Universitat de Barcelona

Political and Administrative Sciences

What you will learn

The University of Barcelona first offered a bachelor's degree in Political and Administration Sciences in the 1994-1995 academic year. The theoretical objective of the course is to analyse power, the political system, the state and the public administration. Consequently, the bachelor's degree in Political and Administration Sciences is designed to train competent professionals in areas related to the political world, and specifically activities associated with analysis, advise and support for political decisions and activities.

Political studies are essentially multidisciplinary, due to the nature of politics and its presence in all social phenomena. The course syllabus for the bachelor's degree in Political and Administration Sciences has political, legal, economic and methodological contents, and also covers some sociological and historical areas. As the course focuses on politics as a space for citizens, it also provides knowledge and discussion of contemporary issues such as gender, immigration, poverty and ecology.

This bachelor's degree has a practical focus that stresses sound empirical knowledge of politics, the comparison of political systems, the international dimension, and public policies. Therefore, our bachelor's degree provides an opportunity to specialise in one of three areas: Comparative Politics, Public Policies, and Techniques and Procedures.

There are good job prospects in this field. In recent years, the presence of political and administration sciences graduates in professional sectors has been consolidated, in both the public and private arenas.

Number of ECTS credits: 240
Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences
Faculty or school: Faculty of Law

What you will need

Students of political and administration sciences should be interested in and concerned about social and political problems and how to solve them. They should have a capacity for public service, and a desire to be of use to society. They must understand that good political order is the basis for improving in many aspects of sectors of our societies. However, the degree in Political and Administration Sciences is designed to train not politicians (not that the option is ruled out) but people who are associated professionally with taking public decisions in many fields (administration, political parties, consultancies, reports, etc.).

Distribution of credits

Subject area typeECTS credits
Basic training60
Compulsory placements0
Compulsory final project12

Subjects (information available in Catalan)

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain.

Applicants holding higher educational qualifications from a university outside Spain should consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications to find out about specific admission requirements.

Fields in which you can work

The main sectors for employment of graduates in Political and Administration Sciences are the public and private sector, the third sector, teaching and research, and supranational institutions.

The main job opportunities for graduates are:

  • Expert in public administration.
  • Management of organizations: direction, management and communication.
  • Analysis of public policies.
  • Local development agent: implementation of local actions; promotion of business activity, job creation and sustainable development; participation in European programmes; citizen participation plans.
  • Political analyst: analysis of society, opinions, values and attitudes of people and political agents; election results and political scenarios; political strategy and election campaigns; monitoring of socio-political indicators.
  • Advisory and consultancy work.
  • Institutional relations and corporate social responsibility.
  • International consultancy: advice, cooperation and development projects in other countries, international observer, mediation in crises and conflicts.
  • Teaching and research.