarship secretariat via email.
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.
These scholarships are intended to favor specific groups, to help them in their professional and personal development or people who are in a situation of economic difficulty.
The Social Value Scholarship program covers from 25% to 70% of the total tuition fee for the master's degree and from 25% to 50% of the total tuition fee for the diploma or postgraduate course for all the programs offered by the Institute of Continuing Education Foundation.
The University Master's Degree in Law and any other master’s degree carried out in conjunction with an institution outside the UPF-BSM are excluded. Also excluded are programs for which the interested party wishes to carry out any recognition. Repeating students will also not be eligible for the scholarship.
- "Impulsa MUJER" (“Promote Woman”)
Aimed at all professional women, from any environment, who wish to study a management program in any area of the company, to occupy leadership positions or to lead a professional project.
Sporty woman: Specifically addressed at professional sportswomen interested in studying the master’s degree in Sports Management in any of its modalities.
- "Post COVID boost"
Aimed at people over 40 who are unemployed or in ERTE. ERTE is a term used in Spain to refer to the suspension for a specific time of the labor contract of part or all the workers of a company due to force majeure. This temporary suspension of the contract has been applied in Spain during the COVID-19 pandemic and remains in effect until the Government and the Employer decide.
- "Entrepreneur Scholarship for local economy"
Aimed at entrepreneurs and small businesses with a direct impact on the local economy and regions that need specific training to boost business.
- You must have applied for admission into one of the master's offered by the UPF Barcelona School of Management (except the Official Master's Program in Advocacy or those master's) and have been admitted to the program for which the grant is being requested.
- Present a letter of motivation with the reasons why you are applying for the scholarship with a list of merits or outstanding aspects that can be contrasted.
Consult the specific criteria for each of the modalities in the rules.
Submit your application for the Social Value Scholarship via the "Application form" of the program that you are interested in.
Submit the documentation via the "Scholarships and Funding" section of the eRegistar platform, to which you will be given access when applying
Please note that your application must meet all the requirements for both documentation and deadlines. Otherwise, it cannot be evaluated.
All documents except for the academic transcript must be in either Catalan, Spanish or English. The academic transcript can be presented in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian or Portuguese. If it is another language it must be accompanied by a sworn official translation into Catalan or Spanish.
Social Value Scholarship applications have to be made at the same time as completing your application for the program and always before classes begin. Social Value Scholarships cannot be processed for a master's program that has already begun.
Equally, applications presented after the deadlines of the established rounds will not be accepted, even if classes have not yet begun.
Social Value Scholarship are applied for and awarded according to the dates outlined below.:
Programmes for the academic year 2021-2022
- Scholarship application deadline: 12/01/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: during the week of 25/01/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 23/02/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: during the week of 08/03/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 08/04/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: during the week of 19/04/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 13/05/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: during the week of 24/05/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 08/06/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: during the week of 21/06/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 20/07/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: during the week of 27/07/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 02/09/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: during the week of 13/09/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 05/10/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: during the week of 18/10/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 21/10/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: during the week of 01/11/2021
The Scholarship Committee will only award Social Value Scholarships to those applicants who, having completed the corresponding documentation and been finally admitted to the program for which they are applying, have passed the various tests that may be requested and meet the criteria established in each established typology in which they wish to enter.
The Scholarship Committee will inform each applicant of the decision individually by e-mail, following the dates published on the website.
Grants and 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 Barcelona School of Management or UPF-IDEC Alumni: If you have previously studied at UPF Barcelona School of Management or UPF-IDEC a 15 credits (or more) program and you decide to take on a new program with us, you are entitled to a discount of 20% on your program tuition fees. It is required to be registered in the Alumni network of the UPF Barcelona School of Management upon your application. This discount is not applicable to short courses and postgraduate courses which are part of the same itinerary.
- UPF Alumni: If you have previously studied a degree, a master program or a doctoral program at Pompeu Fabra University, you are entitled to a discount of 15% on the UPF Barcelona School of Management Masters and postgraduated program tuition fees (those programs with more than 15 credits) beginning on or after 01/01/2019.
- ESCI-UPF and Tecnocampus Alumni: If you have previously studied a degree or a master at ESCI-UPF or Tecnocampus, you are entitled to a discount of 15% on the UPF Barcelona School of Management Masters and postgraduated program tuition fees (those programs with more than 15 credits).
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.
- Administrative and Service Staff (PAS) of Pompeu Fabra University. You are entitled to a 35% discount on tuition fees for open programs subject to prior communication from the rector's office and/or the UPF general manager's office.
- Administrative and Service Staff (PAS) and Teaching and Research Staff (PDI) of the UPF Group. Discount of 20% on tuition fees for open programs.
- Relatives (up to second degree) of UPF and the UPF's Institute of Continuing Education's Foundation teaching and research staff (PAS and PDI, in Spanish). Discount of 20% on tuition fees for open programs.
- If you work at a company member of the Institute of Continuing Education Foundation's Board of Trustees or at any of our councils' companies. Discount of 20% on the tuition fees of our master's and postgraduate courses.
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).
You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator and receive an answer in less than 24 hours.
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.
Postgraduate Course in Social Security Law