• UAB Graduate Diploma
  • Code: 3500/1
  • 1st edition
  • Modality: Blended
  • Credits: 30 ECTS
  • Start date: 11/02/2016
  • Finish date: 15/07/2016
  • Places: 25
  • Orientation: Professional
  • Price: 2750 €
  • Teaching language: Spanish
A semi-attendance-based postgraduate course structured over four modules. The first two are carried out through an online classroom in which students and the lecturer connect in real time, sharing a desktop, audio and video on their own computers from wherever they may be located. The third module, which is attendance-based, consists of a two-week study trip to Madrid and Barcelona to gain familiarity in-situ with those organisations that administer mobility, as well as learn about the key projects and locations so as to understand how the content acquired can be put into practice. The fourth module is a personal project, supported by weekly tutorials from the teaching unit. Projects will be presented at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in a session attended by the course lecturers.
This professionalising training course derives from the experience of over 18 years’ work by ACCEPLAN, most of these as a research group in the Institute of European Studies at the UAB. In this time, it has conducted research projects for various public administrations regarding the relationship between people and the environment in which accessibility, usability and universal design have been developed. For this reason, the most vulnerable groups have been worked with, specifically people with disabilities and the elderly. This has implied that the technical part has always involved social consultation, participatory processes, etc. These projects include construction and infrastructure work, designing national plans, regulations, management tools, organization of conferences and courses or programme evaluation.
After many years of confirming—in Spain, Europe and Latin America—the serious shortcomings of all types of training for professionals and management technicians in these fields, ACCEPLAN now proposes to use this knowledge in more specific ways within training projects. It therefore works with the UAB’s Department of Geography, focussingon complementary aspects of territorial and urban planning, management and design. It also incorporates certain large state entities that approach the subject from a social perspective (such as IMSERSO) and from the perspective of urban design and management (such as the Ministry of Development’s Directorate General for Urban Planning). These institutions share objectives with regard to the training of technicians capable of applying both to cities and to buildings new integrative approaches that avoid errors based on a perspective that pays scant attention to the human scale of the issue, and to the specific needs of each population group.

Career opportunities

- Private-sector companies responsible for the development and implementation of interventions having an impact on various urban environments: construction and engineering companies, manufacturers of urbanisation components, urban fittings, etc.
- Consulting firms, professionals and services related to planning and design projects or to the management of spaces and facilities.
- Public-administration bodies (municipalities, local governments, international institutions and organizations) engaged in urban planning, urban design, mobility and public transport
- Public and private organizations working to meet the needs of people with functional limitations in relation to their physical environment in which this work is developed (adaptations, independent living, inclusion in the community, assistive technology ...) and who wish to receive technical training on adapting urban environments and facilities.
- Non-profit organizations that represent or work with specific groups such as the elderly or the disabled.
- Architects, geographers and planners seeking to improve their professional profile in order to participate in national and international competitions having a high impact on the territory.


UAB masters and graduate diplomas may include or facilitate external academic internships in companies or institutions in order to help the student to achieve a level of expertise that facilitates the insertion or promotion in the workplace.

For this study programme non-curricular (optional) internships are possible:

  • Non-curricular
    As a UAB student, you have access to the University occupation portal, the Occupability Service, through which you can participate in selection processes for non-curricular practices as well as getting a contract. In both cases, you need to sign up to the Nexus application.

Scholarships and financial aid

Chek all the information on the possibilities for grants and scholarships in the page for UAB financial aids, grants and calls.

Coordinating centres

Departamento de Geografía

Collaborating centres



Eliana Pires de Souza

Phone: 657402393

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