Master Regional and Population Studies

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR4500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English, Spanish, Catalan (IELTS accepted)
Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona | Barcelona, Spain
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.

Description of Regional and Population Studies


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).

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline October
Tuition fee
  • EUR 4500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 2760 Year (EEA)
  • Price: 46.11Ä per credit (EU citizens and non-EU holding a Spanish residence permit).
  • 75Ä per credit (non-EU citizens who do not hold a Spanish residence permit).
Start date October  2015
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
  • Partially taught in English
  • Partially taught in Spanish
  • Partially taught in Catalan
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

  • 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 Nelēlo, 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.

Requirements for Regional and Population Studies


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%.

Work Experience for Regional and Population Studies

No work experience is required.

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Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona, Spain

Spain The Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona was founded in 1968. The founders aimed to establish four principles of autonomy: freedom to select teaching staff, admission available to all students (but with a limited number), freedom to create its own study plans and freedom to administrate the University's capital. It is therefore a young university, but in its short history it has moved forward at a rapid pace.

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