Bachelor’s+ in Politics & International Relations


This Bachelor’s+ in Politics and International Relations combines a Bachelor in Politics and International Relations – designed by the LSE and accredited by the University of London – and Higher Education certificates that will help you stand out in your masters’ applications and job interviews.

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Forward College tuition programme includes:

  • 100% small group teaching (on average 15 students per class)
  • Weekly one-on-one tutoring for individualised feedback and guidance
  • Frequent evaluations to track your progress throughout the year and ensure your success at the final exams
  • Induction programme where you will better understand your learning style and adopt the most relevant learning methods for you

In this programme, you will:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of how political power is distributed and organised within the state and between states. 
  • Solve complex real-life problems through a dedicated project in teams
  • Develop skills that are highly in demand among recruiters such as teamwork, digital skills, communication or creativity
  • Gain a better understanding of your personal strengths, development needs and aspirations


The Bachelor’s+ pathway will offer graduates an enhanced programme combining solid academic expertise with practical experience. This path will favour their access to top masters in management as they will already display significant exposure to project management, digital skills and soft skills development that are in high demand among recruiters. 

These degrees develop intellectual and practical skills that are relevant across a wide range of career opportunities. Our graduates have found work with a huge variety of employers including multilateral and intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, banking and accounting services, local and national governments, educational establishments, and media and publishing companies. Others have opted to continue studying these academic disciplines, or have transferred the skills they developed to other disciplines, such as law.

The building blocks of
the programme

If you want to prepare for a career in government or international roles in a corporate organisation or NGO, this interdisciplinary degree is a perfect match. Developed LSE, this degree will help you understand key issues facing the international community, such as the causes of war and globalisation.

As with all BSc Programmes designed by the LSE, students take four courses each year, made up of a combination of compulsory and optional choices.

NB: availability of courses depends on student interest, and not all of the below courses may be available for study during years 2 and 3. Some courses carry pre-requisites – please refer to the UoL course list for additional information. Please note that students select a maximum of 4 courses per year of study.

It is time for you to be in the driver’s seat and experiment with entrepreneurship. You will work in teams on a problem or an opportunity of your choice with the support of a dedicated Forward Leadership Fellow who will guide you and teach you the necessary methodologies and techniques so that you progress step by step towards making an impact. You will carry out your project mostly in year 2 while getting prepared in year 1 with a first opportunity to develop your project management skills. 

As part of your Bachelor’s+ you will have to choose one of the following certificates. Students who wish to apply for a master’s degree will be encouraged to select the research project.

Along the way, you will not only make a concrete difference; you will gain highly valuable skills for your future career such as design thinking, SCRUM, research methods, interviewing, surveying, data analysis, project management, performance management, teamwork, or impact evaluation.

You can choose one of these three entrepreneurship certificates:

Sustainability and Social Impact Entrepreneurship
This certificate is designed for students who wish to make a difference on issues they care about: climate change, inequalities, refugees, education, racism, gender balance.

Expected working time: approx 8-12h/week on average
Read more about Forward’s Sustainability and Social Impact Entrepreneurship
Digital entrepreneurship
This certificate is designed for students who wish to venture into creating a digital solution from scratch to explore a social or business opportunity they have identified.

Expected working time: approx. 8-12h/week on average
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Research Project
Research is entrepreneurial as it requires courage, creativity, and rigor at the same time. You will work individually or in a team in close collaboration with one of our Forward academic Fellows.

Expected working time: approx 8-12h/week on average
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Personal development supports you in growing your social and emotional skills and mindsets for adaptive futures. Students develop high self-awareness and resilience, cultural competency, and an approach to leadership that is impact-oriented, practical, empathetic, and collaborative.

Students study one-third of the the total Personal Development Curriculum. In Year 1, they do exactly what the Double Bachelor’s students cover in the first Term. In the second year they choose about two out of five modules and in the third year they focus only on Career Readiness. Students also have the opportunity to do the Forward 360 Skills Assessment and receive coaching. 

In Year 1, students study: 

• Working in teams
• Interpersonal relationships 
• Communication
• Living in a community 

In Year 2, students select two modules among the following:

• Self awareness
• Motivations & Courage 
• Resilience 
• Stress management & Balance 
• Decision making 

In Year 3, students study:

• Career Readiness

The Forward 360 Skills Assessment consolidates feedback from your peers and tutors on your four core categories of skills: cognitive, social, emotional and practical.

This tool allows students to assess their progress and, with the guidance of personal coaches, set their goals and aspirations for the coming year. This assessment provides Forward Graduates with a Skills Map that supports their applications for master programmes and career options.

Personal development
Personal development supports you in growing your social and emotional skills and mindsets for adaptive futures.

Expected working time: 3 to 5 hours/module over 8 weeks
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The Digital Bootcamp is designed to get you up to speed with everything you need to know to successfully design and launch an app. It will offer you insight into the bigger picture of the Digital Entrepreneurship Certificate, as well as what you’ll be able to achieve during the year.

The six-week Bootcamp will be organised around workshops and case studies that address creativity, project management, app development, strategy & implementation, and business fundamentals.

Digital Bootcamp
The Digital Bootcamp is designed to get you up to speed with everything you need to know to successfully design and launch an app.

Expected working time: 6 weeks
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Before graduating from Forward College, Bachelor’s+ students will have to complete mandatory work experience that amounts to a total duration of between 210 and 280 hours, roughly 6 to 8 weeks.  An internship gives you the best opportunities to gain valuable work experience, whilst also exploring and testing a career path.

An internship during college prepares you for the world of work and its challenges.

Expected working time: 6-8 weeks
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As part of their learning expedition, Forward College encourages immersion in the local culture through learning and practising the local language (Portuguese, French and German).

We offer language courses tailored to various proficiency levels with specific provisions and objectives for non-beginners. Students can attend weekly classes throughout the year during which they will receive personalised feedback. 

Foreign language
We encourage students to immerse themselves in the local culture and one of the most important factors is language.

Expected working time: 3h/week
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In summary

Scholarship Available


3 years

€21,000 (EU/EEA/UK/Swiss students)
€25,000 (other international students)

Lisbon (year 1)
Paris (year 2)
Berlin (year 3)



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