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Bachelor in Political Science

Imagen Ciencias politicas
4 years (240 ECTS credits)
Bilingual, Spanish


The Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science offers the training necessary to produce specialists and professionals prepared to understand and analyze politics in all its complexity with academic rigour and depth.

By building a sound foundation of essential knowledge, skills and abilities in political science and administration, students’ critical knowledge and interest in political analysis in national and international contexts is encouraged. 
The program content provides a careful balance between compulsory political science courses and an attractive range of methodological, legal, economic and sociological subjects to complement these courses.

The degree is focused on job placement in the public administration or political analysis, with special attention paid to a new and growing demand for quality management, consultancy, and assessment of public programs. At the same time, it is also currently exploring new career paths, such as NGOs, foundations and international cooperation. 

Employability and profesional internships

UC3M has agreements with over 3000 companies and institutions in which students can undertake internships and access job openings.

A total of 93.4 % of graduates from this University enter the job market the first year after finishing their studies, according to the 2019 XXIV Estudio de Inserción Profesional (Professional Placement Study).


International Excellence

QS Top 50 Under 50
Times Higher Education (THE)



  • Exchange programs

    Exchange programs

    The Erasmus programme permits UC3M first degree and post graduate students to spend one or several terms at one of the European universities with which UC3M has special agreements or take up an Erasmus Placement, that is a work placement or internship at an EU company. These exchanges are funded with Erasmus Grants which are provided by the EU and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

    The non-european mobility program enables UC3M degree students to study one or several terms in one of the international universities with which the university has special agreements. It also has funding from the Banco Santander and the UC3M.

    These places are offered in a public competition and are awarded to students with the best academic record and who have passed the language threshold  (English, French, German etc..) requested by the university of destination.

  • European mobility

    European mobility

  • Non european mobility

    Non european mobility

Student profile

  • Entry profile

    Entry profile

    No specialised knowledge or skills are required to do the degree, apart from those which any student entering a university should possess and which have been acquired during pre-university education.
    However, students applying for a degree in Political Science should have some of the following attitudes and general qualities:

    • An interest in and sensitivity towards the political and social problems of our world.
    • An intellectual curiosity to learn about and understand in depth the political and social reality which surrounds us with critical thought.
    • An appreciation of reading, communication and debate, discussion of ideas orally and in writing.
    • An interest in following current affairs through the media.

    Application for a place in the degree


  • Graduate profile

    Graduate profile

    Our aim is to train students so that by the end of their degree studies they have acquired a set of knowledge, skills and abilities appropriate to a graduate in Political Science from the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid and which will enable them to become good professionals capable of adapting effectively to different work situations, activities and professions. The graduate will have acquired:

    •     Analytical instruments for participating in the search for practical and theoretical solutions to the world’s political and governmental problems
    •     Instruments for the analysis and management of different public policies which can be applied in carrying out management and technical roles in public Administration
    •     Practical and theoretical knowledge of the functioning of public Administration and management
    •     Basic ability to perform tasks in the international arena and in international organisations (UN, EU, World Bank, etc.)
    •     Capacity to reflect on and critically analyse important current events
    •     Handling of different procedures to analyse political reality (comparative, analytical, historical…)
    •     Knowledge of the principal political ideologies and theories and the ability to recognise these in the discourse or actions of political, economic and social players
    •     Capacity to carry out qualitative and quantitative research into socio-political phenomena
    •     The means and abilities to guide the private sector in its relationship with public administrations and the forging of links between both
    •     Communication and negotiation skills and conflict resolution
    •     Tools for the interpretation of electoral processes and results, legislative processes, political conflicts
    •     The capacity to explain historical events in political terms
    •     The knowledge and skills for forming basic opinions about the development of government activity

    A degree in Political Science from Universidad Carlos III of Madrid lays the foundation for the training of students in areas or professional fields with important value in the labour market. Among graduate professional profiles, published in the White Book of Degrees by ANECA, we should highlight the following four:

    • Political Analyst: they analyse and interpret data concerning citizens’ values and attitudes and regarding the different political players. They analyse election results, define political scenarios, design political strategies and election campaigns for political, social and institutional organisations. They supervise and test the quality and reliability of socio-political indicators for decision-making purposes.
    • Manager and expert in public administration: performs management, coordination, inspection, control and study and the design and planning of improvement measures for public administration, constitutional bodies and, in general, public organisations operating in the European, state, regional and local arenas.
    • Public Policy Analyst: they analyse public policies in the respective stages of identification and definition of problems and the formulation and execution of programmes and actions. They assess public policies and pose alternatives to improve subsequent public policies and performance.
    • Advisor and Consultant (national and international): they provide advisory services and technical assistance to public administration and political institutions; to political organisations (parties, trade unions...) and NGOs; to private enterprises in their relations with the public sector; to public and political leaders of national and international institutions and internationally focussed businesses. They plan, execute and evaluate cooperation and development projects in other countries. They act as international observers in peace and democratisation processes. They mediate in crisis management and conflict resolution.

    General skills of the Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science

    Basic Skills

    CB1        Que los estudiantes hayan demostrado poseer y comprender conocimientos en un área de estudio que parte de la base de la educación secundaria general, y se suele encontrar a un nivel que, si bien se apoya en libros de texto avanzados, incluye también algunos aspectos que implican conocimientos procedentes de la vanguardia de su campo de estudio.        

    CB2        Que los estudiantes sepan aplicar sus conocimientos a su trabajo o vocación de una forma profesional y posean las competencias que suelen demostrarse por medio de la elaboración y defensa de argumentos y la resolución de problemas dentro de su área de estudio.

    CB3        Que los estudiantes tengan la capacidad de reunir e interpretar datos relevantes (normalmente dentro de su área de estudio) para emitir juicios que incluyan una reflexión sobre temas relevantes de índole social, científica o ética.    

    CB4        Que los estudiantes puedan transmitir información, ideas, problemas y soluciones a un público tanto especializado como no especializado.                            

    CB5        Que los estudiantes hayan desarrollado aquellas habilidades de aprendizaje necesarias para emprender estudios posteriores con un alto grado de autonomía.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    General Skills

    CG1       To know the main elements and factors, both structural and dynamic, that shape and influence political reality           

    CG2       To be able to recognize the social, political, cultural and religious diversity of contemporary societies and the relevance and transversality that democratic values and human rights have in these societies                          

    CG3       To be able to study the social and political reality using the scientific method, from a critical perspective and recognizing the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches of the different subdisciplines and specialities in Political Science.                                                                        

    CG4       Saber trasladar los conocimientos y habilidades adquiridos para afrontar problemas de orden práctico en los diferentes ámbitos en los que se concretan las salidas profesionales/To know how to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills into practical professional problems.                              

    CG5       To be able to communicate effectively and produce and defend, both orally and written, well-built arguments within the field of Political Science.                 


    Transversal Skills

    CT1        To be able to work in multidisciplinary and international teams         

    CT2        To demonstrate the ability of planning and organizing your work, the ability of reaching the right decisions by taking into consdieration the available information and the abilty of gathering and interpreting relevant data to make good judgments in your area of study                   

    CT3        To have the basic humanistic knowledge to complete the student's transversal training profile                                                            

    CT4        To know and be able to handle interpersonal skills on initiative, responsibility, negotiation, emotional intelligence, etc., as well as calculation tools that allow consolidating the basic technical skills that are required in every professional field                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

    Specific Skills                                                                                                                                  

    CE1        To identify, understand and know how to use the main theoretical and conceptual approaches and frameworks of the different areas of specialty and the subdisciplines of Political Science        

    CE2        To analyse the political systems structure and functioning and their interaction with the environment                 

    CE3        To know the structure and functioning of political institutions and their interrelation with the remaining components of the political system         

    CE4        To analyse political actors¿ behaviour, political participation¿s processes and the role of citizens in contemporary democracies                    

    CE5        To know the different components of the electoral systems and to be able to recognize how they interact with the electoral process.                  

    CE6        To know the main Political Philosophy trends, the main contemporary political theories and ideologies and those linked to contemporary political movements; and to be able to analyze, taking all these thoeries into account, political phenomena and problems.                     

    CE7        To understand and use the concepts of social structure and social change, their interdependence and their relationship with the political and economic system, especially with regard to the Spanish case        

    CE8        To be aware of the relevance of the Constitution and its role in democratic states; and to know the Spanish Constitution¿s principles and rights and its normative value                                                                       

    CE9        To recognize the historical dimension of political and social processes and to explain them by taking such dimension into account.          

    CE10      To describe the structure of public administrations at their different levels, the relationships between them, the legal framework that drives their activity, and the principles and methods of public planning and management.  

    CE11      To know the key issues and the different phases of the public budget cycle and the legal framework that regulates it.         

    CE12      To understand the economic dimension of the public sector and the domestic and international economic environment               

    CE13      To know how to analyze public policies as well as how to design, plan, implement and evaluate public programs and projects      

    CE14      To identify the key theories of international relations and to connect them with the domestic political processes.                   

    CE15      To know the European political systems, how European Union policies are created and how they influence member Satate' policies.           

    CE16      To know the most important theoretical contributions and the principles that guide scientific research in the field of Social Sciences; and to know how to apply statistical methods and research techniques to produce, collect, analyze and interpret both quantitative and qualitative data.   

    CE17      To know and exploit the basic political communication and consulting techniques and instruments.      

    CE18      To use information and communication technologies (ICT) for political analysis and public management, and to examine their impact on the political system                           

    CE19      To understand and use the concepts of social psychology when analyzing individuals' political attitudes, cognition and behavior                      

    CE20      To know the National and European policies and legal framework on integration, migration and cultural diversity, as well as the main theories and comparative evidence on integration processes and attitudes towards immigration, discrimination, xenophobia, racism and Islamophobia                

    CE21      To be able to plan, develop and write research projects using the theoretical knowledge and the methodological tools of political science                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

    Learning Outcomes of the Bachelor's Degree in Political Science

    RA1. Poseerá conocimientos y habilidades de carácter avanzado en Ciencia Política, tanto relacionados con cuestiones teóricas como de carácter práctico o metodológico.

    RA2. Será capaz de recopilar datos, producir información y operar con ella para fundamentar sus reflexiones y juicios sobre la realidad social y política.

    RA3. Será capaz de aplicar las habilidades y los conocimientos adquiridos para la resolución de problemas en situaciones complejas y en entornos laborales académicos o profesionales que demanden ideas creativas o innovadoras.

    RA4. Sabrá exponer y comunicar a todo tipo de audiencias -especializadas o no- problemas y soluciones que puedan ser abordados desde la Ciencia Política así como los conocimientos y las metodologías que estén vinculados con ellos.

    RA5. Podrá identificar sus necesidades formativas en su campo de estudio y entorno laboral o profesional y será capaz de organizar su aprendizaje de manera autónoma e independientemente del tipo de contexto. Competencias Básicas  

Study in english

Bilingual studies

This degree courses in English and Spanish. In the courses taught in English there aren't groups in Spanish, so there isn't possibility to choose the language in which you will carry out your studies. You must take into mind that:

  • In groups in English, all works (classes, drills, exercises, tests, etc.) will be conducted in English.
  • Along the first year, it must be established an English B2 level, performing a test, providing one of the supported official certificates or any way determined by the university. In the first weeks of the course will inform students how they can prove their level.
  • After completing the studies, in your DS will appear a mention of bilingual studies.

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