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Master of Science in International Business : Methodology


The Master of Science in International Business combines different teaching methodologies in all its component courses:

  • Practical case studies
  • Individual exercises
  • Group-based activities
  • Oral presentations
  • In-class discussions
  • Company visits

Each course is introduced by a detailed description of the learning objectives and skills that students should have acquired by the end of the course.

UPF Barcelona School of Management and ESCI-UPF bases their teaching methodology on a scientific approach to knowledge rooted in three core ideas: evidence-based management, entrepreneurship and innovation, and engaged social value.


The assessment criteria for each course will be set out at the beginning of term. The assessment system may vary from course to course but will be based on students’ performance in the following activities:

  • Written exams and multiple-choice tests
  • Oral presentations
  • Individual works and essays
  • Group projects
  • Class participation and contribution to debates

Challenge Garage: a networking experience for all Masters of Science

UPF Barcelona School of Management and ESCI-UPF offer MSc students the chance to get involved in real-life business projects and professional networking events. The Challenge Garage is an innovative project designed to foster interaction between local start-ups, SMEs and the school’s MSc students. It aims to identify real challenges faced by today’s companies and explores how to use them to generate new business.

The Challenge Garage is run every year as a parallel activity to regular MSc classes as a way ofenriching the school’s teaching methodology.


UPF Barcelona School of Management and ESCI-UPF’s face-to-face master’s programmes, postgraduate courses and short courses combine active student participation with solid teaching of theoretical and practical concepts. This type of learning focuses on discussing and solving case studies in the classroom and applying the knowledge acquired to real-life situations. Face-to face programmes use the Aula Global virtual campus to bridge classroom sessions.

Assessment and Quality

Students are encouraged to develop key competences, capabilities and skills by applying course contents to practical, real-life situations.
The teaching methodology is based on:

  • Detailed planning: before the beginning of each course, students aregiven a detailed overview setting out the competences to be acquired, a work timetable and a clear description of the corresponding assessment system.
  • Participative sessions: students are expected to play an active role in class and contribute to debates and discussions.
  • Personal work: students should make an individual effort to prepare for classes, acquire knowledge and take part in class.
  • Group work: several courses involve working in groups, which promotes rewarding interactionsbetween students.
  • Case-study discussions.
  • Visits to companies and institutions of interest.

The Master of Science in International Businesshas been designed following European Higher Education Area precepts to ensure students acquire skills and capabilities in a proactive manner.

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