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The Department of Social Sciences shall become a leading department in the region, exemplifying the highest intellectual standards offered in leading universities throughout the world.
The mission of the program is to train students in the foundational methods and theories integral to sociology and closely related social sciences, and to combine that training with practical experience and research skills to produce graduates capable of significant contributions in a wide variety of practical and research-oriented pursuits. Coursework in the sociology program is configured to simultaneously build a strong social and cultural understanding of the local region, while also producing global citizens with an awareness and respect for cultural diversity and other ways of living.
The major in Sociology strives to:
- Equip students with methods for gathering and analyzing systematically derived field-based data.
- Develop students’ understanding of basic social science concepts.
- Provide students with the ethical foundation for conducting research on social and cultural issues to explain societal patterns or problems.
- Furnish students with an understanding of both the uniformity and diversity observable in socio-cultural orders.
Opportunities Graduates in Sociology find employment in government agencies, non-governmental organizations, international aid and development agencies, and in the private sector in management positions, community service, social service, and research organizations. Quantitative and qualitative research skills also allows for graduates to be employed by marketing, research and consulting agencies.
High School Requirements
All applicants to Qatar University must complete a minimum of 12 years of formal education and their transcript results must be certified by the appropriate educational agency. The high school grade requirements mentioned in this section are minimum scores, they do not guaranteed admission, and they may change according to the strength of the applicant pool and the available capacity in each college or major. Additionally, high school requirements do vary by college and individual colleges reserve the right to stipulate additional requirements to the admission minimums listed below.
Qatari Secondary School Certificate
- General Secondary Schools
The 12th grade final high school percentage is used when considering applicants from General Secondary Schools.
- Independent Schools
Graduates from Independent Schools in the academic year 2009/2010 onwards are admitted according to Qatar Senior School Certificates (QSSC) on the basis of the final total result for the last year. For students who have obtained the Independent Certificate before the academic year 2009/2010, they will be admitted on the basis of the table of Score Equivalency in each Academic Year.
Private and International School Certificates
ِِApplicants from the following educational systems must satisfy the admission requirements:
- Grade Point Average (GPA) System
- Awarded a High School Diploma in a General Studies Curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale (“C”) and satisfies the minimum high school percentage requirement during the final year of high school.
- Passed at least six different subjects including at least one science (biology, physics, chemistry), one mathematics (algebra, trigonometry, geometry), and one English Language course during the Junior or Senior year.
- British Secondary School System
- Earned at least five IGSCE (O Level) subjects with a minimum grade of "D" and a minimum of two subjects at the Advanced (A) or (AS) level or a combination of (A) and (AS) level subjects with a minimum grade of "D".
- As the official results for this school system will be released after QU has announced admission decisions, applicants may submit predicted grades in addition to official result certificates by the submission deadline. Applicants who submit predicted high school grades (pdf) will be considered for Provisional Admission.
- International Baccalaureate (IB) System
- Completion of the full IB Diploma with at least 2 subjects at the HL and the other 4 subjects at SL level.
- The student should have attained a total grade point score of 24 out 42, excluding grades for Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Extended Essay.
- As the official results for this school system will be released after QU has announced admission decisions, applicants may submit predicted grades by the submission deadline. Applicants who submit predicted high school grades (pdf) will be considered for Provisional Admission.
- KSA School System:
In order to be considered for admission to Qatar University, applicants from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must complete High School & pass the National Exam for Assessment in Higher Education with the minimum percentage required by their major/program of choice, for male students starting from 1422/1423 (2002/2003), for female students starting from 1430 (2009).
Qatar University supports a wide variety of scholarships recipients each academic year in order to attract highly qualified students. While the vast majority of academic scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and scholarly achievement, Qatar University also provides other scholarships that also consider financial need. All scholarships cover the cost of tuition fees while the benefits of some scholarships may also include one or more of the following benefits: free accommodation in university dormitories, transportation to and from the University, and a yearly airfare ticket to the home country for students who are not residents of Qatar.The student shall pay the due penalties in case he/she drops courses, or withdraw from the semester.
Scholarships contained within this guide includes only first bachelor students and students who transfer from other universities to Qatar University. Non-degree applicants, visiting students and applicants seeking a second bachelor's degree are not eligible for academic scholarships offered by Qatar University.