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Bachelor’s degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources

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The aim of the Undergraduate Degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources is to train professionals capable of providing consultancy services regarding labour matters and managing human resources within companies. A study programme based on a multidisciplinary approach to labour relations has been designed in order to achieve this objective, as can be appreciated in the wide variety of areas of knowledge covered by the Undergraduate course. Over the four years which the course lasts, students have the opportunity to analyse the reality of Work and Human Resources from the perspectives of economics, business organisation, psychology, law and sociology. In their final year, students can choose between specialising in Business Labour Consultancy and Human Resource Management. External work experience available in a wide variety of companies, consultancy firms and public institutions completes the educational programme.

The course entitles future graduates to provide legal consultancy services concerning labour and social security matters as fully qualified Labour Relations Specialists (Graduado Social), and also furnishes them with the skills required in order to lead and/or form part of multidisciplinary teams in charge of human resource management. The recent design of the study programme means that new subjects have been brought in, allowing students to study labour market management and intermediation, occupational risk prevention planning and organisation, mediation in disputes and collective bargaining, and the design of socio-occupational policies.

Undergraduate Degree in Labour Relations Report

Branch of Knowledge and ECTS Credits
The Undergraduate Degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources belongs to the branch of knowledge Human and Social Sciences. The Degree course consists of 240 ECTS credits and lasts eight semesters (four years).
One ECTS credit represents 25 hours of work as a student.

Teaching Method
The Undergraduate Degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources course is conducted on a face-to-face basis.

Teaching languages used
The core language is Spanish.

Students may, however, take some modules in Basque or English, depending on availability:

In order to be awarded an Undergraduate Degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources, students must also demonstrate a level of competence in English, French, German or Italian. To find out more about demonstrating language competence, click here.


Application and Admission

60 new places on the Undergraduate Degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources course are made available each year.

There are different pathways to the course depending on the educational background and age of each student. Find out who can apply here:
In summary:

  • Students taking Spanish sixth-form education (Bachillerato): need to pass the Spanish University Access Examinations (Selectividad).
  • Students studying vocational training: the average grade of the relevant cycle is taken into account and can be increased by taking the specific phase of the Spanish University Access Examinations (Selectividad).
  • Foreign students: the requirements are different for EU and non-EU students.
  • Students who already have a university degree: 3% of the places available are reserved for students of this kind.
  • Students from other Universities or who wish to change course: the new course they wish to take must recognise at least 30 of the ECTS credits they have already earned.
  • Over-25s who are not eligible for entry via any of the other pathways must pass a specific entrance examination process.
  • Over-40s with professional experience, but not in possession of the academic qualifications required for entry: must meet the specific entry requirements for over-40s: evaluation of CV and personal interview.
  • Over-45s not in possession of the academic qualifications required for entry: must pass a special entrance examination process adapted to their age group.

To find out about registering for this undergraduate degree course, click here.


Student Profile

In order to start this degree course, students should, amongst other things:

  • Be willing to acquire and understand knowledge from a wide range of disciplines, chiefly law, economics and business organisation.
  • Have the capacity to distinguish, relate and order concepts.
  • Have the capacity to start to analyse texts, particularly legal and economic texts, and learn the basics of problem solving.
  • Have the capacity to organise their work time and obtain outcomes from learning.
  • Have a favourable attitude towards collaboration and team work.
  • Be ready to use computer tools.
  • Have a sensitivity for language.
  • Have a certain command of English.

Students interested in taking this degree also need to harbour concerns in line with its unique social and professional orientation. They need to be interested in discovering and exploring the world of labour relations, have an interest in self-reliant learning, possess a sense of ethics and be concerned about social welfare


Educational Objectives

The way in which the socio-economic context has developed over recent years, with a particular emphasis on changes in different aspects and manifestations of the labour market, and the requirements and professional skills which society may demand of future graduates are the cornerstones of the objectives established for this qualification. The different professional profiles proposed and the general and specific competences which students need to acquire in order to effectively meet the requirements involved constitute, therefore, the bases for the objectives listed below:

  • To provide the knowledge required in order to understand the complexity and dynamic, interrelational nature of work, encompassing its legal, organisational, psychological, sociological, historical and economic aspects in an integrated manner.
  • To prepare students to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired in the different spheres of action in which they may operate: labour consultancy services, personnel administration and management, work organisation, and labour market management and mediation in both the private and public sectors.
  • To train students in the application of the information and communication technologies relevant to the different spheres of action in which they may operate.
  • To train students in the self-reliant learning of new knowledge and techniques.
  • To prepare students for later specialised and postgraduate studies with reasonable prospects of success.


Competences and Opportunities


The general competences associated with the qualification which students taking the Undergraduate Degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources need to acquire are:

  1. A capacity for analysis and synthesis
  2. A capacity for organisation and planning
  3. Oral and written communication in their mother tongue
  4. Knowledge of a foreign language
  5. Computer skills relevant to the field of study
  6. The capacity to manage information
  7. Problem solving
  8. Decision making
  9. Team work
  10. Interdisciplinary team work
  11. Work in an international context
  12. Interpersonal skills
  13. Critical reasoning
  14. Ethical commitment
  15. Self-reliant learning
  16. Adaptation to new situations
  17. Leadership
  18. Awareness of equality issues

The specific competences associated with the Undergraduate Degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources should allow students to:

  1. Identify the foundations of the chief areas of legal relationship and organisation in the field of human labour.
  2. Recognise the labour and social security issues in, and apply legislation and case-law criteria to situations arising in practice.
  3. Be familiar with existing theories regarding work organisation and Human Resource administration and management in organisations.
  4. Relate processes of social change from a historical and sociological perspective.
  5. Locate, interpret, synthesise and represent socio-economic data and indicators.
  6. Systematise and correctly analyse the operation of the labour market and socio-occupational policies.
  7. Interrelate the different disciplines involved in labour relations (legal, organisational, psychological, sociological and economic).
  8. Issue expert opinions, write up reports and make presentations on the different areas relevant to labour relations in both Spanish and English.
  9. Analyse, diagnose, support and make decisions in the field of human resource management and matters regarding organisational structure and work organisation.
  10. Recognise and manage disputes within organisations and manage and lead groups of people.
  11. Contribute to collective bargaining on working conditions and solving collective disputes, being in a position to advise trade union and business organisations.
  12. Counsel regarding and manage employment and recruitment matters.
  13. Perform advisory and managerial functions concerning social security, social welfare and complementary social protection.
  14. Perform functions of technical representation in the administrative and procedural spheres, and defence before the courts.
  15. Understand and work with a company’s accounting information.
  16. Apply quantitative and qualitative social research techniques to the field of labour.
  17. Plan, design, advise on and manage occupational risk prevention systems.
  18. Analyse the economic viability of an enterprise and contribute to its creation, bearing legal, economic and managerial factors in mind.
  19. Analyse and design socio-economic, labour market insertion and employment development strategies.
  20. Evaluate political interventions and company actions from a gender perspective, and produce equality plans for companies.

Job opportunities

The Undergraduate Degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources chiefly trains students for the two professional profiles designed as specialisms in the course programme:

  • Labour Law Consultancy as Labour Relations Specialist (Graduado Social) (Decree 1415/2006, of 1 December): An Undergraduate Degree in Labour Relations is a requirement for membership of a Professional Association of Labour Relations Specialists (Graduado Social). Members are entitled to provide labour law and social protection consultancy services as free-practising professionals or as part of business or trade union organisations.
  • Human Resource Management and Administration: The Undergraduate Degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources provides students with the knowledge of accounting, personnel management and administration, and taxation, etc., required in order to perform organisational and personnel management functions in all kinds of organisation, from companies through to public institutions and associations.

The Undergraduate Degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources also provides students with the general grounding needed in order to work in other areas of professional activity, such as:

  • Labour Market Management, Mediation and Intervention. Graduates can work as employment and local development officers, planning and managing socio-occupational policies in collaboration with the authorities.
  • Occupational Risk Prevention. The Undergraduate Degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources permits direct access to the Master’s Degree in Occupational Risk Prevention available at the UPNA, which qualifies students for the post of Senior Occupational Risk Prevention Officer.
  • Labour Auditing Services. Labour Relations and Human Resources graduates possess the knowledge required in order to verify companies’ labour law status on the basis of their in-house information and documentation.
  • The Public Administration sector: passing the relevant civil service examination.

Academic opportunities


Undergraduate Degree Structure: ECTS Credit Breakdown

ECTS credit Breakdown by Modules and Semesters
Year Semester Basic modules Core modules Option modules External placement Final Year Project Total ECTS credits/semester
1 1 30         30
2 30         30
2 3   30       30
4   30       30
3 5   30       30
6   30       30
4 7     30     30
8     12 12 6 30
TOTAL 60 120 42 12 6 240



External Placement

Students must earn 12 ECTS credits in semester 8 through an external placement module which forms part of the Study Programme for the course (curricular placement). The most important feature of the placement module is that it allows students to gain practical work experience in professional centres external to the university where they have the opportunity to observe the activities and functions involved in the kind of work they are training for and learn how the services provided are organised and structured.

Students studying for the specialism in Business Labour Consultancy may complete their external placement period in consultancy firms where they can put the knowledge and competences they have acquired regarding Labour Law Consultancy and Labour Auditing into practice. Students studying for the specialism in Human Resource Management do their external placements in companies in which they can put the knowledge and competences they have acquired concerning company and human resource organisation and management into practice. External work experience for academic purposes will comply with current regulations governing the matter.

In order to enrol in external placement modules, students must have previously earned 75% of all the basic and core module credits relevant to the undergraduate degree course. External work experience for academic purposes will comply with current regulations governing the matter.

Students also have the chance to do external placements not included in the Study Programme on a voluntary basis while still studying. These placement programmes are run by the Foundation University - Society


Final Year Project

The Final Year Project facilitates overall evaluation of the competences relevant to the degree, condensing the training provided in all the different modules. It is obligatory and is worth 6 ECTS credits.

Students must produce a research project on a topic from any of the main subjects in the course programme. A professor is assigned to each student to monitor his/her work and help him/her find and manage the information required and write up the final project.

Students can enrol for the FYP when they have earned all the other credits needed in order to be awarded the degree or when they enrol for the last modules they need in order to earn all such credits. For the purposes of evaluation, the enrolment fee includes the right to be examined in the same academic year in which students enrol for the FYP.


Teaching Method

The Degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources course involves a variety of educational activities:

  • lectures
  • participatory classes
  • practical education
  • cooperative learning activities
  • group projects
  • self-reliant study and work

focusing on the development of general and specific competences, and entailing a number of teaching methodologies:

  • lecturing
  • exercises and problem solving
  • case- and problem-based learning
  • cooperative learning in small groups
  • project-oriented learning...

Evaluation: formative continuous assessment of the competences defined for the Degree based on learning outcomes which demonstrate acquisition, applying different assessment criteria depending on the type of activity performed.


Language Competence

In order to be awarded the Undergraduate Degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources, students must demonstrate level B1 competence in a foreign language (English, French, German or Italian) by means of, at least, one of the following:

  • The use of the relevant foreign language in the Report and defence of their Final Year Project. The Report must include a summary and one or more relevant chapters in the foreign language. Approximately 50% of the defence of the Final Year Project must be made in the foreign language. The rest of the report and defence may be in Spanish, Basque or the chosen foreign language.
  • Passing at least 3 modules taken in the chosen language.
  • Taking part in a mobility programme in the foreign language.
  • Passing a B1 examination or accrediting the B1 level.

See the procedure here



Students taking the Undergraduate Degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources may take part in national and international mobility programmes which the Public University of Navarre makes available. National mobility programmes allow students to study for a period of time at a Spanish university with the same guarantees of academic recognition and progress as those which their universities of origin provide as part of the SICUE programme. The Faculty of Law offers Labour Relations and Human Resources undergraduates places on mobility programmes at such universities as the Carlos III University of Madrid, the University of Lleida, the University of Santiago de Compostela, the University of Valencia, the University of Zaragoza and the University of the Basque Country.

Labour Relations and Human Resources undergraduates also have the opportunity to study at foreign universities on International mobility programmes which entail recognition of the modules they take abroad. The Public University of Navarre primarily offers places on the Erasmus Programme in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom. Places are also available in Mexico as part of the Palafox Programme. 


Types of Students

Student status

The following student statuses exist depending on the number of credits enrolled for:

  • Fulltime students: 60 - 84 ECTS credits per academic year. Students remain as fulltime students even when they need less than 60 credits in order to complete their studies.
  • Part-time students: 30 - 59 ECTS credits per academic year. This is a voluntary status and no justification is required.
  • Reduced-timetable students: 12 - 29 ECTS credits per academic year.

In addition to the previous categories, the possible existence of special educational needs may give rise to a fourth status granted on the basis of case-by-case analysis.

Reduced-timetable status is granted in exceptional circumstances by the Rector or competent Vice-rector. Applications must be presented on a general request form at the Office of the University Registrar, together with supporting documentation.


Table of Adaptation

Table of Adaptation from the First-cycle Degree (Diplomatura) in Labour Relations to the Undergraduate Degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources


Support and Monitoring

The Faculty of Law holds a welcoming session for first-year students each academic year to inform them about essential organisational aspects of their courses and the Faculty itself. A member of the Dean leadership team is also in charge of each qualification and is available to answer specific enquiries about the Degree course via the Faculty’s email: facultad.cienciasjuridicas@unavarra.es

In order to guide and motivate students, and, consequently, ensure better academic performance, the Public University of Navarre implements the Tutorship Plan. Through the Plan, each student is assigned a Professor as his/her Personal Tutor to accompany him/her throughout his/her time at the University. Through a number of meetings with their students, the University’s Personal Tutors try to help new students adapt to university life and mix in, and provide them over their time at the University with guidance regarding their Final Year Projects, professional careers and further studies. Depending on the type of problem a student is faced with, his/her Personal Tutor may redirect him/her to the competent person or body, or to the support services which the University provides (Student Information Office, Social Action Unit, Health Care Unit, University Ombudsman, etc.).

To find out more and make specific enquiries, students should visit the Student Information Office.

The Public University of Navarre’s Social Action Unit helps students with special needs as a result of disabilities. The aim of the Social Action Unit’s Disability Support Programme is to ensure equality regarding University entry and forming part of university life, and is based on a specific plan designed for each student.

The Unit endeavours to be there for students with disabilities at three key points in their academic development, through a range of initiatives:

  • Pre-university initiatives, liaising with Secondary Education guidance services and Navarre's Special Education Resource Centre in order to plan the support required sufficiently in advance.
  • Initiatives while students are studying at the University: reception of and information for students with special educational needs; examination of the situation and needs assessment through personal interviews, and definition of the support and intervention required.
  • Initiatives designed to help students find work in coordination with the University’s guidance and employment promotion services.



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