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.
Applicants are required to submit an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 79 in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Applicants can be exempt from this requirement if they meet one of the conditions listed below:
Applicants are required to submit a GRE score at the time of application.
The online application form can be accessed here.
Please note that this application is for admissions only. Information on how to apply for funding (where this is an option) is provided to students who have been admitted to the program.
It is the applicant's responsibility to submit all required documents at the time of application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Official electronic copies of transcripts should be submitted as part of the online application. Final transcripts and graduation statements are required for all previous university studies. All transcripts submitted should include an explanation of the grading system.
For those who have not completed their current studies, transcripts must include results from the last completed semester of coursework. Transcripts in languages other than English or Arabic must be accompanied with an official translation.
Applicants who are admitted to the program based on copies of or incomplete transcripts will be required to provide original transcripts upon enrollment in order to register for courses.
Official copies (where required) must be sent directly to HBKU. Please refer to the institutional codes below:
Applicants should also submit copies of their test scores with the online application.
Applicants should submit at least two letters of recommendation, preferably from academic referees. Referees should send their letters of recommendation from their professional email directly to
Letters which are not directly written for this program or which are incomplete will not be accepted.
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Applicants should submit a statement of purpose as part of the online application. The statement should explain:
The PhD research proposal is an important part of your application, and it will be carefully reviewed to assess your ability to pursue independent and original research. The suitability of your research proposal will also be considered in relation to available faculty expertise at HBKU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Research Proposal Provisional Title
The title should give a clear idea of the planned research topic.
Your proposal must include a minimum of 1,000 and a maximum of 2,000 words. The research proposal should include your full name and all the required numbered sections below:
In this section, you should also explain why your research proposal is important. For example, you can discuss the way that your research will build on the existing literature and why your proposed research is needed and adds value, etc.
The second-year is generally dedicated to data collection or field research and planning your second publishable article. The third-year will be devoted to writing and completing your initial dissertation draft and submitting your second article. The fourth and last year will be dedicated to the examination and the submission of your final dissertation.
The key questions you will need to answer in this section are:
How is the proposed research is related to what you have done previously (work, training, publications, general interests, etc.). How will this research help your career? Finally, briefly explain why you want to undertake a PhD with the HBKU College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hamad bin Khalifa University.
Applicants should submit a copy of their current resume or curriculum vitae as part of the online application. This should include the following information:
All applicants should submit an electronic copy of their passport as part of the online application. Nationals and residents of Qatar should also submit their valid Qatari ID.
The College of Humanities & Social Sciences provides opportunities for scholarships/funding on a competitive basis. Further information will be provided to applicants who are admitted to the program.