Master’s Degree in Human Resources

The Master’s Degree in Human Resources at Centro de Estudios Garrigues ranked second best master’s in human resources 2021/2022 by the prestigious Top 250 Masters ranking compiled by El Mundo and Expansión.

In a highly competitive and constantly changing economic environment characterized by increasing globalization, human resources professionals face a threefold challenge: to attract the most talented professionals, engage them with the company’s project and foster their all-round development. The Master’s Degree in Human Resources at Centro de Estudios Garrigues produces excellent professionals who are capable of successfully facing these and other challenges entailed in people management. Training in Compensation and Benefits is designed to address the growing demand for trained professionals who can design compensation systems that meet company objectives and ensure employee satisfaction.


Aimed at:

Graduates wishing to acquire the technical and practical knowledge required to pursue their professional career in Human Resources, both in-house and as consultants.


To provide students with in-depth training in all aspects of Human Resources, with a special emphasis on Compensation and Benefits, and in the personal skills needed to be a good professional.


On successful completion of the master’s degree course, students will be awarded a “Master’s Degree in Human Resources” from Centro de Estudios Garrigues and a “Master’s Degree in Human Resources” postgraduate qualification from Universidad Antonio de Nebrija.

  • Duration: From October 2020 through June 2021
  • Start of selection process: From November 2019
  • Timetable: Monday to Thursday afternoons (from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Friday mornings (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Course type: In Person
  • Dedication: Full time
  • Tuition fees: €28,000 (2019-2020 fees)
  • Total credits: 60 ECTS. Minimum 12 ECTS and maximum 60 ECTS per registration and teaching period
  • Teaching language: Spanish

Student Profile

The ideal graduate/candidate is someone with sufficient intellectual ability, who is dedicated, committed and responsible, able to work in a team and has knowledge of at least one foreign language.


Master’s Degree in Human Resources


Introduction to Companies. Basic Economic Concepts. Business Environment and Organizational Models. Organizational Processes. Quality System


   4 ETCS

The HR Function. HR Management: Economic and Financial Impacts


    1 ETCS

Accounting Practices


   2 ETCS

Corporate Culture and Values


   1 ETCS

Business Strategies. Change Management


   2 ETCS

Organizational Environment


   1 ETCS

HR Strategy


   2 ETCS

Internal Communication. Knowledge Management: applicable models


   2 ETCS

Effective Presentations, Oral Communication Skills, Written Communication Skills and Applied IT Skills


   1 ETCS

Outdoor training. Outdoor Training. Business Presentation Seminars


   2 ETCS

Introduction to Compensation. Description and Assessment of Positions. Design of Compensation Systems


   2 ETCS



Master’s Degree in Human Resources


Skills Management. Attraction and Retention of Personnel. Performance Evaluation: systems and methods


   4 ETCS

Balanced Scorecard: HR metrics


   2 ETCS



   1 ETCS

Organizational Efficiency in HR: outsourcing, management systems, due diligence of HR department


   2 ETCS



   1 ETCS

Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring. Emotional Intelligence. Talent Management. Work-life Balance


   3 ETCS

Design and Implementation of Salary Structures. Market Compensation. Corporate, National and International Compensation Policies. IT Tools for Compensation Management


   2 ETCS

Labor Relations


   2 ETCS

Payroll Management and Social Security


   1 ETCS

Occupational Risk Prevention


   1 ETCS

Time Management and Career Guidance


   1 ETCS



Master’s Degree in Human Resources


Taxation of Compensation. Expatriate Compensation and Tax Treatment


   2 ETCS

Variable Compensation and Alternative Reward Systems


   5 ETCS

Negotiation Techniques


   1 ETCS

End of Degree Project


   8 ETCS



   4 ETCS



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The subjects are organized as follows:

  • “Companies and Human Resources”: 11 credits
  • “Strategic HR Management”: 17 credits
  • “Compensation and Benefits”: 11 credits
  • “Legal Framework of the HR Function”: 4 credits
  • “Integrated Practice Area”: 2 credits
  • “Seminars”: 3 credits
  • “End of Degree Project"”: 8 credits
  • “Internship”: 4 credits

“Strategic HR Management” (the study of dominant trends and theories in HR Management) constitutes the fundamental core of professional HR practice and, therefore, of the master’s degree program, around which the rest of the content is based.

In order of importance, the above module is supplemented by “Companies and Human Resources” and “Compensation and Benefits” (11 credits each). The first (“Companies and Human Resources”) takes in several core disciplines relating to the organization and functioning of companies that are considered essential for the provision of business advice in the area of human resources (Basic Economic Concepts, Business Environment and Organizational Models, Accounting Practices, Corporate Culture and Values, Business Strategies, etc.). In turn, “Compensation and Benefits”, which analyzes the different forms of compensating personnel, forms one of the core components of the master’s degree.

“Legal framework of the HR function” aims to give students knowledge of the legal regulations and institutions, particularly in the area of labor and employment law, that most frequently have a bearing on the activities of HR professionals (type of labor relationship, social security, occupational risk prevention, etc.).

Almost all credits in the “Integrated Practice Area” module focus on the same activity: the analysis and resolution of complex case studies involving a range of disciplines related to the content of the master’s degree course.

“End of Degree Project”. This seeks to achieve the vertical integration of all knowledge and skills in each subject, helping students to attain a skills profile consistent with the objectives of the master’s degree and the demands of business and society. It also seeks to create a situation in which students are forced to take decisions under pressure, with limited time and scant information, in an attempt to mirror as closely as possible the situations faced by HR directors.

Seminars include the skillset seminars, although, since the skills taught are multidisciplinary (oral and written communication, time management, mastery of IT tools, teamwork, etc.), they are also present in other subjects throughout the program.

“Internship”. Doing a business internship has several aims. Firstly, it is meant to serve as a bridge between life as a student and experience in the working world. It also affords students the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired and observe how this knowledge is applied in practice by seasoned professionals.

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Academic information

Teaching Staff. Quality Assurance System


The content of each program is designed with practicing professionals in mind and with a view to supplementing the training of recent graduates in order to tailor their skills to the profiles sought by national and international companies, law firms and financial institutions.

Practical Application

The different programs are designed to strike the right balance between theory and practice. In other words, they combine a solid, well-structured theoretical base with its indispensable practical application in the business world.

An all-embracing approach

We offer an all-embracing approach to the materials studied, using case studies based on real national and international business scenarios and combining a range of disciplines. This allows students to gain an overall perspective of problems and encourages them to be creative in their search for innovative solutions.

New Technologies

All programs promote the learning and use of new technologies. In addition to offering IT seminars, we have a WiFi network that facilitates internet access and access to specialist databases. Furthermore, our Intranet enables students to communicate among themselves and with Center staff, as well as access a range of information sources: grades, academic calendars, alumni lists, library catalog, invitations and calls to various events, job advertisements, online courses, and so on.


In order to facilitate student participation in the sound running of each program, a student committee is set up for each master’s degree course to ensure a permanent communication channel with Center Management.

Skills and Attitudes

In addition to the acquisition of knowledge, the Center seeks to encourage the full development of professional skills and attitudes, such as a sense of responsibility, the ability to communicate, negotiation skills, and a willingness to cooperate and work in a team.

General qualifications of the teaching staff:

  • 12 doctorate holders
  • 37 are executives with direct responsibilities in the area of human resources, who also have teaching experience on prestigious master’s degree courses designed prior to the current regulation governing these qualifications (RD 1393/2007). They all have at least 10 years’ experience and the 22 of them have more than 15 years’ experience.

Career Prospects

Three months after the end of the program, the graduate placement rate exceeds 90%

Salidas Profesionales Tributacion

  •   39% The HR Departments of national and international companies.
  •   36% Consulting firms, either as in-house counsel or as external HR project consultants.
  •   21% The Compensation and Benefits Departments of leading companies.
  •   4% Human Capital Services Departments at law firms.



There follows a list of some of the companies at which students on the Master’s Degree in Human Resources have held internships or subsequently pursued their professional career:

  • 360 talent
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Accenture
  • Aon Hewitt
  • Auxadi
  • Avon Cosmetics
  • Banco Santander
  • Campofrío
  • Carrefour
  • Compensa Capital Humano
  • Deloitte
  • Engel & Völkers
  • Everis
  • Experis España
  • EY
  • Fresenius Medical Care
  • Garrigues Abogados
  • Groooow
  • Grupo Juste
  • Grupo Zed
  • Hays
  • Hudson
  • Hudson Global Resources
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kellogg's
  • LG
  • Loewe
  • Maxam
  • Mckinsey
  • Parexel
  • PeopleMatters
  • People Excellence
  • PWC
  • Repsol
  • Roche Pharma
  • Self Bank
  • Towers
  • Towers Perrin
  • Watson Wyatt

The teaching program of the master’s degree ends with a paid internship at a national or international company, law firm or financial institution.

The aim of these internships is to supplement students’ training by enabling them to apply the skills and knowledge acquired on the master’s degree course in a real working environment.

Internships last a minimum of 3 months, and may be extended depending on the student’s availability and the needs of the host company or firm.

Before starting an internship, a document is formalized with the company specifying the functions the student is to perform and the duration of the internship. The head of the Career Guidance Department receives this document from the company and validates its content as educational and associated with the master’s program.


Rules on continuance

Recognition and transfer of credits

For the purposes provided in the applicable legislation in force, in order to ensure student mobility, recognition means the acceptance by Universidad Antonio de Nebrija of credits which, having been obtained on officially recognized courses, at this or any other university, are taken into account on other courses for the purpose of obtaining an officially recognized qualification.

The following credits obtained by students will be recognized in new courses:

  • a) credits corresponding to core subjects of qualifications belonging to the same branch of knowledge.

  • b) credits corresponding to core subjects on the intended degree that come from qualifications in other branches of knowledge.

  • c) other credits may be recognized by the University by taking into account skills and knowledge associated with the subjects studied by the student and those provided in the syllabus, or multidisciplinary skills and knowledge.

Credit transfer involves the inclusion in the official academic transcript of the courses taken by each student of credits obtained on previous officially recognized courses, at this or any other university, that did not lead to the obtainment of an official qualification.

Credit recognition and/or transfer must be requested by the student on enrollment. Exceptionally, a different time period may be established with express authorization. Students must also pay the fees stipulated for such purpose.

Students must present the following documentation to the Course Secretary’s Office:

  • Academic transcript (original or officially certified photocopy) indicating the name of the subjects, type, number of ECTS credits and the grade obtained by the student.
  • In the case of credits referred to under letters b) and c) above, a detailed syllabus must be submitted (stamped original or officially certified photocopy).

The Course Secretary’s Office will send the submitted documentation to the Academic Committee of each department, which will decide whether to accept or reject the credit recognition and/or transfer request.

All credits obtained by the student on officially recognized courses studied at any university and any transferred, recognized and passed for the obtainment of the relevant qualification will be included in their academic transcript and reflected in the Diploma Supplement, if so requested.

Collaboration Agreements

Student mobility for business internships.

Another of our aims within the mobility area is for our students to complete their practical and international training by gaining professional experience in Europe. We advise and provide information for all students across the different degree programs on the Erasmus Mobility Project for Student Trainees, as well as on the different companies/economic areas where internships can be completed in Europe.

In line with previous years, the average duration of student internships abroad is 3 to 6 months. Personalized advice and knowledge of each and every one of our students enables us to align the needs of each company with the training needs of each student.

Each of our students/scholarship holders follows a work program defined by the company and supervised by the Center.

Students are required to present an End of Internship Report after completion of their international internship and hand in the company assessment report.

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