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 (1st cycle) degree allows the holder to apply for Masters programmes (2nd Cycle), or other post-graduate courses including those which do not confer a degree.


Carmen Sofia Rodrigues Silva Fonseca

Opening date



Available soon


697 Euros/year or 3500 Euros/year (foreign students)



Teaching language

Portuguese language

Degree pre-requisites

Each student must obtain 180 credits: 120 credits from compulsory courses of the study programme, 30 credits from restricted options and 30 credits from free options or a Minor from another academic area. Each semester the student may not enrol in more than 30 credits and must respect any pre-requisites which have been set. At the beginning of each semester, the student is advised as to which courses are the most appropriate for their academic pathway and which they should take.
Legal framework/Study programme - Declaração de Retificação n.º 117/2018-Diário da República n.º 30/2018, Série II de 12 fevereiro de 2018. 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.


Conditional Options 1 - The student must complete 30 ECTS from all these curricular units.
Code Name ECTS
711081059 Multivariate Data Analysis 6.0
01101357 Political Anthropology 6.0
711071057 European Union Law 6.0
01101368 International Economics 6.0
711031053 Political Philosophy 6.0
711071045 History of the European Idea 6.0
711071055 History of Portuguese International Relations 6.0
01101396 Diplomacy 6.0
01101414 Theories of Justice 6.0
Mandatory ECTS number: 30
Code Name ECTS
01101267 Comparative Political Analysis 6.0
01101278 Social Demography and Demographic Policies 6.0
01101289 Constitutional Law 6.0
01101295 International Law 6.0
711071051 Human Ecology 6.0
01101304 Political Economics 6.0
711071044 Statistics 6.0
01101420 Security Studies 6.0
01101310 History of Political Ideas 6.0
711071054 History of International Relations 6.0
01101321 History and Theory of the State in Portugal 6.0
01101332 International Institutions 6.0
711071043 Research Methods and Techniques 6.0
711071053 Political Parties and Interest Groups 6.0
711071049 Contemporary International Politics 6.0
01101343 Political Systems 6.0
01100099 Political Sociology 6.0
711071050 Theory of International Relations 6.0
711071046 Theories of Democracy 6.0
711071047 Territory and Societies 6.0
Free optins may be chosen from this undergraduate study programme or any other offered by FCSH-UNL