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Degree programme: BA Faculty: Law Department
Mode: Full-time Start in: September
Credits: 180 Duration: 3 years
Vacancies: 40 (a minimum number of students is required)  





Programme Coordinator

André Matos (PhD)

Message from the coordinator

The degree in International Relations offers an innovative approach: students may achieve a specialisation in Diplomacy and Area Studies or develop skills in another scientific field.

Thus, students may obtain one of the possible minors in Economics, Management, Law and Tourism. Alternatively, if their selection focuses on IR disciplines, they conclude the specialisation in Diplomacy and Area Studies.

In addition to this disciplinary cooperation, the common core includes several discplines from the scientific field of International Relations, taught by a highly qualified, young and dynamic academic staff.

The international mobility of students, particularly in the context of the Erasmus program, is encouraged in view of its relevance to the future internationalists. Several workshops and other training opportunities are regularly organised with a view to enriching the CV of IR graduates from UPT. Of these events, it is possible to highlight the organisation of cultural weeks which include close contact with career diplomats and UN simulations - to name a few.

André Matos

Objectives and Programme Content

With the BA in IR, students will acquire and develop knowledge and skills correspondent to level 6 from the European Qualifications Framework and Life Long Learning. Those will allow them to:

Why choose this course

In an increasingly globalized world, the contemporary international labour market requires specific expertise, valuing at the same time the flexibility and diversity of skills that make internationalists particularly suitable to enrich the organization where they enter and their international projection.

The degree in IR at UPT has considered this context and, through its structure, academic staff and complementary activities, it prepares internationalists who achieve the labour market with a set of skills that make their profile more attractive for employers.

A minor in Economics or Management can more easily join the staff of a multinational company, while a minor in Law enables for a more specialised work at an international organisation or state agencies. Alternatively, the option for the minor in Tourism combines expertise in this field with an important international dimension to those who are interested in this economic activity in constant growth and consolidation worldwide.

The variety of this training will also help those who are interested in pursuing their academic and professional career in the diplomatic area. The internationalist knows the political, social, economic and cultural realities of various regions of the world. This sensitivity is crucial for anyone who seeks to promote the negotiation and interaction between different cultures.

In addition, partnerships with external entities and the organisation of events, workshops and other additional training opportunities will enrich the profile of our graduates, who will be especially able to integrate the international labour market.

Career prospects

Employment Prospects:


Research is developed within the scope of IJP - Portucalense Institute for Legal Research - http://www.ijp.upt.pt/ - dthe research center of the Law Department.

IJP is officially approved by FCT and the European Foundation for Science (ESF), being considered a vital element of economic and cultural development of the city of Porto.

IJP favours an integrated and empirical approach to scientific research in several scientific domains, including Law, International Relations and Economics, with an international and multidisciplinary team.

Admission requirements

· High school or Bachelor level degree

· Minimum English Proficiency level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: B2 – Independent - Vantage or upper intermediate

· Evaluation of the CV

· An interview (live or Skype)

Postgraduate Options

MPhil in International Relations

MPhil in Law.

MPhil in European and Comparative Law.

MPhil in Management.

MPhil in Tourism and Hospitality

Diplomas and Certificates

One of the following certificates, according to the student's options:

- Certificate of Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with specialisation in Diplomacy and Area Studies.

- Certificate of Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Law.

- Certificate of Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Economics.

- Certificate of Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Management.

- Certificate of Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Tourism.

Study Plan 

1st year, 1st semester


Course Unit


Introduction to Law 8
Statistics and Data Analysis 5
English B1.1 5
Introduction to Economics 5
Methodology and Research in International Relations 6

1st year, 2nd semester


Course Unit


Information and Knowledge Society 3
Public International Law 6
International Economics and Globalisation 6
History of International Relations 5
English B1.2 5
Theory of International Relations 6

2nd year, 1st semester


Course Unit


European Union Law 5
Political Science 7
Human Rights and International Cooperation 6
English B2.1 6
Contemporary International Politics 6

2nd year, 2nd semester


Course Unit


Development, power and inequality 6
Geostrategy and Resources 6
English B2.2 6
International Organisations 6
International Relations Issues 6

3rd year, 1st semester


Course Unit


Option - Administrative Law  6
Option - Economic Development 5
Option - Organizational Psychology 5
Entrepreneurship 5
Option - Sociology of Turism 5
Option - Economy and Politics of Tourism 5
Option - Geography of Tourism 5
Option - Human Resources Management 5
Option - Diplomacy and international negotiation 5
Option - International Responsibility  6
Option - Peace and Security Studies 6
Option - European Studies 5
Option - English C1.1 6
Option - Regional Economic Integration 6

3rd year, 2nd semester


Course Unit


Option - Quality Management  5
Option - Promotion and Development of Tourist Destinations 5
Option -  Seminar 5
Option - Markets and Products in Tourism 4
Option - International Business Management 5
Foreign Policy Analysis 6
Democracy and international governance 6
Option - African Studies 5
Option - American Studies 5
Option - Asian Studies 5
English C1.2 6
Option - Commercial Policy 7
Option -Administrative Law II  6
Option - Constitutional Law  7







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Email: ingresso@upt.pt


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