UPF Fact Sheet
POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE
At the undergraduate level, attention should be called to the interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree programme in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, offered jointly by the Alliance 4 Universities (A4U), a partnership consisting of UPF, the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M). The programme was launched in the 2013-2014 academic year with the aim of training specialists in the various areas of improvement and innovation in politics and governance. Most of the Faculty’s postgraduate programmes are taught in English and attract a highly international community. Currently, most of the master’s and doctoral students are international, primarily from Europe and Latin America, but also the United States, Canada, the Middle East and North Africa.
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83% of official master’s students are international (2018-2019) 70% of doctoral students are international (2018-2019) 41% of UPF graduates have studied abroad (2017-2018) Internship agreements with more than 90 companies, such as Everis, Save the Children, Rosa Clarà and RMIT Europe
The Department is divided into two scientific sections: Political Science and Sociology. It also includes the subsections Social Psychology and Social Science Methodology. The two scientific sections are organized into ten main lines of research, each associated with a different research group.
Key figures —— Horizon 2020: €1.5 million / 6 projects —— 3 Marie Curie Actions —— Spanish R&D and Innovation Plan: €1.05 million / 14 projects —— International teaching staff: 27% —— ICREA research professors: 2 —— Theses defended in English: 83% (2017-2018)
Data refer to the 2014-2018 period only. They include individual and consortia projects.  Data refer to the 2014-2017 period.  Data as of January 2017.  The Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) offers permanent tenured positions at Catalan host institutions to top researchers from around the world. 
Research groups The Department conducts its research through these research groups, including: —— The Health Inequalities Research Group (GREDS), which focusses on the social origin and production of health inequalities, as well as the political action necessary to tackle health issues. —— The Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology (RECSM), which focusses on survey methodology, survey data analysis, and experimental and quasi-experimental design. —— The Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration (GRITIM-UPF), which focusses on aspects of innovation and management of change processes arising from human mobility and immigration. —— The Research Group in Political Theory (GRTP), which analyses democratic societies with a focus on a variety of topics in contemporary political theory (justice and rights, nationalism and secession, religion and democracy, federalism and minority rights, EU politics and regionalism, law and pluralism, art and politics). —— DemoSoc, an interdisciplinary research group specialized in demographic and sociological analysis, as well as labour market and criminology studies. —— The Research Group in Government, Management and Public Policies, which has a long history of research and expertise in its areas of interest. Its researchers have collaborated with several public institutions. —— The Institutions and Political Actors Research Group, which brings together scholars interested in examining the effects of institutions on political outcomes, as well as the drivers of the strategies and choices of elites, social groups and private individuals.
The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences is committed to training globally competent professionals with a passion for research. In order to create mobility opportunities for its bachelor students, it has signed international exchange agreements with 38 partner universities in 14 countries. Some of UPF’s main partners in this field include the following universities: —— Humboldt and Konstanz (Germany) —— Sciences Po and Toulouse (France) —— Amsterdam, Erasmus of Rotterdam, Groningen and Utrecht (the Netherlands) —— Bologna, Florence and Trento (Italy) —— Warwick, Essex, Sheffield and City University of London (United Kingdom) —— Charles University of Prague (Czech Republic) —— Lausanne and Zurich (Switzerland) —— Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) —— El Colegio de México and CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas) (México) —— Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (Brazil) —— San Andrés and Torcuato di Tella (Argentina) —— Hitotsubashi (Japan) The Faculty’s graduate programmes are highly international. Currently, all of its master’s degree programmes have earned the International Dimension Label, awarded by AQU Catalunya, the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency. Moreover, all of its master’s programmes offer double degrees and international links with outstanding higher education institutions abroad: —— Master’s degree in Current Democracies: double degree with LMU Munich (Germany), —— Master’s degree in Political Philosophy: double degree with the University of Warwick (UK), —— Master’s degree in Migration Studies: double degree with the University of Liège (Belgium), —— Research master’s degree in Political Science: double degrees with the universities of Konstanz (Germany), Warwick, and North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA), —— Research master’s degree in Sociology and Demography: double degrees with the universities of Tilburg (the Netherlands), Groningen (the Netherlands), Trento (Italy) and Bamberg (Germany). The Faculty also offers the Erasmus Mundus joint master’s degree in European Society and Politics as part of a consortium consisting of Charles University of Prague (Czech Republic), the University of Krakow (Poland), Leiden University (the Netherlands) and UPF. The coordinator of the master at UPF, professor Javier Arregui, is a Jean Monnet Chair. Finally, another international project undertaken by the University is the Johns Hopkins University - Pompeu Fabra University Public Policy Center. Founded in 2013, the Center was built upon the long-standing collaboration between Johns Hopkins University, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Pompeu Fabra University. Consisting of programmes offered by the two institutions, the Center aims to conduct research and provide teaching in areas with a major impact on the social well-being, quality of life, and health of populations, especially in North America and Europe. These areas include: global climate change, economic and financial crises, and the economic and financial integration of the European Union.
UPF appears on some of the most influential global rankings:
Global rankings and results by subject
—— 1st Spanish university, 135th worldwide and 58th in Europe (Times Higher Education ranking, 2019) —— 11th university in the world among universities aged 50 and under (Times Higher Education Young Universities Ranking, 2018) —— 2nd university in Spain and among the top 250 universities in the world (Shanghai ranking, 2018) The University also ranks high in political and social science: —— Among the top 100 in the world in political science (Shanghai ranking, 2018) —— Among the top 150 universities in the world in political science (Times Fligher Education ranking, 2019) —— Among the top 150 universities in the world in politics and international studies and sociology (QS ranking, 2019)
The bachelor’s degree in Political and Administration Sciences aims to produce specialists in the various aspects of improvement and innovation in politics and governance.
The bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics approaches social sciences from a range of angles, giving students the tools they need to analyse the increasingly global, complex and connected world we live in. This is an interuniversity degree. Students thus follow different parts of the programme at UPF (Barcelona), UC3M (Madrid) and UAM (Madrid). Study abroad is also encouraged.
Simultaneous degree in Political and Administration Sciences + Law. This programme allows students to earn both degrees in six years.
Double degrees. — Master’s degree in Current Democracies: double degree with LMU Munich (Germany) — Master’s degree in Political Philosophy: double degree with Warwick (UK) — Master’s degree in Migration Studies: double degree with Liège (Belgium) — Research master’s degree in Political Science: double degrees with University of Konstanz (Germany), University of Warwick (UK), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) — Research master’s degree in Sociology and Demography: double degrees with the universities of Tilburg (Netherlands), Groningen (the Netherlands), Trento (Italy) and Bamberg (Germany)
Erasmus Mundus: European Politics and Society: Vaclav Havel joint master’s degree programme.
PhD programme in Political and Social Science.