Master of Laws

DIRECTOR:
Prof. Dr. Guillermo Velasco
LANGUAGE:
Spanish
MODE:
Class-based (full-time)
CREDITS (ECTS):
90 (official qualification) + specific CUNEF complements
PLACES AVAILABLE:
60
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The Master of Laws is a program for Law Graduates wishing to obtain training and certification required to practice as a member of the bar before the Spanish courts. The master is studied over three terms during which the students acquire the specialised knowledge in each of the different branches of law (public and private), as well as the specific competences and skills in professional advocacy.

The teaching content (theoretical and practical training) of the programme is divided into three large teaching modules that make up the different subjects of the curriculum:

  • Legal and professional regime for lawyers (10 ECTS)
  • Legal placement in Public Law: advice and litigation (15,5 ECTS)
  • Legal placement in Private Law: advice and litigation (28,5 ECTS)

The programme is completed with a professional placements (24 ECTS, 600 hours, equivalent to 4 months) which will take place in professional firms, corporate legal consultancies or institutions. A cycle of institutional visits (6 ECTS) during the first two terms. Final Degree Project (6 ECTS). The total study load for the University Master for Entry to the Legal Profession totals 90 ECTS.

Students satisfactorily completing and passing all the academic requirements of the programme (90 ECTS) will receive the qualification of University Master for Entry to the Legal Profession (official Master’s degree).

Depending on the course studied, they will also receive CUNEF’s own qualifications (not official) of Diploma in International Corporate Law and Diploma in Business and International Taxation.

Technical sheet 

Title: Master of Laws

Director: Prof. Dr. Guillermo Velasco

Length of Course: two academic years (three four-month terms), 9 months (teaching), 5 months (placement and Final Degree Project – FDP)

Study load: 

90 ECTS (total study load)

54 ECTS obligatory

6 ECTS Final degree project

24 ECTS Professional placement

6 ECTS Visits to institutions and organisations

Aimed at: this master’s programme is only eligible to Law Graduates (or those with related higher education qualifications) without professional experience or with a maximum of five years of professional experience. Or otherwise those who have completed a Degree accredited by the ANECA as covering the legal skills indicated in Article 3.1 of Royal Decree 775/2011, of 3 June.

Places available: 60

Dedication: exclusive

Class times: Monday to Friday, mornings and afternoons/evenings.

Language: Spanish and English (participants must be able to read and actively work with written documentation in English).

Admissions process: analysis of university academic report, selection tests and personal interview

Complementary diplomas: Diploma in International Corporate Law (24 ECTS) and Diploma in Business and International Taxation (24 ECTS).

Recognition: Centre affiliated to the UCM, member of the EFMD and CLADEA.

Complementary activities:

The Master of Laws (official qualification) is designed to allow students to acquire the following skills:

Basic

BS6 – Possess and understand the knowledge providing the basis or opportunity for the original development and/or application of ideas, often in a research context.
BS7 – Students must be able to apply the knowledge acquired and their problem-solving ability in new or unfamiliar environments within broad (or multidisciplinary) contexts connected with their area of study.
BS8 – Students must be able to integrate knowledge and deal with the complexity of formulating judgements based on information which, being incomplete or limited, includes reflections on social and ethical responsibilities tied to the application of their knowledge and judgements.
BS9 – Students must be capable of communicating their conclusions (and the knowledge and reasoning on which they are ultimately based) to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear, unambiguous manner.
BS10 – Students must possess the learning skills allowing them to continue studying in a manner which must to a great extent be self-directed or autonomous.

General:

GS1 – Develop a detailed and reasoned understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of the most common legal areas in professional practice, and the working methodology within the organisational systems most often found in the sphere of advocacy.
GS2 – Apply the knowledge acquired and a capacity for problem-solving in new or unfamiliar contexts in the legal environment inherent to professional advocacy.
GS3 – Combine legal knowledge with social and ethical responsibilities tied to the practical application of the Law through professional advocacy.
GS4 – Communicate conclusions (and the knowledge and reasoning on which they are ultimately based) to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear, unambiguous manner.

Specific Skills:

SS1 – Possess, comprehend and develop abilities allowing the application of the specialist academic knowledge acquired during the degree course to the changing reality faced by lawyers in order to avoid situations of harm, risk or conflict in connection with the interests entrusted to them or their professional practice before courts or public authorities, and in an advisory capacity.
SS2 – Be familiar with techniques focused on ascertaining and establishing the facts in different types of proceedings, in particular the production of documents, witness questioning and expert witness evidence.
SS3 – Incorporate the protection of customer rights within the context of national and international jurisdictional protection systems.
SS4 – Be familiar with the various techniques to reconcile interests and be capable of finding solutions to problems through out-of-court alternatives.
SS5 – Be familiar with and able to apply professional ethical duties and rights in a lawyer’s relationship with a client, other parties, the courts or public authorities, and among lawyers themselves.
SS6 – Evaluate the different liabilities connected with professional practice, including the basic functions of the legal aid system and the promotion of social responsibility on the part of lawyers.
SS7 – Identify conflicts of interest and understand techniques for their resolution; establish the scope of professional secrecy and confidentiality, and maintain independent judgement.
SS8 – Uncover the decisive demands for performance and organisation in offering legal advice.
SS9 – Apply in practice the organisational, management and commercial context of the legal profession, in addition to the legal framework for partnerships, taxation, employment and personal data protection.
SS10 – Develop skills and abilities to make the right strategic decision in support of clients’ rights, taking into account the demands of the different spheres of professional practice.
SS11 – Work more efficiently and promote the overall functioning of their team or institution through access to sources of information, knowledge of languages, knowledge management and mastery of applied tools and techniques.
SS12 – Understand, successfully organise and plan the available individual and collective resources in pursuing the various organisational formats employed in the legal profession.
SS13 – Present verbal and written factual accounts and draw legal consequences by argument depending on the context and the intended audience, and where applicable, in accordance with the inherent formats of each procedural sphere.
SS14 – Undertake professional tasks in specific and multidisciplinary teams.
SS15 – Develop interpersonal abilities and skills to facilitate legal practice in relations with the general public, with other professionals and with institutions.

The Master of Laws is taught over two academic years (three four-month terms) according to the following content schema:

  • Legal and professional regime for lawyers (10 ECTS)
  • Legal placement in Public Law: advice and litigation (15,5 ECTS)
  • Legal placement in Private Law: advice and litigation (28,5 ECTS)
  • Final degree project (6 ECTS)
  • External Placement (24 ECTS)
  • Institutional visits (6 ECTS)

The CUNEF Master of Laws also includes:

  • The “Passport to your future” professional guidance programme
  • Diploma in International Corporate Law (24 ECTS) optional
  • Diploma in Business and International Taxation (24 ECTS) optional
  • Diploma in Technological and Internet Law – (Legal Tech) (24 ECTS) optional
  • Cycle of seminars and conferences
  • Employment exchange
  • Scholarships and study bursary programme
  • Visits and meetings with professional firms and legal consultancies

1st TERM (September-February) Year 1 ECTS Teaching guide 2nd TERM (February-June) Year 1 ECTS Teaching guide
Legal and professional regime for lawyers 10 PDF Companies, enterprises and other forms of professional association 5 PDF
Advice in Administrative Law and governmental litigation proceedings 5.5 PDF Taxation of acts, dealings and contracts 4.5 PDF
Criminal advice and criminal proceedings 7 PDF Asset Law 6.5 PDF
Practical application of fundamental rights and proceedings to uphold rights 3 PDF International legal advice 3 PDF
Institutional visits 4 PDF Civil and commercial procedural practice 5 PDF
Employment and Social Security advice 4.5 PDF
Institutional visits 2 PDF
Total 29.5 Total 30.5
 3rd TERM (September-February) Year 2 ECTS Teaching guide
External practical placements (practising the profession) (**) 24 PDF
Final Degree Project (FDP) 6 PDF
TOTAL 30

(*) The official curriculum is supplemented by a series of subjects, seminars and other activities which take on mandatory status in order to obtain the Diploma of Specialisation – qualification issued by CUNEF itself.

(**) The professional practical placements (at least 600 hours) are carried out at companies or institutions that have signed the corresponding educational co-operation agreement wherever possible. CUNEF has a wide range of educational cooperation agreements in place for this purpose with institutions, legal practices, organisations and businesses in a range of industrial sectors. In any event, where the placement is performed depends on the agreements in place at any given time, and the offers announced by the partner companies and institutions. In addition to the criteria established in selection processes by each legal practice, company or institution at any given time. CUNEF does not decide who or where; these decisions are instead taken by the legal practices, companies or institutions. It is therefore their responsibility to find a company or institution where students can complete their placement. CUNEF does, of course, offer active advice and support. The students can potentially apply for the recognition of the practical placement subject if they can demonstrate prior professional experience or placements.

The Master of Laws has been designed so that the participants reinforce the knowledge, competences and skills necessary to successfully perform their future professional activity. This is therefore a highly interactive programme combining academic rigour with the necessary approach applied to legal practice. The various methodologies employed during the master’s are designed to ensure that this theoretical/practical focus is a constant reality in the learning model for all subjects.

During the course of the programme, the participants will successively work in the following learning methodologies:

  • Classroom-based theoretical explanations, lectures and analysis of technical notes.
  • Team work for the resolution of integrated practical analyses.
  • Classroom-based practical work on cases, problems, jurisprudence and legal documentation.
  • Classroom-based oral presentations of the results of the individual study or work.
  • Simulations of court cases and proceedings, simulations of contract negotiations, judicial visits, etc.
  • Mentoring and professional guidance sessions
  • Individual study and work, individual lectures and research.
  • Specialised seminars.
  • Performance of activities in practice centres.

The grading system for the different modules is based on the continued assessment carried out throughout the subject, which takes into account the active participation in class, the practical tasks, practical cases, suppositions, etc. The lecturers grade the participant according to the different learning tasks and the final test of each module. Attendance is mandatory for all subjects, and unjustified absence from more than 10% of sessions in any given subject could lead to a student being failed. All participants must successfully complete 100% of the subjects, as well as the final degree project. The participants must be familiar with the use of information technologies.

The objective of the Master of Laws is to provide the participants with the applied legal training to be able to successfully practice law. During the training period at CUNEF, a solid theoretical and practical base in the applied legal system will be acquired, as well as the analytical tools and aptitudes necessary to facilitate, develop and familiarise the participants with the legal procedural practice in the different areas of public and private law.

  • At CUNEF, we have a wide range of specialised options that will allow you to choose the master’s programme that best suits your professional expectations and personal concerns. So you will be able to continue your postgraduate training with a special emphasis on one of the following options:
    • University Master for Entry to the Legal Profession – Diploma in International Corporate Law.
    • University Master for Entry to the Legal Profession – Diploma in Business and International Taxation.
    • University Master for Entry to the Legal Profession – Diploma in Technological and Internet Law – (Legal Tech).
  • CUNEF graduates have an outstanding professional record. The professional profile of CUNEF graduates is highly sought after by companies and institutions in every sector of economic and business activity. More than 6,000 alumni over 40 years have paved the way. In fact, CUNEF alumni fact hold executive positions at the leading private banks operating in Spain, IBEX 35 blue-chip companies and the main auditing and consultancy firms.
  • The postgraduate courses offered by CUNEF will give you the opportunity to form part of a talented, prestigious and productive professional network of lecturers, students, alumni and collaborating companies, which will unquestionably lead to tangible and intangible benefits in terms of your professional achievements.
  • The academic staff comprises active professionals that combine their extensive and successful professional experience with a demonstrable pedagogical ability.
  • Our location, in the city of Madrid is a magnificent opportunity to have a close and direct access to the main companies and institutions of the financial sector, consultancy, investment banking, etc. The directors of these companies frequently visit our facilities to share their knowledge, opinions and thoughts with our students, participate in selection processes and deliver presentations at our campus.
  • The Master for Entry to the Legal Profession is a unique programme at a national and international level.
  • The practical aspect of the teaching (reflection, analysis, action and evaluation) of all the subjects, aimed at the acquisition of knowledge applied to taking legal decisions, is complemented with supplementary professional work experience at one of the companies that habitually work in conjunction with CUNEF.
  • Extensive scholarship programme aimed at the best academic profiles, awarded by the Spanish Banking Association Foundation or by CUNEF, as well as work experience scholarships sponsored by companies and institutions in conjunction with CUNEF.
  • CUNEF has an internal quality assurance system and every year submits the for Entry to the Legal Profession to an inspection by the Complutense University of Madrid, in order to review and improve the programme.

The goal of the postgraduate programmes in law at CUNEF (master’s and executive programmes) is to help the participants, and their employer organisations, to strengthen their executive and professional performance. During the year of training at CUNEF, a solid theoretical and practical base in the legal environment will be acquired, as well as the analytical tools and aptitudes necessary to facilitate, develop and familiarise the participants to successfully practice law.

The Master for Entry to the Legal Profession is for Law graduates wishing to develop their professional career as lawyers. The student profile for the 2018-2019 academic year is as follows:

Class size: 52 students.

  • Geographic origins: 100% from Spain
  • Academic background: Law (100%)
  • Gender: men (30.3%), women (69.7%)
  • Age: average age (23 years of age) and an age range of between 21 and 25 years of age
  • Prior professional experience: with prior experience (93.3%); without prior experience (6.7%).
  • Average grade on university academic report: 7.5/10
  • Area of specialisation percentage: International Corporate Law (63.5%) and Business and International Taxation (36.5%).

The Master for Access to the Legal Profession curriculum includes the subjects forming part of the Complementary diplomas as optional subjects. The students will choose whether they want to study a Specialisation Diploma (CUNEF own qualification) when they enrol at CUNEF, which will mean enrolling on all credits for the chosen Diploma (24 ECTS). Students cannot take more than one specialisation.  The specific specialisation subjects are supplemented by seminars and other activities.

The Diplomas awarded with the Master for Access to the Legal Profession (MUAPA) are:

  • MUAPA – Diploma in International Corporate Law (24 ECTS): The University Master for Entry to the Legal Profession, with the Diploma in International Corporate Law covers during the first year of study the knowledge, techniques and practical working tools required to allow participants to consolidate their knowledge and decision-making capacity in the field of Corporate Law. The programme is intended for graduates in the field of Social and Legal Sciences, preferably those graduating in Law, and also the field of Arts and Humanities, wishing to begin or continue a professional career in specialised corporate legal advice. The Diploma in International Corporate Law (complementary own qualification) has the following curriculum:
Diploma in International Corporate Law (24 ECTS)
Subject Term ECTS Subject Term ECTS
Derecho de la competencia 3 Legal aspects of M&A 3
Derecho de los Negocios Internacionales 3 Accounting and analysis of financial statements 3
Principios contables para abogados 3 Legal and business English (II) 3
Legal and business English (I) 3 Seminar-workshop on leadership 1
Seminario-taller de documentación y búsqueda de información para el ejercicio profesional 1
Seminario-taller de Redacción y Elaboración de Informes Jurídicos 1
Total 14 Total 10
  • MUAPA – Diploma in Business and International Taxation (24 ECTS): The University Master for Entry to the Legal Profession, with the Diploma in Business and International Taxation allows students to cover during the first year of study the knowledge, techniques and practical working tools required so that participants consolidate their knowledge and decision-making capacity in the field of national and international Business Taxation Advice. The programme is intended for graduates in the field of Social and Legal Sciences, preferably those graduating in Law, and also the field of Arts and Humanities, wishing to begin or continue a professional career in specialised corporate legal advice.  The Diploma in Business and International Taxation (complementary own qualification) has the following curriculum

 

Diploma in Business and International Taxation (24 ECTS)
Subject Term ECTS Subject Term ECTS
International taxation 1 3 Taxation of financial operations 2 3
Tax procedures 1 3 Accounting and analysis of financial statements 2 3
Accounting principles for lawyers 1 3 Legal and business English (II) 2 3
Legal and business English (I) 1 3 Seminar-workshop on leadership 2 1
Seminar-workshop on documentation and searching for information for professional practice 1 1
Legal Report Preparation and Authoring seminar-workshop 1 1
Total 14 Total 10

The lecturers on the Master of Laws are expert investigators and professionals of from the legal world. During the year of the master’s programme they will make an active contribution to ensure that your performance, learning and conceptual ideation are clearly strengthened by your time studying with us. The lecturers combine their teaching, research and educational vocation with professional duties as lawyers or directors in their respective areas.

Faculty for the Master of Laws (2018-2019)

 

LECTURER SUBJECT
Prof. Marta Amusátegui Vergara Legal and professional regime for lawyers (Communication, rhetoric and presentation techniques for lawyers).
 Prof. Dr. Mercedes Alberruche Asset Law
Prof. Dr. María Teresa Alcolado International Legal Advice
Prof. Dr. Alicia Bernardo San José Civil and commercial procedural practice
Prof. Dr. Daniel Berzosa López Practical application of fundamental rights and proceedings to uphold rights
Prof. Dr. José Javier Galán Taxation of acts, dealings and contracts
Prof. Patricia Enríquez Nistal Legal and professional regime for lawyers (negotiation and mediation)
Prof. Rafael Fernández de Paiz Criminal Advice and Criminal Proceedings
Prof. David García-Ochoa Mayor Companies, enterprises and other forms of business associations
Prof. Dr. Tomás Gómez Employment and Social Security advice
Prof. Sonia Gumpert Melgosa Legal and professional regime for lawyers (Professional ethics and deontology)
Prof. Dr. Israel Hernando Aguayo Criminal Advice and Criminal Proceedings
Prof. David López Velázquez Legal and professional regime for lawyers (Practising advocacy and managing a law firm).
Prof. Dr. Blanca Lozano Cutanda Advice in Administrative Law and Governmental Litigation Proceedings.
Prof. Jorge Morán Santor Legal and professional regime for lawyers (Business management techniques for lawyers).
María Orio González Employment and Social Security advice
Prof. Dr. José David Ortega Rueda  Institutional visits
Prof. Dr. Marta Ortiz Final Degree Project
Prof. Antonio Pedrajas Quiles Employment and Social Security advice
Prof. Ramón Pelayo Oraá Gil Legal and professional regime for lawyers (Practising advocacy and managing a law firm).
Prof. Ramón Pallares Querol Legal and professional regime for lawyers (Practising advocacy and managing a law firm).
Prof. Augusto Adrian Piñel Rubio Companies, enterprises and other forms of business associations

Legal and professional regime for lawyers (Practising advocacy and managing a law firm).

Prof. Dr. Blanca Lozano Cutanda Advice in Administrative Law and Governmental Litigation Proceedings.
Prof. Dr. Leyre Saénz de Pipaón del Rosal Criminal Advice and Criminal Proceedings
Prof. Joaquín Salvo Puebla Legal and professional regime for lawyers (Practising advocacy and managing a law firm).
Prof. Juan Pedro Quintana Carretero Advice in Administrative Law and Governmental Litigation Proceedings.
Prof. Dr. Guillermo Velasco Fabra Companies, enterprises and other forms of business associations

Legal and professional regime for lawyers (Practising advocacy and managing a law firm).

Institutional visits.

Final Degree Project

Prof. Luis Zarraluqui Sánchez-Eznarriaga Asset Law
Prof. Dr. Jesus Zarzalejos Civil and commercial procedural practice

The list of academic staff presented here is complemented by external collaborating lecturers, speakers at seminars, workshops or professional certifications, guest speakers at conferences and lecturers from other national and international institutions. These include:

Prof. Dr. Carlos Cuadrado Asset Law
Prof. Dr. Julio Banacloche Civil and commercial procedural practice

CUNEF has a close and active relationship with the business and professional world. The Careers Service actively manages the company professional placementhttps://www.cunef.edu/en/study/master-of-laws/#_ftn1″, job offers, as well as the organisation of complementary seminars and activities, the main aim of which is to provide CUNEF students with all the necessary tools and skills, and also the best possible opportunities, to facilitate their incorporation into their first job and improve their professional development.

CUNEF students have the chance to take part in professional guidance activities including the following options:

  • CUNEF jobs forum Every year, companies and institutions from different economic and business sectors participate in the jobs forum organised by CUNEF. It provides students and companies the perfect framework for exchanging experiences and discovering the details of all the processes involved in young university graduates starting their first jobs.
  • Company presentations and “on-campus” selection processes.
  • Companies from the legal, financial, consultancy, auditing and investment banking sectors regularly conduct selection processes, presentations, specific seminars… organised in partnership with the Professional Careers Department and specifically intended for CUNEF undergraduates and postgraduates.
  • Practical company placement programmes The external placements are organised prioritising centres associated with the specialisation chosen by the student. A wide range of educational cooperation agreements are in place for this purpose with institutions, organisations and companies, covering a great many operational spheres. Business placements have an external tutor and an internal tutor assigned to them. The external tutor is a professional at the company where the placement is being performed, who directs, guides, supervises and evaluates the student’s practical activities. In evaluating these activities the external tutor appraises the abilities, skills and knowledge demonstrated by the students during their time at the host institution, using an assessment questionnaire designed by the External Practical Placement Coordinators. In order to ensure proper organisation and implementation of external practical placements, for each of the training pathways provided there will be an External Practical Placement Coordinator (internal tutor), who will be a lecturer at the postgraduate department responsible for organising the placements connected with the professional area of the pathway in question. The educational goals of external practical placements are:
    • Understand the different fields of application of Banking and Market Law and Financial Institutions.
    • Give students an insight into the realities of professional life.
    • Integrate and consolidate the skills covered by the qualification in different professional fields.
  • Seminars and practical activities for professional practice. Meanwhile, participants attend a range of seminars and workshops focused on underpinning their specialist knowledge and skills for professional practice.
  • Employment exchange. CUNEF, in partnership with the CUNEF Alumni Association, administers the job offers regularly announced by companies and institutions.

[1] The professional practical placement (at least 600 hours) are carried out at companies or institutions that have signed the corresponding educational co-operation agreement wherever possible. CUNEF has a wide range of educational cooperation agreements in place for this purpose with institutions, legal practices, organisations and businesses in a range of industrial sectors. In any event, where the placement is performed depends on the agreements in place at any given time, and the offers announced by the partner companies and institutions. In addition to the criteria established in selection processes by each legal practice, company or institution at any given time. CUNEF does not decide who or where; these decisions are instead taken by the legal practices, companies or institutions. It is therefore their responsibility to find a company or institution where students can complete their placement. CUNEF does, of course, offer active advice and support. The students can potentially apply for the recognition of the practical placement subject if they can demonstrate prior professional experience or placements.

Day-to-day teaching activities are supplemented over the year of the master’s programme by an additional range of activities allowing participants to extend their knowledge, underpin their professional focus, gain on-the-ground experience of professional practice, or try out for themselves initiatives and proposals developed by the leading experts in professional financial practice. The Master in Financial Institutions and Markets includes the following complementary activities:

  • The “Passport to your future” Professional Guidance Programme: a programme where consultants with extensive experience in selection processes, accompany and help participants on the Master’s in finance programmes strengthen their professional performance. The programme includes three types of activity:
    • Practical Workshops during which the participants have the opportunity to know first hand from the experts in selection processes key aspects such as: the guidelines for writing and presenting your CV and the Presentation Letter, where and how to look for employment opportunities, how to tackle the different selection processes that companies carry out and how to know your strengths and your areas for improvement, all with the aim of demonstrating a competitive advantage in the market, etc.
    • Meetings with renowned professionals in their respective occupational fields, who give a first-hand presentation of the market in which participants will spend their professional future, along with those professional profiles most in demand, the jobs available to them and the various options offered by companies in their sector.
    • Individual mentoring sessions at which professional mentors allow participants to draw on all their know-how so as to help focus the future professional development of CUNEF master’s programme students.
  • Seminars – Practical Workshops and Conferences: during the master’s course a variety of specialisation seminars and practical workshops will be organised, as well as conferences, working breakfasts, presentations, etc., which aim to provide participants with access to specialised knowledge, experiences, initiatives and new projects presented by professional experts, who are leaders in their respective fields.
  • Supplementary International Stages: once they have completed their master’s programme, those students who so wish can opt for a complementary international training period undertaken at universities or business schools that have a partnership with CUNEF. These periods of international training take place under the aegis of bilateral agreements or exchange agreements, and involve students spending an additional period of training at the partner university, in accordance with the terms set out in the cooperation agreement established between the two institutions

The aim of the IQAS is to ascertain in detail the development of official qualifications in accordance with the terms set out in the qualifications verification memorandum. Each year actions are taken to underpin the strengths of the qualification and the institution, to identify and minimise areas for improvement and to ensure proper development of the terms set out in the qualifications verification memorandum. Due interaction with all stakeholders involved in the development of the qualification is likewise ensured so as to enhance quality standards and satisfaction with the qualification.

Year of implementation: 2014

Information on the official status of the qualification (‘RUCT’).

Verification report

Annual monitoring report of the master

Accreditation renewal report

Spanish Universities Act 6/2001, of 21 December 2001, and the reform applied to this by Act 4/2007, of 12 April 2007, Article 31 of which addresses Quality Assurance , lays down the need to establish quality assurance criteria to facilitate evaluation, certification and accreditation, viewing quality assurance as an essential purpose of university policy. Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October 2007, amended by Royal Decree 861/2010, of 2 July 2010, establishing the regulations governing official university education, clearly indicates that “Quality Assurance Systems, which form a part of the new course curricula, likewise provide the basis for the new educational structure to function efficiently and to generate the trust on which the process of qualification accreditation relies“. The establishment of a Quality Assurance System is thus included in the new official university education regulations as a condition of the process of qualification verification and accreditation.

CUNEF has defined the structure of its Internal Quality Assurance System, known as the Sistema Interno de Garantía de Calidad’ or ‘SIGC’, and the procedures governing this function, in accordance with the demands of Royal Decree 1393/2007, amended by Royal Decree 861/2010.

The SIGC allows CUNEF to ascertain the development of its official qualifications, in support of transparency, the inclusion of continuous improvement strategies and the systematic organisation of actions effectively contributing to qualifications quality assurance and efficiency in processes to appraise verification, monitoring and renewal of mandatory official qualifications accreditation.

The CUNEF SIGC has the following structure: Degree Quality CommitteeMaster’s Program Quality Committee and Doctorate Quality CommitteeTechnical Quality UnitAcademic and Management Unit.

The Quality Committees are responsible for monitoring the implementation of the degree, master’s and doctorate programmes taught at CUNEF. These Committees analyse and appraise the development of the qualifications, making proposals for review and improvement that will be submitted to the Academic Committee and CUNEF Management to be taken into account where applicable.

These committees have the following responsibilities:

  • Manage and coordinate the Internal Quality Assurance System and monitor this process.
  • Monitor and evaluate the quality targets, external practical placements and mobility programmes.
  • Draw up the regulations governing the functioning of the Quality Committees, and make the corresponding proposals to the Academic Committee and the Director of CUNEF for approval.
  • Gather information and evidence as to the development and application of the training programme for the qualification (objectives, development of teaching and learning, methodology, etc.).
  • Manage the Information System for the qualification (information, support and guidance for students, coordination of teaching staff, qualification course resources, mobility programmes, external practical placements, etc.).
  • Supervise fulfilment of the quality policy for the qualification in accordance with the CUNEF quality policy and the UCM quality policy.
  • Promote specific actions to encourage the use of new teaching methodologies and to disseminate and raise awareness of good practice in the field of quality.
  • Draw up guidelines for the development of information systems as to objectives, available resources, management and results of the qualifications course intended for lecturers, students and admin and support staff.

The Academic Committee (see composition in Table 1) is responsible for coordinating improvement proposals connected with qualifications and for decision-making in this regard. The Director of CUNEF is ultimately responsible for validating the decisions reached by the Academic Committee. Each Quality Committee comprises:

  • The coordinators/directors of the applicable official qualifications in each case (degree, master’s and doctorate programme),
  • The representatives (at least one per qualification) of the lecturers teaching each qualification,
  • The representatives (one per qualification) of students sitting for the qualification as candidates,
  • Up to a maximum of three representatives from the professional sphere of university qualifications delivered by CUNEF (where there are alumni among these representatives, they will be selected from this group), and a representative of admin and support staff.

The Master’s Quality Committee is currently in operation (see composition in Table 2). It oversees the proper development of official CUNEF qualifications, and can be sent any comments connected with the quality of qualifications via the suggestions box.

The Quality Committees meet at least twice per year and are governed by the Quality Committee Functional Regulation approved on 24 November 2014.

Master’s Program Quality Committee

Full name Category
Luis Díaz Marcos Postgraduate Programme Director and President of the Committee
Alfredo Jiménez Fernández Academic Staff Representative (UMFMI)
Guillermo Velasco Academic Staff Representative (UMBL-UMALP)
Ricardo Queralt Academic Staff Representative (MDS)
Juan Domínguez Jiménez Academic Staff Representative (UMFMI)
Javier Sánchez Hernández Admin Staff Representative. Committee Secretary
Faustino Miranda Admin Staff Representative
Antonio Labarra Calleja Alumni Representative (UMFMI)
Patricia Ciruelos Lara Alumni Representative (UMALP)
René Castro de la Fuente Alumni Representative (UMBL)
Elisa Valiente Rodríguez Alumni Representative (MDSF)
Marcos Fernández Alumni Representative (UMFMI)
Beatriz del Barrio Pérez Alumni Representative (UMALP)
Álvaro Minaya Ibarra Alumni Representative (UMBL)
Patricia Castán Agustín Alumni Representative (MDSF)
 

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Pre-registered 182 271 230 229 193
Admitted 30 42 46 70 80
Demand rate (pre-registered/places) 606,67% 903,33% 766,67% 763,33% 321,67%
ICM-1 – New enrolment places offered (authorised by the UCM) 30 30 30 30 60
ICM-2 – New enrolment 9 32 33 43 49
ICM-3 – Percentage cover 30,0% 106,7% 110,0% 143,3% 81,7%
ICM-4 – Qualification performance rate 100% 100% 100% 100,00% 100%
ICM-5 – Degree dropout rate 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
ICM-6 – Teaching Evaluation Program participation rate 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
ICM-7 – Alumni Efficiency rate Not applicable Not applicable 100% 100% 100,00%
ICM-8 – Graduation rate Not applicable Not applicable 100,00% 100,00% 100,00%
IUCM-1 – Success rate Not applicable Not applicable 100,00% 100,00% 100,00%
IUCM-13 – Student satisfaction with the qualification Not applicable 6,8 Not applicable Not applicable 6,04
IUCM-14 – Lecturer satisfaction with the qualification Not applicable 9 9,43 9,64 9,18
IUCM-15 – Centre Admin and Support Staff satisfaction Not applicable 8,84 7,1 7,09 7,76
IUCM-16 – Qualification Appraisal Rate 100,00% 100,00% 100,00%

*ICM- Indicadores de la Comunidad de Madrid
*IUCM- Indicadores de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid

CUNEF is a highly specialised university education institution focused on the world of business management, finance and financial markets and instruments, and law. Our Degree and Postgraduate programmes set the standard in their respective fields.

To maintain this prestigious standing, CUNEF is committed to the continuous improvement of the teaching, research and services it provides as part of its quality commitment.

In accordance with its equality policy, CUNEF aims to fulfil the reasonable needs and expectations of its students, lecturers, admin and support staff, governing bodies and society at large. To this end the Centre defines the following quality objectives:

  • Pursue excellence in the education given to its students, combining cutting-edge knowledge with an eminently professional focus.
  • Offer its students the very best lecturers for their specialist qualifications in each operational sphere, combining knowledge and educational vocation with lengthy professional management experience in their respective fields.
  • Consolidate its image as a University Centre of acknowledged standing.
  • Underpin its professional network of lecturers, students, graduates/alumni and partner companies to generate benefits in the professional and managerial performance of its graduates/alumni.
  • Achieve an employability rate among graduates/alumni of close to 100%.
  • Commit to the internationalisation of its students, lecturers and programmes.
  • Ensure that the quality policy is understood and accepted by all CUNEF staff and is publicly available.
  • Ensure that the CUNEF Internal Quality Assurance System remains effective and is periodically revised. As the figure responsible for this institution, I undertake to develop and implement this quality policy in order to achieve the highest possible level of performance among our students.

Ana Isabel Fernández Álvarez

Director of CUNEF

The Master Quality Committee meets periodically over the course of the academic year, and at least twice per year. These meetings analyse information regarding the implementation of degree studies and the data revealed by the functioning of the quality assurance system. This review and study of information serves to identify areas for improvement that the Quality Committee conveys to CUNEF Management for approval and execution together with the tasks to be undertaken to eliminate any shortcomings.

The Master Quality Committee maintains a register of quality improvements and strengths which it reviews and updates at least once per term, in accordance with the tasks being performed and the assessment of their impact.

Numerous improvement actions have been conducted since 2013 covering a wide range of aspects, resulting in managerial improvements and enhanced satisfaction among students and other stakeholders, alongside the public information made available about CUNEF itself and its academic offering, etc. Particular mention should be made by way of example of efforts to increase teaching coordination, to incorporate diploma supplements within the degree courses, to review and enhance the website and the information published there, etc.

For more specific and detailed information about how the Master Quality Committee functions and the improvement proposals made, you may contact the email address  sgic@cunef.edu.

The employability of CUNEF alumni represents a variable which is analysed by the Quality Committees, serving to assess professional interest in the qualification while likewise ascertaining whether alumni have acquired the skills initially defined for the course.This analysis will allow proposals to be made to improve the qualification, or to eliminate it if the figures are below 20% for 5 consecutive years. To this end CUNEF conducts yearly surveys of alumni, asking them directly, as set out in the SIGC, whether the training they received has or has not proved useful in the pursuit of their profession, and their professional position before (if any) and after completing the qualification.CUNEF  uses this information to conduct a study of whether the study curricula are appropriate or not, as well as the employability or professional prospects of alumni.

If you would like to contribute to improving everything we do here at CUNEF, you can use this channel to contact us and tell us about your suggestions and complaints and also to tell us what we are doing well. This channel is open to the whole educational community (students, lecturers, administration and services personnel, past students, future students, employers and society in general).

You can send us your comments anonymously or in person. This communication channel (Improve CUNEF) falls under the CUNEF Internal Quality Assurance System. All opinions (anonymous or personalised) are considered and contribute to CUNEF’s continual improvement processes.

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