Regional and Population Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English, Spanish, Catalan
University rank #147 (WUR) ,
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.


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


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.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic 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.
  • 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

  • International Applies to you

    4500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4500 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2766 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2766 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • 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)

Living costs for Barcelona

  • 770 - 1360 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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