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Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication

Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication

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.


Students in this program will engage in research, education, and outreach with a view to understanding the challenges of today’s changing intercultural settings in Qatar and worldwide.

The program aims to prepare graduates and researchers to explore new research in a relatively new discipline and to lead and manage transformative changes in Qatar and globally. It will operate as a research-driven interdisciplinary program with the aim of proposing sustainable solutions for effective intercultural communication in today’s and tomorrow’s Qatar. The program will offer courses on intercultural communication across settings and market sectors geared towards achieving effective intercultural communication in an inclusive and accessible society.

Additionally, research in the intercultural communication field will generate sociopolitical, institutional and technological innovation to drive societies towards greater intercultural dialogue and social justice.

Graduates of the program are equipped to:


  • Demonstrate a broad and critical understanding of the main theoretical approaches of intercultural communication and of relevant fields in the Humanities and the Social Sciences for the creation of original research.
  • Judge the relevance of research methods and tools based on their appropriateness to a given context of intercultural communication.
  • Apply appropriate strategies in the solving of intercultural problems in communication settings.
  • Integrate the tools and techniques for managing intercultural communication in organizations within the private, public and non-governmental sectors.
  • Possess and apply the communication skills required in interlinguistic and intercultural communication settings in view of adequacy, norms, and appropriate quality and ethical standards.
  • Acquire the technological literacy and tools required for postgraduate research and professional intercultural communication.


  • The MAICC consists of 39 credit hours (18 credit hours of core courses, three credit hours for an internship, nine credit hours for supervised research through thesis, and nine credit hours for elective courses).
  • The degree program can be undertaken as two years full-time and three years part-time study. However, students must complete the MA degree requirements within four years of program commencement.


In this interdisciplinary program, students will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in order to manage communication across intercultural settings in profit and non-profit organizations, to do consulting in the public and private sectors both in class and in the internship, to develop culturally-sensitive research methods and tools in the framework of their thesis.

  • MAICC students will be able to register electives across college programs, namely the Master of Arts in Digital Humanities and Societies (MADHS), the Master of Arts in Women Society and Development (MAWSD), the Master of Arts in Audiovisual Translation (MAAT) and the Master of Arts in Translation Studies (MATS).

  • List of Courses:

    Total of 39 credit hours

    6 Core Courses (18 credit hours)

    Code Course
    Code: IC 600 Course: Foundations, Critical Approaches and Future Challenges in Intercultural Communication
    Code: ICC 601 Course: Research in Intercultural Communication: Tools and Methods
    Code: ICC 602 Course: Managing Communication in Intercultural Settings
    Code: ICC 603 Course: Intercultural Communication in the Community: Mediation & Interpreting
    Code: ICC. 604 Course: Discourse and Communication Analysis
    Code: ICC 605 Course: Intercultural Communication in Organizations: Consulting & Management


  • 3 elective courses (9 credit hours)

    Three Elective Courses (3 credits each) will be selected from current (and future) CHSS programs, including the digital humanities, translation, access, women studies, literature, media, middle east studies, etc.

  • Internship (3 credit hours)

    Code Course
    Code: ICC 690 Course: Internship 
  • Thesis (9 credit hours)

    Code Course
    Code: ICC 695 Course: Thesis
  • Non-Course Requirements

    Code Course
    Code: ICC 699 Course: Thesis Defense