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Political Science and Public Management

Branch of knowledge: Social and Legal Sciences
Responsible Center: Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences
Teaching modality and Campus: Face-to-face Fuenlabrada y Madrid-Vicalvaro
Double degree with: Right, Journalism, Economy, International Relations, Philosophy
Credits: 240. Credits year: 60. Duration: 4 years. Implantation: progressive, first course 2009-2010
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Coordinator: Prof. Dr. D. Manuel Arenilla Sáez

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Basic Information

What knowledge will I acquire with this Degree?

The Degree in Political Science and Public Management is the main instrument available to Political Science and Administration to make known to society its work of producing specialized knowledge related to political theory and practice, as well as the management of public affairs, responding to the current requirements of governance in advanced democracies.
 Likewise, this title is the essential vehicle for the training of professionals linked to various fields and activities, among which the following stand out:

  • Attend to an objective of democratic promotion, feeding the available information and the elaborations of public opinion.
  • Strengthen the exercise of citizenship, providing analysis instruments in the investigation of political problems, government systems and the design of public policies.
  • Develop a range of skills in tune with the reform processes of the State and with the new needs of Public Management.
  • Promote the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge in the direction and management of public institutions and bodies.
  • Strengthen a scientific way of interpreting the current political reality, and influence the generation of changes that configure new scenarios and that generate innovative professional challenges.

Where will I be able to work when I graduate?

Graduates of the Degree in Political Science and Public Management can carry out professional activity in different fields and activities. A) Yes:

  • Public opinion institutes: companies whose activity consists of preparing social and political studies.
  • Consulting and organizational consultancy companies: consultancy and consultancy activity in the field of public policies, the evaluation of programs, policies and public services, organizational diagnosis and public management.
  • Public employment: positions in different higher bodies both in the public administrations of the three levels of government (central, regional and local) and in the European Union, as well as in multilateral organizations (United Nations System, World Bank...). The Degree is prepared to offer a managerial profile of the management of public policies and services.
  •  Activity linked to organized civil society: non-profit entities, trade unions and social organizations in general.
  • Research and teaching activity: professional practice within the framework of generating knowledge about the political system, political institutions, public policies and public management.
  • Political and institutional activity: political parties and political institutions.

Is this Degree official according to the regulations required by the European Higher Education Area?

ANECA (FILE No. 841/2009), in accordance with the provisions of article 25 of RD 1393/2007, of October 29, has proceeded to evaluate the study plan that leads to the official Title cited above in accordance with the Evaluation Protocol for the verification of Official Titles. The evaluation of the study plan has been carried out by the Committee for Issuing Degree Reports, made up of national and international experts from the academic field, professionals with the corresponding degree, and students. Experts from outside the Commission have also participated in this evaluation, providing additional reports to it. The members of the Commission and the external experts have been selected and appointed according to the procedure that is included on the website of said agency within the VERIFICA program.

Said Evaluation Commission, in a collegiate manner, has assessed the study plan in accordance with the criteria included in the aforementioned Evaluation Protocol for verification. In accordance with the procedure, a proposal for a provisional report was sent to the University, which has submitted the appropriate observations.

Once the observation period for said report has ended, the Evaluation Commission, in a new session, issues an evaluation report in FAVORABLE terms.

Yes (final verification report is attached), the implementation of the degree will be done progressively, starting the first year in the academic year 2009-10.

The final verification report turned out FAVORABLE

Favorable report first modification

Favorable report second modification

Favorable report third modification

Favorable report fourth modification


Recommended Income Profile

It would be desirable for the student of this degree to possess, to a reasonable degree, certain characteristics and abilities, such as:

  • Sensitivity towards political and social issues.
  • Capacity for abstraction and for logical reasoning.
  • Constructive critical spirit.
  • Sufficient flexibility to assume the aspects of reality and the arguments contrary to one's own points of view.
  • Sociable and respectful character.
  • Sense of order and ability to plan their own work.
  • Sufficient knowledge of English that allows them to handle written information.


The degree in Political Science and Public Management offered by the Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences has been designed taking into account:

  • The European context in which the studies of Political Science and Public Management are inserted.
  • The historical tradition and the current situation of the studies of Political Science, Administration and Public Management in Spain.
  • The professional demands of the labor market to facilitate the incorporation of graduates into it.
  • National and international mobility of both students and graduates.
  • Respect for gender equality and access to people with disabilities.
  • Equal opportunities.

The objectives are:

  • Inculcate an interest in learning Political Science and Public Administration, in the shaping elements of political systems and the dynamics resulting from public action.
  • Know the nature and methods applicable to the object of study together with a historical perspective of its evolution.
  • Recognize the discipline of Political Science and Administration as an integral part of education and culture.
  • Provide a solid base of fundamental knowledge in Political Science, Administration and Public Management.
  • Develop the skills required to apply the knowledge acquired to professional practice.
  • Generate a critical spirit that allows students to assess the importance of their knowledge in national and international political, social and economic contexts.
  • Promote interest in the object of study and prepare the student to continue specialization studies.
  • Provide the student with learning and research tools to give them greater autonomy.
  • Promote the international mobility of students and professionals as an objective consistent with the role that the URJC wants to play in its competitive environment.



  • CG1 Capacity for analysis and synthesis
  • CG2 Capacity for organization and planning
  • CG3 Oral and written communication in the native language
  • CG4 Knowledge of a foreign language
  • CG5 Computer skills related to the field of study
  • CG6 Information management capacity
  • CG7 Troubleshooting
  • CG8 Leadership and decision making
  • CG9 Teamwork and skills in interpersonal relationships
  • CG10 Acquisition of sensitivity towards diversity and multiculturalism
  • CG11 Ethical and public service commitment
  • CG12 Autonomous learning
  • CG13 Strengthening the ability to adapt to new situations: creativity and innovation


  • CE1 Know the main theories and approaches of Political Science and Administration
  • CE2 Know the structure and functioning of political systems
  • CE3 Know the structure and functioning of political and administrative institutions
  • CE4 Understand citizen behavior and democratic values
  • CE5 Analyze the operation of electoral processes
  • CE6 Apply planning and administrative management
  • CE7 Train for the planning and management of economic-financial resources of public administrations
  • CE8 Know and manage the legal framework of the activity carried out by public administrations
  • CE9 Know the environment and the economic dimension of the public sector
  • CE10 Design public policy planning, implementation and evaluation processes
  • CE11 Know international politics
  • CE12 Master the methods and techniques of political and social research
  • CE13 Collect, treat and interpret qualitative and quantitative research data
  • CE14 Manage political communication techniques
  • CE15 Use Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)


Minimum stay requirements 

  • The permanence of the students in the Degree studies will be a maximum of eight years for full-time students. Part-time students may request an extension of up to two more years from the Rector.
  • In Bachelor's degrees lasting more than 240 credits (4 years), the maximum of the previous section will be increased by one more year for every 60 ECTS credits that are added to the 240 ECTS.
  • Students must pass, in the first year, a minimum of two subjects. Students studying part-time must pass at least one subject in their first academic year.
  • Students who are studying any official Bachelor's degree at the Rey Juan Carlos University may make a maximum of four registrations to pass each of the subjects of the study plan, without counting previous cancellations of the same.

For more information see: Permanence regulations

Minimum number of ECTS credits by type of enrollment and course

Full-time students:

1º Course 48 ECTS 78 ECTS
Other courses 48 ECTS 78 ECTS


Part-time students:

1º Course 24 ECTS 47 ECTS
Other courses 24 ECTS  47 ECTS

Access and registration

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Access to official undergraduate studies will require possession of a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) and passing the test referred to in article 42 of Organic Law 6/2001, on Universities, modified by Law 4/ 2007, of April 12, without prejudice to the other access mechanisms provided for by current regulations.

The number of places offered for new admission are:

Madrid Campus: 35 places (including transfer admission places)
Fuenlabrada Campus: 26 places (including transfer admission places)


Double Degrees

 Fuenlabrada Campus      Political Science and Public Management - Journalism 15 places 
Political Science and Public Management - Law 10 places
Political Science and Public Management - Economics 15 places
International Relations - Political Science and Public Management 15 places
Philosophy - Political Science and Public Management  10 places
 Madrid Campus (Vicalvaro) Political Science and Public Management - Economics 15 places
Political Science and Public Management - Journalism 15 places
Political Science and Public Management - Law 15 places


Triple Degree

Fuenlabrada Campus

Philosophy - Political Science and Public Management - Economy

15 places




Matriculation year

The enrollment process at the Rey Juan Carlos University is done through the Internet. You can carry out the procedures on the computers installed on campus or through any computer with network access. You can check the deadlines at registration , as well as the different requirements and necessary documents.

External Internships

The External Practices subject is a curricular subject whose main objective is to promote a comprehensive training of the student through the practical application of the knowledge acquired during the Degree, which facilitates direct contact with the professional activity and the opportunity to join the professional world with a minimum of experience. All practices are designed so that the students who participate in them acquire professional experience in real situations and conditions, applying the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are acquired in the training processes throughout the degree. The internships represent a decisive opportunity for the personal development and professional future of the students.

Internships are activities carried out by the student in companies, institutions and organizations; that is, in centers outside the university premises, which aim to enrich and complement your university education, while providing you with a deeper knowledge about the skills you will need once you have graduated.

The External Practices subject will consist of two phases:

  • Completion of the internship period that offers professional experience related to any of the graduate profiles that are expressed in the Verification Report of the degree.
  • Elaboration of the memory


Degree Training Project

For more information:  External Internship Unit

Social Security contributions for interns starting January 1, 2024

Mobility programs


The Erasmus program makes it easy for URJC students -both undergraduate and postgraduate- to study one or several semesters at one of the European universities with which the URJC has agreements.

These exchanges traditionally have an economic endowment thanks to the Erasmus Scholarships provided by the EU and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

ERASMUS (intranet)


The Munde program manages mobility with universities from countries not included in the Erasmus Program.

The possibility of obtaining a scholarship or economic endowment and its amount depends, in each case, on the agreements with the universities, countries or entities that sign it.

WORLD (intranet)

For more information:

URJC Mobility


SICUE is a national mobility program for GRADOS university students that allows them to carry out part of their studies at another Spanish university with guarantees of academic recognition, use and adaptation to their curricular profile.

SICUE Mobility

Student support programs

Orientation to future students. The University offers various orientation programs for future students: we carry out visits to high schools and secondary schools, we organize guided visits to the Campuses, we are present in the Classroom and, at the beginning of each course, we carry out welcome days to guide students new students.

academic tutorials. Each teacher carries out, within their teaching planning, academic tutorials on their subject.

Coordinator of the degree. It works to promote coherence and balance between the subjects and the workloads of the students.

mentoring program. The URJC has this program, peer tutoring, in which the students of the last years act as mentors with the first year students.

Students with disabilities. The Support Office for Persons with Disabilities offers guidance and assistance to students with special needs.

Scholarships . The Rey Juan Carlos University manages the main scholarships and annual grants, both its own and from other official bodies: Ministries, Community of Madrid, International Organizations and other entities. It also publishes and disseminates those scholarships and grants of interest to its students and graduates. Throughout the course, students receive information about them through the different communication channels established.

Job placement program. The Rey Juan Carlos University, through the External Internship Unit and the Graduates Office, organizes conferences, workshops and various actions aimed at supporting and guiding students in their job search, to improve their employability and promote job placement . The University has a Job Exchange -a platform available to companies and graduates- where institutions can carry out their selection processes.




*The rates corresponding to double degrees with different degrees of experimentality will be applied as established in the new Decree 43/2022, of June 29, of the Government Council, which establishes the public prices for university studies leading to official degrees and services of an academic nature in the public universities of the Community of Madrid*



Validation, adaptation of studies, recognition of credits and homologation of foreign qualifications






Quality guarantee

External monitoring report

RUCT link


Results report

Once the follow-up has been carried out, the quantitative information on the results obtained in the follow-up of said Degree is shown, differentiated by academic year.

Report by course:

General information collection plan

Within the quality assurance system of the Rey Juan Carlos University, the following surveys are planned:

- New students

- Teacher evaluation

- Student satisfaction

- Satisfaction of the graduates

- Labor insertion

- Causes of abandonment

- Career path:

  • Second year after graduation
  • Third year after graduation
  • Fourth year after graduation

- Degree of satisfaction:

  • Faculty with the campus and university
  • Teacher with degree
  • of the evaluators
  • Incoming student mobility program
  • Outgoing Student Mobility Program
  • Administration and services staff with the university

- External internships:

  • Student satisfaction
  • External tutor satisfaction
  • Evaluator satisfaction

Survey results:

Improvement actions

The Quality Assurance System of the Rey Juan Carlos University establishes that the degree's Quality Assurance Commission will annually analyze the information derived from the degree's indicators and prepare a report that will include improvement plans if the results so indicate.

Renewal of accreditation

The renewal of the accreditation represents the culmination of the implementation process of the official Bachelor's and Master's degrees registered in the Register of Universities, Centers and Degrees (RUCT). The renewal of the accreditation of official bachelor's and master's degrees is organized in three phases: self-assessment report, external visit and final assessment.

In the first phase, the university describes and assesses the status of the degree with respect to the established criteria and guidelines. The result is the Self-Assessment Report (IA) that is presented. The second and third phases are carried out by a group of evaluators external to the evaluated title.”