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Ph.D. in Chemistry

The Ph.D. in Chemistry program is designed to prepare students to become independent, creative practitioners in Chemistry. The program provides an intensive training approach both in theory and experimentation that will enable students to be better equipped in their preparation for their different career paths in academia, research and development, science-based start-ups, and the industry.

The Ph.D. in Chemistry program focuses on priority areas for Kazakhstan, serving as a foundation for future high-tech industries and a knowledge-based economy.

By completing the Ph.D. in Chemistry program, students will gain deep and systematic knowledge of the fundamental and advanced principles in chemistry, and develop the ability to identify, analyze, and provide solutions to a wide spectrum of scientific and technological problems in the 21st century and beyond, while fostering entrepreneurship. The graduates are expected to acquire advanced chemical, physical, mathematical, theoretical, and hands-on experiences in their relevant field of expertise.

The program consists of comprehensive course work and research activity. The courses are designed to enable students to acquire highly advanced and cutting-edge knowledge in Chemistry.

Additional, flexible learning time allocated into their research program which would enable them to attend specialized equipment training courses and gain practical skills in working with Nazarbayev University core facilities, essential for their research projects. 


General information: 

Campus: Astana, Kazakhstan

Language: English

Delivery mode: Full time, on-campus

Duration: 4 years

Total ECTS credit: 240



Year 1

  • DENG 782 Research Methods & Ethics*
  • Graduate Core Course 1*
  • Graduate Core Course 2*
  • CHEM 700 Hot Topics in Chemistry
  • Graduate Core Course 3*
  • Graduate Elective Course 1
  • Graduate Elective Course 2
  • Graduate Elective Course 3/ Technical Elective 1**
  • CHEM 798 Thesis Research

Year 2-3

  • CHEM 798 Thesis Research

Year 4

  • CHEM 798 Thesis Research/CHEM 799 Doctoral Thesis

Year 5

  • CHEM 799 Doctoral Thesis


(*) Course may be waived for NU graduates and replaced by an elective course selected by the approval of the Department Chair.

(**) Technical Elective 1 can be a non-chemistry course selected from post-graduate elective courses offered at NU SSH (Biology, Physics, Mathematics), NU SoM (Biomed), NU SEDS (Chem. Eng.) subject to agreement with supervisors.



In the industrial and academic environment in the positions of university faculty members, senior researchers, engineers, and product developers.

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