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Master's in Competitiveness & Innovation

Course Description

The programme relies on a close collaboration between Deusto Business School and Orkestra- Basque Institute of Competitiveness, one of the leading authorities on understanding and promoting territorial competitiveness.

The programme aims to develop the knowledge and capabilities necessary to identify and analyse the key factors driving competitiveness and innovation at the organisational and territorial levels. It will promote an understanding of the key relationships between these levels of analysis that will support effective decision making amidst the complexity of real-world innovation and competitiveness.


Basic common training: Semester 1 (September-January)

a) Competitiveness and innovation: theoretical foundations

- Competitiveness and innovation theories
- Territorial competitiveness and innovation systems
- Business competitiveness and innovation management

b) Responsible sustainability and innovation in an interconnected world

Candidates may choose one of these itineraries: Semester 2 (February-June)

c.1) Strategic Projects in Competitiveness and Innovation: Professional itinerary

- Change and innovation management
- Value creation
- Practicum
- Master’s Final Thesis

c.2) First Steps in Competitiveness and Innovation Research: Research itinerary

- Theories and scientific bases focused on competitiveness and innovation research
- Research methods, and skills on academic research communication
- Master’s Final Thesis

Total: 60 ECTS

Professional Careers

Graduates of this Master’s degree will develop their full potential and achieve the highest goals in:

- Strategic consulting.
- Innovation consulting.
- Research and Technology organizations.
- Advisory and development services for public institutions.
- Public administration (national, regional, local) and institutions, in areas related to the design of public policies, economic development and innovation.
- Regional development agencies, cluster associations and other related institutions.
- Innovation or R&D departments of institutions or companies.
- General management of companies.
- Associations, foundations, institutes, etc requiring a strategic projects manager.
- University departments and research centres.

The Deusto Business School Career Services Department aims to foster contact with business and equip participants in the official Master’s programmes with tools to improve their employability.

Start date: September 2016

Duration: 1 year

Place: Spain / San Sebastian

Visit the Master's in Competitiveness & Innovation page on the University of Deusto website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ana Carolina Iga

3617.jpg "I decided to do this Master’s degree because it merges both competitiveness and innovation and includes a subject on sustainability, which I was looking for. The broad course content allows us to have more career opportunities in the future. It not only takes into consideration the business point of view but also the regional perspective. The Master’s is helping me to do efficient research in a short period of time, to find the right information and to be able to analyze it. Thanks to the content of the programme I am now considering the possibility of working for a governmental institution."

Ana Carolina Iga


Deusto Business School - Vizcaina Aguirre Foundation Grants - No. of awards TBC

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS- Proof of residence which includes a list of all the persons residing in the home.
- A copy of the transcript of the degree programme giving access to the Master’s programme and which must include the grade point average obtained on a scale of 1 to 10.
- A letter of motivation.
- Photocopy of the entire income tax declaration of all the computable members in the family or a certificate from the - Treasury stating that it was not filed.
- If any of the computable family members was exempt from filing an income tax declaration, a certificate from the Treasury with an account assignment of the income for that exercise should be submitted.
- Certificates of all the family’s income during the year from unemployment benefits, pensions, promotion funds, etc. which are not shown in detail on the income tax statement.
- In cases of separation or divorce, proof of the updated amount of the pension received must be presented, or, if applicable, proof that it has not been collected.
- Proof of the following, if applicable to the applicant's situation: disability, orphanhood or member of a single parent family.
The UD Grants Service reserves the right to request any other necessary documents.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% - 40%


ACADEMIC CRITERIAApplicants must have a grade point average of 6 or above on a scale of 0-10 (or the equivalent for foreign degree programmes) in the degree giving access to the Master's programme.The applicant’s CV, reasons for choosing the Master’s degree programme, relationship with the University of Deusto and the socio-economic situation of his/her family unit will be taken into account.

Application Procedure

The "DBS - Vizcaína Aguirre Foundation Grants" seek to promote equal opportunities for students enrolled in postgraduate studies at Deusto Business School by offering financial support to those with limited economic resources that have demonstrated a good academic performance.The grants are awarded in the form of tuition fees reduction (20% to 40%) for official Master's degree programmes at DBS (the contribution fee and credits recognition fees are not included).

Further Information


Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS: Degree in Business Management or a related discipline that contains a significant focus on business/management subjects. If applicants have a degree in an unrelated discipline, professional experience with strategic projects in the fields of competitiveness and administration may be considered as relevant, but entry will be conditional on passing an entrance exam. ENGLISH LEVEL: C1. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Candidates are not required to have prior professional experience, although if they have, it will be considered an asset.

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