Programme Outline

Programme Outline

The first cycle (3 years)


The first year (the year for fundamentals)

This year is multidisciplinary and is mutual to all the students of the cohort. The educational organization is based on lectures followed by all students, and methodological conferences which are lessons taught in small groups in the fundamental disciplines (law, economics, political science and history) and modern languages.

Students also participate in sports and can take a third language.


The second year (the year for progressive specialisation)

Two themes to choose from :

  • Legal issues,
  • European issues,
  • Economic and financial issues,
  • International Issues,
  • Political and social issues.

This is to offer students a chance for a first specialization in two of the five themes. This prepares students for both the year of mobility and for their choice of master, while extending the general teachings given in the first year.


The third year (the year for international mobility)

This year occurs abroad for all students. It can take two forms: the student can follow the academic curriculum (in one of the 210 partner universities) or the student can do a mixed mobility. Where the student attends a university abroad for a semester and the other semester in spent in work placement at an enterprise, for an administration or an NGO.

Every year, Sciences Po Lille hosts about 200 international students.

This year of mobility constitutes a real turning point in the middle of the course and allows students to perfect their language skills, to open up to another culture and refine their orientation in the perspective of the master cycle.


The second cycle (Master cycle)


The Master program is designed with the purpose of gradually professionalising the students for their career.

It should enable students to directly integrate into the professional world. The specialisations and proposed majors are managed by the close partnership with the professional circles concerned. The course ends with a 6-month internship, which aims for students to gain easier access to their first job.

  • Public Affairs and management of common property
  • European and International Careers
  • Strategy and organizational communication
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics


A major is also organised for the 2nd and 3rd semesters, according to the specialisation chosen :

  • European Affairs
  • Conflict and Development
  • Strategy, intelligence and risk management
  • Public and Corporate Communication
  • Management of cultural institutions
  • Trade and international finance
  • Sustainable development
  • Trades of public and private affairs
  • Careers in the public Service


The course ends with a fourth semester dedicated to the final internship, lasting 6 months in France or abroad, depending on the chosen major (mobility aid scholarships are available).

Program Outline