Bachelor in Political Science and International Relations

Education objectives

1)To know and understand the theories, methods, boundaries and nature of political science and international relations;
2)To know and understand the concepts, structures, contexts and ideas which are instrumental in the area of political science and international relations;
3)To acquire appropriate intellectual skills for the identification, description and evaluation of relevant information within the political sphere and scope of international relations;
4)To acquire generic intellectual skills to develop arguments, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement on ethical implications in the area of politics and international relations;
5)To develop personal skills to handle, select and communicate information (written and spoken);
6)To develop personal skills to be able to work autonomously, with initiative and self-discipline;
7)To develop personal skills to collaborate in a network and work towards collective objectives.

General characterization

DGES code



Bachelor (1st Cycle)



Access to other programs

Completion of the licenciatura allows the holder to apply for Masters or Doctoral programmes or other post-graduate courses including those which do not confer a degree.


Rui Branco

Opening date

September 2019




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Teaching language

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Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 3 years/6 semesters.
Students must perform 180 credits: 120 credits based in the compulsory curricular units, 30 credits to be chosen in a set of elective optionals and 30 credits undertaken in free-elective optionals or in a minor of another scientific area. Every semester, the student may not sign up in more than 30 credits, respecting the precedence when these have been set. At the beginning of each semester, students will be advised of the curricular units to carry out in order to appropriate them to their academic career.
The undergraduate students can still benefit from the different mobility programmes in which FCSH/NOVA participates as Erasmus +, Almeida Garrett exchange programmes, among others, and participate in research within the research units of the Faculty.
The degree of licenciado corresponds to the level 6 of the NQF and EQF-National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.

Conditions of admittance

Students may be admitted to Higher Education through the National Competition for Access to Higher Education, special competitions/regimes and entry systems, re-enrolment systems, course changes and transfers. To apply for access to higher education through the National Competition, students must fulfill the requirements described in DGES/Access to Higher Education. More info at For more information about International Students please visit

Evaluation rules

Students at FCSH/NOVA are evaluated based on the work developed over a semester, based on class participation, presentation of written and oral tests and examinations. The result obtained either by continuous assessment or evaluation of the tests is expressed on a scale of 0 to 20. To be approved, students must have at least 10 points to pass, however, who fail have a second chance to repeat the exams. Repeat exam: Has access any student of 1st or 2nd cycle who has obtained the minimum grade of eight values per rounding in the final grade of the curricular unit. SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR EVALUATION: - Worker-Student - Students with the status of top athletes - Mothers and fathers students - Associative leaders - Military - Other special arrangements provided legally. Students with special needs can benefit from teaching and learning conditions to meet their needs.


Code Name ECTS
711071000 Comparative Political Analysis - 2nd semester 6
711071001 Social Demography and Demographic Policies - 2nd semester 6
711071003 Constitutional Law - 2nd semester 6
711071005 International Law - 2nd semester 6
711071051 Human Ecology - 1st semester 6
711071008 Political Economics - 1st semester 6
711071044 Statistics - 2nd semester 6
711071010 Security Studies - 1st semester 6
711071015 History of Political Ideas - 1st semester 6
711071054 History of International Relations - 2nd semester 6
711071022 History and Theory of the State in Portugal - 1st semester 6
711071023 International Institutions - 2nd semester 6
711071043 Research Methods and Techniques - 1st semester 6
711071053 Political Parties and Interest Groups - 2nd semester 6
711071049 Contemporary International Politics - 2nd semester 6
711071033 Political Systems - 1st semester 6
711071034 Political Sociology - 1st and 2nd semester 6
711071050 International Relations Theory - 1st semester 6
711071046 Theory of Democracy - 2nd semester 6
711071047 Território e Sociedades (not translated) - 2nd semester 6
Elective option 1
Code Name ECTS
711081059 Multivariate Data Analysis Multivariate Data Analysis - 2nd semester 6
711071048 Forecasting Analysis and Planning 6
711001013 Political Anthropology - 2nd semester 6
711071060 Political Behaviour and Public Opinion 6
711071061 Regional Dynamics of Security and Defense 6
711071057 European Union Law - 1st semester 6
711071007 International Economics - 2nd semester 6
711081006 State, Nations and Nationalism - 1st semester 6
711071012 Estudos Europeus (not translated) 6
711071058 Political Area Studies - 1st semester 6
711031053 Political Philosophy - 1st semester 6
711071059 Globalization and the Environment 6
711071045 História da Ideia de Europa (not translated) 6
711071055 History of Portuguese International Relations - 1st semester 6
711071029 Public Policies 6
711071030 Diplomacy - 2nd semester 6
711071062 Civil Society and Social Movements 6
711071042 Theories of Justice - 2nd semester 6