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Official master’s degree in Public Law
Course title

Official Master's Degree in Public Law

Academic field

Law and Political Science

Duration / Credits

9 months

Official stamp of quality – AQU






Student profile

Law or political science graduates who want to get a solid knowledge of public law, as well as graduates looking to get onto a doctorate course.

Admission and enrolment

Application is via the website and documentation and enrolment is formalised at the University.

Calendar and timetable

From October to June. Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Academic Calendar

We are the most experienced private university for teaching law in Catalonia.


1. Preparation for doctorates

The Official Master's Degree in Public Law is an official advanced course focused on giving students specific knowledge of the key elements of Public Law and preparing them for future access to a doctoral programme in Law.

The master's provides all the methodological training needed for rigorous research. This makes it the ideal academic training ground to develop and defend a thesis in legal education.

2. Experience

Abat Oliba CEU University began its law courses in 1973, making it the first private school (later becoming a university) to train lawyers in Catalonia.

The institution's long history, the academic accreditation of its professors and the professional experience of its range of collaborators guarantee educational quality.

3. Methodology

The master's is taught through a system combining four simultaneous methodologies:
- Lectures
- Seminars based on real case studies
- Practical workshops
- Master's dissertation with a tutor

The master's is taught following a blended-learning format with online sessions, allowing international students to attend classes in real time by logging onto the University's Online Campus. The lecturers' extensive experience and our high-quality IT infrastructure ensure active participation, with lively debates around the key topics covered.

Students that are able will defend their dissertation in person in Barcelona as part of a 5-day trip, with visits to the most important legal institutions in the city, along with other activities related to the legal world.

4. Format

The Master's is taught in a blended-learning format. The design and organisation of the course was specifically chosen to make it fully compatible with a job in the legal profession, whether for judges, lawyers, notaries, registrars, tax inspectors, barristers, court clerks for public authorities, etc.

5. Teaching staff

Our teaching staff comprises academics, lawyers, magistrates and other figures from the legal world selected based on their doctorate-level education, career, prestige and educational skills.

6. Information resources

The Library Service was created to support study and research with the aim of meeting all educational and scientific demands. It has extensive opening hours, including weekends, and is equipped with the latest technology.

UAO CEU also gives the university community a digital repository containing open-access publications including teaching materials, faculty and institutional research and work by students and alumni of the University.


Course structure

  • Legal Science Methodology    
    -    Methodology of research in legal science   EC 6 ECTS
    -    Introduction to the methodology of comparative law   EC 6 ECTS
    -    Legal argumentation theory   OB 6 ECTS
  • Advanced study in Spanish law    
    -    Current constitutional law issues   EC OB 6 ECTS
    -    Current administrative law issues   EC OB 6 ECTS 

  • Advanced study in financial and tax law    
    -    Current financial and tax law issues   EC 6 ECTS
    -    International tax law   EC 6 ECTS

  • Advanced study in criminal law    
    -    Current criminal law issues   EC 6 ECTS
    -    Historical and philosophical introduction to Criminal Law   EC 6 ECTS

  • Advanced study in European and international law
    -    Current European and international law issues   EC 6 ECTS
    -    International protection of children and vulnerable adults   EC 6 ECTS

  • Advanced study in procedural law    
    -    Dogmatic basics of procedural law   OP 6 ECTS
    -    Current issues in trial   EC 6 ECTS

  • Master's Dissertation    
    -    Master's Dissertation  OB  18 ECTS


Teaching staff 


Course Director

Pablo Nuevo. Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at Abat Oliba CEU University. Director of the Legal Science Department.


Teaching staff

  • Adolfo Lucas. Associate Professor of Criminal Law at Abat Oliba CEU University. Substitute Judge on the Barcelona Provincial Court.
  • Pablo Nuevo. Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at Abat Oliba CEU University. Director of the Legal Science Department.
  • Carmen Parra. Associate Professor of International Law at Abat Oliba CEU University. Head of the Chair on the Solidarity Economy at Abat Oliba CEU University.
  • Mª Jesús Pesqueira. Associate Professor of Procedural Law. Substitute Judge on the Barcelona Provincial Court. Vice-Dean of the Social Science Faculty at Abat Oliba CEU University.
  • Carlos Pérez del Valle. Dean of the Law Faculty at San Pablo CEU University. Former Court Clerk on the Spanish Supreme Court.
  • Juan José Guardia. Course Director for the Degree in Law at Abat Oliba CEU University. Doctor of Administrative Law, specialist in state guarantees and freedom of education.
  • José Luis Piñar. Professor of Administrative Law at San Pablo CEU University, Madrid. Member of the Google team studying the right to be forgotten
  • Sergi Prats. Lawyer specialising in international law. Managing Partner at PSG Abogados y Asesores Tributarios.
  • Enrique Rovira del Canto. Judge in Court 7 of the Barcelona Provincial Court. Director of the Specialisation Course in Economic Criminal Law at Abat Oliba CEU University.



Internships and careers


Students who earn the Official Master's Degree in Public Law from Abat Oliba CEU University are equipped with the necessary tools to work professionally in public law consultancy, in Spain or abroad, whether in public office or in private firms or companies.

They will also be ready to take the next step and pursue a doctorate in the legal sphere, without interfering with their professional development.



Fees and funding


€ 5,295*

*Price for the 2024-25 academic year

Tuition fees correspond, solely and exclusively, to the provision of teaching as part of the programme enrolled on, and this is the only service offered in exchange for the payment of those fees. By enrolling, the student accepts that decisions made by the competent authorities may, directly or indirectly, render it necessary to carry out teaching, tutoring, work placements and assessment tests in person or via distance learning.

The student accepts that they remain obliged to pay any such fees in full even if, for reasons beyond the control of the University, some of the educational activities included in the degree cannot be carried out as initially provided for in the course guides at the beginning of the academic year. If this were to happen, the University will provide the student with a guarantee that the activity will be rescheduled when possible, taking into consideration the interests of the student and any other applicable academic criteria.


Once the place has been reserved, the remaining amount can be paid in the following ways:

Single payment

The single payment method entitles students to a 3% discount in tuition fees.


Payment in instalments

Payment in three instalments throughout the academic year.

Monthly payment

In 10 instalments with special, interest-free financing with CaixaBank. Also entitles students to a 3% discount on tuition fees.

Other financing plans

With Banco Santander, CaixaBank, BBVA and Banc Sabadell. These also include a 3% enrolment discount.

Cancel your place if you change your mind

If you book a place and change your mind, you will have until 21 June to change your mind, meaning you can book now and be sure you won't regret it.


Master's and Postgraduate Qualifications
Bellesguard, 30. 08022 Barcelona
Tel. +34 93 253 72 03
[email protected]

Quality and regulation


Candidates for the Official Master's Degree in Public Law must have completed a Spanish or international university higher education qualification equivalent to an undergraduate degree in the British system.

The course is especially aimed at law and political science graduates who require an official master's degree to get onto a doctorate course.



The objective of the Official Master's Degree in Public Law is to teach the key elements that define this branch of law and which are essential to analyse it. It will also give students the tools needed to take the next step in a doctoral thesis in the legal sphere, without any interruption to the regular professional development of active jurists.




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