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Confered Degree | Duration | ECTS

Bachelor | 6 Semesters | 180 ECTS

Programme Director

Professor Doutor Diogo Pires Aurélio


Maria Manuela Gomes

Entrance Conditions

National access competition/tender:
Having completed the 12th grade;
A grade higher than 95 points (range 0-200), in the following entrance exams:
06 Philosophy
11 History
17 Mathematics Applied to Social Sciences
18 Portuguese
Entry competition/tender:
Course changes;
In accordance with Decree 401/2007, of April 5.
Special competition/tender for those over the age of 23:
On completing 23 years of age by the 31st of December of the preceding year
Those not entitled access to higher education (if they have undertaken and been approved in the entrance test for the college they want to enter, they are entitled to the referred access).
Special competition/tender for higher education graduates and Diplomas in Specialized Technology:
(In accordance with Decree-Law No. 393-B/99, of 2 October;
In accordance with Ordinance No. 854-A/99, of 4 October;
In accordance with Decree-Law No. 88/2006, of May 23).

Programme requirements

Have completed a total of 180 ECTS


The objective of the Bologna Declaration is to improve the quality of higher education across Europe, during the next 10 years. Thus, this document has highlighted the importance of involving students in constructing a project of lifelong education, focusing mainly on the development of both personal and social skills that will enable adaptability to changes and the challenges ahead.
The licentiate degree accepted the Bologna challenge and adapted its EP to these principles and launched a major overhaul of the study and teaching methods in force.
The 1st licentiate degree in Political Science and International Relations has a duration of three years or six semesters. It has a core of mandatory courses that are denominated as Majors and gives the students the opportunity to complete their training by choosing optional subjects and they may choose to include Minors from other scientific areas. It presents 4 Minors to students from other courses in Political Science, International Relations, Public Administration and Policy and Psychoanalysis.

Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired

The graduate student in Political Science acquires skills that equip them with a solid theoretical and practical preparation for the wide range of vocational opportunities that the rediscovery of the political-democratic-party system after the 25th of April of 1974, necessarily bears in the contemporary Portuguese society and the "Lusophone Space".
The graduate student acquires general skills concerning the basic essential knowledge pertaining to the functioning of Public Institutions and the different groups that participate in the running of the same, as well as in understanding the attitudes and behaviours of citizens.
The graduate student in Political Science and International Relations is a professional who, individually or as part of a team, is able to observe, characterize and evaluate the components that define certain socio-political contexts and intervene, directly or indirectly, in their modification.
In more formal contexts, the graduate student in Political Science can be included in administrative or management bodies at national, regional, local and international level (in terms of Europe and the Lusophone Space).

Further Studies

The Licentiate degree is the starting point for the logical furtherance of studies in Master of Political Science taught at the Lusophone University (¿Universidade Lusófona¿).

Occupacional Profiles

Vocational opportunities extend to virtually all sectors of society (political parties, associations, unions, companies, central, regional and local governments, mass media, diplomacy and international organizations).

Scientific Areas

Ciência política e cidadania | Ciências sociais e do comportamento | Ciências sociais, comércio e direito

Study Plan

1st Year/ Semester ECTS
History and Theory of International RelationsFirst Semester6
History of the Political Thought and Theories IFirst Semester6
Introduction to LawFirst Semester4
Introduction to Political ScienceFirst Semester6
Option IFirst Semester4
Scientific MethodologyFirst Semester4
Analysis Methods and TechniquesSecond Semester5
History of the Political Thought and Theories IISecond Semester6
International Institutions and OrganisationsSecond Semester6
Introduction to EconomySecond Semester4
Option IISecond Semester4
Political SociologySecond Semester5
2nd Year/ Semester ECTS
Option IIISemesterly4
Option IVSemesterly4
Constitutional Theory and Constitutional LawFirst Semester4
Economics and GlobalizationFirst Semester5
Introduction to Contemporary ThoughtFirst Semester5
Policy and CommunicationFirst Semester6
Political Parties and Electoral SystemsFirst Semester6
Administrative LawSecond Semester4
Public AdministrationSecond Semester5
Public PoliciesSecond Semester5
State TheorySecond Semester6
Surveys, Opinion studies and PollsSecond Semester6
3rd Year/ Semester ECTS
Option VSemesterly4
Geostrategy, geopolitics and International Relations IFirst Semester6
International LawFirst Semester4
Political Socio-Economics of the European UnionFirst Semester6
Project MethodologyFirst Semester4
Regional and Municipal AdministrationFirst Semester6
Comparative Political SystemsSecond Semester5
Geostrategy, geopolitics and International Relations IISecond Semester5
International PolicySecond Semester5
Political Socio-Economics of the Portuguese-Speaking AreaSecond Semester5
Second Semester10

Teaching staff

Teachers, Academic Degree and Dedication time
LecturerAcademic DegreesDedication time
Ana Rita Esteves Da Cunha GarciaBachelorPart-Time
António Joaquim Viana De Almeida ToméDoctorateFull-Time
António Ribeiro GameiroDoctorateFull-Time
Artur Miguel Claro Da Fonseca Mora CoelhoDoctoratePart-Time
Diogo Pires AurélioAgréggationPart-Time
Elias Jesus QuadrosDoctoratePart-Time
Elsa Maria Bacala EstrelaDoctoratePart-Time
Esmeraldo Rosa Monteiro De AzevedoDoctorateFull-Time
Fernanda Maria Neutel PereiraDoctorateFull-Time
Fernando Rui De Sousa CamposDoctorateFull-Time
João Agostinho De Almeida SantosDoctorateFull-Time
José António De Oliveira RochaDoctorateFull-Time
José Carlos Ribeiro De Calazans DuarteDoctoratePart-Time
José Fialho FelicianoAgréggationFull-Time
José Filipe PintoAgréggationFull-Time
José-António Baião CarochinhoDoctoratePart-Time
Manuel Serafim Fontes Santos PintoDoctorateFull-Time
Maria Teresa Filipe De Moraes SarmentoDoctoratePart-Time
Maria Teresa Lopes Do Couto Dos Santos FonsecaBachelorPart-Time
Nuno Manuel Cardoso Da SilvaDoctorateFull-Time
Regina Maria Da Cruz QueirozDoctorateFull-Time
Rui Manuel De Oliveira CostaBachelorPart-Time
Sérgio Augusto Teixeira Travassos Vieira Da SilvaDoctorateFull-Time
Sílvia Teresa Guerreiro Lopes MangeronaMasterPart-Time
Vasco Fernando Ferreira RatoDoctoratePart-Time


Holders of University Degree 180 €
200 €
200 €
Change Course 68 €
Holders of Technological Specialization Courses 180 €
External Students 0 €
Over 23 years 180 €
Admission for Undergraduates 180 €
Student Insurance40 €
Registration217 €
Enrollment310 €
Average value for 30 ECTS semestral curricular units 329,1 €
Per ECTS 10,97 €

Other fees may be applied in accordance with the regulations in force