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What are official master’s degrees?

marzo 31, 2021
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What are official master’s degrees?

The official master’s degrees are postgraduate studies that offer you a advanced training aimed at professional or academic specialization aimed at the initiation of research activities.

The official master’s degrees, unlike their own master’s degrees, have gone through a rigorous process of quality assessment of studies by a body external to the university. In Spain, the organization that is in charge of accrediting master’s degrees is the National Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation (ANECA), but also the evaluation bodies of the autonomous communities that are members of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education ( ENQA).

Thus, official master’s degrees are recognized in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and, therefore, in all European universities.

Passing these studies will allow you to access a doctoral program in the field that best suits your academic and professional interests.


To access an official master’s degree you must have a official university degree issued by a university belonging to the EHEA.

People with degrees in educational systems outside the EHEA will also be able to access as long as the host university previously verifies that these degrees accredit training equivalent to the corresponding official Spanish university degrees and empower in the country issuing the degree for access to master’s degrees. .


The duration of these studies is between 60 and 120 ECTS credits, that is, between 1 and 2 years. Once completed, you will obtain the University Master’s Degree.

Tuition and scholarships

The price of the official master’s degrees is regulated by educational administrations. Tuition funding is public and private, that is, part of the total amount is subsidized by the State and the other is borne by the student.

As they are official studies, you can also apply for the scholarships, grants and loans offered by the Ministry of Education and Professional Training to carry out post-compulsory studies.

General structure of the curriculum

These studies are organized in subjects:

  • Mandatory.
  • Optional.
  • External internships (if any).
  • Master’s final project.

What types of official master’s degrees are there?

Each university has a wide training offer in which you can find different types of official master’s degrees:

  • Master’s degree: training organized by a single university.
  • Interuniversity Master: degree taught by several universities in the Spanish territory that share the same study plan.
  • Qualifying university master’s degree: studies that enable the exercise of a regulated professional activity. This is the case of lawyers, secondary school teachers, engineers or architects.
  • Master’s degree Erasmus Mundus: Master’s program taught jointly by different universities around the world. The objective of these studies is to promote international mobility, therefore, you will be able to study them in different countries and, upon completion, you will obtain a degree issued by several universities.
  • Double international master’s degrees: some universities have international agreements with other foreign universities that will allow you to take a joint master’s program and obtain two official degrees (one for each university).
  • University Master’s Degree in English: some degrees offer the opportunity to take them fully or partially in English. On the other hand, others are offered exclusively in this language.

In addition to the possibility of taking some master’s degrees in English, you can also find master’s degrees in the different training modalities: face-to-face, online, remotely or b-learning.

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Why study an official master’s degree?

The postgraduate training offer is very wide. In the moment of choose a master’s degree, you will have to choose if you want this to be official or not. Taking an official master’s degree is important for the following cases:

Access to the doctorate. If you want to continue with your studies towards a doctorate, one of the access requirements is that you have an official master’s degree. You must have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits between your bachelor’s (or equivalent) and university master’s degrees.

Exercise of regulated professions. For the exercise of some professions such as, for example, secondary school teacher, lawyer or architect, it is essential that you take a university master’s degree qualifying for this profession.

I work in the Public Administration. For access to some positions in the Public Administration, being in possession of an official master’s degree can be one of the access requirements or it can give points to your candidacy.

In other cases, the choice between an official master’s degree or your own master’s degree has to be made taking into account your objectives, the master’s program, your professional opportunities and other criteria that will help you choose your master’s degree well.

Know in detail the offer of official master’s degrees and the criteria that will help you choose a master’s degree.