Program Structure

A. Program Requirements: 

1 - Core Courses (24 Credit Hours): 

MHR 619 Research Methods in Human Rights

- MHR 610 Introduction to Human Rights 

- MHR 612 Introduction to Public International Law 

- MHR 613 Human Rights and Islamic Law 

- MHR 614 Human Rights in the Arab World: Theory and Practice 

- MHR 616 International Law and Colonialism 

- MHR 617 Palestine, Law, Human Rights 

- MHR 618 Comparative Constitutional Law 

2 - Elective Courses (3 Credit Hours): 

- MHR 615 Critical Approaches to Rights

MHR 620 Human Rights Clinic 

- MHR 621 Contemporary Issues in Human Rights

- MHR 623 International Criminal Law

MHR 624 International Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons

B. School Requirements:

1- One School Core Compulsory Course - (3 credit hours)

- SOSH 601: Issues in the Study of Social Sciences and Humanities 

2 -One Interdisciplinary Courses (3 Credit Hours): 

Each program allows students to enroll in courses of special interest, and of a cross-disciplinary nature, which are offered jointly with one or more other programs. Courses offered as interdisciplinary courses may vary and are dependent on faculty availability, student demand and registration capacity.

All students will choose two courses of 3 credits each from the list of interdisciplinary courses. Please visit the "Interdisciplinarity at SOSH" page for more details about these courses and their descriptions.


3 - Non-restricted Elective (3 Credit Hours): 

Students may choose one course of 3 credits from any program in any of the Schools/centers in the Doha Institute (including SPADE and CHS). 

C- Dissertation (6 credit hours):

Students will need to write a dissertation of 12,000-18,000 words, on a topic relevant to the themes discussed in the Human Rights Program. The dissertation will demonstrate the students' ability to pursue an independent research project, utilizing the skills acquired in the Program. The proposed topic of the dissertation will need to be approved by the potential supervisor, prior to commencing the research, who will assess its feasibility and make suggestions concerning structure, scope, or readings. A faculty member will supervise the dissertation. Two faculty members will mark it: the supervisor as a first marker and a second faculty member as second marker. The markers will comprise a panel in which the student will defend the dissertation orally. The oral defence will assess the student's ability to defend his or her ideas and will be satisfied that the dissertation is the student's own work.