Regional and Population Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
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  • English, Spanish, Catalan
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona ,
The master's degree in Regional and Population Studies offers the chance to choose between two specialisations of great social importance: regional planning on the one hand and demography on the other. This master's degree leads on to our PhD degrees, of which both Demography and Geography have received Awards for Excellence from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Students can also carry out work placements in a wide range of private companies and public bodies, and attend workshops, and they are required to write a master's dissertation demonstrating excellence in research. In the case of the specialisation in Regional Planning, the syllabus includes the possibility of carrying out fieldwork over several days, on which the content and assessment of many modules are then based.

Career options

The official master's Degree in Regional and PopulationStudies trains specialists in different levels ofregional planning and management and, in the case of the specialisation in Regional Planning, in economic development and resource management in local authorities. The specialisation in Demography is aimed at those wishing to work in university research and teaching or in other research bodies, or as experts in demographic and statistical tools in public administration.

Teaching timetable

Classes are taught in the afternoons, at the Department of Geography of the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts (Land Use Planning track) and at the Centre for Demographic Studies (Demography track).

Programme Structure

  • Methodology
  • Advanced Topics in Regional and Population Studies
  • Master Thesis
  • Cities and Metropolitan Areas
  • Regional Planning
  • Geographical Information Systems, Planning and Landscape
  • Tourism and Territory
  • Local and Regional Development
  • Water, Energy and Land Management
  • Mobility, Transport and Territory
  • Work Placement


Ideal student profile

The Master's degree is designed for graduates with previous training in Geography, or in other areas of the humanities or social sciences (History, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, Political Sciences and Tourism) interested in qualified training to become researchers specialising in spatial planning and demography.

The specialisation in Spatial Planning, Social Development and Land Management is oriented towards a wide range of graduates, including those with engineering and architecture degrees and diplomas. The specialisation in Demography also includes students from degrees in statistics and mathematics and those with qualifications in the sciences and in engineering.

You must have a capacity for innovation, organisation, time management, communication, and for inter-disciplinary and team work.


This master's degree is taught by an excellent group of lecturers, experts in geography, demography, economics, sociology and other related sciences, and it provides an ideal mix of academic, research and professional training. A good example of the research carried out by the Geography Department and the CED is the journal Documents d'Anàlisi Geogràfica (DAG), a national benchmark in Spain and one of the top indexed journals. Over twenty lecturers are involved in the master's programme, including: Oriol Nel•lo, Anna Cabré, Antoni Tulla, Francesc Muñoz, Carme Miralles, Andreu Domingo, Daniel Devolder, Joaquín Recaño, Montserrat Solsona, Albert Esteve, Juan A. Módenes i Amand Blanes, among others. There are also regular contributions, in certain modules, from visiting lecturers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Spanish
    • Partially taught in Catalan
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements


Access to this master's degree is open to holders of an official bachelor's degree from a Spanish university or from another higher education institution within or outside the European Higher Education Area, provided this gives access to postgraduate studies in the country of issue.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to this Master's degree you must hold a four-year degree, a bachelor's degree, a three-year degree, or an advanced engineering/architecture degree or diploma, or an official EHEA university qualification valid for admission to Master's degree courses in the country in which it was obtained.

Selection criteria
  • Student record: 60% with the aim of giving preference to students with the best overall grades.
  • Curriculum Vitae: 30%. With special emphasis on the compatibility between your previous studies and professional experience in relation to the master's degree. Research projects, grants and publications will also be assessed.
  • Interview and/or cover letter: 10%.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 4500 International
  • EUR 2766 EU/EEA
  • Price: 46.11€ per credit (EU citizens and non-EU holding a Spanish residence permit).
  • 75€ per credit (non-EU citizens who do not hold a Spanish residence permit).


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