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About the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) was established with a vision to enrich society in Qatar and across the wider world with transformative educational experiences that bridge disciplinary boundaries and offer the academic community opportunities to engage in innovative research and collaboration. We aspire to nurture a diverse body of academically grounded and socially responsible global citizens, whose versatility will enable them to navigate the complexities of today’s world and become the leaders of tomorrow.

The college currently offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Humanities and Social Sciences, and four interdisciplinary Master’s degree programs; MA in Translation Studies; MA in Audiovisual Translation; MA in Intercultural Communication, MA in Women, Society and Development; and MA in Digital Humanities and Societies. The Master of Arts programs in Translation Studies and Audiovisual Translation are delivered by the Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII) and internationally validated by the University of Geneva in Switzerland.

Through the TII, the college also offers high-level training workshops, a range of language programs, as well as quality professional translation and interpreting services. TII was founded in 2012 with a remit to build capacity in Qatar and the region and to function as a physical and virtual space that delivers sophisticated translator and interpreter education, high-level training in a range of languages, and quality translation and interpreting services of the highest international standards. Its core mission is to equip students for a successful career as translators and interpreters in multiple language combinations.

Students and Alumni: 

Graduates of CHSS programs leave with sound knowledge in applications and methodologies used within the interdisciplinary fields of Translation and Interpreting Studies and Middle Eastern Studies.

Graduates are equipped with all the skills and experience they need to contribute to and excel in a rapidly changing world.

Our interdisciplinary programs enable our alumni to work within various fields in Qatar and the region.

Some of the fields in which our alumni work include:

  • Education
  • Communications
  • Tourism
  • Foreign affairs
  • Media
  • Healthcare
  • Oil and gas
  • Telecommunications
  • Banking

CHSS prides itself on a rich culture and community with a diverse student body representing many different countries, all with the common attribute of pursuing education under the college’s umbrella.

Faculty and Research Areas:

CHSS recruits and retains highly qualified faculty with a proven track record in the fields of Translation Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. Our outstanding roster includes faculty members teaching four Master of Arts programs and one PhD program, in addition to distinguished visiting and adjunct faculty.

CHSS faculty

CHSS’ faculty members are involved in research areas that include:

  • Accessibility
  • Action Research in Translation
  • Contrastive Discourse Analysis
  • Corpus-based Translation Studies
  • Legal and Medical Translation and Interpreting
  • Literary translation and Narrative Studies
  • Media Translation
  • Multisensory Communication and Audiovisual Translation
  • International Relations
  • Energy Geopolitics
  • Political Economy
  • Specialized Translation and Terminology
  • Theory-Practice Interface in Translation
  • Translation and Conflict Translation Pedagogy
  • Translation Technology
  • Digital Humanities and Digital Media
  • Identity and Cultural Heritage
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Gulf History and Politics
  • Refugee and Migration Studies
  • Middle East Studies
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Computational Social Science
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Arabic Language Technologies
  • Social Media Analytics
  • Women and Gender Socio-Cultural Studies
  • Women, Work and Economic Development
  • Medical Sociology
  • Specialized Translation
  • Applied Linguistics

CHSS Programs:

The MA in Translation Studies (MATS) delivered by TII is designed to train highly skilled translators in the areas of business and commerce, science and technology, literary translation, legal and medical translation, and translation of media texts, as well as translation for international organizations.

The MA in Audiovisual Translation (MAAT) delivered by TII is designed to train specialists in the mediation of audiovisual texts, both for foreign language viewers and sensory-impaired audiences.

The MA in Intercultural Communication (MAICC) is a two-year interdisciplinary program preparing graduates and researchers to explore new research in the field of intercultural communication and to lead transformative changes, across societal settings and market sectors, geared towards language justice and cultural justice, in Qatar and beyond. 

The MA in Women, Society and Development is a two-year interdisciplinary program focusing on issues related to women in the context of social and economic development in the Middle East, as well as women’s various roles in the advancement of their communities and societies in the region.

The MA in Digital Humanities and Societies is a two-year program that allows participants to study the Middle East’s digital culture from a scholarly and applied perspective. Through the program, students are able to specialize as archival print scholars of Middle Eastern digital cultures or as researchers trained to employ the powerful methodologies of the digital humanities to investigate practices, patterns and trends of digital culture.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Humanities and Social Sciences 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.

Dr. Amal Mohammed Al-Malki


Dr. Amal Mohammed Al-Malki

Welcome the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), which launched its two first MA programs in August 2017. Despite being a young College, CHSS is able to leverage the reputation and the impact of the Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII) in Qatar and beyond, and to build upon the strong ties TII has established with governmental and semi-government entities, industry, and civil society. Opportunities are abundant, and CHSS is committed to creating leaders who can turn these opportunities into realities that will benefit their direct societies and humanity in general.

The college's strength today is attributed to the faculty, staff, students, supporters, stakeholders and partners on their substantial contributions to all our successes. Together, we are all committed to making a positive social impact locally and globally through unique and transformative interdisciplinary educational programs and research.

We encourage you to browse through our web page, explore our courses, and read through the profiles of members of our faculty.

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