About the Program
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.
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.
- To increase the presence of Psychology scholars and practitioners in the region.
- To provide students with a high-quality education in the diverse discipline of Psychology by following the American Psychological Association standards and guidelines.
- To continuously acquire and update knowledge of new strategies, theories, and approaches, and to examine existing gaps in knowledge, intervention, and mode of delivery, using qualitative and quantitative methodologies aimed at developing new theories and solutions, that can spark advances in the field and promote successful change, when it comes to human research and well-being.
- To equip graduates with the necessary analytical skills to engage in basic research and apply it to solve a range of behavioral and social problems.
- To contextualize, historically and culturally, the field of psychology, , in order to address the challenges and issues that exist in the Arab region, and work toward establishing critical, specific, and suitable methodologies, policies, and solutions.
- To engage effectively with community members – at the national and regional level – in order to explore the added value that culture, religion and tradition brings to the overall improvement of the field, and to tailor research and solutions to communities' needs.
- To reach out to and collaborate with regional and international institutions, governments, communities, and academics in creating a better understanding of the region.
- To expose students to applied, active learning experiences in psychology, through internships, practicums, research, theses, and oral defenses, as well as expected participation in scientific meetings and publications.
- To act transparently and ethically within existing national and international legal and social frameworks, while upholding high international standards.
- To prepare graduates to assume careers in clinical or social psychology, and/or to pursue doctoral training in psychology or related professions/academic disciplines.
Program Structure and Study Plans
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). Sample of suggested two-year detailed plans for each track are as follows:
A. Social Psychology
| ||FIRST YEAR ||SECOND YEAR |
|||SEMESTER I ||SEMESTER II ||SUMMER||SEMESTER III ||SEMESTER IV |
|Research Methods||Statistical Methods ||Internship||Advanced Quantitative Methods||DI Elective|
|Advanced Social Psychology||Applied Social Psychology||||Psychology Elective||M.A. Thesis (6 credits)|
Stereotypes & Prejudice OR Organizational Social Psychology
|Social Change & Influence||||DI Elective|||
| Credits||9 ||12||3||9 Credits||9 Credits|
B. Clinical Psychology
|Year||FIRST YEAR ||SECOND YEAR |
|Semester||SEMESTER I||SEMESTER II||SEMESTER III||SEMESTER IV|
|Research Methods ||Statistical Methods||Biological Bases of Psychopathology||DI Elective|
|Ethics, Practice & Professional Issues||Psychopathology: Childhood & Adolescence||Clinical Interventions II||M.A. Thesis|
|Psychopathology: Adulthood||Clinical Interventions I||Practicum I (1.5 credits)||Practicum II (1.5 credits)|
|Credits||12 ||12 ||7.5 ||10.5 |