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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 five interdisciplinary Master’s degree programs; MA in Audiovisual Translation; MA in Translation Studies; MA in Intercultural Communication; MA in Digital Humanities and Societies; and MA in Women, Society and Development. The MA programs in Translation Studies and Audiovisual Translation are delivered by the Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII) and are internationally validated by the University of Geneva in Switzerland.

Through TII, the college also offers high-level training workshops, a range of language programs, and 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 languages

Students and Alumni: 

Graduates of CHSS programs leave with sound knowledge of applications and methodologies used within the interdisciplinary fields of translation and interpreting studies and/or Middle Eastern studies. Graduates are equipped with 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 Research and Higher Education fields in which our alumni work include:

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

CHSS prides itself on its rich culture and a 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 a highly qualified faculty with a proven track record in the fields of Translation Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. Our outstanding roster includes faculty who teach five Master of Arts programs and one PhD program, in addition to distinguished visiting and adjunct faculty.

CHSS faculty

CHSS faculty are involved in research areas that include:

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

CHSS Programs:

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. The program provides students with the philosophical and methodological grounding to design and tailor their own interdisciplinary research project while specializing through a dissertation.

The MA in Audiovisual Translation (MAAT) program, 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 Translation Studies (MATS), delivered by the Translation and Interpreting Institute (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 Intercultural Communication (MAICC) offered by Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) is the first degree of its kind in Qatar.

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 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. It draws on a variety of disciplines in social sciences and humanities, ranging from economic and social theory, to development and policy studies, to history and communication studies.

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.

Founding Dean's Bio