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Humanities and Social Sciences, Ph.D.

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The Humanities and Social Sciences programme from Hamad Bin Khalifa University is the first degree of its kind in Qatar, and one of the few in the world providing students with the philosophical and technical grounding to design and tailor their own interdisciplinary program while being able to specialize through a dissertation.
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The Humanities and Social Sciences programme from Hamad Bin Khalifa University is flexible, accommodating students who wish to apply their interdisciplinary research in a variety of subjects in the fields of humanities and social sciences, while allowing for specializations through a pathway to a PhD in an established field at the time of graduation. It exposes them to identity making, policy-making, development strategies, institution building, leadership guidance, and sustainable development.

Key facts:

Students will draw from a common curriculum and gain skills in interdisciplinary research, yet graduate with a PhD in a field that will offer them strong employment opportunities. Aligned with the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030, the program equips its students with the personal and professional skills to ensure all graduates are prepared to work globally, with strong sustainability values and connections to the community

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    54 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Explorations in Global Humanities
  • Explorations in Interdisciplinarity
  • Proseminar
  • Dissertation

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences should have a master’s degree in a relevant field with a minimum 3.0 GPA or equivalent. 

  • Application
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Research proposal
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Identification Document

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Ar Rayyan

  • 4230 - 7920 QAR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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