The Psychology offers students the opportunity to pursue either a clinical or social psychology track. Students who pursue the social track will engage in a wide range of topics, including intergroup and interpersonal relations, prejudice and discrimination, conflict management and resolution, identity, culture, behavior, and experiences from both regional and international perspectives.

Students who pursue clinical psychology will study and train in mental health, assessment, counseling, psychotherapy, and psycho-social intervention.

The curriculum combines theory and practice through the introduction of internships and on-site research and training. It is designed to educate psychologists on finding solutions to human, organizational and social problems, via research and practice.

The Psychology program aims to train world-class professionals through equipping students with a strong research foundation and the practical skills necessary to understand human behavior and to apply new knowledge, tools, and research to the solution of individual, societal, and organizational problems, particularly in Qatar, the Arab World, and global communities. It also seeks to raise the level and quality of Arab scholarly contributions to the field of psychology and to prepare graduates for the unique challenges associated with today's increasingly global, diverse, and shifting societies.

A minimum of 42 credits are required for a master's degree in the Clinical or Social Psychology track. This includes core and elective courses (33 credits), internship/practicum (3 credits), and the successful completion and oral defence of a Thesis (6 credits).


Program Structure

A- Core Courses (6 Credit Hours): 

  • - PSYC611 Graduate Research Methods 

    - PSYC612 Graduate Statistical Methods 

1- Social Psychology Track

  • - PSYC614 Advanced Social Psychology 

    - PSYC620 Applied Social Psychology 

    - PSYC622 Social Change and Influence 

    - PSYC624 Social Psychology Internship

    - PSYC680/1/2/3/4 Advanced Statistics 

  • One Of the two Following Courses

  • - PSYC616 Stereotyping and Prejudice 

    - PSYC618 Organizational Social Psychology 

2- Clinical Psychology Track

    • - PSYC613 Ethics, Practice, and Professional Issues 

      - PSYC615a Psychopathology I: Adulthood 

      - PSYC615b Psychopathology II: Childhood & Adolescence 

      - PSYC619 Biological Bases (Neuroscience) of Psychopathology 

      - PSYC621a Clinical Interventions I 

      - PSYC621b Clinical Interventions II 

      - PSYC623a Clinical Psychology Practicum I & II 

B- Elective Courses

  • Neuropsychology Focus

  • Intergroup Relations (Political Psychology) Focus

  • Mental Health Focus

  • Industrial/Organizational Focus

  • Psychology and Law Focus

  • Selected Topics in Psychology


C- Thesis (6 Credit Hours): 

Completion of the Psychology Master's program entails researching and writing a thesis on a relevant topic to each student's subfield of interest. The thesis is an opportunity for students to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and research capabilities acquired during the taught parts of the program. The thesis course will require all second-year students to attend bi-weekly "research and theory" meetings with all other faculty and students from their tracks throughout their academic year. During these meetings, all members discuss theoretical and methodological issues, share their research ideas, plans, and progress on their ongoing research (mostly thesis) projects, and receive feedback from participating members. Otherwise, the thesis will follow the structure and format of thesis submissions at other programs of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the DI. In their first year, students will be assigned to a faculty advisor upon admission and will be appointed a Masters Committee that includes the faculty advisor, at least one other Psychology faculty member, and at least one.