Bachelor's degree in International Relations

Faculty of Economics

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Academic year




Course Type

1st Cycle Studies

Qualification Awarded



3 Year(s)

ECTS Credits


Course Coordinator(s)

Maria Raquel de Sousa Freire (rfreire@fe.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Carmen Isabel de Oliveira Amado Mendes (carmen.mendes@fe.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
Objectives: The Bachelor's in International Relations offers multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary training focusing on international politics, providing essential competences to understand and analyze institutional, legal, social and economic dynamics at the global, international and national levels and aiming at training specialized professionals in this field. Curricular Structure: The Bachelor's in International Relations runs over three years (six semesters) and involves 180 ECTS, distributed between compulsory course units (150 ECTS) and optional course units (30 ECTS). Compulsory course units are associated with the following scientific fields: Political Science - International Relations (106 ECTS), Sociology (12 ECTS), Languages (12 ECTS), History (8 ECTS), Law (6 ECTS) and Economics (6 ECTS).
Mode of Study
Full- or part-time attendance, presence required in daytime schedule.
Access to Further Studies
Access to the Master's in International Relations is guaranteed to all students graduating from the 1st cycle in International Relations at FEUC in the academic year immediately before.
Admission Requirements

National Admission Test: Economics or Portuguese or History.

This information does not exempt the consultation of the webpage of the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGES) and/or of the Applicants website. Please, visit the DGES and the Applicants websites

Recognition of Prior Learning
Previous training obtained in national or foreign higher education institutions is recognized.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
DL 74/2006, of 24 March, as amended by the DL 107/2008, of 25 June, by the DL 230/2009, of 14 September, and by the DL 115/2013, of 7 August. The Order 12473/2012, of 24 September, publishes the current course´s programme structure and study plan.
Professional Goals
Bachelor's graduates in International Relations have qualifications for exercising multiple different functions in the field of international politics, namely in international organizations, state bodies (diplomatic career), at business, public and non-governmental organizations international relations departments and offices, in the media and in teaching and research institutions.
Graduation Requirements

Successfully complete 180 ECTS, distributed between 150 ECTS in compulsory course units and 30 ECTS in optional course units, selected from an interdisciplinary range defined each year. The choice to hold the 30 optional ECTS in one of the scientific areas of Management, Economics, Sociology or Antropology allows to obtain a degree in International Relations with a minor in that scientific area.

Study Programme
Common core
Areas of expertise
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2014-12-16 a 2020-12-15
R/A-Ef 1608/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-03-18